Tips to keep the interior of your car healthy this winter

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Well, here we are in the middle of yet another New England winter. Days are short, our children are inside for a majority of the time due to vacations and snow days, and worst of all, the flu is running rampant across New York and Connecticut. 

     While most people are aware of how to keep their homes as clean and sanitary as possible, we tend to forget how much time we spend in our cars. The vehicles we drive daily are even more confined and sometimes can breed viruses, germs, mold and mildew very quickly compared to the wide open spaces of our homes. Plus, you pick your children up from school, and they sit within one foot of each other, breathing, coughing, slapping, poking, and throwing Goldfish and Cheerios all over the place. Can you tell that I have two daughters? I know know what you all are going through. 

     While we continuously stress the importance of keeping the exterior of your vehicles clean during the winter, keeping the interior clean can sometimes be even more important. We like our clients and their families healthy. Besides, your children probably go to school or participate in after school activities WITH our children, so the more we can control cold and flu germs, the better.

Don’t take our word for it. READ MORE HERE

Please enjoy the list of ways you can help maintain a clean, sanitary, and most important, SAFE car interior. Of course, should you have an issue that is bigger than you can handle, give us a call. 

1). GET FOOD AND LIQUIDS OUT OF THE CAR IMMEDIATELY. This one should be pretty obvious. If you wouldn’t leave a small pile of food laying around inside your house, don’t leave it laying around inside your car. Don’t give mold and mildew a food source. For spills, do your best to get them dried up as quickly as possible. This also will help you keep mice and rats out of your car. Animals that are outside would love nothing more than a warm car interior and some Goldfish crumbs to tide them over until the morning.   To help with this, a lot of car washes do offer free vacuums if you don’t have access to a wet/dry vac at your house. You know what? State you read this article and we’ll let you use our vacuums for free here, inside, where it’s warm. Just let us know you are coming. 

2). PARKED INSIDE OVER NIGHT? CRACK THE WINDOWS. If you have a garage where you can park your car inside overnight or if you are going to be home for a long period of time, crack the windows a bit. This will help any evaporating moisture escape the inside of your car and not stick around to feed all sorts of grossness. If you have a small fan or even a floor fan, you can help the air circulate by putting it in your car or outside the window to help water evaporate. 

3). PARKED IN THE SUN? CRACK THE WINDOWS. We do OCCASIONALLY have some sunny days, so let’s take advantage of them. If you are going to be parked outside for a while, and the sun will be out, follow the advice above and let the sun help dry the interior of your car out. Just keep an eye on the weather. We wouldn’t want you to end up with 6 inches of snow INSIDE your car. 

4). PULL OUT AND HANG UP THE FLOOR MATS FREQUENTLY. If you have rubber or Weathertech mats, pull them out, dump them and clean them with some disinfecting cleaner.  If you have cloth mats, let them dry out and then spray them with some disinfecting spray. You walk through the snow, slush and rain almost every day, and your floor mats take the brunt of this liquid and just hold onto it. 

5). USE THE SAME DISINFECTING METHODS FROM YOUR HOUSE INSIDE YOUR CAR. Keep a bottle of Lysol in your garage that you can just spray inside your car when you come home from time to time and let it do it’s job over night. 

6). GET MOISTURE ABSORBING PACKETS. Most of these can be found in hardware stores or places like Walmart or Target. While they say to use inside closets and small basements, they work very well inside cars are well. Go this route over just getting something that will mask the smell of growing mold and mildew. 

7). IF THERE IS A BIG SPILL, GET IT PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED UP IMMEDIATELY. We hear it at least once ever Spring. Someone spilled a milkshake, gallon of milk, chocolate milk, ice cream, soup or gravy over the winter and since it was cold out, they cleaned it up a little and didn’t think much of it. Once winter ended and the days started to be warmer and warmer, they got a quick reminder that the liquid was spilled. However, it has now had a chance to work it’s way deeper into the carpet and seats, it’s had more time to feed mold and mildew spores and will take even more effort to remove completely. Don’t wait until it’s a bigger problem, just get it done ASAP. 

8). START WITH A CLEAN SLATE.  If you want to start off with a clean, germ free and healthy interior car, allow Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio to perform our complete Interior Detail on your vehicle, and make all the steps listed above nothing more than routine maintenance rather than an effort to minimize the damage. We will perform a deep clean of your entire interior and go back over it with steam to ensure that all bacteria, viruses, germs, mold and mildew are completely gone. From there, we can ever install or perform certain processes that are designed to keep the interior of your car clean and germ free for month to come. 

For help with this advice or any other questions, please call us at (860) 799-5403 or come by our studio located at:

90 Danbury Road New Milford, CT 

Keep the interior of your car clean and flu virus free with these simple tips.

Winter Car Wash and Maintenance Services CT

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Well, the holidays are over, and now we just have to deal with another New England winter, and apparently, Bomb Cyclones (wtf)?!?!.  If you are like me, you are already pretty much done with winter. However, the fact remains that it’s here for at least 2 more months if not longer.

Take a look outside at your cars, then take a look at the main picture for this blog post. Do they look similar? If you have been out on the roads in the past few days, the answer is probably “YES”. Cleaning and maintaining the appearance of your cars is just as, if not more-so important during the winter here in New England. Don’t take our word for it though, check out what other experts have to say:

Hidden hazards of road salt: Car corrosion can take a toll.

