Glass coat finish
Glass coat finish
Glass coat finish

Our glass coat finish gives your car a unique ceramic coating

What is the glass coat finish? A unique ceramic coating for your cars paintwork to give it a lasting glass finish protecting it from the elements. This coating has a high durability and toughness and also a resistance to chemicals, washing and light scratching damage. Depending on the condition of your cars paintwork our aim is to achieve over 95% correction and is guaranteed to transform your vehicle’s appearance. A minimum of 50 hours will be spent attentively going over your car polishing out and correcting all the defects and imperfections before coating and protecting your vehicle throughout. We also have a selection of available bolt-ons: that can be added to the package please see the bottom of the page for further details.

  • Multi-stage detailed wash using the 2 bucket method.
  • Clay-bar and decontamination of all exterior paintwork
  • Three or four stage machine polishing / correction to 95% of defects
  • Vehicle re-washed to remove polishing dust from external paintwork
  • Vehicle carefully dried with plush micro fibre drying towels
  • Blow dry any excess water droplets and crevices
  • A diamond cut finish to all exterior paintwork to bring it back to a Mirror Finish.
  • All paintwork cleaned with a specially selected panel wipe to remove resides.
  • A specially selected agent is used so the glass coating can bond to the paintwork.
  • Paintwork protected with our unique glass coat finish

Features and Benefits of our Unique glass coat finish:

  • Very high durability
  • Produces a distinctive glass like finish
  • Creates a unique, Natural hydrophobic effect
  • Unique surface smoothness
  • Creates an enormous layer of hardness
  • Produce a flawless, clean finish

The vehicle is washed using a 2 bucket wash and PH neutral foam/shampoo, all door shuts and wheel arches washed by hand. Remove any contaminants such as tar from the vehicle all Exterior paintwork is clayed to remove bonded contaminants. Vehicle rinsed and carefully dried with plush micro fibre drying towels. Take paint measurements using a paint depth gauge.

We use a range of Gtechniq chemicals such as Iron Fallout, W7 tar remover and a clay bar to remove all contaminants from the vehicles body work like honeydew, tree sap, over spray and other stubborn environmental pollutants.

Depending on the condition of your car weather its a new one or a few years old it could consist of a single stage polish or even a 3 or 4 stage depending on the overall condition of the paintwork. At Top Car Detailing we shall advise you on the appropriate level of paint correction needed to bring your cars paintwork back to a better than show room finish. Sometimes 100% correction cant always be achieved dependant on the depth of clear coat and deeper scratches but we will do our up most to remove these defects. A paint depth gauge shall be used on all panels to test the depth of lacquer as we don’t want to run the risk of striking through. On more heavily defected cars paintwork we may have to use a heavy cutting pad and compound to remove those deeper swirl marks and scratches, the second step is a lighter polish and polishing pad to remove holograms and marring marks in the paintwork, then followed by the finishing polish and finishing pad to further refine the paintwork to a swirl, mar and hologram free finish, it is then followed by a wax or paint sealant to protect the paintwork. (35 Hours +)

If your vehicle is nearly new or the paintwork only has minimal and light paintwork then we will use a single stage correction using a finishing pad and polish to refine the paintwork.

This is where we apply Our Unique Glass Coat Finish

Lots of our customers have had this finish on there cars as it has a distinctive glass like finish with mirror like reflections that adds depth and clarity to the vehicles paintwork. This in its self has a surface hardness of 9H and creates an hydrophobic effect that’s Extremely Durable

The complete interior is cleaned and detailed with a number of Gtechniq products. The upholstery / Leather / Alcantara is protected with L1 Smart Fabric and the trim is restored with the Gtechniq C4 permanent trim restorer.

Wheels are removed from the vehicle, cleaned with Gtechniq W7 tar and glue remover before being protected with C5 wheel armour.

Glass is coated with Gtechniq G1 Clear vision smart glass

Tyres are covered with T1 Tyre and Trim which has been formulated to keep your tyres and trim black and spotless for longer than ever.


Gtechniq CS Black

From an addition of £250+

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light

From an additional £175+

Gtechniq Crystal Serum + Exo

From an additional £225+

Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour

From an additional £50 if wheels are left on the car and £130 if the wheels are taken off and coated front and back

Gtechniq permanent trim restorer

From an additional £50

Basic Interior Valet

From an additional £25+

Full interior deep clean

Full interior Deep Clean ( including Leather & Shampoo ) £70+

Leather Protection

Leather Protection – £25+

Engine Bay Detail

Engine Bay Detail £40+

Convertible Hood

Convertable Hood Cleanse and Protect From £85


  • Alfa Romeo Julia
  • Bentley GT Speed coated in crystal serum Light


  • “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
  • “I have been interested in keeping my cars looking good and using appropriate finishes on them for a few years now and have been known to attempt some minor polishing myself but safe to say after seeing the quality of Barry’s work and the attention to detail on my latest car I will be leaving all my detailing needs to Barry from now on. The depth of shine from the multi product Gtechniq solution I chose is outstanding and all of the minor issues on the car were sorted before hand with a single stage polish – despite is being a brand new car it had still picked up some swirling and tree resin which needed to be dealt with.

    I know my car is more modest than some that Barry works with but he still showed the enthusiasm and focus that I imagine he does with all cars, the modern studio is also immaculate and Barry’s knowledge and pride in his work is obvious. I have no hesitation in recommending both Gtechniq products and Barry to anyone with a car in need of some TLC!”

    MR P Welch
    BMW 5 Series
  • After having my car a couple of months I was concerned about the swirls and marks on the paintwork and so decided to get some paint protection. After doing some research on the internet I found the Top Car Detailing website and decided to give Barry a call. He was friendly and knowledgeable about his business and as such I made an appointment to see him. After a few minutes with him it was apparent that he had a passion for his trade. We talked about various options and treatments that could be done and I settled on the mirror glass finish. Whilst my car was with Barry he kept me updated daily with calls and postings on his Facebook page. Finally my car was ready for collection. WOW . The pictures don’t do it justice. The car doesn’t just shine, it sparkles. I would unreservedly recommend Top Car Detailing. It’s a one man business and Barry will treat your car as his own whilst he has it. His attention to detail is second to none and he won’t rush. Top Car Detailing, Top Car Job

    MR Graeme Smith
    Mustang GT
  • I recently had my Porsche detailed by Barry Polding at Top Car Detailing and I was blown away by the result. The car looks better than when it came out of the factory and he has achieved a mirror like finish in the paint. The result is truly amazing and the whole experience was fantastic. I left the car with Barry for a few days in his secure unit and a few days later I collected it. I was very impressed with Barry’s knowledge, hard work and dedication – he is an all round good guy. I will be taking more of my cars down there for the same wonderful treatment.”

  • 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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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 heard about Top Car Detailing and went to see Barry with my VW Transporter Van . We discussed finishes and I decided to go with the Glass Coat Finish. I knew their were lots of scratches and the paint was quite dull but when I went to pick it up I could not believe the finish it was better than when I bought it. “Highly Recommended”

    Richard Woodward, from Cheshire
    VW Transporter Van
  • 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


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.