The term auto detailing is applied to performing an extremely thorough washing and cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile in the exterior and interior components to produce a good show-quality of detail. This is usually practiced for personal gratification, to prepare cars for promotional product presentations and most importantly, as preventive measures to help lengthen the cars life and increase its resale value.
Components of Auto Detailing:
• Exterior Detailing
This procedure includes cleaning the cars exterior sections such as the paint, windows, chrome trim, wheels and even the tires; and restoring its brilliance – washing, polishing and waxing. Car waxing and polishing are essential procedures to auto detailing and each one is intended for a purpose.
• Interior Detailing
This procedure includes cleaning the cars interior sections – vacuuming, steam cleaning, removing stains on upholstery with liquid cleaners, dusting and polishing of some non-absorbent surfaces. Some auto details may offer to do Engine Detailing in which the cars under the hood is cleaned with high pressure water, steam, degrease and all-purpose cleaners.
Simple Guidelines for Car Cleaning and Auto Detailing:
Car cleaning and auto detailing are purposely done to serve as good preventive maintenance measures and a great way to have your car look its best. Cleaning reiter to getting rid of dirt and all foreign particles on the cars surface – atmospheric pollutants, animal droppings, dust, dirt particles, highway bugs, road salt, stains and tar. This is done through dusting, washing, polishing and waxing.
Step 1: Washing.
• Spray water slowly then progressively to wet the surface of the car.
• Devise a washing scheme by dividing the car into sections – left side, right side, top, hood and the trunk.
• Start washing from top moving down to the hood, the trunk, and focusing on the left side and the right side. This is a highly recommended pattern so the dirt particles and soap do not muddle with the freshly washed areas.
• Always be gentle in doing the washing to avoid dirt particles scratching the cars paint.
• Wet and wash each section following the same order – top, hood, trunk and the sides.
Step 2: Polishing.
• Polishing is purposely done to achieve a clean and glossy finesse. It removes a layer eliminating dirt but at the same time, thinning the top coat of paint. Polish that are specially created for dark color paint are designed to prevent the color from fading; while polish for pale color paint is created to keep colors clean and bright.
• Polish small section at a time. Put an even coating of the polish on the towel.
• Apply the polish to the cars surface gently in small, even-circular motions.
• Begin from the top and working your way down the trunk and hood, lastly ending with the right and left sides.
• Allow the polish to rest on the paint surfaces for about five to ten minutes.
• Take away the scum and residue using another cotton towel by pressing tightly on the surfaces to prevent streaking.
• Apply the same procedure to other sections.
Step 3: Waxing.
• Like polishing, waxing is also done to achieve a clean and glossy result. It adds a layer for protection and oftentimes applied after the polish application to restore any protective layer lost; also, to protect the freshly smoothed surface.
• Always use a soft cotton-made cloth or towel to apply wax to a small section of the car.
• Apply the wax gently to the surface of the car in small, even-circular motions; similar to how polishing is administered.
• Wait for the wax to dry in about thirty minutes.
• For better results, you may apply a second coat of wax to the car.
There you go … It feels wonderful to drive a stunningly dazzling car!