Are you looking for a comprehensive guide on car detailing? You’ve come to the right place. Do you want to learn some valuable tidbits that’ll keep your car spick and span? Everything we do, we do for our love of cars. We specialize in show car quality detailing and would love to show you how.
Car detailing is a process of restoring and cleaning your vehicle, so that it develops a better and enhanced shine. Detailing your car also goes a long way in protecting the paint, and other additional car parts against UV exposure and similar other components.
Are there any guidelines that you should follow? Well, that is what we are going to talk about, in the next few sections. As you keep reading, you will find a detailed insight on everything you wanted to know about detailing your car.
How to Detail Your Car?
Detailing your car can be easier than ever, when you follow these easy and incredibly simple steps. The first thing that you should always ensure is avoid washing your car in direct sunlight. Remember, detailing tools don’t really perform well when you do it amid sun rays or on a hot surface. Heat is also likely to speed the process of drying soap and water, which might further hinder the overall process of cleaning your car. For best results, try detailing your car in the garage or in a shady area.
The first guideline here is to work on the wheels. Since your wheels are the dirtiest part of your car, they require some pre-soaking with a high-quality wheel cleaner. You will also need brushes to clean the difficult-to-reach zones. Additionally, also get a wash and mitt bucket for a thorough cleanup.
Now, that you’re done cleaning the wheels, it is time to use a pre-cleaner. Make sure the product you get effectively gets rid of the bugs and grime. We would suggest you to use some citrus based cleaner that’ll not just clean the grime, but also be gentle on your car.
The third step involves using snow foam for your car. Since this foam effectively breaks down the stubborn grime, it is one of the best ways to clean your car before heading to the physical washing stage. When you use snow foam, you also reduce the chance of getting swirl marks on your car.
Once you’re done with the snow foam, get a bucket, some water and a good quality car washing shampoo to thoroughly wash your car. This will go a long way in keeping it spick and span.
The fifth step will involve using an iron dissolver on your car. This is usually done for decontamination. As you use this product, it will dissolve the iron-based contamination like industrial fallouts and rail dust that have been infused in your car. Follow this up by using a tar remover, for softening the tar that is stuck to your car’s paint. Do note that you might have to rewash the car multiple times at this stage.
Once you’re done with the decontamination stage, it is time to start drying your car with a microfibre towel. A good idea here would be to go from top to bottom as it’ll ensure that your car is dried more effectively. Now we’re going to give a step-by-step process for the proper use of a clay bar and finishing polish. This step is very important for the proper shine of your vehicle. While it may be a deliberate process we can assure you, it will give the best results.
How To Properly Use a Clay Bar and Finishing Polish For Results!
- Wash the car and get all visible dirt removed before beginning the clay bar pre-polish process.
- Break off about a third of a bar of micro-abrasive clay. Soften with hands and mold into a disc shape.
- Lubricate the panel you wish to polish and the clay with soapy water. You can purchase clay lubricant but most are simply overpriced water and soap mixes, so it’s best to save the money making a DiY lubricant.
- 2 back and forth motions over the panel will take off the particulates the naked eye can’t see without scratching the paint.
- Make sure to check the clay, if any large pieces get caught in the clay it will damage the paint. Pick off pieces you can see and occasionally reshape the clay to get a smoother edge.
- Do your best to not drop the clay bar because this is very likely to contaminate it. This can render a clay bar next to useless, and at the very least force you to reshape the disc.
- A small clay pad can be used to make sure you are applying even pressure. This makes the job much easier to do properly. Another benefit of the pad is the clay being less slippery than in your bare hands, not dropping your clay will save time and money.
- Using a pad on a rotary for an even application of your finishing polish is the best way to make sure it’s evenly distributed. A few dots of polish on the pad should do for each panel. Evenly distribute over the entire car using the rotary for the best shine. Multiple applications of polish is recommended.
Finally, after you’ve completed every other step, get a high-quality glass cleaner and clean your car’s main shield and windows.
Before you go on with detailing your car, there are a couple of things that you should consider. In this section, we will discuss about these factors in detail.
The second thing you should avoid is cross-contamination. For the uninitiated, cross contamination in your car will occur when you keep using the same things like towels, brushes and buckets for multiple purposes. So, make sure these items are properly separated while you’re performing the detailing. This is especially relevant for those areas of your car that are prone to attracting more dirt. Some of them include rims, wheels and lower panels.
Go top to Bottom
The third rule that you should go by is pertaining to the motion of detailing. You don’t want to slather dirt and grime on the areas you cleaned a few minutes back, do you? So, in order to avoid this, always work your way from top to bottom. This, however, doesn’t include the tires and wheels. Even before touching any other area of the car, make sure the wheels and tires are perfectly cleaned.
Get the Right Supplies
The final rule involves using the right supplies and towels. Like we already mentioned, do not use one specific equipment to clean the entire car. Since different parts of the car requires different equipment, get these products in hand, even before you proceed with the cleanup. Instead of relying on your old cleaning equipment, invest in a solid wash-mitt and get some soft, microfiber towels. This will make it easier for you to dry your car’s paintwork, without inadvertently scratching it.