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Barry Polding, the owner of Top Car Detailing is the only North West Detailer accredited by both Kamikaze and Gtechniq.  Barry is the only UK detailer to have passed the Esoteric Elite Detailer Academy course run by world renowned detailer Todd Cooperider in Columbus Ohio, USA.

Car Detailing Specialists covering Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Top Car Detailing is nationally recognised as professional Car Detailing Specialists who are based in St Helens, North West England giving our customers the best possible motorway access into our business.

Barry Polding, the business owner and car detailing specialist has a background in chemistry and a real understanding of the molecular level of paint and the products used to repair faded and damaged paintwork to restore it back to a mirror finish.

Barry is accredited by both Gtechniq and Kamikaze, the 2 leading specialist car detailing product suppliers and is the only UK Detailer to have passed the Esoteric elite detailer training course ran by world renowned detailer Todd Cooperider in Ohio, USA.

We offer a number of services from protecting the paintwork of new and nearly new vehicles right the way through to paint correction and repair on classic marques such as Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Maserati and the many other high-class manufacturers.

From our custom built car detailing studio in St Helens, we are ideally located just 5 minutes from the A580 and 10 minutes from junction 7 of the M62 making it really easy for customers from Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington and across the North West to get to us.

The car detailing work that we do requires a dust-free almost sterile environment meaning that all work must be carried out in our dedicated workshop where we can guarantee the quality of our car detailing finish.

Barry’s American Adventure to the Esoteric Elite Detailers Academy

The name Top Car Detailing came about from what we wanted the company to represent as we wanted to offer a bespoke service not like what anybody else was doing.  Having a passion for what we do and specialising in car detailing, paint correction and offering glass and ceramic finishes for Top Cars.  The knowledge and experience for the type of work we do is immeasurable by the clientele we have done work for and the level of perfection achieved.

At Top Car Detailing we always go the extra mile to look after our customers and take great care of there cars. This is very important for us to offer the best car detailing service across the North West, Cheshire Nation Wide or World Wide. We only ever use the best products available that have been tried and tested by Myself to achieve the ultimate Mirror finish on your cars paintwork.  With having a passion for car detailing I decided to travel over 3500 miles to work with one of the best detailers in the world Mr Todd Cooperider, who is based in Columbus Ohio USA.  It was great working with Todd as we both have the same passion and understanding for car detailing, methods and products for attaining the ultimate finish on your cars paintwork. Whilst there I also attained the Esoteric Elite Detailing Academy Certificate.

Todd is an affiliate of the Ferrari Owners Club in the USA and has worked on many Ferraris and other Exotic cars including the LaFerrari.  Top Car Detailing have also had the honour of sponsoring and presenting the area group Class Award at the Northern Ferrari Day in conjunction with the Ferrari Owners Club in Cheshire.

Whilst in America I was able to work with Todd on numerous cars and compare new specialised coatings that are quite new in the market place today.

We also did a paint correction detail on a Maserati ( see this and many other vehicles I have worked on in my portfolio ) and coated the car in a new product that I can now offer my customers and clients.

We wanted to develop the company not to be average but to be at the Top of what we do and the services that we provide.  We have done this also by moving to bigger and better premises and more central for our client base. We are very approachable and would welcome you to get in touch if you would like a consultation regarding your car detailing requirements.

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Esoteric and Top Car Detailing
Car detailing by Barry Polding of Top Car Detailing
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Some of our customers testimonials

  • “I opted for the winter protection detail on my A4. The results were amazing, the car looked like it was brand new with a real deep glossy shine to it. The interior had a going over too with the leather seats treated. I would recommend Barry and top car detailing to anyone looking to have their car detailed, I’ll certainly be back.”

    Ian Wilcock
    Audi A4
  • “After many weeks looking for the right car, my next mission came after seeing the state of a brand new BMW M5. Even though it had been a demo with 2000 miles on it, every panel was swirled and was covered in light scratches.

    I found Top Car Detailing, made a call and went to meet Barry. Within seconds I knew I was leaving my car. Not only does his 13 year old vans’ paintwork look better than mine, but he was also working on a beautiful red Ferrari. He has an in-depth of knowledge of his products at a chemistry level! The workshop is kept immaculate with meticulous detail inside.

    On arriving back I was met by a car which I could only imagine leaving Germany in this condition, still warm off the line! I will be bringing another car soon and all will be maintained by Barry, Top Car Detailing for sure.”

    Lee, from Liverpool
    BMW M5
  • Hi Barry, I had to write to you to let you know how pleased I am with my F pace, it is absolutely pristine, I can see you have been meticulous with the detailing on my car, the wheels, interior leather and carpets look stunning. I didn’t think a brand new car could look so much better.  I will not hesitate to recommend your services to friends and family. I look forward to seeing you again for my 12 monthly inspection, thanks again John. (white jaguar f pace).

    John – Jaguar F Pace
    Jaguar F Pace
  • “I saw the Top Car Detailing Van whilst I was out driving and was impressed so I took the number down of it. I telephoned Barry who came out to give me a free estimate on my Honda S 2000. The paintwork he said was in very good condition and after discussing things I decided to have the Glass Coat Finish absolutely outstanding work I would highly recommend Barry for his professionalism and his attention to detail.”

    George Kelly, from St Helens
    Honda S2000
  • “I took my Porsche 911 for the glass coat finish to Barry at Top Car Detailing when I went to collect the car I was amazed at the detail, the reflections were just like a mirror I wouldn’t trust my car with anyone else.”

