Automotive detailing is the process of thoroughly cleaning, finishing, and restoring both the insides and outsides of the car.
It, therefore, goes beyond the usual wash job as you would have to pay attention to the smallest details that could help make your car look awesome says Paul Dalton at Miracle Detail.
Tip: Begin working on the insides of the car (ensure you have the right work boots on). That way, you won’t have to again work on the exterior should you happen to mess it up while detailing the interior.
How Should You Go About Detailing the Interior of the Car?
- First, take off the mats and then vacuum them followed by the floor, trunk, rear parcel shelf, upholstery, and the dash. It’s always a good idea to start on top and then work your way down. This is because dirt or dust that has accumulated on top may fall down.
- Use a foam cleanser to clean the stains on your upholstery or carpet and then rub the latter with a sponge or damp cloth. Before you blot dry the upholstery or carpet with a towel, wait for a few minutes. Wash the area where the final cleaner was applied with a damp sponge. Finally, do the blotting again.
- Repair burns, carpet holes or the small permanent stains by cutting them out with scissors or razor blade. Replace them with a piece you’ve cut down from a hidden place like underneath the seat.
- Wash the rubber floor mats and then let them dry.
- Remove accumulated dust and crevices on the interior doors and on the car’s dashboard with the use of a detailing brush or compressed air.
- Wipe down the hard interior surfaces with the help of a mild multi-purpose cleaner.
- Detail the air vent grilles of your car using a detailing brush.
- Clean and shampoo the seats. Interiors with nylon can be shampooed with the help of a wet-vac extraction machine, while leather or vinyl interiors can be wiped down with a leather or vinyl cleaner.
- Condition your seats so that the leather would remain visually-appealing.
- Spray glass cleaner on your mirrors and windows and then wipe them clean using a microfiber cloth.
How Should You Go About Detailing the Exterior of the Car?
- Wipe down the wheel rims using a wheel brush and degreaser.
- Clean your tires with a whitewall tire cleaner.
- Never wash your car’s exterior with dish detergent. Always use car wash soap.
- Wipe down dirt on the outside of your car’s window with glass cleaner.
- Remove mud and other caked-on dirt off the wheels using a high-pressure water spray and all-purpose cleaner.
- Take away bonded contaminants on your car using a liquid clay bar.
- For a glossy look, manually apply a dual-action polisher.