Richard Harman founded Refined Detail at the start of 2008. Richard begun valeting at the tender age of 13, initially just cleaning cars on the forecourt of a local garage, before working his way to preparing the cars for sale and once they were sold – all by the age of 14! After nearly a decade of experience maintaining his own vehicles and others to a high level, it was time for the keen car enthusiast with an eye for detail to start offering his expertise to the public and trade. From the word go Richard was working for many V.I.P clients, leading dealerships and bodyshops. Today his reputation speaks for itself and he has the privilege of working solely for private clients, largely detailing & maintaining private collections which house some of the World’s finest example of rare & valuable automobiles. Refined Detail became a member of the F.S.B (Federation of Small Businesses) in 2011. In 2012, Refined Detail became part of the Auto Finesse Authorised Detailer network, and in 2014 Carbon Collective, Gyeon Quartz & Polish Angel awarded Richard ‘certified detailer’ status. In 2016 SiRamik also granted Refined Detail accredited detailer status. Refined Detail specialise in prestige, sports & super cars and concours preparation and now boast over 15 years experience in the motor trade industry.
For peace of mind Refined Detail are insured for every necessary aspect of the business (many aren’t!) Richard is insured for £5 million public liability & indemnity, £400,000 road risks & items worked upon – ie. to work on or drive your vehicle with a value of up to £400,000 with Fully Comprehensive cover (higher value cover can be arranged if required). If your car is to be kept at the unit for a few days you can rest assured that Refined Detail are also covered for storing your car overnight.
Refined Detail are based at a secure premises in Henfield (BN5), West Sussex, sat equidistant between Horsham & Brighton. The unit is equipped with a state of the art CCTV & remote monitored alarm system ensuring your vehicle is secure during it’s stay at RD HQ. The unit is temperature controlled & has a specially designed lighting set up providing the ideal detailing location. This facility allows Richard to carry out a valet or detail to his usual meticulous standards, whatever the weather. A number of extra services can also be arranged with trusted 3rd party contacts whilst the car is in Refined Detail’s possession including alloy wheel refurbishment / recolouring, Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) and the application of Paint Protection Film (PPF) Please contact me to discuss these options further. All detailing work must be carried out at my unit unless agreed otherwise beforehand. Please note for mobile bookings access to suitable shelter is requested in the event of bad weather – a large garage or space in an industrial unit is ideal. A gazebo is deliberately not used as a slight gust of wind can end in disaster (not just that, with rain comes damp air which effects many products and how often does rain fall vertically with no wind in the UK?!)
Mobile Valeting & Car Care
Refined Detail also offer a limited mobile service within a 15 mile radius of BN5 across West Sussex & East Sussex. This is largely for maintenance visits – some detailing treatments can be carried out as a mobile service if a suitable, indoor working environment is available. Please contact me to discuss. The self sufficient van carries everything required to clean & valet your vehicle including water, products and any other necessary equipment.. All I require is access to a power point within 45 metres, and access to water is always gratefully received!
Quality, not Quantity
A typical Refined Detail vehicle will surpass any standards you expect – This is no cheap hand car wash or “supermarket car park” valeting company and never will be. Quality is the main objective – to leave your car looking its best, and leaving it easier to maintain in the future. Richard’s reputation speaks for itself, with the majority of bookings coming from word of mouth or referrals from previous clients.
Refined Detail refuse to use cheap, “quickshine” products, and select only the finest products carefully selected from around the World from the likes of Carbon Collective, Meguiars, Polish Angel, Gyeon, Autoglym, Auto Finesse, Autosmart, Car-Pro, G-Techniq, Gyeon, Koch Chemie, Swissvax, Scholl Concepts and Zaino. All products are of professional quality and cannot be found in your local store. Using our extensive knowledge of today’s paint finishes and the products available, all products are carefully selected specifically for your vehicle to create the ultimate finish. No gritty sponges, silicone based quick shine products or waterless cleaners are used; ensuring that the car is cared for every step of the way. Refined Detail are often spending time rectifying the damage inflicted by inferior valeting services whom use cheap chemicals and poor techniques to get the job done quickly, not safely or to a high level.