Keeping your car clean in winter months. Road and Travel Magazine

Don’t worry, Kevin and his team of auto detailing experts at Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio are here to help. Allow us to make sure your cars continue to look their best all winter long and don’t end up suffering any long term damage from all the great road salt, sand, ice, snow and general nastiness that is all over the roads right now with these great winter maintenance services. Call (860) 799-5403 or come by our studio located at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut to ensure your cars stay clean and protected all winter long. 



$40-$50 (depending on size of vehicle)

Designed to just get all the winter road nastiness off your car in a safe and effective manor, our Basic Hand Car Wash will make sure that nothing is left behind when you leave.

Our Basic Hand Car Wash includes:

  • Hand Wash and Decontamination of all exterior surfaces.
  • Intense Pressure wash and cleaning of rims, tires and wheel wells
  • Air and Hand Dried
  • Exterior Windows cleaned to a streak free shine
  • Door jams cleaned and wiped down
  • Add Intense decontamination and Pressure wash of your car’s undercarriage for only $20. (save $10)
  • Upgrade your level of protection to GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray for only $49

** Walk-In’s welcome, appointment’s recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE


$75-$100 (depending on the size of your vehicle)

Our Deluxe Hand Car Wash includes everything from our Basic Hand Car Wash, but is designed to put a real level of protection on your car’s paint as well.

Our Deluxe Hand Car Wash Includes:

  • Everything from our Basic Hand Car Wash
  • Thorough blow out and vacuum of your interior
  • Interior AND exterior windows cleaned to a streak-free shine
  • Tires dressed
  • High quality spray sealant applied to all exterior surfaces.
  • Add intense decontamination of your car’s undercarriage for only $15 (save $15)
  • Upgrade your level of protection to GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray for only $39. (save $10)

** Walk-In’s welcome, appointment’s recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE


$200-$250 (depending on the size of your vehicle)

Our Maintenance Auto Detailing Service is a fantastic service to have done at least once a month if you drive your cars every day. Designed to make your car look like it was just “Completely Detailed” by some of the other guys, our Maintenance Auto Detailing Service will not only rid your car of all winter contamination on the outside AND inside of your car, but will add a level of protection to ensure that our Connecticut Winter doesn’t stand a chance against your vehicle.

Our Maintenance Auto Detailing Service includes:

  • Everything included in our Deluxe Hand Car Wash
  • Thorough Blow out, vacuum and wipe down of all interior surfaces
  • Rubber and/or cloth floor mats removed and properly cleaned
  • GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray applied to all exterior surfaces
  • From now until March 31st, 2018, all Express Auto Detailing Services will include our intense undercarriage cleaning and decontamination.
  • Improve your winter driving visibility by adding GTechniq G5 Water Repellent to your glass for only $25 for the front windshield or $49 for all exterior glass. (Think Rain-X on steroids)

** Appointment’s highly recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE


Undercarriage Wash: $30. Designed to neutralize and remove road salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle. Intense decontamination and pressure wash. Can be done al-la-carte or added to any car wash or detailing service.

GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray: $49-$59. C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray is designed with the same chemistry that goes into some of the high end ceramic coating packages we offer with an easy application and real time durability.

GTechniq G5 Water Repellent Coating: $25-$59: Think “Rain-X on steroids” Our G5 Water Repellent Coating will not only give you enhanced visibility while driving, but it will significantly inhibit frost, ice, and snow’s ability to stick to your exterior glass, making it easier for you to get going after a storm.

Bio-Bomb: $49: Do you want to ensure that all viruses, germs, bacteria, mold spores and mildew are completely removed from the interior of your car? Our Bio-Bomb service is designed to do just that. Our Bio-Bomb can be performed after any interior service including just a simple vacuum, but works best when the entire interior is completely detailed first. Once complete, the bio-bomb is set off and left to circulate through the interior of your car and get to all the areas that we could not physically get our hands, a tool or a machine to, including the AC and heating vents of your vehicle. A great service especially for the winter months when moisture can help breed viruses in your car.

** Walk-In’s welcome, appointment’s recommended. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT HERE

Get those gifts protected

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OK, so you survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and got some of the coolest stuff for your family and friends to light up their faces this holiday season. Now what? 

Let’s get those gifts protected so they stay looking new! Our line of GTechniq Smart Surface Science products not only work on cars, but on almost every surface you can imagine. Check out some ideas below:

  • Did you get someone (or yourself) a Cell Phone, Tablet or Computer? Let’s protect that screen against scratches fingerprints and general damage with GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra.
  • Everyone loves their Ugg Boots, right?  GTechniq I1 Smart Fabric AB will make water afraid to go anywhere near the boots. Just take a look at the video below. 
  • Leather jacket or new leather purse? We got you covered with GTechniq L1 Leather Guard AB that will not only protect the leather, but will keep it free of germs and bacteria. 
  • Sunglasses? Of course we have that covered. Hats? Yup. Gloves? Just tell us what they are made of. Expensive coffee tumbler or mug? Why risk it turning ugly? Watches? Get the same level of protection they use on the most expensive Rolex on the planet. 

