• Apr 16, 2011
There are some incredibly gifted people out there who obsess over automotive detailing. No paint swirl is too small and no interior crevice is too tight for this dedicated set. Others, however, call themselves detailers, but deliver sub-standard work when compared with the real pros. The staff at North West Auto Salon came across a particularly egregious example of shoddy detailing when a new customer pulled into their cleaning booth.

Choosing a cheaper competitor first, the customer sought to have a large coffee stain removed from his car's floor. Some quality cleaning products, detailing knowledge and elbow grease should be in order, right? Not so for this "lucky" customer. It seems a can of spray paint was the preferred cleaning tool here. We'll assume that the resulting overspray and still-visible coffee stain won't result in a good review on the detailer's Yelp page.

Head over to North West Auto Salon's website to see a few more images of this not-so-detailed detail work.

[Source: North West Auto Salon via The Car Lounge]


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      tvcamaro23
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone spilled coffee in the back seat of my first car once. I didnt realize it for about 2 weeks until my brother pointed it out. My brother knows a guy who details cars and he told me a technique about getting the stain out. It invovled using peroxide. All I did was pour the peroxide on and waited approx a minute took an old rag and it wiped right up and it looked like it was never there. Also i didnt have to do what ever else he told me to do. Peroxide works wonders.
      A2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep this DIY coming.
      Sergio Freddson
      • 15 Days Ago
      I didn't know that spray paint was an actual cleaning method. Does it work if done properly? I'm not an expert at detailing or anything so I generally just use standard cleaning products and tactics. My dad has some tricks up his sleeve, but nothing as wild as spray paint. Hopefully he gets that coffee stain out! http://www.tmcustomauto.com/en/leather_interiors.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what the cost of this "detailing" was. Hate to think it cost more than a $5 can of paint...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have worked for a couple collision repair shops and it is not unheard of to spray the carpets with a carpet dye or even paint. Some stains will not lift. We had a full detail shop in one place that had the all the equipment necessary to remove stains from carpet and upholstery, but some stains will not come out. We would inform the customer of the action that needed to take place and I'd say 98% of them were ok with dying or painting the carpets just so they didn't have to see the stains anymore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me...but this is why I never was, and will be a fan of beige interiors. Dirt and stains are obvious dead giveaways.
      MASONA
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I did a custome rear seat delete, I couldnt find the exact shade of carpet I needed, so I shot it with two coats with a rattle can, and it was EXACT. I rubbed it with a few dryer sheets to get rid of the stiffness that paint gives
      precisionautosalon
      • 2 Years Ago
      They tried but they cannot succeeded. I think, they should try the latest methods in the market to overcome such problems. Seattle Auto Detailing: http://precisionautosalon.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it had protein from cream or milk and the stain set in, they'll never get rid of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      they do the same thing with pet hair they can't get out. it's been done for years.
        Jason Bird
        • 3 Years Ago
        When I worked as lot guy for a GM/Honda Dealer in the late 80's, GM cars had this awful trunk carpet that you could never get everything out of...sand, Christmas tree needles, etc. It was much easier to spray them with carpet dye (not paint!) after a thorough vac. This never happened on the interior.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that was a lot of coffee. I am guessing it was an exploded box o' joe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      carpet dye is pretty common, and comes in can exactly like spray paint.

      coffee stains are a hassle to remove if its been left to dry for a while. usually what i do is pre-treat the spot, hit it with the shampooer and let it dry. sometimes if the stain is really bad, and is deeply penetrated in the fabric all it will do is just rise to the surface, in which case i'll hit it again, let it dry, and keep doing that till the stain is gone.

      if it doesn't work THEN i'll color match the carpet with the dye, and blend it in. whoever did this didnt even bother to tape up the plastic and metal parts you don't want painted, and didnt even bother to try to blend in the paint. doesnt even look like they shampooed the carpet.
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