Car detailing at Farba Guard in Dubai
There I was, letting my Jeep collect dust as I tested various other cars. Then I hear from a friend of a friend about a new detailing shop that he’d opened in Dubai recently, and was looking to make his mark in the industry. The place is called Farba Guard, and after speaking to Mohsin, the owner, and seeing his passion for detailing cars, I figured I could give the new place a shot and hand over my stagnant Jeep for a complimentary full detail for this story.
Judging by the pictures, you can see that my Jeep is in pretty good condition for a 10-year-old car. But look closely, and you’ll find dust and dirt in every nook and cranny, in the vents, in the grille, in the door edges, and in the buttons. The alloy wheels are yellow on the outside and black on the inside, while the engine compartment always has a layer of dust on it.
The place in Al Quoz is certainly set up more nicely than other detailing outfits I’ve used, with a bright waiting area and a vehicle-handover area at the entrance. Inside, there is a corner where the cars get a thorough wash, which is where my Jeep first got a foamy shower and a scrub-down, taking the better part of an hour. They even used some sort of gel on the outer-window rubbers and also started brushing behind the wheel-spokes during the wash.
Then the Jeep got wiped down and moved to a dry area, where the real work began. Working under spot-lights, a whole team of men started working on various parts of the car.
The hard-to-reach places, such as the door hinges and the a/c vents, got scrubbed with a toothbrush, while the carpets got a shampoo wash using a specialised machine.
The entire interior was vacuumed or blown with compressed air, the leather seats and plastics were treated, and the engine compartment was wiped down with solvents till it was shiny. The tyres sidewalls got a wet wipe, and the paint went through the usual cleaning, polish and wax using professional tools. They also finally got rid of the white stains left on the door-edge rubbers left by the previous detailing outfit.
They even polish headlights and remove seats for cleaning on request, but we didn’t require either of those services, considering we changed our headlights a year ago and we don’t eat inside the car.
The end result was a car with no swirl marks on the paint whatsoever. The bigger scratches remain of course, and our ancient Jeep has its fair share of those, but it looks brand new from a few metres away. Most of the formerly-black plastics became black again, although a few did look grey again by next morning, while some of the interior bits felt a bit slippery due to the spray-on treatment as they took a little longer to dry off, but neither is worth whining about really.
Farba Guard, which opened only this year, has been the best detailing shop we’ve used so far, with a knowledgeable owner who has many years of previous experience, is ready to explain the process to customers, and go the extra mile to build his reputation in the industry. They offer pick-up and drop-off services and plan to offer paint-protection and window-tinting soon. I even went through their past customer feedback forms, all of whom were satisfied customers except for one or two who whined about having to pay Dhs 50 extra for getting their larger SUV detailed using a “Cobone” voucher, which I hear was among the most successful campaigns of its kind on that group-buying website.
If you missed out on those vouchers, you can still look forward to trying out their Dhs 950 full-detail as we’ve made a deal with Farba Guard to offer discounted services for our MyRide forum members. Keep track of the various upcoming offers as they happen on the forums.