    Anything from the smallest piece of jewelry up to, well, a full size car, we have something that can make sure that whatever condition it is in when your family and friends tear open that wrapping is exactly what condition we can keep it in for much longer than an unprotected item. 


The cost for most common items runs from $10 to $50 with larger items obviously costing more. Please note that we do need to keep the items overnight for proper application and curing for the best results. Please give us a call with any questions you may have: (860) 799-5403 or come by our studio 

90 Danbury Road New Milford, CT

Arkham Shine and GTechniq at SEMA 2017

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This year at SEMA, Kevin Awalt went with GTechniq as we unveiled our newest Ceramic Coating, Crystal Serum Ultra. Check out this video as Kevin presents The Man himself, Renny Doyle with his first bottle of GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra. 

Read more about the release of Crystal Serum Ultra and call Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio at (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio located at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, CT 

Super ceramic coating launched to keep cars looking as-new. 

Formulators of the world’s best surface care products launch a new, revolutionary ceramic coating that will keep cars looking ‘as good as new’, at the SEMA Show, Las Vegas, USA, today (Tuesday 31st October 2017).

Gtechniq introduces Crystal Serum Ultra, a 10h paint protection for cars that offers matchless levels of gloss, surface slickness, swirl and chemical resistance. Keeping a car looking at its best and making it stress-free to maintain. Crystal Serum Ultra replaces Crystal Serum as the Gtechniq Accredited Detailer only, signature coating, with a nine year guarantee.

Rob Earle, Gtechniq managing director responsible for the development of Crystal Serum Ultra, said: “Crystal Serum Ultra is the best paint protection product that we have developed to date.

“By creating Crystal Serum Ultra we have introduced a new seven nanometer particle that works alongside an existing 20 nanometer particle, and increased the ratio of crosslinkers in the formula. This has resulted in a coating which has a reinforced top layer that will take everything life, and the road, throws at it.”

The molecular structure of the hard top layer of Crystal Serum Ultra is exceptionally chemical resistant, withstanding even the strongest wash chemicals and bird droppings. This super-strong top layer also reduces surface hazing substantially, helping to keep that mirror-like finish on a car’s paintwork. 

Crystal Serum Ultra is resistant to extreme heat changes, from -40 degrees Celsius to +250 degrees Celsius, this makes it effective in a number of environments.

Having Crystal Serum Ultra applied to a vehicle will make it a dream to maintain, but for the best in hydrophobic performance and ease of upkeep, it can be over coated with EXO Ultra Durable Hydrophobic Coating or C2 Liquid Crystal.

The nature of Crystal Serum Ultra means it cannot be purchased off the shelf, but has to be applied by a trained, Gtechniq Accredited Detailer. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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GTechniq Maintenance Kit: $50 

Maintain the appearance of your vehicle between visits to your favorite car detailer. Once your vehicle has been detailed you will want all the essential items required to keep that ‘just detailed’ look. This kit contains all the maintenance items needed to keep the exterior and interior of your vehicle looking pristine, until the next visit.

Kit contains:

MOIST Georgia Peach Car Wash Soap 16oz: $16.00

Delicious peach scent car wash soap. A perfect scented car wash for any type of vehicle

Mix 1 to 2 oz per gallon on water
Wash with a wash mitt or sponge
Rinse with the hose.

GTechniq WM2 Microfibre Wash Mitt: $20.00

  • Ultra low friction glide characteristics minimise swirl marks
  • Designed to hold maximum volume of wash suds
  • 100% split varied length polyester strands optimum for contaminant release

GTechniq Diamond Sandwich Microfiber Drying Towel: $15 

  • Drys to a streak free finish
  • Ultra soft highly absorbent outer layers wicks water into core reservoir
  • Unlike standard microfiber cloths, MF4 can be easily wringed out

GTechniq ZeroR Microfiber Buff Cloth: $4 each 

  • 40 x 40 cm
  • High polyamide content
  • Ultra soft and very effective for removing residues

RTIC Arkham Shine “GTechniq Was Here” 30oz Tumbler: $30

The MUST HAVE item of the season, or the year for that matter.  RTIC Tumblers are stainless steel, double wall vacuum insulated. Keeps your drinks ice cold longer – works great for hot beverages. The included all-new shaded Splash Proof lid lets you know exactly how much drink you have. The flip-top closure resists spills and is straw friendly. Easy to clean.

Are you looking for the perfect Holiday Gift for the car lover on your list? Well, we are about to make your holiday shopping just a bit less stressful. Starting Friday, November 24th (or “Black Friday” for those of you in the know) Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio will be offering some of the finest car care products available to help your friends and family keep their vehicles shining brighter than a Christmas Tree all year long.

On top of car care products, we will also be offering some great gifts and stocking stuffers to help knock off some of the more “hard to please” people on your list. Some of these items include a limited edition RTIC tumbler and coffee packages specifically for us.

On top of all this awesome stuff, we will also be having our famous 50% off all Gift Certificates sale on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th from 8am-9am only. 

We wish you all a great holiday season with lots of love from your friends and family and look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 24th.

Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio

90 Danbury Road New Milford, CT 

(860) 799-5403

2016 Chevy Camaro Corrected and Protected.

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Do you want your car to be SO BRIGHT that you can’t even look at it in the sun? This client did.

