Detail your car, truck or boat from top to bottom, select a simple wash and wax, or choose something in-between. At Ballard Auto Detailing, we tailor our services to meet the specific needs of Pacific Northwest drivers.

In our part of the country water is everywhere. Often times it's contaminated. For example, when Seattle street spray evaporates from the surface of your car, it leaves behind minerals and dirt. Bird droppings and man-made pollutants are even worse.

Dirt and chemical contaminates saturate through wax and clear coatings into the color coat underneath your car's paint. Run a dry hand across the surface of your car. If it feels rough, it needs to be cleaned. There are two ways to clean unwanted environmental chemicals bonded to the paint; chemically or with good old fashioned elbow grease. Our expert detailers use both methods.

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clay bar

Clay Bar Removes Tiny Particles & Contaminates


Random Orbital For Mirror Finish

Griot's Garage® Premium Carnauba Wax

Headlight Restoration

Auto Paint Sealant

Spotless Interior

Even after a thorough wash, stubborn street grime, overspray and pollutants remain stuck to the surface of your vehicle. To dislodge these tiny particles and contaminants we massage the surface of your car with a fine grade clay bar. The clay bar gently removes all these tiny contaminates.

restoring clear coat

Next, we polish all the painted surfaces with carnauba wax. Carnauba wax, known as the "queen of waxes" comes from a palm grown in northeast Brazil. It restores your car's silky smooth, showroom finish.

We apply this special wax using a dual-action orbital polisher. We use a dual action polisher because standard orbitals leave swirl marks. You may not notice the swirl marks at first, but if you don't use a dual-action polisher, they'll eventually appear, especially on black cars.

If a customer requests it, we apply a durable clear coat sealant to lock in the shine and protect the finish.

Unlike some detailers, we never use cotton or terry cloth towels when hand washing your vehicle because they can damage a car's finish; we only use "paint safe" microfibers and delicate foams during every stage of the detailing process.

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black Tesla Model S

detailing tesla

Washington State boasts the highest percentage of electronic vehicles on the road according to the automotive website

Tesla sales are just as striking; only California, Texas and Florida rank above Washington State in Tesla sales.

Here's a Tesla Model S we recently detailed. It's a pleasure working on luxury models such as the Tesla! If you're a Tesla owner be sure to bring yours in when it's time for thorough clean and polish.


black Black Finishes Don't Scare Us!

black cars

Black cars and trucks can be extremely difficult to detail. Dark finishes magnify hairline cracks, dings and flaws. Some outfits charge extra to detail black cars, trucks and SUVs; others run and hide the instant they see one.

That's not us! We love the challenge. And our reputation is growing; as soon as one black car leaves our shop another one shows up! While our techniques are not patented, they've been classified Top Secret by the US Department of Transportation. Okay, that last part isn't true. What is true — we welcome any vehicle with a dark finish and we'll detail it better than anybody without charging you extra.


skunkDon't Just Mask Odors – Eliminate Them

auto shocker

Remember the Seinfeld episode when Jerry couldn't get rid of the stink inside his car? He should have stopped by Ballard Auto Detailing for a dose of Auto Shocker.

Auto Shocker is a non-toxic, eco-friendly way to neutralize odors inside a car. All you do is pop it open inside the car, follow the simple instructions and walk away for a few hours. Here's a video explaining how it works.

Ask for the Auto Shocker treatment when you drop off your car ot truck. You can also buy a tub from our shop and do-it-yourself, or purchase Auto Shocker online. No joke; this stuff really works. We could have saved Jerry and George a lot of trouble and expense.


tahoe carpet Reconditioning Automotive Carpets

tahoe carpet clean

When the owner of a 2004 GMC Tahoe ordered a new set of leather car seat covers from Mac's Upholstery, he wondered if it was a good time to replace the carpet and mats.

Since Mac's installs new automotive carpet sets all the time, it made sense. But, after disassembling the seats, they discovered these carpets weren't all that bad. They were just filthy and stained in places. Rather than installing an expensive new carpet set, they called us.

We pulled the carpet then thoroughly cleaned and conditioned all the sections. After reinstalling the set, it was hard to tell the difference between the restored carpet and a brand new one. Best of all, we saved the truck owner hundreds of dollars!


tahoe carpet Removing Embedded Dog Hair with Pumice

pumice removes dog hair

Huskies (of the canine variety) are notorious shedding machines. Most of them dump bushels of fur a couple of times a year – once in the spring and once in the fall.

Removing embedded dog hair from cloth upholstery is next to impossible. We've found the best method is raking the area with a pumice stone and a powerful vacuum.

By the way, the Husky in the above pic is named Kisha. Like all Huskies, she has a quirky personality. Kisha sometimes sleeps on her back. We're not sure why. She's also quite a talker (click here). Kisha makes regular appearances at the Mac's Upholstery office. She accepts treats, in case you're wondering.

