Since 2011, Detailing by Chris Johnston has provided both express cleaning as well as full service detailing for vehicles, boats, campers and RV’s, and private aircraft for the Leland and Wilmington, NC area. High quality service continues to be achieved through dedication, meticulous attention to detail and a passion for our industry.

Detailing by Chris Johnston is compliant with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and CAMA.  We are an ‘environmentally responsible’ business. We use biodegradable/ phosphate free shampoos. All of our cleaners are pH balanced (acid-free) with the exception of our bug acid neutralizer and water spot remover. We choose elbow grease over resigning to harsher solvents. We are constantly striving to improve our services while reducing our consumption of water, and we work hard to prevent the entry of washwater runoff into stormwater drains. Recently, we have reduced our water consumption from 2.6 gallons per minute (GPM) to 1.4 GPM. Also, we do not perform engine details. The Federal Clean Water Act, under sections 311 and 402, regulates and controls pollutant discharge into stormwater drains and essentially prohibits engine cleaning on streets, driveways, anywhere unless the washwater filters through an oil separator /sand filtration system prior to entering city sewer lines. Also, the NCDNR Division of Water Quality specifies under The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program that ‘NO Steam cleaning, engine or parts cleaning is being conducted.’ We do, however, offer a zero runoff engine cleaning that we perfected in 2015 that can clean and prepare engines for show. This service is not aggressive enough to clean heavily soiled engines as we do not employ the use of water or steam.

We practice recycling, and recycle all of our used containers and as much of our post-consumer waste as possible. We donate 100% of our packing/shipping supplies such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts that our products get shipped in to a local packing a shipping store for repurposing. All packing paper gets repurposed as floor mat covers for use in our details. Lastly, our receipts are printed on recycled paper that is SFI- Certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. More information is available at

We feel a commitment to our community, and share in the responsibility of caring for and assisting with troubles that afflict our community. Detailing by Chris has made contributions both with time and with money to the Student Ambassador Program, the Leland Area Rotary, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Good Shepard of Wilmington, AARP’s Drive to End Hunger, and North Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund, Furever Friends, Surfers Healing, Smash Cancer, Kiwanis of Leland, and the list continues to grow.

We offer a wide array of a la carte services. Please call for information on offerings and current pricing. Also, check in frequently for new promotions and discounts.

Our goal is to not only provide you with car washing and detailing services, but to also provide protection for your investment and freedom to spend your time doing the things you enjoy to do, not the laborious task of keeping your vehicle aesthetically maintained.

We have privilege licenses to operate in Leland and the Wilmington, NC area. We are insured.