Thursday, December 10, 2009

Detailing a Car

  1. Step 1

    Since dirt and debris build up on the paint and exterior surfaces of the car, you must wash the vehicle before you wax it. Clean all crevices, and rinse the car thoroughly. Apply wax to one section at a time, then remove with a lint-free cloth after the car is dry.

  2. Step 2

    Vacuum the interior. Run the vacuum over the carpet to remove soil and debris, and vacuum the seats and rear trunk area. You may need to use a smaller vacuum head attachment to get into tight spaces.

  3. Step 3

    Apply leather or dash cleaner to all interior surfaces. Most vehicles have door panels or rear seat backs that are also covered in vinyl, so wipe them as well. Professional detailers are adept at removing dirt and gunk in the small crevices of the dash and center console spaces, but you can enjoy similar results by using a toothbrush to scrub these areas.

  4. Step 4

    Clean the inside and outside surfaces of the glass to complete the detail. While an ammonia-based cleaner will do the job, alcohol-based cleaners will totally remove grease and insect debris without leaving streaks behind. Don't forget the instrument cluster, radio display and interior chrome surfaces.

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