How to Detail your Car Like a Professional
Professional Interior & Exterior Auto Detailing Detailing Courses
Whether your passion for auto detailing started at a young age and you want to hone your techniques or you want to learn how to properly detail your car for the first time, Detailing Aficionados is here to help. Our professional car detailing courses cover everything from proper techniques to product selection. After trying numerous detailing techniques and countless car care products over the last decade we have formulated a tried and true process. From start to finish, you will learn how-to detail like a professional and achieve a showroom shine on your car, truck, or SUV.
Every day exterior car surfaces are subjected to harsh environmental and industrial contamination which can’t be removed by performing a hand car wash alone. Depending on the type of contamination and how long it has been on the paint, permanent damage may have been caused. In order to properly remove all contamination both chemical and mechanical decontamination are required. While the clay bar process will remove all above surface bonded contamination the contamination that has become embedded below the surface of the clear coat will remain. It’s important to fully remove all contamination prior to applying a car wax or paint sealant to ensure properly bonds for maximum durability.
The types of contamination that build up on interior car surfaces can vary greatly depending on vehicles use and the occupants. From road salt to melted candy the variety of possible contaminants is seemingly endless and each one poses its own unique challenge. Interior leather, plastic, and vinyl surfaces need to be thoroughly cleaned before applying a layer of protection. Combining a leather safe all-purpose cleaner with a vapor steam cleaner will yield amazing results even on the most soiled surfaces. Once all the interior surfaces are fully rejuvenated it’s time to apply the interior protectant or interior sealant.
Learn More About the Three Stages of Exterior Car Detailing
Decontamination – The first and possibly the most important stage of car detailing is the decontamination stage. During this stage all vehicle surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned using an assortment of car care products and detailing tools. It’s critical to inspect all of the surfaces thoroughly and determine what car care products the detail is going to require. Having a good adhesive remover, iron remover, tar remover, and water spot remover in your detailing arsenal is a must.
Correction – Typically the more time that is invested into the correction stage the better final outcome will be. Whether you’re hand polishing interior trim to remove scratches or machine polishing paint to remove swirls the process is a time intensive process. Deeper scratches require the use of rubbing compound which leaves behind its own set of micro-scratches. These micro-scratches need to be removed with a finishing polish. The hardness of a car’s paint can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even color to color. Always perform a test spot to determine if the desired level of correction is being achieved with the current compound/polish, buffing pad, and polisher combination.
Protection – When it comes to protecting the paint there is an abundance of carnauba wax, polymer paint sealant, and ceramic paint coatings to choose from. Determining which one fits your car’s needs and your detailing budget is important. The cost per application of a polymer paint sealant typically only costs a few dollars while a ceramic paint coating can cost upwards of one hundred dollars per application. One of the main appeals to paint coatings besides the unrivalled protection they offer is the durability. Most paint coating manufacturers advertise up to 2 years of protection from a single application.
Professional Interior Car Detailing Tips & Tricks
Decontamination – It’s a good idea to start every interior detail by removing any personal items and the floor mats prior to vacuuming. If the vehicle has removable seats now is the time to remove those as well. The goal is to make every nook and cranny of the interior as accessible as possible. Heavily soiled cloth upholstery or carpet will require the use of a hot water extractor to achieve the deepest level of clean. Utilizing compressed air or high-pressure steam is a great way to clean those hard to reach spaces like between the center console and the front seats. After the loose dirt and debris has been removed from the interior it’s time to clean the leather, plastic, and vinyl using the appropriate car care products and detailing brushes.
Protection – Nearly every interior protectant and interior sealant on the market today offers some level of UV light protection. One of the most important determining factors in selecting the right interior protection is going to be the desired level of gloss. Depending on the product used and the number of applications the interior surfaces may have a subtle sheen or matte finish. We strongly recommend that only low-shine interior protectants be used to minimize sun glare and dash reflections on the windshield.
Interior Car Detailing & Exterior Car Detailing Training
Now that we have covered the basic fundamentals of proper car detailing it’s time to take the next step. We are proud to offer comprehensive exterior car detailing and interior car detailing online courses. Upon completion participants will not only know how to achieve a flawless finish but properly maintain it for years to come. If you have any detailing related questions or would like to share pictures from your latest car detail please feel free to contact us GlossBoss@DetailingAficionados.com.