Exhaustive Guide: Car Detailing Basics


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Detailing of a car depends upon the condition of the car, whether it is simply DUSTY or seriously DIRTY.
The more it is kept away from the Sun and Outdoor Parking, lesser will be the blemishes.
And, again based on how well it is maintained whether the car receives Daily Cleaning, Periodical Washing, and Planned Detailing.

ALBUS underwent DETAILING to look young and to get the best on a non-metallic taffeta white paint.

The detailing was carried out during moderate weather, under home portico @ possibly maximum dust free environment and the car was not used for three days. This time I did with whatever available with me. My daily usage is very less and it is to give you an idea I share here about what I did. You can try and do whatever best suits to you by following the General Guidelines which are shared in this thread by CRACIN & others.

The photos of ALBUS here are captured by Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 Mobile @ non HDR mode, 16.9(9.1M Pixels) on 15th December 2019 in the evening at 5.30 during a cloudy day. No other editing is done except resized, 50% haze removed for more appealing visuals.

PROCESS:
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FIRST DAY
Morning:

Washing with Sonax Gloss Shampoo, dried and wiped with Amazon Basics Large Thick Drying MF Towel.
Clayed carefully part by part by using Bilt Hamber Auto- Clay Soft and PROKLEAR RAW as lubricant
Washed and Wiped.
Carefully polished the car fully part by part to remove surface oxidation by using mildly wet Car Waxing Polish Foam Sponge with AMWAY SILICONE GLAZE Car Polish (I felt, it’s very effective on white color).
Evening:
Cleaned the car by Japosu Duster & softly wiped by MF cloth, second time carefully polished the car fully part by part by using POORBOYS White Diamond Glaze.
Cleaned the whole body by SOBBY 440 GSM Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and sprayed and sealed with the SONAX BSD. (it is a viscous liquid, need to shake well before use)
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SECOND DAY
Morning:

Second coat with the SONAX BSD after wiped out micro dust with the help of Japosu duster and moist MF cloth.
Evening:
Waxed by using Poorboy's Natty's White Paste Wax, after wiped out micro dust with the help of Japosu duster and MF cloth.
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THIRD DAY
Morning:

Waxed by using Poorboy's Natty's White Paste Wax (Second Coat), after wiped out micro dust with the help of Japosu duster and MF cloth.
Evening:
Softly wiped the car surface by Japosu duster
Tires / Alloy spokes were cleaned by VIM dish wash solution spray and wiped. Applied Armor All Gel to tires. Cleaned the aluminum spokes by AMWAY liquid, wiped with MF cloth, again wiped the spokes with a very thin layer of Armor All Gel.

Maintenance:
  • DAILY, I dust out by Jopasu duster, when the car is not used. When used, simply mist with PROKLEAR Raw spray and wiped off by MF cloth. Also Clean the alloy wheels by a good 3inch broad (paint) brush and by MF wheel duster. I keep multiple MF cloth exclusively for top, sides and wheels. I just wash and dry (Shade) the MF cloth every day.
  • WEEKLY, I do the above process, plus also a Quick Detailing by spraying PROKLEAR Raw Extreme CX, leave on surface for few minutes to see the droplets of wax and do soft buffing before it dries. (After Checking for bird, tree drop stains and remove them carefully after soaking with a tissue paper and cleaning by AMWAY SP if required). Clean the alloy wheels by a good paint brush, spray the wheel by VIM Dish wash diluted liquid and wipe. Dust out engine bay, Bonnet and Dicky grooves /channels.
  • MONTHLY, or Whenever the car becomes dirty due to more bird drops, Rain, bad muddy road, long travel I wash the car with or without Car shampoo, wipe and dry all areas that includes inside Doors, Dicky and Bonnet (different cloth), brushing the tire sides with VIM liquid, dried and applied with Formula 1 Black Gold Tire Shine. Also, carry out QD as weekly. Cleaning of interiors, and Engine bay.
  • EVERY THREE MONTHS: As monthly, plus Apply Sonax BSD and wax , applying Meguiar’s Natural Shine Protectant on Dash & interiors.
  • AFTER EVERY SERVICE: When the car comes back after service, I clean the inside door pad fabrics and water marks on the glasses by COLIN to remove the finger marks created by the workers. I carefully remove before sending the car to service station some of the items like 3D foot mats, Pen Drive, Memory cards, Perfume, removal Head unit remote control on the steering wheel, special tire valve caps, some removable electronic gadgets like battery meters, items in glove box and ensure my Roof Light is off. It’s not only to avoid missing, but to preserve the life especially the perfume will evaporate more while washing and doors opened, the beige 3D mats becomes dirtier and curled when carelessly thrown out, kept under the sun.
  • During rainy day I always put newspapers over the foot mat and throw it when dirty.
  • YEARLY ONCE I do full detailing.
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NOTE:
The process and Bonding (Curing) time is important while Detailing.
I will try later CarPro ECH2O Waterless Wash High Gloss Detail Spray & PB Ex-P / Collinite 845 Insulator Wax.