After about a year of regular car wash abuse, the white on this 2016 Chevrolet Camaro had started to loose it’s natural shine. Even though there was no “visible from 10 feet away” damage, micro marring, discoloration and an EXTENSIVE amount of industrial contamination, the light was no longer bouncing off and blinding innocent bystanders as our client drove by them. After our Level Two Complete Detail, we dipped this car in GTechniq from top to bottom to make sure that she looked her best not only now, but for years to come, with no more automatic car washes. 

New Car Auto Detailing Paint Correction for Connecticut

2017 Cadillac Escalade in for Level One Complete Auto Detail

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This 2017 Cadillac Escalade is the perfect example of why you should have a professional auto detailer with a good reputation do the prep work on your new cars and NEVER waste your money on the “paint protection plan, environmental protection plan” or whatever they want to call it. 

This Escalade was brought to us with a ton of swirl marks already in it and the client was told they purchased the protection plan, but from day one, their BRAND NEW LUXURY SUV never looked right to them. 

After performing our Level One Complete  Auto Detailing package, the paint was then protected with GTechniq C2v3 Liquid Crystal Spray for 4-6 months of real world protection, even in Connecticut. 

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Nissan 300zx Corrected by Arkham, Protected by GTechniq in CT

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There is nothing like finding a classic car, with very low miles, that also has VERY little damage to it. The owner of this 1991 Nissan 300zx was super excited to find this yellow/gold classic with just over 12k on the engine and a body that had VERY little damage that was not easily taken care of. 

The gold and silver metal flake was made to stand out again thanks to our Level Two Complete Detail Package and the Rupes s.P.a Bigfoot System. Once we got the paint looking like liquid gold, we protected it with our GTechinq Crystal Serum Black package for 7 Years or more of care free maintenance for the owner. 

Call (860) 799-5403 or stop by the studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, CT to discuss how we can give you REAL WORLD protection not only for those cars you have always wanted, but your every day drivers as well. 

Arkham Shine and GTechniq invade Gotham, CT for Batfest!

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Well, it’s pretty obvious that this car show was right up our alley. On September 17th, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio as well as reps from the Connecticut GTechniq Team turned Ocean Beach Park in New London into our own Private Gotham City Car Show. While the main attraction was obviously the Batmobiles, we had help from The Joker who donated his Ford Crown Vic, help from our dear client who showed up with her Dark Knight inspired Subaru Legacy and we even got a call from Knight Industries who showed up with none other than K.I.T.T. himself! (David Hasslehoff not included) 

If you look through the images below, you will also see “The General Lee” from “The Dukes of Hazzard”, and the Grand Turrino’s from Starsky and Hutch. 

This was an obvious blast for Kevin and his crew and we thank the people at Radio104 WMRQ for putting together such a great show. 

Arkham Shine joins CT’s GTechniq Team for Connecticut Dream Ride

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On August 26th and 27th, Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio joined some of the best car detailers in Connecticut at the Connecticut Dream Ride. The event was a two day celebration and helped to raise money for the Connecticut Special Olympics. The event itself took place at the  Polo Grounds in Farmington, CT.   By the end of the day on Sunday, over one million dollars had been raised in total. It is always an honor to support other detailers and represent GTechniq, but it’s even more important to be a part of such an event with a bigger purpose such as this. 

GTechniq sets up shop for GridLife at Road Atlanta in Georgia

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Recently, Kevin traveled with GTechniq North America down to Georgia for the annual festival of speed and music, GridLife 2017 . 

Car Detailing Training

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Is your detailer not only ranked as one of the best in the country, but recognized as a professional trainer?

Check out this video below with the highlights of the two day course Kevin Awalt helped teach with Rupes, GTechniq and

Toward the end, you can see Kevin hanging on for dear life as Todd Helme whips a Polaris RZR around the Skid Pad. Enjoy!

If you are interested in GTechniq and would like more information on becoming a certified installer, please visit:

GTechniq Direct Training and Merchandise. 


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Stock up on gift certificates for the Spring/Summer!
We have 40 $200 gift certificates available that we will be selling for ONLY $100. This is the perfect time to stock up on Car Detailing and Window Tinting Gift Certificates for your family and friends for:
Easter Gifts
Mother’s Day 
Father’s Day
Graduations Gifts
Summer Birthdays
Getting you car “Show Ready”
Getting your new car properly prepped and protected
even Arbor Day! 
Call: (860) 799-5403 
Purchase through PAYPAL by sending $100 plus $5 handling to 

The Cheeseburger Theory: You Get What You Pay For.

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This is a written version of The Cheeseburger Theory podcast I did with Jimbo Balaam. To listen, please check below. 

THE PROFESSIONAL  AUTO DETAILING PODCAST w/ JIMBO BALAAM Episode Number 273. Recorded February 27th, 2017

      I know what a lot of you are thinking, what do cheese-burgers have to do with Auto Detailing. Well, for one thing, I love a good cheeseburger.  In fact, if I had to choose between a steak cooked by the top chef in the country versus a bacon cheeseburger cooked by the top chef in the country, I would probably choose the cheeseburger. Nothing makes me feel happier than a well prepared, loaded with onions, bacon, tomatoes, and horseradish mustard burger on a fresh baked bun that is partially soaked. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Throw in a nice dark lager to wash it down with, and I am in food coma heaven.

