A CAR wash in South Tyneside is set for a sparkling future after a takeover that secured 12 jobs.
New owner Paul Momat, 25, and manager Paul Crake, 47, hope they have put the Formula 1 handwash back on track.
The business in Commercial Road, South Shields, had been closed on and off for a number of months.
But now the pair have installed new equipment and aim to expand the opening hours.
Mr Crake said: “Our plan is not just to make a more successful version of what it was, but to help it grow into something much better.
“It’s not a boast, but we want to make it the busiest wash in South Shields, and we believe we can do that.
“The really good news is that we have kept some of the full and part-time staff who used to work here, and recruited others.
“Paul has spent a lot of money on expanding what we can do here.”
The wash now has facilities that can return cars to showroom standard cleanliness and remove paint impurities.
The business pals have also revamped the valeting bay, and are hoping to install floodlights for evening work.