For many drivers, their worst fear is vehicle collision. The auto collision is at times very exhausting and an emotional experience to the drivers. Many drivers will try drive defensively or even go an extra mile to take driver educational courses to prepare for such cases. However, collisions still occur.
After a collision life still moves on, and the car has to be repaired and put back in shape. After the repair of a car to make sure the car is as good as new it is important for the car to go through a car detailing process.
The car detailing process is important as it ensures the car doesn’t look dingy after a crash. Here are some car detailing tips to ensure your vehicle gets that perfect detailing.
1. Start with Interior Detailing
It is important for auto detailers to initiate the detailing process with the interior and then finish off with the exterior. Starting with the interior helps as the exterior can get dirty during the interior detailing process.
2. General clean up
The general cleanup of the car should involve pulling out the floor mats and vacuuming. If the floor mats are made of rubber, then they should be cleaned thoroughly with soapy water and scrubbed with a cleaning brush. The other carpeted surfaces, trunk, seats and floors can be vacuumed in a top to bottom cycle. The top to bottom cycle is important as the dust generated during vacuuming higher places fall into the lower areas. In interior detailing, this is referred to as phenomenon gravity.
3. Fabric seats
For fabric seats, the seats, a fabric shampoo or spray-type carpet shampoo should be applied to the upholstery. This should be done in small areas at a time letting the shampoo settle in for a few minutes before wiping out with a wet cloth.
4. Leather seats
For the leather seats, it is important to use a vinyl cleaner which should be applied to the surface then gently cleaned with a leather brush. The excess cleaner can be wiped off using a microfiber cloth for that glossy finish.
5. Interior windows
For the windows, any good quality spray glass cleaner can be used to wipe the windows then wiped off with a clean microfiber cloth. If the windows are tinted, ensure that the cleaners used do not contain vinegar and ammonia as these can have a degrading effect on the tint film.
6. Wash the exterior
After the interior is done, it’s now time to get to the exterior detailing. The exterior starts with washing the entire car body with car wash detergent then left to dry in the shade until the surface is cool.
7. Wheels and tires
The wheels should be sprayed with a wheel cleaner or a degreaser and let them settle for a minute to let them dissolve the grime. Later the wheels and tires can be cleaned with a wheel brush and rinsed of. When cleaning the tires, it is important to stay away from acid based cleaning products as acid etch the metal surfaces.
8. Under the hood
This is usually a bit more involving and should be performed using a pressure washer. Before spraying it’s important to warp electronic parts with plastic.
9. Removing chemical contaminants
Washing will remove all things apart from the ingrained chemical contaminants which are usually invisible to the naked eye. For removal of chemical contaminants, the best option is using a clay bar.
Finally, for protection it is important for the car to have a wax coating