7 Tips and Tricks for Car Detailing

 In DVG Motoring Tips, Uncategorized

Do you take pride in your car? Washing your car can be great for keeping your car neat and tidy, but if you really want to take it back to how it looked when you bought it, car detailing is the only way to go. Detailing your car involves restoring or, in some cases, exceeding its original quality. It can be a big job, but with the right techniques, you will have your car looking spick and spam. Here are the tools you will need for a thorough car detailing:

  • Air compressor machine (can be hired)
  • Armor All (optional)
  • Brushes – toothbrush and nail brush
  • Bucket
  • Cloth
  • Foaming pad
  • Gloves
  • High pressure hose (can be hired)
  • Leather protector (if you have leather interior)
  • Newspaper (old)
  • Non-acid wheel cleaner
  • Polish
  • Shampoo/leather or vinyl cleaner (depending on your interior)
  • Sponge
  • Vacuum
  • Water
  • Wet-vac machine (can be hired)
  • Window cleaning solution/vinegar

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Mats

Car detailing tools needed:

  • High pressure hose (can be hired)
  • Vacuum

Mats can be a pain to clean, so it’s best to get this out of the way early. Remove them and vacuum them top to bottom. For really tough stains and mass accumulations of dirt, you might want to consider spraying them down with a high-pressure hose.

If you have rubber mats, it is best to spray them down with water and dry them by hand.

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Carpet and upholstery

Car detailing tools needed:

  • Cloth/sponge
  • Gloves
  • Shampoo
  • Vacuum

Leave the mats aside until after the interior is complete. Vacuum the carpet and upholstery thoroughly. To get those tough to reach corners, it is best to slide the seats all the way forward and all the way back. If there are stains, apply a shampoo and work it in with a cloth or sponge.

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Dashboard and vents

Car detailing tools needed:

  • Air compressor
  • Brushes
  • Leather protect

Dust gets everywhere. The worst part is when it gets bunched up in those hard to reach places like the vents and corners in the button. Use compressed air and a brush to really work these little annoyances out. If you have a leather dashboard, use leather protector to get it an added shiny quality.

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Seats

Car detailing tools needed:

  • Cloth
  • Gloves
  • Shampoo/leather or vinyl cleaner (depending on interior)
  • Vacuum
  • Water
  • Wet-vac machine

Cleaning seats is highly dependent on the material they are made of. Shampooing nylon seats with a wet-vac extraction machine is a great way to extract dirt, which you can hire if you don’t have one handy. Make sure to vacuum the seat afterwards as some dirt may have been loosened up in the process. If you have shelled out for a vinyl or leather interior, you’ll want to keep it clean with a vinyl or leather cleaner, which can be whipped away with a cloth after being applied.

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Tyres

Car detailing tools needed:

  • Brushes
  • Gloves
  • Non-acid wheel cleaner
  • Water
  • Armour All (optional)

Tyres seem difficult to clean, but by taking a methodical approach, you will be able to get it done in no time. It’s good to spray your rims with non-acid wheel cleaner, making sure you wash it with water after 30 seconds. It is unlikely you will be able to remove all dirt this way, so you will need to go over the rims with a sponge and brushes. The rubber can be given added shine with Armor All.

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Body

Car detailing tools needed:

  • Car polish
  • Cloth
  • Foaming pad
  • Gloves

Polishing the body of a car is an art form in itself. Apply a small amount of polish to a foaming pad and cover your car with overlapping strokes. Wipe it off with a cloth. It is best to do this in the shade so the polish doesn’t dry on the car.

 

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Windows and Mirrors

Car detailing tools needed:

  • Newspaper (old)
  • Water
  • Window cleaning solution/vinegar

Windows and mirrors seem easy to clean, until you realise that water leaves nasty stains on them. Using window cleaning fluid (or a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water) you will be able to have them sparkling. Remove your solution with newspaper, a much more effective and cheaper dryer than chamois or microfiber towels.

Your car should now look sparkly and new, ready to show off.

 

Check out our DVG Motoring Tips for more information on keeping your car looking brand new.

DVG  has aftercare managers in every DVG Dealership who can assist you with products to keep your car in the best possible condition. Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our products available.

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