Scotty’s Shine Shop helps restore US Presidential Rail Car

Scotty’s Shine Shop, Professional Auto Detailing of London, Ontario Canada joins a Professional Detailing Team to detail the Presidential Railcar U.S. No.1.

Scott Perkin, owner of Scotty’s Shine Shop will join forces with Professional detailers from across the United States and is the only representative attending from Canada on February 1st and 2nd 2016 at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida to detail The Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Railcar, U.S. No.1.

The Ferdinand Magellan Railcar was built in 1928 and put into service as a standard service railcar. In early 1942 it was pulled from service and modified with steel armour plates and bullet proof windows to transport the U.S. President in utmost maximum security.

The then freshly rebuilt Ferdinand Magellan, designated as Presidential Railcar U.S. No.1, was presented to U.S. President Roosevelt on December 18th 1942. Roosevelt regularly used the Ferdinand Magellan until his death in 1945.

The railcar was then used to transport Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Due to the advancement in air travel, aircraft designated as “Air Force One” became the preferred mode to transport the President. Presidential Railcar U.S. No.1 was taken out of service and officially retired in 1958. It has been on display at the Gold Coast Rail Museum in Miami, Fla. ever since.

In 1984 while the railcar was in Washington D.C. to be displayed at a railroad enthusiast event, arrangements were made for President Ronald Reagan to use the railcar on a one day 5 stop campaign event that traveled from Washington D.C. to Dayton, Ohio.

The exterior of the rail car had been restored in the mid-1990s.

Today, The Ferdinand Magellan, while in good condition, is in dire need of a professional cleaning, polishing and waxing so that it will look new and be preserved for all to enjoy.

The Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Railcar U.S. No.1. Detail Team members consists of seasoned detailers that are donating their time at no charge to the museum.

The two day project could not have been made possible without the major sponsorship of Autogeek Car Wax Superstore of Stuart, Florida. Autogeek is the largest distributor of car care products in North America and is very supportive of detailers in the car care industry. In the past they have supported projects to refurbish aircraft used as Air Force One and rare WWII bombers. The detail team will use Autogeeks line of Pinnacle waxes and polishes to shine and protect the Ferdinand Magellan.

The choice of machine polisher is essential for excellent results. The polisher that the team will use on the railcar will be supplied by Rupes USA. The railcar team will specifically use the Rupes Bigfoot 21 MkII dual action polisher to polish and wax the Presidential railcar.



Rail Dust, Industrial Fallout and the effect of acid rain on your paint finish

It’s an unfortunate reality that those of us living in Southern Ontario are subjected to a good deal of pollution and acid rain given our close proximity to the industrial regions of the Northeastern United States.


According to this chart the approximate PH of rain in this region is around 4.5-4.6 which is more acidic than typical precipitation.


Add to that the amount of pollution and environmental contamination your paint finish is subjected to on a daily basis from things like:

  • acid rain
  • tree sap
  • bird droppings
  • insects
  • industrial pollution

it becomes more and more important to understand and appreciate the importance of regular washing and decontamination of your paint finish. Check out the 2 pictures of a vehicle we recently decontaminated that was just covered in industrial pollution.


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These ferrous particles land on the paint and begin to rust and when combined with the acids left behind from acid rain create a corrosive compound that will eventually destroy your paint finish. The key to fixing this problem is a proper paint decontamination. This involves a multiple step wash that neutralizes the acid rain deposits, dissolves the ferrous particles and then returns the paint to neutral ph followed with treatment with a clay bar or towel to remove any bonded surface contaminates. Many mistakenly believe that a simple clay bar/towel treatment fixes this problem but it will not resolve the acid deposits and only picks the contamination off the surface of the paint and not the portion of the ferrous particles that become embedded in the paint. This is why the complete process is so important for a complete repair. After the paint is decontaminated it can be protected with a quality paint sealant of nano-coating. Weekly washing afterwards will help to mitigate the amount of acids and industrial fallout that accumulate in the future.

Gift Cards are now available from the Scotty’s Shine Shop Online Store!

It only took almost 23 years but we have taken another step in regards to technology and added an online store to the website! For now you will be able to purchase gift cards if you do not wish to have to physically drive down to the shop by going to the website and clicking on “GIFT CARDS” from the menu. The physical link is here: and as illustrated below you can purchase any amount you wish in multiples of $25 and up!

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Once you complete your order you can pay with your credit card and you will receive an e-mail containing a gift card that you can either e-mail or print to give to the recipient and be used at the shop that looks like this!


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We look forward to adding the ability to order your maintenance supplies from the site soon as well.

