Auto detailing is the performance of an
extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile,
both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail.
It can be practiced for personal satisfaction, and it is also
performed to prepare a car for car shows that feature the
appearance of cars. Besides improving the appearance of cars,
detailing helps to preserve the car, and thus, increases resale
involves cleaning and bringing a shine to the car's paint,
chrome trim, windows, wheels, and even tires. To do this different
detailers use different products, including detergents, detail
clay, waxes, and polishes, as well as a variety of applicators
and special cloths.
It is important to note the three main components
of exterior car detailing, which are Cleaning, Correcting,
|Refers to removing
all foreign surface particles from exterior surfaces
through the use of washing and quick detailing.
A clay bar helps to clean contamination/ dirt from
within the clearcoat that cannot be removed through
weekly washing. Clearcoat contamination can come
from industrial fallout, air particles, dirt particles,
tar, and bird droppings.
|Refers to using
mechanical polishes by hand or with a machine and
specific polishing pads that remove a fine layer
of clearcoat from a vehicle to remove fine scratches
and swirls from a paint surface produced from improper
washing or drying technique.
|Involves the application
of a protective material (in liquid or paste form)
that prevents foreign matter from adhering to the
surface of the vehicle, including water, bugs splatter,
tar, and dirt. Waxes and sealants provide this barrier
against the elements.
involves cleaning the passenger compartment of the car. Vacuuming
is standard, and liquid & foam cleaners and brushes may
be used to remove stains on upholstery. Some nonporous surfaces
may also be polished. Areas covered include the Dashboard,
A/C Vents, Roof, Carpet, Matting, Door Panels, Seat Fabric,
Seat Belts, etc. Leather Seats are also cleaned and conditioned
using special Leather Conditioners.
Detailing does not include body work, painting,
mechanical or upholstery repair.