     The other thing, is what I like to refer to as “The Cheeseburger Theory”. The theory goes like this: I can walk into a local Burger King or McDonalds and say “I would like the cheeseburger. It will probably cost around a dollar, give or take, and it will be ready within a few minute. On the other hand, I could walk into the top steakhouse in New York City, and order a Cheese Burger, and it will probably cost anywhere from $40 to upwards of $100 . I have done my research, and there is even a restaurant in London that sells a Cheeseburger for $1768.  (Don’t believe me? Check out THIS ARTICLE.) The point is, at either place, I am basically saying the same thing, “I would like a cheeseburger”.

       From here, there are some obvious differences in the final product that I receive. Let’s talk about the fast food burger first. I have to walk in, or go through a drive through.  The person taking my order usually looks “half asleep” to say the least. I get it served to me on a plastic tray, wrapped in wax paper and I am CERTAINLY not getting my dark lager to wash my meal down with. I go sit down at a linoleum table on a plastic bench that are both usually bolted down to the ground. No one asks me about how my meal is, if I want my drink refilled, and there is certainly nothing relaxing about the environment.  This is about the atmosphere that my meal is served to me.

     Now, onto the actual cheeseburger itself. It’s prepared in a microwave with no skill involved. They are certainly not asking me how I want my burger cooked. If you start really doing your homework, you will certainly question if you are getting real meat, cheese, bacon, and other “food”. As a long time detailer, I have pulled out these “pieces of cheese, meat patty, and bacon strip” that certainly should have started to decay, but instead look like they belong in my daughter’s play food kitchen because they look the exact same way they did the day they were purchased.

     Overall, it’s a quick service, provided by people with little to no skill, a questionable end result that may temporarily make you feel good, but long term, you feel like crap. However, keep in mind, you still said; “I would like a cheeseburger”

     Now, let’s talk about the burger that costs $40-$75 range. First off, we’ll talk about the environment. You are probably lead to your (comfortable) seat and told that there is a delicious “cheeseburger” special today. There is real, metal silverware on the table, cloth napkins, and probably music playing in the background. Overall, if they are going to pull off an offering for a $75 cheeseburger, they had better make it a true experience for me. I am asked how I would like my cheeseburger cooked, what freshly prepared side I would like, and most importantly, what fresh, on tap, dark lager I would like to start my meal with.

     On top of the environment I am being served in, who is preparing me this magnificent burger? Probably someone who has had extensive culinary training or at least the preparation is being overseen by someone like this. The ground beef is top of the line kobe beef, I usually have my choice of cheese (Swiss cheese or Monterey Jack are my personal favorites), and it’s perfectly melted. The onions are sautéed before being put on, the bacon is cooked to crispy perfection. All of this is being done with top of the line restaurant equipment that is kept clean and in top working order so that meal after meal, the chef and his team can deliver the best results to any and all customers who come through their door.

     So, what does this have to do with auto detailing? I am glad you asked. Just like no one is out there saying EXACTLY what a cheeseburger has to be, even though there should be, no one is out there saying what EXACTLY your customers mean when they say “I want my car detailed”. On any given day, it can mean a run though a car wash and a coat of wax all the way up to a full 50 hour or more paint correction and coating.  To the professionals, we know what it means, but I am asking you to look through your client’s eyes. How can you explain to someone what the difference is between YOUR detailing service and the guy down the road to the general population that is still confused as to what exactly happens when you clay their car.

     Well, a good start would be to take a look at the environment your clients immediately walk into? Does it scream “Unprofessional, untrained, over processed service”, or does it give your potential client a feeling of exclusivity. Are you wax paper and linoleum chairs or are you dedicated servers and real silverware. Are you trained in what you are doing, can you prove it? Do you use the best equipment and products and keep them clean and well kept, or are you using whatever was the cheapest when you walked into Walmart? Are you showing your customer from the get go that you are the $75 dollar cheeseburger or are you showing them you are the $1 cheeseburger TRYING to be the $75.

      Another part of my cheeseburger theory should also mentally work in your favor. If a potential client walked into the New York Steakhouse and demanded they cook him the $75 burger for only $1 because “McDonald’s down the road serves it for a dollar” they would probably laugh at them and ask them to leave. I am not encouraging you to laugh at your clients, but you need to show them why it’s impossible for you to do the same work down the road because it’s not the work you do, plain and simple.

    Now, if you will excuse me, I am starving. I think I’ll go have a cheeseburger.

Connecticut Detailer named 2017 Detailer of the Year

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We have great news! Kevin Awalt, the owner and head detailer at Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio was named the International Detailing Association’s “Detailer of the Year” at the annual Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando, Fl.

The award is given “in recognition of the contribution to the detailing profession through demonstration of superior knowledge, technical skills and professionalism in 2016″

Kevin was one of only three detailers nominated, and we could not be more happy, proud and humbled to be honored with such an award.

For more information about the International Detailing Association, please visit the website HERE.

Winter Car Care in Ct

The importance of Car Detailing during the winter, especially in Connecticut

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It’s that time of year again here in Connecticut. The snow is on the ground, and that means the salt, ice melting brine and all sorts of other mean and nasty things are on the roads ready to wreck havoc on your cars, trucks and SUV’s. The car gurus at Road and Track magazine share their thoughts not only on the value of having your car professionally detailed, but talk about having a Ceramic Coating installed as well for some REAL protections from the Connecticut D.O.T. 