    Mike Redmond, MD of Airtec Filtration Ltd
    Porsche 911
  • “My BMW paintwork was quite faded and had scratches and patches which I thought was caused by bird lime. I found Top Car Detailing on the internet and Barry came out to see me. He advised me to have a paint correction detail which took just over a day to do. He did a fantastic job I could see my reflection in the paintwork. I will certainly be using Top Car Detailing again in the future.”

    Mr A Lindon, from Liverpool
  • I have entrusted Barry Polding to detail a number of my cars in the past, all of which I have been extremely pleased with.

    I was entering my Ferrari 308 GTS QV into the annual Ferrari Owners Club Concours competition as I do each year, but I wanted to really improve the paintwork.  I turned to Barry and he went about a complete detailing programme and spent almost a week in preparation and polishing.  The car looked stunning upon completion and was a marked improvement on what I had been able to achieve previously.

    The very pleasing result was the car was awarded “The most improved car in show” and Barry’s hard work really paid off.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Barry and his company to work on similar vehicles in the future and I certainly will be utilising his services again.

    Mr MC _ Liverpool
    Ferrari 308 GTS QV
  • In considering an appropriate finish for my new Mercedes GLC I was somewhat nervous about someone working on my new ex-factory paintwork. However, a few minutes discussion with Barry of Top Car Detailing put my mind at rest, he is a passionate professional and his enthusiasm shines through. He did a fantastic job and met my specification and exceeded my expectations. The advice about what I needed and how to maintain the finish was also top class.”

    MR B Burnet
    Mercedes GLC
  • I have recently had some work done on my Audi A4 at Top Car Detailing by Barry. I’m really pleased with the work. The car was only a month old and had lots of swirl marks, especially down the side. Barry worked really hard to get the marks out and kept me updated the whole way through the process. The results are fantastic! It looks like brand new paintwork. I was extremely impressed with the service and think it is great value for money. I would highly recommend this service to all my family and friends in the future!

    Mr Luke McNamee from the North West
    Audi A4
  • “I took my new Tesla Model S for the Glass coat Finish to Top Car Detailing. Looks Fabulous. Barry very easy to work with excellent communicator, Kept me up to speed throughout. Very competitive pricing and quality work. Attached photo of my reflection in the (front trunk). Wow!”

    Francis Prendiville, from the Lake District
    Tesla Model S
  • Hi Barry,
    Just to let you know that I have completed the guarantee form and sent it to Gtechniq.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work detailing the Porsche Macan it looks absolutely stunning, the water beading is amazing.
    Thanks also for the info regarding the alloys for my BMW.
    Best wishes from Rachel and myself.
    Kind regards.

    Rick from North Wales
    Porsche Macan
  • “I recently bought a Range Rover sport Overfinch, the paint work was in a bad way and looked like it had been through car washes all its life. Barry did the paint correction detail on the car and applied the glass coat finish, I couldn’t believe my eyes how the car looked when I picked it up, it was like a mirror on wheels. The car stands out better than what I thought it would, with no nasty swirl marks in the paint. Barry still has a lot of time for me when I phone him and is a very friendly guy who puts 100% into his work and never cuts corners.”

    Colin Smith, from the Wirral
    Range Rover Sport Overfinch


What is car detailing?

Car detailing is the process of deep cleaning and rejuvenating a cars appearance, this would involve machine polishing using various compounds and pads to remove the defects in the paintwork like holograms, swirl marks, scratches and paint marring. This can be a time consuming job that can take from 1 to 5 days depending on the amount of paint correction thats needed to bring your car back to a Mirror Finish.

Which cars can benefit from Detailing?

All cars would benefit from a professional detail to protect and maintain their paintwork. We have worked on all makes and model of cars, including Audi, BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Porsche, Range Rover and Tesla. View our Portfolio for more examples of our work.

What is paint swirling?

Paint swirling or paint swirls are usually circular marks and light scratches in the cars paintwork, they can be caused by many things but mainly incorrect washing and drying methods.

What detailing products do you use?

We have a tried and tested range of products from various manufacturers including Gtechniq ceramic and our unique glass coat finish for the ultimate protection.  I find that these products in particular not only deliver stunning show winning results but more importantly they keep on protecting your car for much longer than some of the other products out there. If you have a particular product in mind that you would like to enquire about then please don’t hesitate to ask.

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What is snow foam?

Snow foam is a dense foam that used to cover the car, it clings to vertical surfaces which we typically leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off. Snow foam agitates any surface dirt and then holds onto it until rinsing.

What does a clay bar do?

A clay bar is a soft synthetic clay used to remove surface contaminants such as brake dust, small metallic particles and industrial fallout. You can feel this on a freshly washed car just by running your fingers over the paintwork. If your fingers drag then the car is probably ready for a full detail including a clay bar treatment which is just one stage of a correct car detail.

How much does car detailing cost?

This varies from car to car and is dependant on age, condition and the level to which you want to take your car. some detailing processes can take from 1 – 2 days or even 5 days depending on the condition of the cars paintwork!. We are happy to supply you with a free no-obligation quote for detailing your car.

Do you need to collect my car?

That’s optional you can if you wish drop your car of at our detailing studio or I can collect your car as I am fully insured to drive your vehicle and return it when completed.

I have another question.

If you have any more questions about car detailing or our services then please use the top car detailing contact form here.