All About Auto Detailing

All About Auto Detailing

We all know that our vehicles are one of the most expensive things we buy. Our vehicles are also a reflection of who we are, what our tastes are and a definition of the type of people we are. Our vehicles are, in a sense, our mobile living rooms, offices, and our children’s second bedroom, backyard, and play room.

Detailing your vehicle will make you feel good and keep you healthy, believe it or not.
Do you remember the feeling you had for the first six months after driving out of the dealership lot?
It is possible to have that feeling after each detail we provide.

Detailing is what a cleaning crew is to your home or office for your vehicle. And for sanitary and cleanliness reasons, it should be kept the same as your home or kitchen. It is important to keep both the interior and the exterior of your vehicle clean and germ free. The interior of a vehicle has many areas for dirt, food, and liquids to get into and under, providing perfect areas for bacteria and mold to form. Also, those areas are perfect for little creatures and spiders to hide.

Detailing is the art of towel manipulation, the use of gentle products, brushes, and machines used in a specific order to remove the dirt, not blend it in. As for the paint or finish, the paint and surface defects are removed to restore the shine and protect the finish. The astounding results we achieve are due to the very specific order in which we approach the interior and exterior while using only the best compliant cleaning and conditioning products.

Car washing vs. car detailing

There is really no comparison. It is like comparing a hair washing to a hair cut & style. Car washes take from 10 minutes with a tunnel-style wash to 1.5 hours for a hand car wash. Washing removes only surface dirt, which is not stuck or adhered to the surface of the interior and exterior. Detailing removes the dirt that is stuck to the interior and restores the exterior paint/finish to a like-new condition. Detailing should take a minimum of 3.5 hours to 8 hours for a single technician to complete.

Why detail?

A vehicle must be detailed periodically to remove corrosive contaminants, which adhere to the clear coat surface as well as to clean before preserving the surface’s coating, which can fade, harden, or wear.

How do you know if your brand new car needs detailing?

It is likely that the interior will not need any detailing other than to apply scotchgard to fabric surfaces to help repel dirt and liquids. There is a 50/50 chance that the exterior was properly cared for before you took delivery of the car. It is important to determine the condition of the paint/finish/clear coat. If, after the vehicle is washed and dried, the surface feels smooth to the touch and looks flat, it will not need exterior detailing.

Exterior detailing steps, including paint correction

To return the exterior paint/finish to like-new condition, the surface may need some or all of the following cleaning/washing, color sanding, polishing, and waxing/sealing.

  • Cleaning/washing the surface of the clear coat. The paint is washed with soaps and acid-based products, which loosen adhered contaminants. Clay and compounds are then used to remove the contaminants and or fallout debris.

  • Deep scratch removal or paint correction – Specialized hand sand/color sanding papers are used to remove microns of clear coat, which contain deep blemishes.

  • Polishing – A specialized machine is used, which is powered pneumatically and electrically. There are two different motions in which the machines move. One is rotary. Rotary is a circular motion. The other motion is random orbital action, which is an up-and-down motion combined with the circular motion. The different pads include wool, foam, and micro fiber. The machines and pads combined with polishes remove swirl marks and restore shine.

  • Protecting – Waxing and or sealing the paint/finish will create a barrier between the clear coat and the environment. The environment has particles of different contaminates and the waxes and sealants will protect the clear coat and prevent contaminants from adhering to the clear coat.

Exterior materials, moldings/trimming/tires & wheels

Windows, chrome, aluminum, plastic, and rubber are all the different materials of which the exterior is made in addition to the paint. All these are cleaned, polished, and preserved with specific products. Windows are deep cleaned with steel wool, clay bars, and glass polishes. Plastic windows are cleaned and polished. Chrome and aluminum surfaces are polished with metal polishes, rubber, and plastics with degreasers. Tires are degreased and wheels are waxed and are painted and polished if they are metal. The rubber and plastics surfaces are treated with an ultraviolet sun protector, which will prevent cracking and fading.

Interior detailing (including trunk)

Interior detailing is the process of deep cleaning, deodorizing, and conditioning the interior materials. Materials include leather, vinyl, plastic, upholsteries such as velour, suede, and other cross fabrics. Supplies used to clean the interior are citrus-based degreasers, conditioners, and deodorizers. Various sized brushes, cotton swabs, and micro fiber towels are used. Machines include upholstery extractors, vacuums, and air blowers.

Detail USA uses techniques and products to rid your vehicle of the contaminants and bacteria that will harm the exterior finish and prevent you, your friends, customers, and family from coming into contact with any airborne bacteria that reside in the interior of your vehicle.

We, at Detail USA, are committed to keeping our customers’ vehicles looking new. We do this by providing the services to protect your investment. To request an appointment to give your vehicle’s finish the ultimate protection for the winter, go to our Request for Appointment page. For special deals and promotions, please visit our Specials page.

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