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. 
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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
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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.**
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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.

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CAR WASH AND DETAILING SUPPLIES ALSO AVAILABLE 
     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” 

THE GTECHNIQ STORY

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.

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. 

IS YOUR CAR A GERMOBILE?  

  • By CARI NIERENBERG
  • ABC NEWS MEDICAL UNIT

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 insurance.co.uk, 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.”

Gift Certificates Now Available.

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Are you looking for the perfect gift this Christmas for the car enthusiast in your life? 

Looking to give your loved one a new car this holiday season, but are coming up a few thousand short of that Red 2016 Porsche 911 Spyder? 

Are your in-laws extrememly judgemental and the thought of picking them up  in your family cruiser is keeping you awake at night? 

Has the constant shleping around of your little elves and their friends taken a toll on the exterior and interior of Mrs. Claus’s sleigh? 

Do you think that YOU deserve something after all the hard work you have done in 2015?  (don’t worry, we won’t tell if it’s for you) 

Come visit Arkham Shine at 90 Danbury Road in New Milford and allow us to give your family and friends the gift of perfect paint and a spotless interior that will last for years. 

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Winter Is Coming!

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NEWS FLASH: All the salt, sand, and other material used to de-ice the roads during winter EATS THROUGH METAL! What do you really think that thin layer of wax is going to do? Contact us today to make sure your vehicle is properly protected with the latest technology in the car care industry. 

Ceramic Pro Winter Protection

The Ultimate in Home Surface Protection.

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CERAMIC PRO HOME SOLUTIONS

The chemistry behind Ceramic Pro is not just the best way to keep your cars looking their best with minimal effort. Click on the pictures below to read more about how Nano-Ceramic coatings can keep your kitchen and bathroom looking their best with minimal effort. 

Call (860) 799-5403 for more information 

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2006 Ford Mustang in for Paint Correction and Ceramic Pro Silver

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I can not stress enough that true paint correction and Ceramic Pro coatings are not just for the most luxurious and expensive cars on the market. They are services designed to make sure that those who care about and take pride in their cars can keep them looking flawless with minimal effort for YEARS, not just a season.
This 2006 Ford Mustang is the dream car for a friend of mine from high school. He is super proud to finally own it and wanted to make sure that it looked it’s best and stayed looking that way.
Even though the paint was not horrible to begin with, paint correction using Meguiar’s and SONAX USA leveled it out perfectly. After that, the Ceramic Pro Silver package was applied to all the exterior surfaces. Topped off with Black Pearl Trim & Tire Armour,  this Mustang will now continue to look it’s best with MINIMAL effort for years to come.
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New Car Prep and Detail: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Did you recently get a new car? Why not consider taking the hassle out of having to maintain it’s appearance? This 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was picked up by the owner from the dealership and then garaged until I could get to it. Since my client knew to insist that his Grand Cherokee did not come with dealer installed swirl marks, only minor paint correction was needed. After that, a PERMANENT Paint Coating was applied, which is warrantied for life.
Interested in learning more about Permanent Paint Protection? Call today (860) 799-5403

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Some information on True Paint Correction and Paint Coatings

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Welcome to Arkham Shine’s database of articles and information on various aspects of the auto detailing industry.

Over the years, I have been asked almost ever imaginable question about detailing. Some of the questions I have been asked are well thought out, and it was clear to me that the person did their research. Other times, however, people have asked me mind boggling questions about various detailing processes that just do not even abide by the laws of science, never mind even remotely describe what auto detailing entails.

The truth is that there is no governing “Auto Detailing” body in the United States or the world for that matter. What this means is that anyone can really go out and say anything without having to answer to someone if what they are saying is wrong. This lends to a lot of misinformation about any and all aspects of the auto detailing industry.

What is compiled here should at least give you a starting point as to where to go to get the proper information about what auto detailing is about. The articles below are ones that I have personally chosen and for the most part, are written by veterans of the industry that I have come to know and trust over the years.

I encourage you, if you are an existing client of mine already, or a potential client of mine, to read through these articles, and certainly write down any questions you have about the detailing process. Clients who ask me 1000 questions about my service always apologies, but it’s not necessary. An educated client is a happy client, and a more loyal client as well. I would rather you ask me all the questions you have before trusting me with your car, then have to explain things like “gravity” to you after the service has been complete. (Yes, I actually had to do this once).

So, enjoy the following articles, and I look forward to earning and continuing to do business with you.

1). Different Levels of Paint Correction = a visual guide as to what you can expect from various paint correction methods. 

2). Paint Coatings: Why You Should Give Them A Shot = A summary of  benefits paint coatings or “glass coatings”. 

3). Why Is There Such A Difference In Detailing Service Pricing: a great article about my pricing versus “the guy down the road”.

4). The Primary Benefits of Using Clay: A LOT of people have misconceptions about what a clay bar actually does. 

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2015 Tesla p85 D in for SERIOUS Paint Correction and Ceramic Pro Coating

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2015 Tesla Motors Model S p85 d came in for paint correction and auto detailing here in New Milford, Ct.  One of the worst ones I have come across. Major road rash and wash scratches. In only a few short months, the New England weather took a major toll on the paint. Pretty much each panel was taken individually and brought back to a better than new condition.Ceramic Pro Americas Gold Package applied and Black Pearl Trim & Tire Armour to finish off the look.