DIY Auto Detailing Guide | Do It Yourself Auto Detailing and Tips and Tricks

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Washing or Detailing?

For most people, car washing, and car detailing may sound the same. Both involve complete cleaning of the car without any paint or bodywork. But for those obsessive about keeping their car sparkling clean, there is a huge difference.

A car wash is what it says it is. Washing the car from the top to the bottom, either at an automatic car wash or by hand. It will also involve washing thoroughly. But auto detailing will go one step further. The idea is to clean the paint eliminating the scratches and swirl marks that so often appear after cleaning.

Exterior Car Detailing

The process starts with first washing the car from top to bottom to get as much dirt removed as possible. The soapy water helps to soften the dirt and mud to remove them completely.

The next step is to clean those parts where the mud and dirt stick to most. The wheels are the dirtiest part of the car. Brake calipers and lug nuts are places where the mud can get in between and get stuck. We will use special brushes to clean these parts till the mud and dirt are completely removed.

After the wheels are cleaned, the paintwork is washed and dried using washing mitts and soft microfiber towels. After this clay can be applied to the surface to remove clinging dirt from it.

Once the drying is done. The paint is polished to remove the tiny scratches, swirl marks and oxidation. The polishing can be done either by a machine or by hand. This is the best part of auto detailing. It is time-consuming, but the results are worth the effort.

After the polishing, the paint is given a treatment of auto wax. This gives protection to the outer layer which is exposed to the elements of nature. The wax also brings some additional shine to the paint. At this stage, your car should look like when it was driven out of the showroom for the first time.

Once this is done the window glass and other parts are cleaned. The rubber parts are also cleaned separately.

Interior Car Detailing

The process involves cleaning the inside of the window glasses, the upholstery, and the mats. A good vacuuming and scrubbing should take care of the inside cleaning. Shampooing can remove stains from the upholstery.

Detailing is good for your car because it will make it look like new always.

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