How To Detail Your Car Like A Pro

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Want to know the secret to saving hundreds of dollars detailing your car? It’s time you learn how to detail your car like a pro. This week we’ve got some tips that will save you a little bit of money while doing it. We understand that there is nothing more satisfying than a clean car from the inside out but why waste hundreds of dollars when you can learn how to do it yourself, right from home. 

Detailing your car doesn’t have to be difficult, for some they want to take their car somewhere they know will get the job done right, but you can be just as capable as those companies you pay to do it for you, you just need the right tools and advice. 

The main thing is really giving your car that deep clean it deserves, and maybe you would rather save your time and hand that responsibility off to someone else. If you’re curious how to get it done right and on your own, keep reading.

If you’ve decided to continue reading you may be wondering where you even start when dealing with a multi step process. When it comes to detailing your car there are a lot of things to consider. Luckily, we are here to give you a few secrets, tips, and a guide to detail your car like a pro would. 

1) Begin By Cleaning The Wheels

Whether you are doing a quick detail on your own or giving your car a full detailed clean, you should always start by cleaning your wheels? Why do you ask? The tires are typically the dirtiest part of the exterior of your vehicle and will usually require the most attention. To give your tires a good clean, you will need to grab a brush and quality wheel cleaner. The brushes will be for the hard to reach areas. You also want to have a separate wash bucket for your tire supplies such as cleaning mitts, brushes, and rags.

Never mix your used tire supplies on any other exterior part of your car due to the dirtiness of the water you are continuously using. For other parts vehicles, always have an extra wash bucket handy to keep this part of the detailing separate.

2) Use The Right Soap

You may be thinking, why do I need to use a certain soap? It’s just a car. Well, believe it or not, this is important. Dishwashing soap is everyone’s go to when washing the exterior of their car. Dishwashing soap can be harsh on your vehicle and can shorten the life of the paint. An alternative you can use is actual car wash soap that is made specifically for detailers to wash a customers car. This type of soap won’t be harsh on your paint and will make your vehicle look shinier than traditional dishwashing soap would.

3) Say Goodbye To The Sponge

Microfiber mitts are the way to go if you’re detailing your car from home. The reason you should ditch the sponge you have always used is because when you are washing your car dirt and grit will cling to the sponge and when you ring the sponge out the grit and dirt can sometimes still be attached to the sponge. This can be damaging for your car’s paint and doesn’t truly clean your car.

A microfiber mitt is a much better option because that dirt and grit will fall off when you ring it out every once in a while. This is also going to be a better option for the exterior and your car will get a better clean if you switch to microfiber mitts.

4) Give Your Car A Nice Polish

Polishing your car is a huge part of the detailing process. Not to mention it increases that shine when you’re finished. If you really want to be like the professionals, you can get dual-action polisher.A huge tip from the professionals is to apply the polish to the machine’s pad. Once you have completed that step you can drag the polished across the paint and begin polishing.

Some may not want to purchase a dual-action polisher and that’s okay. You can always polish your vehicle by hand. Many professionals will tell you that if you don’t have a ton of experience using the machine polishing you will still get excellent results by hand.

The polishing part of your car detailing experience is important because it gives your vehicle that fresh, shiny look you’ve been needing for a while now. The best part of this part of detailing your car like a pro is you can get it looking just like the professionals would if you were to take your car somewhere to have it done for you.

5) Don’t Forget To Clean The Glass

One of the final steps of the detailing process is to clean all of the windows on your vehicle. Glass is often a step that people will sometimes forget. Fortunately we’ve got you covered. A well-known glass cleaner most detailers will use is called Crystal, although you can use windex or other glass cleaners as well.

Pets, kids, and other passengers in and out of your vehicle can do some nasty damage to your windows. It’s important to see that every once in a while. Clean car windows aren’t just for looks, they also can ensure your safety while you’re on the road. Having full visibility of the road is crucial while driving to avoid accidents.

Are You Ready To Detail Your Car Like A Pro?

Now that you’ve got some of the tools and advice to get started, do you think you can live up to the professional standards? After reading through some of the tips above, it’s safe to say that you can do the job just as good as the professionals. On the bright side, you can do all of this from home.

During this pandemic, Auto Glass Doc wants to make sure you are staying safe. If you are uncomfortable leaving your home, we want to be able to provide all of the resources you need so you can take care of your vehicle’s needs right from your driveway.

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