How Our Car Detailing Services Work? Step by step explained.
Start by washing the vehicle using the two bucket method to avoid scratching the paint.
Since you will be sealing and waxing, you can strip off old wax using dishwashing soap. In cases when the engine compartment detailing is needed, we will start with this first.
Drying your car using a blower.
This reduces the chances of adding scratches and swirls. But in cases when a blower is not available we recommend drying the vehicle using two big and thick microfibre towels. First towel for the initial drying and the second one for the finishing off.
Using a Clay. Claying the car using only a good quality clean clay bar.
It is important to use plenty of clay bar lubricant. Quick detailer usually works well for this. Remember, you should also clay the windows, headlamps and tail lamps. The door jambs also. It is a systematic procedure.
Preparation process – Wipe each section you clay down to remove any residue.
Usually a post-clay spirit is used to remove any residue from the paint. In some cases the car will be washed again after claying.
At this stage we inspect the paint and decide if correction or swirl removal is required.
A dedicated Xenon or powerful LED detailer’s lamp comes in handy at this stage to help you see any imperfections in the paint and locate swirls.
If paint correction is needed, the buffer machine will be used for polishing.
Depending on the paint type and how much work it needs, you need to choose your compounds and buffing pads accordingly.
Once the paint correction is done, next step is to protect the paint.
A polymer paint sealant is used before layering carnauba wax. The polymer sealant can be the sole protection, but some people like to layer carnauba on top of the sealer. It’s a good idea to let the sealant / wax cure for 12 hours between layers. For a weekend-only car, or a show car, layering carnauba alone is fine. For more frequently used cars the paint sealant is best because it lasts much longer.
Cleaning the interior is the next step.
We normally do this while wait for the wax layer to cure. A good vacuum and carpet shampoo can go a long way depending on how dirty the interior is. To avoid leaving a sticky residue or overly shiny interior a good quality interior trim protector is a must.
Leather seats need special care as well. We would use only a high-quality leather cleaner. After the leather has been cleaned and has dried, finish it off with leather conditioner. Some leather conditioners may not be suitable for vinyl or pleather. Therefore identifying the type of leather before deciding what conditioner to use is essential. Sometimes seats can have sections made of real leather alongside sections of vinyl. The cloth seats will be cleaned and protected accordingly.
Where possible the wheels can be removed and cleaned outside out but in some cases this may contradict with the insurance policies. After washing a detailing clay is used to prep the wheels. It is important not to use that clay on paint again. A polymer sealer can also be used which would keep the wheels clean longer. At this stage the tyres will be also dressed.
The windows, the headlights and the tail lamps that has been clayed already, now will be treated with non-abrasive sealer for glass and shiny hard plastics.
To add UV protection and make the surface slick and keep them clean from the weather, road grime and insects it is important to use the right products.
Details – Tiny details go a long way. Spending time to seal and wax the door jambs, the edges under the hood and trunk and all the hidden areas that were clayed is a must. Sealing these hidden painted surfaces will keep them clean for longer. Plus wax in these hidden areas lasts a long time. We will use rubber and plastic protectant for the exterior trim. And of-course it is very important not to get any on the paint.
Car Detailing Tips
Surfaces should not be cross-contaminated. Microfiber towels should not be used for different purposes even after they have been washed. So it would be a good idea to have a few of them.
Use painter’s tape to mask off trim to avoid getting wax and sealant on it. Most waxes don’t play well with plastics and rubbers. This is very useful when using an orbital buffer to protect around the edges.
A detail job could be a very lengthy process which can take anywhere between 8 and 40 hours depending on the condition of the vehicle.