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Auto Shocker

auto shocker

Auto Shocker is a safe and effective oxidation treatment that doesn't just mask odors, it eliminates them. Many in the health care field recommend a similar compound to fight bacteria and viruses.

Premium Carnauba Wax

griot's car care products

Open a tin of Griot's Premium Carnauba Paste Wax and you've opened the door to concours quality paint. They blend the highest grade carnauba with the finest ingredients to create an easy-to-apply wax that produces a captivating shine and lasting protection.

Griot's Paste Wax Kit

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Griot's Premium Carnauba Paste Wax is an excellent way to enhance your vehicle's paint while providing maximum protection. It's the highest grade carnauba blended with the finest ingredients. This wax creates a barrier between your paint and contaminants that can harm it.

Tire & Trim Coating

griot's car care products

Deepen the darkness and bump the brilliance of your tires and trim with Griot's Garage Black Shine. This premium dressing delivers best in class coverage and lays down smooth for maximum gloss and minimal sling on tires.

Carpet Spot Remover

griot's car care products

Remove those annoying stains quickly and safely with a 0 - 60 speed anyone would envy. Simply spray this amazing cleaner onto a carpet spot and right before your eyes the spot disappears.

Engine Detailing Kit

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Want an immaculate engine bay? In less than 30 minutes you can enjoy an engine compartment that looks brand new. Start with the Engine Cleaner and agitate the area with a detail brush to remove grease, dust, dirt, and grime.

Griot's Glass Cleaner

griot's car care products

You'll enjoy the fresh citrus scent along with crystal clear, haze-free glass, windows, and mirrors. Perfect for your car and around your home or office. It's ammonia-free and unlike typical aerosols, there are no CFCs that deplete the ozone.

Griot's Interior Cleaner

griot's car care products

Safely clean all interior surfaces and materials from headliner to carpet with minimal fuss. Interior Cleaner contains no dyes or additives that could damage the surface being cleaned. Leaves behind no residue that would attract more dirt.

Griot's 3" Waxing Pads

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These pads are the proper denseness for use with all of Griot's waxes. Whether you are applying Paint Sealant or wax, these provide you with the perfect application method.

Red Foam Waxing Pad

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Griot's entire line of foam pads has been reengineered with a new, beveled, flat face that encourages the even application of product, more consistent results, and easier wipe off.

Griot's Engine Cleaner

griot's car care products

Griot's Engine Cleaner helps loosen and break up grease, grime, and engine gunk. For really oily/greasy engines try Griot's Oil & Grease Cleaner first.

Griot's Speed Shine®

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Speed Shine® creates a super-slippery layer of lubrication that gently loosens and lifts dust, pollen, smudges, light grime, and bird bombs off your paint, where they can be safely whisked away. Simply mist Speed Shine onto the surface, gently wipe dry, and buff to a spectacular luster.

Undercarriage Spray

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It's a messy job detailing your wheel wells, frame, springs, and all of the other black items underneath the body. Undercarriage Spray can hide dirty spots and discoloration between black parts, and enhance many chassis items.

Liquid Wax 3-in-1

griot's car care products

Liquid Wax 3-in-1 removes minor imperfections, delivers deep, rich gloss, and safeguards your finish with carnauba-based protection. Formulated with micro abrasives Liquid Wax 3-in-1 removes defects, it does not hide them like other similar products, adding richness and depth to your paint.

Griot's Rubber Cleaner

griot's car care products

For any type of dressing to work well, the rubber must first be properly cleaned. The dirt, brake dust, and road grime you clean from your wheels also builds up on your tires. With a quick mist and a gentle scrub, Rubber Cleaner cleans the surface but leaves your dressing basecoat in place.

Floor Mats & Automotive Carpets

Lloyd Luxe

lux auto floormats

This premium grade carpet is the thickest, heaviest, deepest pile we can manufacture, with yarn specially Scotchgard treated for stain and soil resistance. Luxe mats are hand-beveled around emblems and the perimeter, creating beautifully finished edges.

Lloyd Berber 2

berber auto floormats

Enjoy the rich style of Berber carpeting with its complimentary colored flecked yarns and large, nubby, loop texture. This specially blended yarn provides the crush and stain resistance of Nylon with the strength and fade-resistance of Polypropylene.

Lloyd Classic Loop

loop auto floormats

This economically priced custom mat that features a unique process whereby the color is added to the liquid polypropylene before the material solidifies and is woven into yarn. It features a low, dense, loop that is extremely wear resistant.

Lloyd Velourtex

velourtex mats

A popular-priced original equipment replacement mat, with a heavier more dense face than factory mats. Velourtex™ mats have a silky smooth texture, made of premium Nylon yarn. They feature the same multi-layer backing as higher priced mats.

