What Is Meant By The Term Detailing?
Many people do not realize what is meant by the term detailing in the automotive industry. Although there are many definitions the one most referred to is automotive cleaning and finishing. You can think of auto detailing as the services done to a vehicle that enhances the aesthetic appearance. These things include but are not limited to polishing, waxing, vacuuming, and shampooing. It can also be said more appropriately a detailed cleaning, this would include the vents, cracks, and crevices. Auto Detailing also may include touch up painting, striping, pin-striping, and protective coatings. Auto Detailing basically refers to paying attention to all of the details of cleaning and accenting a vehicle.
Auto Detail Tips
Tire Dressing On Tires Not Everywhere Else
You just finished washing and waxing your car and now it is time for the finishing touches. You clean your windows and dress your tires. You put everything up and come out to enjoy your nice clean shiny ride when you notice the tire dressing has left little silicone spots all over your vehicle. You try to wipe them off to only smear them all over your paint and windows! The best remedy for these spots is to dress your tires while the wax is drying on your car and save the windows until the very last part of detailing your car. If you dress your tires after you put the wax on your car and before you take the wax off the wax is used as a protective barrier. The tire dressing will be much less likely to leave spots on your finish. You can also use a large piece of cardboard cut to the size of your wheel to keep the overspray of tire dressing from resting on your paint and windows. If you do have some small spots of dressing still left on your ride, use a quick mist detailer like our A.S.A.P. to get rid of them quickly and efficiently.
Make Your Wax Job Look Professional
Have you ever walked by a vehicle that looks good but when you look closely you see some of that white wax residue? That white wax residue is difficult to avoid if you are being very thorough. If you aren’t careful you get in it the cracks, crevices, and in the moldings. It does not look professional and you will hardly ever find a car show winner with these eye sores. You can make your job look much better with a few small preventative steps.
The easiest way to avoid that unsightly white wax residue is to just stay away from the edges. You can achieve this by taking your time when you get near the edge. This helps because when you wipe over the edge of a panel the wax tends to load up and ooze into the crevice. If your vehicle has black moldings that are porous do whatever it takes to not even barely brush up against them with wax. Once you get wax in these black porous moldings the wax tends to be very stubborn to remove and often times the only option for ridding this mess is to cover it up with a black molding paint. One option is to use masking tape and mask off the moldings and/or edges. Do whatever it takes to keep the wax out of the cracks and crevices. This will not only make your vehicle look even better, It will make your job much more professional. Nothing says I am a moron and don’t know what I am doing more than having a freshly waxed car with yucky white residue under the hood and all in the moldings.