The following posts by CRACING may be interesting / useful to you.
Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Shine Detailer: Honest Review
Skil 9080 Car Polisher – Review
 
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[surprise]
We are discussing seriously about the SCIENCE OF DETAILING in this thread here.

Today, I am surprised to note in this video that the way detailing of a car done by a STREET DETAILER in our country.

Are you able to find out / list out the materials which are used by him? [lol]

 
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Detailing of a car depends upon the condition of the car, whether it is simply DUSTY or seriously DIRTY.
The more it is kept away from the Sun and Outdoor Parking, lesser will be the blemishes.
And, again based on how well it is maintained whether the car receives Daily Cleaning, Periodical Washing, and Planned Detailing.

ALBUS underwent DETAILING to look young and to get the best on a non-metallic taffeta white paint.

The detailing was carried out during moderate weather, under home portico @ possibly maximum dust free environment and the car was not used for three days. This time I did with whatever available with me. My daily usage is very less and it is to give you an idea I share here about what I did. You can try and do whatever best suits to you by following the General Guidelines which are shared in this thread by CRACIN & others.

The photos of ALBUS here are captured by Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 Mobile @ non HDR mode, 16.9(9.1M Pixels) on 15th December 2019 in the evening at 5.30 during a cloudy day. No other editing is done except resized, 50% haze removed for more appealing visuals.

PROCESS:
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FIRST DAY
Morning:

Washing with Sonax Gloss Shampoo, dried and wiped with Amazon Basics Large Thick Drying MF Towel.
Clayed carefully part by part by using Bilt Hamber Auto- Clay Soft and PROKLEAR RAW as lubricant
Washed and Wiped.
Carefully polished the car fully part by part to remove surface oxidation by using mildly wet Car Waxing Polish Foam Sponge with AMWAY SILICONE GLAZE Car Polish (I felt, it’s very effective on white color).
Evening:
Cleaned the car by Japosu Duster & softly wiped by MF cloth, second time carefully polished the car fully part by part by using POORBOYS White Diamond Glaze.
Cleaned the whole body by SOBBY 440 GSM Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and sprayed and sealed with the SONAX BSD. (it is a viscous liquid, need to shake well before use)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SECOND DAY
Morning:

Second coat with the SONAX BSD after wiped out micro dust with the help of Japosu duster and moist MF cloth.
Evening:
Waxed by using Poorboy's Natty's White Paste Wax, after wiped out micro dust with the help of Japosu duster and MF cloth.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
THIRD DAY
Morning:

Waxed by using Poorboy's Natty's White Paste Wax (Second Coat), after wiped out micro dust with the help of Japosu duster and MF cloth.
Evening:
Softly wiped the car surface by Japosu duster
Tires / Alloy spokes were cleaned by VIM dish wash solution spray and wiped. Applied Armor All Gel to tires. Cleaned the aluminum spokes by AMWAY liquid, wiped with MF cloth, again wiped the spokes with a very thin layer of Armor All Gel.

