Do's and dont's for car detailing

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  • Hints And Tips For Car Detailing

    Experienced professionals consider car detailing as an art which can help in improving the

    appearance of your car near to its once showroom look or in some cases better than that. By

    utilizing a unique set of skills picked up by experience which covers all the topics of car care

    including washing, polishing, waxing along with cleaning tires and wheels as well as taking care

    of interior upholstery such as fabric, carpets and leather etc. On the other hand professional

    detailers consider car detailing as art and science both. According to them as a science it takes care

    of concrete elements including equipment, chemicals, industry standards, customers requirements

    and knowledge of the surfaces of the vehicle. Car detailing as an art combines all these factors into

    a procedural activity which can be used in a particular situation. As a professional detailer their

    aim is to provide quality service and workmanship to satisfy customers needs.

    You will need to follow a number of steps while detailing your vehicle and even more so if you

    are working on detailing it back to new car status. Alternatively you might only be protecting your

    pride and joy or to make it look better than your neighbours or simply to take routine care of it.

    Some car detailing do's and donts are discussed in brief in this write-up to help in detailing your

    car successfully. You can make your car detailing more enjoyable and far easier by following the

    suggestions and avoiding the mistakes and pitfalls given here that could otherwise make your

    efforts merely a waste of time and hard work.

  • Avoid the large chore foam washing Sponge: The first suggestion for scratchless car detailing

    from the professional detailers is to avoid the washing sponge you might usually use for this

    purpose. You should replace it with quality microfiber car wash mitt to get much better results.

    Small chored foam is ok as it doesnt tend to collect dirt like its alternative.

  • Avoid using Detergents used in the household: You should never wash your car with the

    washing liquids or detergents used in your household. Most of these detergents include acidic

    cleaning agents to remove the grime and grease. Such chemicals can strip waxes and sealants off

    the paintwork. Each wash with detergent will dull the look of plastic trim and paint. Specifically

    designed car wash should be used for removing grime and dirt from your car without damaging its

    protective layers and paint. A common myth is that wash and wax will actually wax your car, in

    fact the wax component in a car wash solution provides superior lubrication between the wash

    sponge/mit reducing the likelihood of surface scratches.

    Avoid using dirty water to wash your car: You should never reuse the recycled water on the

    bodywork of your car which you have already used to wash it. You should use two buckets so as

    not to cross contaminate. One bucket will be for the wheels and wheel arches and the other bucket

    will be purely for the body of the car. This ensures there is no grit in the bucket which will leave

    micro scratches.

    Use grit guard for more protection: Another clever way to protect from surface scratching is to

    use grit guard at the bottom of your bucket with clear water. When you rinse your mitt in this

    bucket again and again grit matter such as sand and dirt and dust will fall at the bottom of the

    bucket through the holes of the guard. It will prevent the grit to mix up with the water again while

    rinsing your mitt.

    Cool down the vehicle before washing it: Ideally you should wash your car when it is cool or in

    shady place to avoid the water spots caused by quick evaporation of water from hot surface.

    Use spraying device: If you are using hose connection as an alternative to use buckets for washing

    your car then you are advised to use spray system as an inexpensive and water saving option. This

    smart device can mix the shampoo with clean water automatically and spray it directly on your car

    as per required dilution by fitting it on the end of the hose. It also allows you to switch between

    plain water and shampoo mixed water just by rotating your small tap while rinsing the dirt from

    your car and mitt. Thus you can easily protect the protective layers and paintwork of your car by

    using such an effective device

  • Wet it to loosen dirt: Before washing your car you should loosen it is dirt by wetting it from it is

    top with good spray of water. At this time it is a good idea to rinse the wheel arches, wheels, door

    jambs etc to loosen all excess dirt from the car.

  • First wash wheels and tyres of the car: You should start washing your car from its wheels and

    tyres followed by the roof moving downwards. Always rinse the car and keep it wet while your

    moving around it to eliminate dry water stains on the clear coat.

  • Use separate mitt for paintwork: As mentioned earlier you should use separate mitts for washing

    tyres and wheels of your car as well as its paintwork. The use of same mitt for washing both the

    parts can contaminate the paintwork as brake dust can be damaging for it.

  • Rinse finally with hose: If possible you should use hose to give a final rinse to your car instead

    of using spray device. It will help you in removing even the last residue and particle from its

    paintwork. You should rinse your chamois thoroughly before using it to dry your car. In this way

    you will be able to reduce the chances of swirling and marring on the paintwork.

  • By strictly following the car detailing do's and donts discussed in this write-up you can easily

    improve the look of your car as it looked when you brought it from the showroom. In some cases

    your car can look even better than it is showroom look by using quality cleaning products and

    better equipment required for this purpose. Polishing and scratch correction will be covered in

    another tutorial.

    Information proudly provided by the experts in car detailing.