Get your Car Simonized!!!

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Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio is proud to announce that we are one of the first auto detailing studios in the country to offer Simoniz’s new ceramic coating and warranty program, “Simoniz Diamond Plate“. 

When it comes to the car detailing industry, there is probably one phrase that is said over and over again:

“I want my car Simonized” 

For a long time, this had a very vague meaning outside of the dealerships. If you picked your car up from a dealership, you could get a product called “Simoniz GlassCoat*” installed on your new car and you could benefit from anywhere from a 5 year to a lifetime warranty, and an easy to care for surface. (if the GlassCoat was installed properly or at all). GlassCoat is designed as a  “Dealership Only” program, and therefore small, independent detail studios were unable to offer this product. 

With the recent  emergence of the coating industry, Simoniz has reworked the formula for their “GlassCoat” and come up with a product not only designed for new cars, but used cars as well. 

What is Diamond Plate?

  • Simoniz Diamond Plate is a nano-ceramic polymer paint coating that is designed to improve the gloss and depth of our clients paint as well as give the vehicle a level of REAL long term protection
  • Diamond Plate‘s polysilazane coating is held together by silicon-oxygen bonds. These bonds are unaffected by ultraviolet rays. 
  • Polysilazane itself strongly reacts with the hydroxyl groups on the paint surface to form a chemical bond in it at millions of separate points across the surface. 
  • The Simoniz Diamond Plate program includes a 2 Year, hassle free warranty with one of America’s most well know insurance agency’s.
  • Installation also includes Simoniz VisionBlade. VisionBlade is a windshield coating that acts like Rain-X on steroids. 

What does Diamond Plate protect against?  

  • Acid rain and hard water spot etching
  • Bird droppings
  • Tree sap
  • Insects including Love Bugs (for you Floridians)
  • Aerosol and Graffiti spray paint 
  • Accidental paint over spray or sling up from newly painted road lines. 
  • Loss of gloss from fading or chalking due to exposure to the sun 
  • Damage caused by Road De-icing material

How does you file a claim? 

      Clients who purchase the Simoniz Diamond Plate system can easily file a claim on the Simoniz GlassCoat app available from The Apple Store or Google Play, or they can simply file a claim by visiting the SIMONIZ WEBSITE

* PLEASE NOTE: if you had an independent car detailer sell you a Simoniz Glasscoat, it was illegal and the warranty given will not be honored should anything happen to your car. Simoniz GlassCoat is a Dealership Only product and can not legally be installed outside a dealership.

CALL (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut for a free consultation.

Window Tinting Now Available for Connecticut

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We are kicking off 2017 by officially launching our window tinting services here at Arkham Shine in New Milford, Connecticut. We truly believe that all cars on the road should have some level of window tinting installed, not only for the distinctive look that it provides for our valued clients vehicles, but window film also provides a level of safety as well. 

Some of the many benefits of having Arkham Shine install window tint on your vehicle are as follows:

 – Rejection of up to 80% Of infarred light

– Rejection of up  59% Of heat, keeping your car’s interior cool on hot summer days 

– Blocks up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays to keep you and your passenger’s safe while driving. 

– Reduces fading and cracking of interior panels, leather and cloth. 

Window tint is shatter resistant, keeping you safer should you get in an accident.  

– Our window tint film  is guaranteed for life. It will never bubble, turn purple, peel, fade, etc. If it does, you bring it back and we redo it. Plain and simple. 

– Helps to reduce the sun’s glare while driving. 

– Highly enhances appearance of vehicle with clean and distinctive look that you choose. 

– Our window tint will not interfere with your radio, navigation or cell phone signals

 Window tinting film is available in many percentages  15%, 20%, 35%, 42%, and also 50%

CALL (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut for a free consultation.

Holiday Auto Detailing Gift Certificate Sale In Connecticut

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     Well, it’s hard to believe, but the 2016 Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start looking at your gift giving list and figure out what to get those special people in your life this year. Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Gift Certificates are the perfect gift, and to help make your decision easier, we are having some great sales starting this month. Please read below for our great Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Specials. 
       All of us here at Arkham wish you, our valued clients, nothing but the best this Holiday Season and a safe and prosperous 2017. Without your support, we would not be here, and we never forget that fact. Thank you. 
BLACK FRIDAY: Friday, November 25thbmw_car_detailing
    Starting Friday, November 25th, All our Gift Certificates for Auto Detailing and Window Tinting services will be discounted 20% for the rest of the season until Saturday, December 31st. 

   If you know someone who is a car fanatic, this is a great chance to save money on our Award winning detailing. 

    Looking to reward yourself a little? Purchase a gift certificate for yourself as well. (don’t worry. we won’t tell anyone). 
*some restrictions apply
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Saturday, November 26th
    Looking to REALLY save some money on our services, Saturday is your day. We will be discounting all Gift Certificates based on the following schedule.
8am-9am:     Save 50% off Any Gift Certificate Purchase*
9am-10am:   Save 40% off Any Gift Certificate Purchase*
10am-11am: Save 30% off Any Gift Certificate Purchase*
11am-for the rest of the day: 25% off Any Gift Certificate Purchase*
     Can’t make it in to our Studio? Call (860) 799-5403 and we would be happy to help you with your purchase over the phone.**
CYBER MONDAY: Monday, November 28th
     Even if you can’t make it in to our studio, we have you covered. Send an email to:

Gift Certificate Sales

at ANY point between 12:01am and 11:59pm on Monday, November 28th, and we will send you an invoice for the Gift Certificate Amount you are looking for discounted 30%*. We will mail it out to you in a plain, brown envelope and no one in your house will know that you ordered them the gift of a new car this year.

