Auto detailing is a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning of both the exterior and the interior of a car using specialised tools, products, and professional skills. The aim of car detailing is to restore the car’s original aesthetic appeal, and to protect delicate components and features from aesthetic wear. So, what is car detailing all about, what happens to your car once you drive it to a detailing professional?
Exterior car detailing
Exterior detailing begins with an exhaustive wash of the car’s body, the wheels, mirrors, windows and external lamps. Automotive clay bar is then used to remove tightly bound dirt and residual that regular detergents cannot remove. The paint is polished to restore the colour to its original shine. Finally, the paint is waxed to give it a protective sealant and maintain the glossy look. The entire process removes small visible dents, stains and scratches on the bodywork and wheels. Although it is not a standard practice in regular detailing, engine bay cleaning is essential in extending the lifespan of plastic and rubber engine components by keeping a spotless engine bay. It is typically included in car valeting packages.
Interior car detailing
A dirty interior can develop bad odours and a stuffy atmosphere, which could compromise the control operations and overall driving experience. Therefore, a lot of work goes into interior car detailing. The first step includes a thorough vacuuming of the seats, carpets, trim, and the trunk area. Carpets can then be steam-cleaned and scrubbed to remove dried in stains and blemishes. The interior of the glass is cleaned to a sparkling, clear finish. Any leather trimming is wet-washed and conditioned to that soft leathery texture. Hard to reach areas like air vents and button rims are cleaned using specialised brushes and solvents. Finally, the entire cabin is re-vacuumed and wiped to remove any last traces of dirt and splashes. A perfume or deodorant may be spayed so give the interior a fresh scent.
Detailing and car wash
Car detailing may seem a lot like regular car cleaning to many car owners. However, detailing is a lot more thorough than a 20-minute car wash. A wash only removes visible dust, mud and other stains on the windows and body, while detailing is a restoration process to get the car looking and feeling as new again.
Get in touch with us for a professional and pocket-friendly detailing service. At Faw Customs we take pride in offering quick car restoration services from detailing, valeting, paint correction and machine polishing in London.