How about making your car new again?
Well, the process your car needs to go through is detailing.
So, what’s Detailing? And then, which actions are included in it?
Detailing means, cleaning each and every part of the car individually. So that it looks the same as it did from the factory. Cleaning and reinstating the condition of windows, trim, wheels and surface of the car are included in Exterior Detailing.
- 1 Why Car Detailing?
- 2 Materials You Need for Car Detailing
- 3 How to Detail Your Car Exterior: Exterior Clean Secrets from The Experts
- 3.1 Empty Your Car
- 3.2 Clean Interior Dust with Vacuum
- 3.3 Use Cleaner for Stains
- 3.4 Wash the Removed Parts Outside
- 3.5 Hose Down the Outer Part
- 3.6 Clean the Remaining Dust
- 3.7 Make your Wheels Sparkling
- 3.8 Use Clay Bar after Washing the Surface
- 3.9 Freshen up the Engine
- 3.10 Rinse Your Car’s Exterior
- 3.11 Dry It Properly
- 3.12 Polish Your Car
- 3.13 Clean the Metallic Parts
- 3.14 Wax Your Car
- 4 Exterior Car Detailing Tips and Tricks Video
Why Car Detailing?
Materials You Need for Car Detailing
Wait, there’s a ton of things on this list that you may require to detail a car exterior properly. Not necessarily, all of these are must, but usually, these are the materials people everyday use in detailing chores.
- Air Compressor
- Car washing Soap
- Glass cleaner
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Wheel Brush
- Metal Polish
- High-Pressure Water Sprayer
- Clay Bar
- Wood Cleaner
- Trim Cleaner
- Microfiber Towels
- Foaming Carpet Cleaner
- Spray Bottles
- Tire Dressing
- Water Source
- Wash Mitt
- Wheel Cleaning Brush
There are some steps you must to follow in order to detail your car exterior. Easy steps! Following the below-stated steps accordingly will help you to finish the job smoothly.
Empty Your Car
Take everything out of your car. Nothing should remain covered. As for some fixed compartments, leave them. But make sure you take out everything that is detachable. It will help you to clean the parts easily.
Clean Interior Dust with Vacuum
You must clean the car interior first. Herein, clean everything with a vacuum. Start from a certain point and then roam along the whole interior parts.
You can use an air compressor for this purpose. But go through every crack, every hole. No dust should remain.
Use Cleaner for Stains
Generally, the strains in the interior are not likely to be removed after vacuum cleaning. You need to use cleaners to remove them. To be exact, it should be foam cleaner.
Just apply the cleaner and rub a bit. It will help. After cleaning use a towel to wipe it around. That will help you to dry things up.
Wash the Removed Parts Outside
What about the parts you just removed from the car?
Those should be cleaned somewhere outside of your car. You may use a high-pressure hose attachment to clean them properly. After that, the carpet cleaner and foam cleaner can be used to remove stains from the parts.
Hose Down the Outer Part
It is a rule of thumb to make the outer part of your car totally free of dust before you start the detailing process. You can use hose attachments for this purpose. Hose down your vehicle with enough pressure.
Start from the top of your car and then go through every place.
There are different types of hose. It’s better to use the ones with small funnels. If the dirt is not removed, hose for some period.
The dirt will eventually soften up and get free.
Clean the Remaining Dust
For this process, a bucket of water and car wash soap is needed.
Take a bucket full of water and mix car wash soap in it. You should follow the instructions on the label of the soap. Then, soak the wash mitt into the mixture.
You should let it soak for at least 15 minutes. After that, it will be ready for the cleaning to do.
Make your Wheels Sparkling
You can spray on your wheels and use clothes to rub them. The stains in the wheels are hoped to be cleaned after rubbing. If you don’t have a spray, you can use a mixture of soap and water also.
The part that receives most of the mud and other dirty things is tire. You need to clean them up too. You can use detergent or soap to clean them up. That really helps to make your tire free of mud.
Use Clay Bar after Washing the Surface
Sometimes the outer part of the car gets sandy.
Especially after the wash. It’s very irritating. You can use the clay bar to get rid of this trouble. But you must wait for 20 minutes to apply the clay bar. Otherwise, it will not be as effective as expected.
Freshen up the Engine
The most important part of your car is the engine. Though it is not open to the dust, it should also be cleaned. You need to spray some grimy components with a degreaser.
Wait for two minutes. After the cleaner soaks in, blast the grease off. While cleaning, put rubber protector on rubber parts. It will help to clean them soft and flexible.
Rinse Your Car’s Exterior
The outer part of your car needs to be rinsed. And it includes the tire also. Start from the top. It will help your car to get rid of the soap, and dust.
As for wheels, rinse between the spook. Don’t overlook the braking parts also.
Dry It Properly
After rinsing your car, you have to dry it. But before that, you have to wipe your car off. Use a damp microfiber cloth for that purpose. It will easily absorb water from the exterior.
Use a dry microfiber cloth after that. It will absorb the remaining water.
Polish Your Car
Polishing your car requires some materials;
- Polishing Pad
- Power Polisher
- Clean Cloth
- Polishing Compound
Clean the Metallic Parts
You have to clean the metallic parts separately. Some different materials are needed for that. Such as:
- Metal cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
Wax Your Car
Apply a protective wax coating on your car. The materials used for waxing are;
- Car Wax
- Foam Applicator.
Exterior Car Detailing Tips and Tricks Video
Bingo! Detailing is done and dusted.
Now your car will be shiny, glittering, and fast. Probably, you will get back the car you bought some years back.
This was all for today. Hope it proved helpful. Stay happy. Stay blessed.