Beginner’s Guide to Car Detailing: Essential Preparatory Measures

Beginner’s Guide to Car Detailing: Essential Preparatory Measures

Nicholas Kyprianou

You’ve probably heard the term “car detailing” before yet are still a little unsure as to what it actually means. If you ask a handful of people in London or Surrey about what car detailing entails, you’ll probably get a wide range of different answers. To some people, car detailing can be as simple as a thorough wash and waxing, whereas others will say that it’s a thorough clean as well as a protection service, including cleaning the engine steam.

Of course, the extent of your detailing will vary depending on your specific needs, but to give you more of an idea, here’s a brief introduction to car detailing in general. Before you set about with any kind of car detailing work, it’s important to thoroughly evaluate your car. This will let you know what kind of detailing work actually needs doing, and save you from splashing out on any unnecessary extras.

The first step in your assessment should be to evaluate the paint work. Take a long, slow walk around your car, looking for stains, water spots, scratches and other unsightly blemishes. Run your hand along the surface of your car and pay attention to how the paint feels. Are there any kind of bumps and inconsistencies? You can probably guess that if the paint work is covered in marks and has lost its smooth, glass-like texture, it’s in need of a good clean. Depending on your car’s condition, paint cleaning can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours.

Next, check your tyres and wheels. If you’ve been neglecting this area, it could take a lot of work to get your tyres and wheels back to a good condition. Detailing your tyres could simply mean getting back into a good regime of washing and treating them with a dressing. If your tires and wheels have a significant build-up of brake dust and other dirt, cleaning it off should take 15 to 30 minutes per wheel, using the correct brushes and cleaning agents.

When you come to inspect your interior, especially if you have kids, you may get quite a shock upon discovering just how much dirt and rubbish has built up over the years. In many cases, a decent interior detailing can take longer than the whole of the exterior! Depending on your vacuuming regime, it can take less than an hour or several.

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