     Is that special person on your list a D.I.Y. type person? We have supplies in stock! Get our gift bag that includes:
– Weekly Wash
– Hand Polish
– High Endurance Paint Sealant
– 3 High Quality Microfiber Towels
– Microfiber Wash Mitt
all for only $30 
     Still not what you are looking for? Give us a call at (860) 799-5403 to discuss your car care enthusiast, and we will help you construct a one of a kind gift for them that will have them thinking you know more about car care than anyone they have ever met. 

Ceramic Pro Ceramic Coatings offered in New Milford, Ct

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Ceramic Pro Connecticut 

Introducing the most advanced coating system for the automotive industry. 

Ceramic Pro Ct is the new face of coating technology. Ceramic Pro is a multi-layered, clear, liquid nano coating. When cured, this advance technology transforms itself on the surface to a permanent, ceramic shield. Ceramic Pro can be described best as an additional layer of Clear Coat, with 3 times the hardness and self cleaning properties. 

Why YOU should get Ceramic Pro installed on your vehicles. 

First of all, it’s a great investment. The Ceramic Pro coating system will protect your vehicle’s exterior and interior from deteriorating for the life of the car. This makes the time you have the car more enjoyable and helps maintain the resale market value should you decide to get rid of the vehicle.  

Your car will look new all the time! Once the coating is applied, you will see an unbelievable level of gloss, mirror effect and color depth above and beyond what traditional waxes and paint sealants can give. The best part is that with very easy, proper maintenance, your car will shine for YEARS to come. 

Less maintenance. The slickness of the coated surface does not allow dirt, brake dust, tar, bird droppings or other environmental and industrial contaminants to stick to your car’s paint, rims and glass. This makes washing and maintaining you vehicle significantly less labor intensive and much less necessary. 

How is this possible? Once the Ceramic Pro has cured, it is measured to have a hardness of over 9h. Normal clear coat only has a hardness of 2h-4h due to environmental restrictions and manufacturers desire to make the vehicle as cheaply as possible. The 9h ceramic shield helps to prevent minor and major damage to your clearcoat by acting as a much more durable, sacrificial layer. Any surface scratches that happen to the coating are easily removed with minimal polishing which will not weaken the integrity of your original clearcoat. Also, with Ceramic Pro, your paint system will not fade or age due to the UV protection in the ceramic coating. 

Ceramic Pro is a one time application if maintained correctly. Once the Ceramic Pro coating system has cured, it can only be removed through abrasions like wet sanding or heavy compounding. This level of extreme protection puts Ceramic Pro in a category by itself when compared to traditional waxes and paint sealants which degrade quickly. 

Ceramic Pro also offers a warranty on the ceramic coating of your vehicle. They are sure that you will be extremely satisfied with the Ceramic Pro paint coating system. The extensive warranty covers damage to the clear coat due to most environmental and industrial occurrences. 

CALL (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut for a free consultation.

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GTechniq Ceramic Coating Available in New Milford, Ct

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GTechniq: Smart Surface Science

“Stop Waxing, Start Perfecting” 


GTechniq was born of pure science, a love of cars, and the desire to create the best car care products with a focus on protective coatings. Long term, durable protective coatings are the cornerstone of GTechniq’s success. 

In 2004, the scientists at GTechniq created a superior line of products aimed at perfecting all the surfaces of your vehicle. The result is a revolutionary line of surface protection for the broadest range of your vehicle’s exterior. GTechniq protects your car in a way that no traditional wax or paint sealants can match. The engineers and scientists at GTechniq tackle to toughest car care challenges and have introduced a line of products that not only outlast, but outshine the competition. 

“WOW, how did you do that?” is a very common reaction that we hear whenever someone experiences the result of a car that has been protected using the GTechniq product line. It’s called SMART SURFACE SCIENCE and it combines micro-abrasive finishing technology to get your paint system perfect and then protects the surface with unique bonding elements that actually forms a chemical bond with the surface of your vehicle. With GTechniq, wax is obsolete and replaced with a crystal coated shine. The result is a final product that not only looks almost unreal, but makes maintaining a better than showroom shine as easy as rinsing the surface. 

Once your car has been through our extensive Paint Correction and Car Detailing process, the paint is prepped to ensure proper bonding. Once applied, GTechniq will dramatically reduce surface damage from:

  • hard water spotting and acid rain etching
  • bird bombs (bird droppings)
  • tree sap
  • insects, including Love Bugs (plecia nearctia)
  • spray paint
  • damage caused by extended exposure to the sun such as fading, chalking, loss of gloss and clear coat failure. 
  • all road de-icing material (EXTREMELY important here in New England

     Let’s not forget about the interior of your vehicle as well. We believe that Interior Detailing and protection is just as important. Once your interior has been completely detailed with our systematic and complete interior detailing process, we can protect the fabric, vinyl, leather, and plastic against;

  • ultraviolet induced fading
  • cracking and loose seam stitching in the leather
  • permanent interior staining caused by food, drink, inks, dyes or whatever else may try to ruin your interior
  • ultraviolet induced weakening of the vinyl or leather that can result in punctures and tears. 
  • CALL (860) 799-5403 or stop by our studio at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford, Connecticut for a free consultation.