Maintenance:
  • DAILY, I dust out by Jopasu duster, when the car is not used. When used, simply mist with PROKLEAR Raw spray and wiped off by MF cloth. Also Clean the alloy wheels by a good 3inch broad (paint) brush and by MF wheel duster. I keep multiple MF cloth exclusively for top, sides and wheels. I just wash and dry (Shade) the MF cloth every day.
  • WEEKLY, I do the above process, plus also a Quick Detailing by spraying PROKLEAR Raw Extreme CX, leave on surface for few minutes to see the droplets of wax and do soft buffing before it dries. (After Checking for bird, tree drop stains and remove them carefully after soaking with a tissue paper and cleaning by AMWAY SP if required). Clean the alloy wheels by a good paint brush, spray the wheel by VIM Dish wash diluted liquid and wipe. Dust out engine bay, Bonnet and Dicky grooves /channels.
  • MONTHLY, or Whenever the car becomes dirty due to more bird drops, Rain, bad muddy road, long travel I wash the car with or without Car shampoo, wipe and dry all areas that includes inside Doors, Dicky and Bonnet (different cloth), brushing the tire sides with VIM liquid, dried and applied with Formula 1 Black Gold Tire Shine. Also, carry out QD as weekly. Cleaning of interiors, and Engine bay.
  • EVERY THREE MONTHS: As monthly, plus Apply Sonax BSD and wax , applying Meguiar’s Natural Shine Protectant on Dash & interiors.
  • AFTER EVERY SERVICE: When the car comes back after service, I clean the inside door pad fabrics and water marks on the glasses by COLIN to remove the finger marks created by the workers. I carefully remove before sending the car to service station some of the items like 3D foot mats, Pen Drive, Memory cards, Perfume, removal Head unit remote control on the steering wheel, special tire valve caps, some removable electronic gadgets like battery meters, items in glove box and ensure my Roof Light is off. It’s not only to avoid missing, but to preserve the life especially the perfume will evaporate more while washing and doors opened, the beige 3D mats becomes dirtier and curled when carelessly thrown out, kept under the sun.
  • During rainy day I always put newspapers over the foot mat and throw it when dirty.
  • YEARLY ONCE I do full detailing.
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NOTE:
The process and Bonding (Curing) time is important while Detailing.
I will try later CarPro ECH2O Waterless Wash High Gloss Detail Spray & PB Ex-P / Collinite 845 Insulator Wax.

The following posts by CRACING may be interesting / useful to you.
Sonax Xtreme Brilliant Shine Detailer: Honest Review
Skil 9080 Car Polisher – Review
Beautiful House and Car. Is this your passion?

[surprise]
We are discussing seriously about the SCIENCE OF DETAILING in this thread here.

Today, I am surprised to note in this video that the way detailing of a car done by a STREET DETAILER in our country.

Are you able to find out / list out the materials which are used by him? [lol]

I can hear only about 3m shampoo.
 
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@CRACING I think you use the manual pump sprayer and have recommended the same (https://www.amazon.in/Kisan-Kraft-KK-PS2000-Manual-Sprayer/dp/B01BLFFE5I )

There is a similar item available from a brand called ResQTech which costs significantly more but it marketed specifically for car washing (https://www.amazon.in/Resqtech-RESQTECH-UNAUTHORISED-warranty-provided/dp/B00SRK4G50 )
Is it better to go for the ResQTech product (Would the water pressure be higher?) or is the cheaper option better?
 
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@CRACING I think you use the manual pump sprayer and have recommended the same (https://www.amazon.in/Kisan-Kraft-KK-PS2000-Manual-Sprayer/dp/B01BLFFE5I )

There is a similar item available from a brand called ResQTech which costs significantly more but it marketed specifically for car washing (https://www.amazon.in/Resqtech-RESQTECH-UNAUTHORISED-warranty-provided/dp/B00SRK4G50 )
Is it better to go for the ResQTech product (Would the water pressure be higher?) or is the cheaper option better?
Hello,

Yes I use 1.5L manual pump sprayer for rinseless wash and water pipe via tap from overhead tank for full car wash.

ResQTec 8 Liter sprayer would be too much for rinseless wash because you just need ~1.5L water+solution for whole car. However, you can use it for full car wash which includes shampoo. There is no info about how many pumps are required for initial pressure but you have to pump 2-3 times every 1min to maintain pressure. Pressure would be decent but I doubt it will get rid of heavy mud on mudflaps and wheel wells.

If you have access to power supply then I'd suggest this cheap and best pump. Otherwise you can try 8 liter manual pump sprayer. ResQTec is expensive whereas same from Fieldstar and Kisan Kraft costs half!
Thanks...
Best Regards
 
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