Car Detailing is a specialized activity of carefully doing processes and operations which maintain the car in its best possible shape, especially with regards to appearance, as well as mechanical, rather than mechanical. This implies cleaning, polishing, waxing and the rest of the processes that are involved in restoring or refurbishing cars. The process is very diverse in scope, depending on the type of car and what it needs to look like. It may also include restoring or refinishing of older models of cars to cater to growing demands from car owners. Car detailing services are also sought by professional car restoration experts for reasons of image alteration of restored models.
When car detailing, we come across a lot of different techniques, methods, products and equipment used for making the car shiny. It should not be confused with shine making, where all you need to do is polish and wax your car with various sprays and products. Car detailing requires specialized products and equipment to create shiny cars, with no smudges or scratches. A highly polished car will always have high reflection and sparkle.
For the interior detailing process, there are two types of products. There are car care products that are applied onto cloths and used to wipe down the car seats, floor mats, dashboard and floor. These are followed by polishing and waxing the vehicle. You should know that this process removes all kinds of dirt and grim found on the vehicle, even the grime from the kids’ ride during summer days! However, the interior detailing process is more time consuming than the exterior detailing process.
While cleaning the engine compartment, you should see to it that all doors, hoses, pipes and exhaust are cleaning properly, to ensure that no dust or grime remains. For the first step of the engine compartment detailing, the engine should be opened up completely, with all the doors open. Then a micro fiber filter should be attached to the engine, so as to trap any dust or grime. This should be done on both the inside and the outside of the engine compartment. This is followed by cleaning the catalytic converter.
The next step in the interior car cleaning process is vacuuming. You can use the vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush head to clean any spots or nooks. After cleaning the nooks or spots, you should spray an exterior detailing spray onto the spots, to make them vanish. The following step is washing the car with a detailing shampoo and warm water.
When the car wash is over, you should dry the car clean using exterior detailing sprays to get rid of any dried on dirt. Once the car is completely dry, you can apply a clear wax to the doorjambs, dashboard, and the boot interior. Thereafter, you can wax and detail the interior car.
For wheels cleaning, follow the same steps as for the interior detailing. However, you should add a little more force while vacuuming since it is harder to remove the debris from between the tires with wet vacuuming. Follow all the same steps mentioned above for the interior.
It is important that car detailers abide by certain standards to be considered professional. These standards are set by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Most professional car detailing companies will be self-regulating. If they are not self-regulating, then it is better for you to go for another detail service provider. Professional detailing involves a lot of work. Therefore, detailers must be paid well to ensure quality detailing for vehicles.
You will also notice that professional car detailing prices are more expensive than regular car wash and wax prices. This is due to the extra time and effort that go into detailing the car. Professionals spend more time on the task at hand compared to a normal person who does car washing or waxing. Car dealers are also entrusted with bigger tools and high grade vacuums to get rid of all the loose dirt and debris. For instance, a retailer would have access to a power sprayer and industrial-strength brushes that can easily loosen and remove all kinds of tough stains and dirt.
The price of the detailing job depends upon how detailed the work gets. Professional detailing involves washing the interior cabin, removing grime, waxing the doors and windows, cleaning the engine and exterior cabin, washing the seats and carpet, and so on. In addition, professional car detailers would also do the interior cabin upholstery. For this, they would use special upholstery shampoo and conditioner, and a quality vinyl cleaner.
These are just some of the tasks that professional detailers do. There are many other duties that a good detailer could perform. You could check out the various detailing prices in your area and compare them to the prices charged by professional detailers to get an idea of what to expect from a good car detailing business.