The most common mistake made by beginners is washing the vehicle in the sun.
It is a mistaken belief that a beautiful sunny day is the perfect opportunity to wash our vehicle. In the full sun you can see all the dirt and street settlements.
The vehicle left in full sun quickly heats up, which can cause the suds to dry very quickly. Dried soap leaves on the paint difficult to remove stains, which left on the car body can damage the structure of the varnish by leaving “holograms”.
If we can not wash the car in the shade, the evening is the best time for this treatment. When the sun is going west, but it is still high enough to light the whole car.
If, however, we find a shady place, it is important that during the washing the sun does not move over the body of our vehicle.
The mistaken belief and habit of many beginner detailers is washing vehicles using circular movements. This habit took its beginnings in manual polishing using pastes, where circular movements are more effective.
Unfortunately, while washing the vehicle, circular movements cause much more scratches than movements along the body lines.
At the outset, I will direct you to my previous post. There you will learn how to properly wash a car. If you have two buckets and the right gloves, I will be happy to advise you: The car should be washed in a similar way to painting the walls. I have never seen anyone paint walls with circular movements.
The market offers us many kinds of seemingly simple cosmetics. The car washing shampoo itself has many varieties, so how do you choose the best one?
When putting your first steps in detailing, you should bet on “classics”. For the first detailing we will need three chemicals:
– APC –Diluted solution APC will be necessary for us to clean the interior of our vehicle. Its versatility in cleaning the surface makes it suitable for both leather upholstery, cleaning the steering wheel and perfect cleaning of plastics and the entire cockpit.
APC is not recommended for windows, because it leaves difficult to remove streaks.
Remember! APC is a powerful chemical! If you have decided to buy a concentrate, be sure to read the label.
–Deironizer –A product necessary for perfect cleaning of rims. Its operation is described in in this entry.
Our car has been perfectly cleaned, the surface of the varnish has been degreased, and we are taking on the imposition of wax. Accurate distribution of the product is crucial. Then just reach, leave for a few hours and you can ride.
After a few hours it may turn out that our vehicle has become dull. It is the fault of an improperly ripped product and its excess on the vehicle’s body. It should also be noted that the product has not been joined in the car bodies and recesses.
In order to protect against strenuous removal of wax residues from bodywork joints, it is a good idea to cover these places with a painting tape.
In an detailing studio, the use of the same microfiber for one operation is not permitted. The life of a microfiber in a professional detailing studio has 3 stages:
1. Used to apply ceramics;
2. Uses to remove cavities;
3. Used to clean the wheels;
Of course, do not throw away any microfiber as soon as it gets dirty. The cloths can be washed and assigned to them a role that they will meet when washing and cleaning.
However, it should be borne in mind that new and almost new microfibers are intended for the varnish, this will minimize the risk of scratches.
Polishing seemingly very simple. It is enough to buy any polishing machine, and in fact I will polish the car myself.
Such a statement is often perpetuated by people who have no idea about polishing or doing it wrong.
The most important aspect of the beginning of polishing is lighting! Normal garage lighting will not allow to fully visualize varnish damage. It is also impossible to regenerate varnish if we do not exactly see what we do.
The best choice at the beginning will be the purchase of fluorescent lamps with cold light and mounting them vertically to the walls. In addition, it is worth to support the inspection flashlight, and at a later stage of our adventure: a metal halide lamp.
The first steps in polishing are difficult, so I do not advise you to study on a utility vehicle. It is worth buying some items from scrap metal and improving our skills on them.
If we want to take care of polishing the lacquer, the lighting of our home detailing studio will not work for us. The polishing machines market is extensive.
Polishing is a little like photography, expensive equipment in the hands of an amateur does not automatically create a professional from it. At the beginning, there is no point in investing in specialist tools for PLN 4,000 if we are just learning. It is worth taking a look at the secondary market, where you can often buy a brand DA machine.
Before we order our “polisher”, we will not miss reading about polishing pads and pastes. Choosing them requires experience from us, because a universal recipe for a given varnish does not exist.
At the beginning it is worth to buy several types of pads and pastes and try out the above. elements.
Regeneration of paint is primarily knowledge, and in the second row of the machine.
Choosing the right accessories for washing the vehicle is a key element that will reduce the number of scratches. Using old clothes instead of cleaning gloves causes deep scratches that are impossible to remove. Such scratches arise because the clothes are not adapted to “absorb” sand particles, just like washing gloves.
It is important to use the dedicated microfiber towels for drying the vehicle. Bath towels are not suitable as drying towels for varnish. Microfibre towels have long bristles and a special weight. The higher the weight, the more absorbent it is. The standard weight of the towel is 550g/m2, although weights up to 850g/m2 are available.
Not without significance is their composition, the most common towels on the market are:
The wide availability of chemicals can cause slight confusion in our head. It is important to carefully read the labels, and before large purchases, seek advice from the store.
A frequent mistake among beginners is the use of agents for varnish on the elements of the cockpit and upholstery. Too strong chemicals can damage our upholstery irreversibly. It is important to test on a less visible element before each use of any product.
We washed the car body, cleaned the interior and our vehicle is almost ready for driving. The last, often overlooked stage is the finish.
This is the last stage of car preparation in the detailing studio before the vehicle is released to the customer. We must remember about places that we do not pay attention to in everyday use of the vehicle. The most often overlooked element when cleaning the vehicle are the door niches. Cleaning the cavities is no different than cleaning the car body, shampoo and brushes will give you advice.
The second, neglected place is the trunk lid along with water drainage gutters. To clean this place, once again, brushes will work perfectly.
The crowning of detailing work on our vehicle should be the location of the dressing for tires. Dressing not only protects the tire, but also revitalizes its appearance. Remember to apply dressing only on the edge of the tire, not on the entire surface.