Making A New Car Better Than New With Detailing

At Scotty’s Shine Shop we understand that our clients insist on only the very best and in order for that to happen, even a “new” vehicle must be prepared properly. If you’re going to have your new vehicle’s paint coated, you may need to have it corrected first. Don’t think that “new” cars are exempt from needing attention!! Check out what a brand new Alfa Romeo 4c experienced here:


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As you can see from the article, even a brand new car can be significantly improved when in the hands of a professional. Please feel free to contact us at 519-434-2922, or better yet drop by the shop for a FREE inspection and we can help you make your new car look it’s best and stay that way for years to come!


Introducing the new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8. Scotty’s Shine Shop Demonstration & Show Vehicle

Over the years Scotty’s has brought in various vehicles we use to show off our skills and/or products & services we sell and install at the shop. Enter the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8! Since we have never done this with a high performance SUV what better time than the present! This vehicle will be getting the works with respect to improving it’s already impressive appearance starting with the removal of all the stock, chrome badging which will be replaced with all black badges. Next up will be all the chrome trim around the windows which will be wrapped in black vinyl and the chrome grill inserts will be either wrapped to match or painted black to match the grill. The paintwork will be receiving a full Xpel Ultimate front end wrap + contact areas in paint protection film to protect from stone chips and all paintwork will be polished and protected with a coat of Modesta BC-04 nano-titanium paint coating and topped with Modesta BC-05 for the maximum in gloss and protection and the wheels and calipers will be treated to a coat of Modesta BC-06 to protect and preserve them. All windows will be treated with CQuartz Flyby Forte and all leather treated with CQuartz Leather Protection. We’re pretty excited about this project and will update the blog with pictures and updates as we complete the work in the coming weeks!


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Scotty’s Shine Shop – Car Cleaning, Auto Detailing, Paint Correction and Paint Coatings and Paint Protection Film. Proudly serving London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Lucan, Belmont, Komoka, Mount Brydges, Lambeth, Delaware, Dorchester and all of Southern Ontario since 1993.

Beware misleading product & service claims. If it sounds to good to be true…it probably is.

The detailing industry can be a tricky business and sadly not all detailers are scrupulous and working with the best intentions. Just like in any sort of business, there are some detailers that are more than willing to lie and deceive their audiences into purchasing whatever products they are marketing. Unfortunately, it’s those sorts of people who give detailing professionals like myself a bad name and who give our entire industry a negative reputation. Listed below are some of the most common misleading and deceitful marketing tactics used to pressure customers into purchasing detailing products or services (specifically but not limited to paint protection). It should be known that just because there are some bad apples in the bunch doesn’t mean that they’re all bad. While some detailers might use shady techniques like the ones listed below, the team at Scotty’s Shine Shop are hardworking and honest individuals who truly have our client’s best interests at heart.

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  1. The old “light the car on fire trick”. This demonstration has been around since the dawn of the informercial and “Nathan’s Liquid Lustre” paint sealant used this very effectively to promote their product. In this demonstration, lighter fluid or a similar liquid is poured on the paint of a vehicle and ignited…..producing a wonderful display of flames on a surface the is protected by the product being pitched. High school science taught us that heat rises, not sinks so the majority of the heat produced is above the paint. Add to that the short working time of the demonstration and the temperature of the paint is likely less than if you left the vehicle out in the sun for an hour. This is an utterly worthless demonstration that has lot’s of sizzle but no steak and proves absolutely nothing regarding the protection the product provides.
  2. The “lighter” or “penny” demonstration. In this demonstration a plastic lighter or penny is struck on the paint of the vehicle leaving behind marks which are easily wiped away and thus proving how effective and “tough” the paint protection is. What is actually happening in when the object used is struck against the paint a small amount of plastic or residue off the penny which is then perceived to be easily wiped away because of the applied paint protection. While the act looks impressive due to the violent action of the object striking the surface is nothing more than light transfer of some plastic or residue off the object to the paint and is easily removed regardless of the paint protection.
  3. The spray paint demonstration. In this demonstration the vehicle’s paint is sprayed with spray paint which is them wiped away with some of the product proving the “slickness” and protection on  the surface. The paint protectant used usually contains some form of petroleum distillate and/or mild abrasive polish that easily dissolves the fresh paint. It’s not magic happening here, just chemistry.
  4. The acid demonstration. In this demonstration metal filings are placed on the paint and covered with several drops of acid. A reaction occurs and after the acid is wiped away the paint is unharmed. What is really happening here is basic chemistry. Hydrofluoric acid is highly reactive with anything that is even slightly basic. Painted surfaces can be slightly basic due to the presence of silicates, so the acid will slowly react with the surface and etch it – potentially over lengthy time periods reducing its thickness. Coating the surface with wax or synthetic polymers (which is not basic at all) reduces this. The reaction between the metal filings and the acid looks impressive but due to the short amount of time it dwells on the paint and protective wax there is next to no chance of any damage occurring.
  5. The bait and switch. This is the absolute most annoying and deceitful practice happening today. Unscrupulous detailers will portray themselves as installing professional grade paint coatings and then install a consumer grade product instead. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is check the detailer’s credentials with the coating manufacturer to ensure you are not only dealing with a professional, certified installer but are actually getting the product that you are being sold. If the price you are quoted by an installer is cheaper than the average industry price then you should be wary. A good example of this practice is installers claiming to install “Opticoat” or “CQuartz”. Theses are NOT legitimate product names. “Opticoat Pro” and “Quartz Finest” are two of the industry leading paint coatings and only available from certified, pro installers. However, there are (or were) consumer grade coatings available in the past such as Opticoat 2.0 (now discontinued) and CQuartz UK which are both great products in their own right but now geared towards the professional market. Since the names sound similar to to PRO products shady detailers have been known to mislead customers into thinking they are getting the PRO versions and installing the consumer grade instead.