Lloyd Ultimat

ultimat mats

The Ultimat™ material was originally designed for automotive use with comfort, performance and durability as the objective. Over 30 years later the Ultimat™ brand is still the best selling, custom fit logo mat in the automotive aftermarket.

Lloyd Protector

protector mats

Protector™ Mats provide the perfect light duty, all weather protection, without a commercial rubber appearance. These custom fit, heavy weight clear vinyl mats keep your vehicle’s carpeting dry and clean, while letting the carpet color show through.

WeatherTech® Mats

weathertech universal mat

Universal Protection, the WeatherTech® AVM® Cargo Mats protect your investment from normal wear and tear. Intelligent design, combined with trim lines allow for a truly custom fit. An outer ridge and reservoir contain and keep fluid away from the vehicle's interior. Made from a soft, flexible rubber compound that will not curl, crack or harden.

WeatherTech DigitalFit®

digitfit mats

The WeatherTech® FloorLiner DigitalFit® accurately and completely lines the interior carpet giving "absolute interior protection"! The WeatherTech® FloorLiner DigitalFit® lines the interior carpet up the front, back and even up the sides of the vehicle’s footwell. Digital laser measurements of interior surfaces offer a consistently perfect fit!

WeatherTech® Mats

all weather mats

The WeatherTech® All-Weather Floor Mats have deeply sculpted channels designed to trap water, road salt, mud and sand. Our proprietary engineered odorless resin ensures that these mats will not curl, crack or harden. They also have anti-skid ridges to prevent shifting in your vehicle and come with a protective, non-stick finish to make cleanup easy.

Aries OmniGrip

aries mat

Each OmniGrip floor liner is constructed from three individual layers to create the perfect defense against spills, impacts, engine noise and temperature loss. This three-layer construction is combined with a custom-molded fit and a sleek finish to give you an interior protection system that is as elegant as it is effective.

Dash Cams / Mobile DVRs


PRO-7000 is an economical, mini, self contained mobile DVR. Size allows concealment behind the mirror and minimizes driver distraction. Built-in 140° CMOS camera records anything that happens in front of the vehicle. VGA 640x480 video recordings are stored on a Micro SD card which can be removed from the system for playback. Recordings are Time and Date stamped.


PRO-7001 is a value-priced, compact, self contained mobile DVR. Mounts to windshield with 3M® VHB tape. Built-in 120° CMOS camera points out through the front windshield recording anything that happens in front of the vehicle. HD 1080P video recordings are stored on a Micro SD card (32GB max, 8GB included). Recordings are Time and Date stamped.


PRO-7002 is a mini, self contained mobile DVR with LCD display. Size allows concealment behind the mirror. Mounts to windshield with 3M® VHB tape. Built-in 120° CMOS camera points out through the front windshield recording anything that happens in front of the vehicle. HD 1080P video recordings are stored on a Micro SD card. Recordings are Time and Date stamped.


PRO-7003 is is designed to be mounted around the rear view mirror on the windshield of the vehicle to avoid blocking visability. Built-in 120° CMOS camera points out through the windshield, capturing anything that happens in front of the vehicle in high definition video. The lens can be adjusted for better viewing angle, and locked in place once the proper viewing angle is set.


PRO-7004 is a compact, self contained mobile DVR with LCD display and cameras for both interior and exterior recording. Mounts to windshield with suction cup and can be easily transferred between vehicles. HD 720P video recordings are stored on a Micro SD card (32GB max, 8GB included). Recordings are Time, Date and GPS position stamped.

Dash Cam Features

Features PRO-7000, 7001 PRO-7002 PRO-7003 PRO-7004
Style: Mini/Compact Mini Concealed Compact
Mount: Adhesive Mount Adhesive Mount Mirror D-Tab Suction Cup
Front Camera: 130° CMOS 120° CMOS 120° CMOS 120° CMOS w/IR
Rear Camera: None None None 120° CMOS
Resolution: VGA/HD.1080P HD.1080P 30fps HD.720P 25fps HD.720P 30fps
Auto Recording: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manual Recording: Yes Yes Yes Yes
G-Sensor (Shock): Yes Yes Yes Yes
Motion Detection: Yes Yes No Yes
Time & Date: Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS Location: No No No Yes
Micro SD Card Capacity: 4-8/8-32 GB 8, 16, or 32 GB 8, 16, or 32 GB 8, 16, or 32 GB
Micro SD Card Included: 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
USB Connection: No Yes No Yes
Motion Detect Image: JPEG JPEG None JPEG
Built-In Monitor: None 1.5" LCD None 2.7" LCD
Microphone: Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mounting: 3M® Tape 3M® Tape 3M® Tape + Mirror Tab Suction Cup
Back-Up Battery: Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion


Mac's Auto Detailing 1513 NW 46th Street, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 484-0570
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