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Introducing A New Author, James Melfi!



Everyone here at Detailed Image is excited to add yet another great detailing mind to the Ask-a-Pro team. James Melfi of AutoNuvo started out like almost everyone we talk to in car care industry, with that pure love for everything cars. He began detailing cars at a young age and slowly grew into making them look the best that they possibly could. From just a pure enjoyment of detailing, to an addiction to finding the best possible products, James knew he was on the right track. He trained under some of the best detailers in the world and gained invaluable knowledge, which allowed him to take some unbelievable steps in his detailing process. James wants to share this knowledge with all of the readers on the Ask-a-Pro Blog, along with the entire detailing community.

From clear bra applications, product reviews, complete details of some amazing super cars, James has written many different posts that every reader will be sure to enjoy. Take a look at a more detailed background James shared with us below:

Let see, where do I start, I was born in Providence RI and have lived there most of my life. Outside of the detailing world, I am a huge Manchester United fan, sometimes bordering on fanatical. For just about every game I try and make it down to Boston to watch United at my favorite pub. I played soccer in college and the sport has always been a big part of my life.

I think it goes without saying but I’m a big car guy, I remember as a kid always wanting to clean my parents car and I think it was in those early years that I starting getting the detail bug. My dad was always washing his cars and I remember him showing me how to rinse the soap off from top to bottom, its one of those things I’ll never forget.

When I purchased my first car, a BMW 328, I remember researching and researching detailing products. With that car I tested a ton of chemicals and loved the feeling of make it the shiniest around. At the time, I didn’t have a garage to work out of–so I used to rent space to detail my car in a vehicle storage facility. It was at this facility that I thought to myself–wow I wish I could detail all these cars. That was the first time I seriously thought about turning my passion into a business.

In college, I participated in as many internships as I could. Hotels, restaurants, and small businesses you name it. But it was at one car wash where I took my dream to the next level. The name of it was Triple Play Car Wash and it had everything, a detail center, Valvoline, gas station, Dunkin Donuts and a sandwich shop. While I was there, I talked with the owners often and started formulating my thoughts about what my business could become.

After college I worked at the Capital Grille as a bartender and detailed on the weekends. I officially started my business, JRM Detail Studio in 2010 and have loved every minute of it. I’ve always been obsessed with researching new products and testing new innovative chemicals. I’ve been up all night more than once looking at coatings, quick detailers and new compounds; it was getting to be an addiction.

It was during this period that I spent quite a bit of time on looking through the blog so excited to see what other top detailers were doing and working on. It was at this point that I decided to dedicate time to training. I’ve had the privilege to train with some of the best detailers in the world, from Kevin Brown to Jason Rose, I’ve been lucky to be able to pick their brain and take some of there knowledge back with me. I trained with some extremely talented detailers and at these training sessions you can totally geek out and talk about detailing all day without someone giving you the eye, saying ok enough is enough.

Fast forward to now and my detailing career was taken another turn. I’m currently the Master Detailer and Training Manager for AutoNuvo, a vehicle appearance company based in Boston, MA. We specialize in paint correction, coatings, vinyl wrap, tint and paint protection film. AutoNuvo prides itself on bringing car care to the next level by syncing many aspects of the vehicle appearance industry under one roof. We are constantly innovating and finding new ways to give the absolute best product to our clients while providing unrivaled service. You know where I’ll be most of the time, in the detail bay with a polisher in my hand.

Help us give James Melfi of AutoNuvo a warm Detailed Image welcome!

17 comments on Introducing A New Author, James Melfi!

  1. Beth says:

    Awesome article. James definitely has a detailing passion. I’ve got to get my truck to AutoNuvo!

  2. Welcome to the team, James!

  3. Reece @ DI says:

    Welcome James!

  4. Kevin George says:

    Welcome James! Can’t wait to read some of your posts.

  5. James Melfi says:

    Thanks guys, looking forward to contributing !

  6. Tara says:

    James has detailed my 2015 Jetta TSI, left it looking better than new! He was extremely knowledgable and meticulous about his work. He left me feeling very confident driving home that I had received the best service and not to mention he took he time to explain to me how to maintain the car myself later on. I found that he was all about the little details that took it to the next level and left one very happy customer. I would highly recommend James.

  7. Robin says:

    I know James on a personal level. You are lucky to have such a dedicated individual who will provide service with integrity, honesty, and an amazing smile!!

  8. Greg@DI says:

    Welcome to the team James, very excited to get your work shared on the blog!

  9. Tom Mcdonald says:

    I also know James personally, his dedication and passion for this business is unsurpassed!!! He is also a man of great character and substance. I wish him all the best as always and can’t wait for the future articles!!

  10. Nice to always see dedicated detailers in the world. Looking forward to more posts 🙂

  11. Mike says:

    AutoNuvo does tremendous work, definitely one of the best detail/clear bra shops in MA right now.

  12. Gerry Mello says:


    Great to read your story and to hear that you’ve joined with Detailed Image team. I met you two years ago when you detailed my X5, thanks to my son, Chris. I recently asked him about you and how your business was doing. He filled me in on some details, but it looks like you’re doing quite well, congratulations. BTW, I forwarded this link to him so he has the whole story on what you’re doing. All the best to you.

    • James Melfi says:

      Gerry, Nice to hear from you, hope all is well and please stay in touch, if you ever have any car care questions please feel free to email me to I actually saw Chris not that long ago, we gave the M3 a little touch up after the winter.

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