What is car detailing ?

I personally like to refer to detailing as “valeting on steroids”  But in a more professional tone Detailing can be defined as the systematic rejuvenation and protection of the various surfaces of a vehicle. With detailing it is possible to restore a cars appearance back to new removing paint defects ans swirl marks.

It breaks down into various components:

What is car detailing – exterior?

Exterior detailing involves cleaning and bringing a shine to the car’s paint, chrome trim, windows, wheels, and tires as well as all other visible components on the exterior of a vehicle.

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The three main components of exterior car detailing are cleaning/decontamination, polishing and protecting.

Cleaning or washing, refers to the removal of all foreign surface particles from exterior surfaces through the use of chemicals, water and claying. A clay bar helps to clean contamination/dirt from the surface of the clearcoat such as bugs, tar, sap, paint over-spray etc. that cannot be removed through weekly washing

Polishing refers to using mechanical polishes by hand or with a machine and specific polishing pads that remove micrometers of the clearcoat from a vehicle in order to remove fine scratches, swirls, oxidation and other imperfections from a paint surface produced from improper washing techniques, drying techniques and other possible causes.

Protecting involves the application of a protective wax that prevents foreign matter from adhering to the surface of the vehicle, including minerals in water, bugs splatter, tar, and dirt. Waxes and sealants provide this barrier against the elements. Waxes are some of the most expensive elements of the detailing process.

With constantly evolving products and technology you can now apply silicon carbide ceramic coatings (or glasscoats as they are referred to) to the paint which last longer than traditional waxing and also give scratch resistance to keep the look of the car longer.

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What swirl marks look like on paintwork.