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Is Your Car A Germobile?

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With all the attention paid to the exterior paint on cars, the interior, where you spend A LOT of time, is sometimes neglected. While a few crumbs, some dust, and that mysterious Fast Food French Fry that makes it’s way into EVERY car is unsightly, it can also lead to a very unhealthy environment for you and your family. Read more below. 



Oct. 1, 2008

As Americans spend more time behind the wheel, they may be unknowingly acting as a chauffeur to a menagerie of invisible passengers. Millions of germs and fungi, including bacteria and mold, are probably hitching a ride in your hatchback.

There’s no question one of the main reasons a car gathers germs is because few people clean the interiors well or disinfect them.

In some ways, cars are temporary living spaces that we often overlook as a place where microorganisms can grow and thrive.

Microbes Onboard

In a recent British study done for, microbiologists randomly tested both the interiors and trunks of 25 cars. They found that the typical British automobile had, on average, 285 types of bacteria present in every square inch of the vehicle. They identified at least 10 major types of bacteria.

Anthony Hilton, a microbiologist from Ashton University who led the study, believed steering wheels would house the most germs. However, stick shifts — with 356 germs per square inch — did worse, likely because they have a smaller surface area that concentrates the bugs.

And the nastiest harbor for bacterial refugees — the carpet of the trunk, where scientists found 300 to 400 bacteria per square inch.

Most of the bacteria in cars came from dead skin cells and soil tracked in on shoes, hands or animal paws. People generally don’t get infected by these pathogens. (Although one car that was swabbed for the study contained microbes linked to fecal contamination.)

“Our study found organisms in a car that are not uncommon to be found around a toilet,” said Hilton. “If someone gave you some food to eat while you were sitting on the toilet, you would be repulsed.”

Yet, plenty of people think nothing of nibbling in their vehicles.

Microbes also enter through the air and heating vents, although that’s beginning to change. Newer models in the United Kingdom have more sophisticated ventilation systems, along with pollen or bacteriological filters, to prevent airborne particles from getting in, Hilton explained.

Putting U.S. Cars to the Test

Compared to British cars, American cars aren’t much cleaner. In 2006, microbiologist Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona and a colleague did a larger study.

They swabbed the interiors of 100 automobiles in five locations: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. They took samples from 11 different areas in each car. And the scientists noted whether the driver was male or female, single or married.

When they looked at the results, the cleanest car belonged to a bachelor from Arizona. The dirtiest was driven by a married woman from Florida.

Not surprisingly, vans and SUVs contained more bacteria than smaller models, and married people had germier vehicles than singles.

The four top spots for germs were dashboards — which ranked first — followed by change holders, cup holders and children’s car seats. These beat out other frequently touched areas such as door handles, window openers and seat belts.

Gerba found evidence that bacteria can grow in food spills and suspects the dashboard was the most germ-laden location, because it’s one of the warmest places in the car and has ventilation systems on either side that can aerate spores.

Whether a car is teeming with germs also depends on where you live. Climates that are warmer and more humid like Florida produce more bacteria, because the car’s interior acts like a sauna, while Chicago’s cold and damp conditions mimic refrigeration inside an automobile and encourage the growth of mold.

Gerba has also done similar studies on planes and buses, and found that cars were the moldiest of all forms of transportation, probably because their interiors get cleaned less frequently. If you’re sensitive to mold, your car might trigger an allergic reaction, especially in colder climates.

Driving Away Germs

While the exterior looks of your car might be of primary importance, experts advise you not overlook the inside and clean it as regularly as you would the outside.

Today’s car has become more of an extension of the domestic environment — where people eat and drink and talk on the phone. It’s like a room of your house on wheels, said Hilton. Just imagine what a microbiologist might find in your dining room should you choose to foresake cleaning it for a time.

You’ll want to periodically clean and wipe the surfaces and mats, especially after food or beverages spill, as well as vacuum the rugs and seats where crumbs and debris can settle. You also need to be more vigilant if your pet regularly joins you for a ride.

“I don’t want people to freak out and throw bleach in their cars,” said Hilton.

But Gerba takes a stronger stance. He recommends using disinfecting wipes on the dashboard, door handles and kids’ car seats, especially if you’re transporting lots of children or have a carpool.

It’s highly unlikely that the microbes in the average car will make you sick, but under atypical circumstances, they can, pointed out Philip Tierno, a microbiology professor at New York University and author of “The Secret Life of Germs.”

The real risk is driving with more passengers in the car, particularly younger ones, which increases the odds of more people sneezing and coughing, leaving a trail of germs behind that you might touch to your nose, mouth or eyes, leading to a cold or flu.

“Children are little bags of germs and if you cart them around, they have more potential pathogens,” said Tierno.

Gerba put it another way, “If you’re a soccer mom, you’re essentially driving a germ-mobile.”