[heading] by AMY LEHRER | photos by Michael Bielecki [/heading]

Professional detailer, Joe Rickard, knows clients desire convenient quality service. To provide the on-site visits he knew his clients wanted, in 1990 he opened Black Forest Detail, a licensed and bonded affordable mobile detail service for cars, trucks, airplanes, motorcycles and RVs. Currently, four detail trucks are available to serve San Diego, La Jolla and North County clients.

Joe can be trusted to do the best work because he has many years of experience. In 1986, at seventeen, he opened Cardiff Auto Detail, and he is still affiliated with another family owned and operated business: Black Forest Porsche/BMW. On his own, he opened four detail shops with locations in Cardiff, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and La Jolla.

[pullquote align=”left”] “This is the third time [Black Forest Detail] has detailed my 2001 BMW Wagon, and it looks brand new. The paint is as shiny as the day it rolled off the BMW lot.” ~ Alex, Returning Client of Black Forest Detail [/pullquote]

All current mobile details are completed by Joe or his manager, Eddie Vasquez. Between them they have forty years of experience, and any assistants they hire are trained by Joe and a pro-detailing school. With Joe and Eddie’ guidance, assistants develop an eye for detail, use products and equipment properly and follow the correct steps to obtain superior results. In addition, all assistants are drug/alcohol screened and are required to be punctual, reliable, courteous and outgoing.

Only factory recommended cleaning products and top of the line equipment are used. Magic Clay, a substance used to prep vehicles, removes contaminants from paint surfaces. The pressure washing system used provides excellent results and is environmentally friendly. By combining water with air, less than five gallons of water is used per vehicle. A Teflon paint sealant is applied, and the hand wax used is 100% Brazilian Carnuba. Professional hot water carpet cleaners and spot-free water are used. The products and equipment ensure oxidation and stain removal. All cleaned fabrics and carpets are then sealed with a Scotch Guard fabric protector, and Lexol leather products are used to treat leather surfaces. Joe Rickard explained, “To do a good detail, you have to have the right products and equipment BlackForestDetail_02and know how to use them. And any company not using factory recommended products and equipment is not doing it properly.”

Upon job completion, to secure clients’ satisfaction, Joe or Eddie examines detailed vehicles with their clients. Alex, a satisfied customer from Vista, exclaimed, “This is the third time [Black Forest Detail] has detailed my 2001 BMW Wagon, and it looks brand new. The paint is as shiny as the day it rolled off the BMW lot.”

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Name of Business: Black Forest Detail
Owner: Joe Rickard
Years in Position: Since 1986
Year of Establishment: Since 1990
Address: Mobile
Phone:  La Jolla 858-558-0244 | North County 760-635-9299
Description of Business: Car, boat, plane, motorcycle and RV detailer. We use all factory recommended products and are environmentally friendly. We guarantee our work 100% and make sure clients are happy before they leave. We use top of the line equipment, products and trucks for the best results.

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