These are a few of the best known, but not all the gimmicks used to try and sell customers on paint protection. In reality, a quality paint protectant applied by a true professional doesn’t need selling because it sells itself. The best tool you a s a customer has with respect to making a decision is arming yourself with the knowledge to make an informed decision. Google the company that makes the product. Check into the caliber of the installers that the company allies itself with…are only the absolute best installer allowed to become a certified installer? Are there reviews of the product online? Most of the PRO grade coatings have scores of testimonial videos on youtube and loyal followings from the people that have purchased and are enjoying the product. A little knowledge goes a long way and any certified paint coating installer will be able to educate you on the products and your options.

An explanation of why our prices can seem higher than you expect

At Scotty’s Shine Shop, we are consumers like you and can imagine our prices can seem very high to our new customers. One of the most common complaints we hear from prospective clients is that our prices seem expensive. Unfortunately, on the internet perceptions and prejudices can often be rushed. So we decided to write this post to justify and explain the reason why our services might appear to be pricey. There are several reasons..

The first reason comes from an ideological choice of our way of working. We want to produce the absolute highest quality work possible and do not want to compete for the absolute cheapest work on the market. If we wanted to create lower-quality services with lower prices, it would mean we should compete with other businesses that are. Since we don’t want to do that, we decided to aim to provide a higher standard or service and craftsmanship. This entails:

  • Using more expensive products and equipment
  • Employing highly trained staff
  • We Are FULLY insured
  • Commitment to ongoing training and education

Then, there are other factors which influence the price:

we spend far more time on the work we perform than anyone else in our market, which means higher costs. Instead of cutting corners and shaving time off of jobs we ensure every job gets exactly the amount of time it should be getting in order to ensure a result as close to perfect as possible. Scotty’s are also the exclusive provider of products such as Opti-Coat PRO, CQuartz Finest and Modesta paint coatings. These products are all imported and extremely expensive to purchase. We are committed to only using the absolute highest quality products and equipment. That’s not just lip service either. We back it up. Examining all these points it becomes logic that it’s not easy to maintain low prices.

This is very important because each Scotty’s Shine Shop customer has to know they are not purchasing a trivial product or service. When a customer buys a product or service from us, they are buying our story, our culture, our philosophy and more importantly our results. Ultimately, as a consumer it’s your choice. Just remember, there is more involved in purchasing a service than merely looking at the price. Do your homework and examine not only what you are comfortable paying but the result you expect to receive as well. As always, we are at your service and happy to give a FREE consultation to educate our clients on what they need and don’t need and help to determine the right product or service that will perfectly suit those needs to provide the most satisfactory result.



Rest in peace Angus.

With heavy hearts we today said goodbye to our beloved shop mascot Angus. Angus joined us in March 2001 after Scotty found him available for adoption at London Animal Care and Control and initially spent lot’s of time in the front office warming the feet of shop co-founder Bob Perkin. Over the years Angus warmed the hearts of everyone that met him with his sweet face and gentle personality. You will be missed Angus…..thanks for allowing us to be a part of your life.

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend.

Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.


2015 NXT Training at Meguiars – Irvine, CA

Scotty was fortunate enough to once again be among a select group of detailers to attend the Advanced NXT  – Fundamental Sanding & Polishing Techniques class presented by Kevin Brown of and Meguiars. The class was a virtual “who’s who” of the best detailers in North America and beyond and it speaks volumes that a group of professionals of that caliber are still willing to travel long distances to continually educate themselves and improve their skill set. Suffice to say that we took everything in and will be implementing the knowledge we gained to continually take our services to the next level to provide the absolute best for our customers. We can’t wait to attend again in 2016!


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