Follow UF has over twenty years’ experience in the detailing industry and recently introduced a range of training courses tailored for both car care enthusiasts and detailing professionals. Each course provides a complete overview of the techniques, products and processes required to restore and maintain the cosmetic appearance of a vehicle. Customers have been enquiring as to the availability of in-house training for some time now. In response to this demand, we have introduced a variety of modular courses to cater for the training requirements of the car care enthusiast and detailing professional, whatever their level of experience. – Jez Gilman, Managing Director, UF Earlier this month, UF hosted the first Machine Polishing Advanced Training Course, a 2-day event designed to enhance attendees knowledge and gain increased practical experience using a variety of machine polishing tools on a range of substrates. The first two to take up the course were, helpfully, … [Read more...] about Machine Polishing Advanced Training Course
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It seems like lately I’ve developed a habit of reviewing vehicles on the verge of being replaced by a brand new generation. And by habit, I mean one review. But it seemed fitting when the local Enterprise location handed me keys to a “Full Size” and it turned out to be the soon-to-depart, current-generation Nissan Altima. With a new Altima already unveiled, promising more/better/faster everything, is there anything to miss about the outgoing model? After a week living with one, I can definitely say there might be. Probably. Mid-trim Experience The chromed letters on the back of this particular Altima said “SV,” which puts it right in the middle of the Altima lineup. Starting with the S for just over $23,000, Altima tops out with the V6 SL trim at $33,630. An SV will set you back $25,910, though numerous options are available from both factory and dealer. This Altima had exactly one option: carpeted floor mats in the front and in the trunk ($235). Adding … [Read more...] about Rental Review: 2018 Nissan Altima SV, Farewell Thine Faithful Full-size
TTAC recently spent some time out in rural Utah, where GMC was keen to show off the 2018 Sierra Denali’s capabilities in both towing and everyday driving. Does the soon-to-be-replaced luxury pickup have what it takes to get the job done? That depends on the options boxes, and which ones have been checked. (Full disclosure: GMC flew me to St. George, Utah and paid for hotel accommodation and meals. They also provided ATVs for riding in the sand dunes, and paid for entry into Zion National Park. I was also offered a Nike GMC baseball cap which I didn’t take, and some off-roading goggles which I did.) Ace of Base Perhaps surprisingly, GMC’s lineup of Denali testers were not all loaded to the max. In fact, only two of the six test vehicles had the big 6.2-liter V8 in them, while the rest made do with the base 5.3-liter engine. I know how the B&B just hates when testing is of the high-zoot nature, so it was just fine when I was assigned the 5.3-equipped White Frost … [Read more...] about 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 Review, Trucking Around Out West
Presented at UF’s Brands Hatch detailing studio, this three-day course is conducted by UF detailers. During the day, participants will be taken through all the steps covered in the 1-Day course including safe methods of initial decontamination, pre-cleaning and washing. In addition, participants will be given a comprehensive introduction to the art of machine polishing including dual action, rotary and forced rotation polishers, and finally, the various coatings available for protecting each type of surface, inside and outside the vehicle. Throughout each day there will be the opportunity for hands-on practice with an instructor in attendance to answer any questions. Who’s it for? Enthusiasts looking for a better understanding of car care techniques, including machine polishing, and those who wish to consider offering detailing as a professional service. The course will include: Number plate removal Wheel & wheel arch decontamination & cleaning … [Read more...] about Pro Detailer Training (3-Day Course)
Posted by James Detmer on 09.06.12 Professional detailers hate the idea of imperfect paint – as they should. They see orange peel, which is quite literally when your paint is textured like the skin of an orange, and they want to correct it. This requires smoothing the surface by wet sanding through the clear coat and pigment layer. If you read our last piece on over polishing, you’ll know we’re not the biggest fans of invasive paintwork correction procedures. This article will cover how your car becomes riddled with orange peel, how to fix it, and why I don’t really consider it to be that big of a problem for the everyday car owner. What exactly is orange peel? Put simply, orange peel is a textured imperfection in a paint job. You can see it with your eye because the paint is wavy in a sense, and reflects light in different angles around the imperfection(s). The surface will appear bumpy and won’t reflect perfectly. Often times you will find orange peel … [Read more...] about What is Orange Peel? And How do You Fix it?