Detailing a car isn’t just about washing it. It’s a comprehensive process that involves thorough cleaning, polishing, and protecting both the exterior and interior surfaces of the vehicle. The beauty of detailing is that it can restore the car’s original appearance and maintain it in perfect condition for an extended period.
Let’s delve into the stages of detailing:
- Car Washing: This is the first stage where we remove dirt and dust using special car chemicals and equipment.
- Body Cleaning: Here, we address scratches, chips, and other defects. This stage might involve procedures like clay barring, polishing, paint restoration, and applying a protective coating.
- Interior Cleaning: This stage is as crucial as body cleaning. It involves procedures like dry cleaning of seats, upholstery, ceiling, floor, and other interior elements.
- Car Protection: This stage is all about protecting the car from corrosion and other external influences. It might involve procedures like applying an anti-corrosion coating, wax, or other protective coatings.
Body cleaning is a critical stage in auto detailing. The entire work’s result hinges on how thoroughly we clean the body. The first step in body cleaning is car washing, which we carry out using special car chemicals and equipment. Ideally, we use a pressure washer to remove dirt and dust from hard-to-reach places.
After washing, we need to clean the body from scratches, chips, and other defects. We use clay barring for this purpose, a process that removes contaminants from the body surface that washing can’t remove.
Once we finish clay barring, we need to polish the body. Polishing restores the paint’s shine and removes minor scratches. We use special polishing pastes for this purpose, and the type of paste depends on the car paint type.
If there are deep scratches or chips on the body, we might need to restore the paint. Paint restoration is a process that restores damaged paint to its original state.
Interior cleaning is as important as body cleaning. We use special chemical agents and equipment for interior cleaning. These chemical agents should be safe for the materials from which the car interior is made.
Interior cleaning involves the following procedures:
- Dry cleaning of seats using special chemical agents and vacuum cleaners.
- Upholstery dry cleaning also using special chemical agents and vacuum cleaners.
- Ceiling dry cleaning using a special vacuum cleaner.
- Floor dry cleaning using a special vacuum cleaner.
- Cleaning of other interior elements like door cards, dashboard, steering wheel, and other elements. We do this manually using special chemical agents.
Protecting the car from corrosion and other external influences is an important stage in detailing. It helps extend the car’s service life and keep it in perfect condition. We use various protective coatings for this purpose. The most common ones are wax, a traditional protective agent that protects the body from minor scratches and dirt, and ceramic, a more modern protective agent that provides a higher level of protection than wax.