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Simple Auto Detailing Tips

Auto detailing is not an easy job if you really need your car to be how it was when you drove it out of your showroom. It is a time-consuming job which involves a lot of manual work. Many of the car-lovers don’t mind the time or the effort. For them, the detailing process is itself a pleasure.


There are those others who want the car to nice and shiny but either they don’t have the time, or they don’t want to spend time doing it. However, it is something all of us end up doing. So, here are some tips that may be useful.


Interior Detailing Tips

Always start with the cleaning of carpets and upholstery from the driver side. Hopefully, this area will be dry if you want to take out your car soon or want to park it somewhere else after the detailing.

Keep the cleaning of the windows for last. This will prevent any dirt or other things from soiling the windows while cleaning the other areas. Do the dressing and conditioning after finishing the cleaning of windows. This will prevent the dressing to be absorbed by the cloth used to clean the windows and spreading the conditioner on the windows.

Take care that none of your interior cleaners gets on to the plastic panel covering the instrument panels. These chemicals can fog or dull the plastic.

Mats, carpets, and upholstery need to be rinsed after cleaning. If you leave any cleaning material on them, they will only attract more dirt, making all your efforts useless.


Cleaning The Engine Bay

Before you start washing the exterior of your car during auto detailing, you should clean the engine bay. Even if some grease or oil falls on the exterior, during your engine bay cleaning, this can later be cleaned when you are washing the exterior.

Protect your fenders from forming spots by powerful cleaners you use in the engine bay, by draping wet towels over it. This will also prevent scratching the fenders when you lean over to clean the engine.

Make sure water doesn’t get into electronic parts that are inside the engine bay. You may find the electronic and computer parts secured inside a compartment which is located in the engine on the top right or left corner. Water may cause them to malfunction.

Hope the tips are useful the next time you do the auto detailing.


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How To Wax Your Car?

20140115 180134Waxing your car is an important part of auto detailing that many people seem to have forgotten. Today we have a variety of waxes to suit each one’s convenience. There are some for the real cleaning enthusiasts who will take time and enjoy the process. Let us see the different methods for a squeaky-clean car.


Clay + Wax

The first step is to clean the surface well before applying the wax. The best method to clean the surface is to use detailing clay. The paint coats today are much thinner than earlier and hence cleaning with an abrasive cleaner is not advisable.

Once you have used the detailing clay to remove dirt, you can use a non-cleaner or pure wax to bring the surface to a shine. Alternatively, you can just use a cleaner wax without using the clay first.


Spray Wax


From the name itself you can understand that it is easier to apply than others. The spray waxes that are available today are much better than the earlier ones. The best advantage of a spray wax is that you can apply it within a few minutes.


Before you apply the spray wax, give your car a thorough wash. Then wipe it well to become dry. When you do a spray wax, you should spray and spread the same immediately. So, it is better to have the spray in one hand and a clean microfiber cloth in the other.

Spray a small area, spread the wax with the microfiber cloth and then use the other side of the cloth to buff the area again. Continue the process till you finish. It is a very easy process. Another advantage with the spray wax is that you can even do it under the sun.

For best results, once you have finished waxing the full car, give a final polish with a fresh microfiber towel, which has not been used for waxing.


Liquid & Paste Waxes

The first thing to remember when using a liquid or paste wax is that the lesser you use, the easier it is to wipe and dry. The polymer waxes that are available need to be applied only in very small quantities.


Another important thing to remember is that you should be working under a shade, not under direct sunlight. If the wax manufacturer does not provide any special applicator it is recommended to use a foam applicator.


We have seen how to work with certain types of waxes. Hope you get a shiny bright ride now.

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Polish Or Wax?


A car is anybody’s pride. When you purchase a car, you spend so much time choosing the model, color, etc. Apart from the performance part, what people look for is the appearance of the vehicle. And it is a matter of pride to show off a new car.

But after a couple of years, the car loses its sheen. You still like to show off your car. You can’t keep changing your car. So, what can you do to make your car look the same as it was when you purchased it? How can you bring back that shiny bright look?

There are two ways to bring back the bright look to your car. You can either polish or wax your car. Many think they are the same, but there is a huge difference between the two. People choose one or the other, mostly based on price or based on the suggestion of a friend. Let us understand the difference between the two and which is the better option.

Car Polish Or Car Wax?

A car polish is used when the car paint has dulled because of oxidation. It is used when there are minor scratches and swirl marks. Polish normally contains mild abrasives which will remove the dull surface and gives the vehicle a shiny look. It is not recommended often due to the abrasive qualities.

A car wax, on the other hand, gives the car a protective layer over the top coat of paint. Many of the wax brands available now also have UV protecting chemicals so that the paint will maintain the sheen for longer.

Which One And When?

There is always the doubt when one should polish and when one should wax. Wash the car thoroughly and dry it completely. Run your palm over the surface lightly. If you feel bumps, irregularities or rough spots, you need to polish the car. This will remove the top uneven layer and make the surface smooth, removing the damages underneath.

After polishing you can apply the wax so that the layer under is protected from further damage.

The Verdict

Both products being used for different purposes, we cannot say this or that. Both are not interchangeable. If you polish too often you could totally remove the top coat. But polish helps when there is oxidations or corrosion.

Wax needs to be used more often as it doesn’t last as long as polish does. But wax protects the outer layer of the paint. Care should be taken in very hot places. Wax tends to melt.

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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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Car Washing and Waxing

Car Washing and Waxingcar wash and wax For the purpose of getting the best result from waxing a car, you are to efficiently wash your car first in order to remove road grime and dirt. If you are not to do washing before car waxing it might lead to scratching of the car’s finish once waxing because of the presence of those abrasive particles of the road dirt. Car washing is as well effective in order to remove some residue such as bird droppings, industrial fall out and road salt. In washing car remember to use two sponges in order to prevent scratching. Then afterwards you can drive the car briefly in order to ensure drying of the brakes as well as corrosion can be prevented. And don’t forget to clean those painted areas. And car waxing can already be done next. Car waxing or polishing can be of different purposes such as in order to attain clean finish, improvement on the car’s shine or for protection as well. There are many car waxes that contain very little abrasives together with chemical cleaning agents, waxes and lubricants. And these abrasives particles are to remove the surface oxidation at the same time leaving a high gloss shine. There are as well certain ways on how to properly wax your car. As reminder, avoid applying car wax to surfaces that are not easily buffed. Car waxes or polishes must always be applied in thin coat. Perfect polishing cloths are microfibers or soft cotton. And only wax your car once the surface is recently washed.  

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