The first step of our 6 steps of car detailing plan is to give some attention to your wheels and tyres as these are your car’s point of contact with the road surface.
These areas are often the worst affected parts of the car and become very easily caked in brake dust and dirt from day to day driving, so targeting them first will help ensure that they don’t contaminate other areas of the car later on in the car cleaning process.Take me to wheel Products
All tyres should also be cleaned using a suitable all-purpose cleaner such as Citrus wash with a firm brush. This step will ensure a longer-lasting bond with your chosen tyre dressing.
Wheel sealants can also be applied. These will not only make your rims look great but will protect them from road salt and dirt build-up, making future cleaning much easier!Take me to wheel Products
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Wash away your sins with step 2 of our 6 steps of detailing. Washing your car’s exterior is arguably the most recognisable step of vehicle detailing, but are you doing it the Autobrite way? Our 3-part wash process is the best way to a swirl-free finish!
Before beginning your exterior wash process, ensure that heavily soiled areas such as engine bays, fuel filler flaps, and door shuts are suitably cleaned to minimise the risk of debris transfer onto the paintwork. These areas should be attended to first if you plan on including these in your wash process.Take me to wash products
Part 1 – Citrus Wash All Purpose Cleaner (APC)
Citrus wash is applied to the vehicle to aid in the removal of road traffic film and grime build up specifically on the lower areas of the vehicle. The product is then left to dwell for a few minutes before being pressure rinsed.Take me to wash products
Part 2 – Snow Foam Pre Wash
Applied through a snow foam lance pressure washer attachment. This pressured application creates a thick foam that clings to the dirt on the surface of the vehicle, removing most of the dirt without the need for contact. Leave to dwell then rinse.Take me to wash products
Part 3 – Safe Contact Wash
The most common wash technique. A safe wash is achieved by ensuring as much dirt and debris as possible is removed from the vehicle prior to contact. This is done by following parts 1 and 2 before selecting our preferred shampoo and wash media to remove the last remnants of grime using the 2 bucket wash method.
When the wash stage is complete, dry the vehicle with a suitable drying towel unless further decontamination is required.Take me to wash products
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Decontaminating a vehicle, simply put, removes the impurities and imperfections that washing cannot, using a range of specially formulated products.
While daily grime, dust, and debris can be easily cleaned off, contaminants such as brake dust, water spots, industrial fallout, and even old layers of wax can bond to the paintwork, spoiling an otherwise flawless finish.
Decontamination generally falls into two categories.Take me to decon products
Removing contaminants using chemicals alone. This step can include removing road tar and light iron fallout from all surfaces of the vehicle and may require regular maintenance depending on driving conditions.Take me to decon products
This process involves physically removing particles that are bonded to the vehicle’s paintwork or clearcoat. Physical decon is carried out using fine or heavy grade clay bars to essentially pull the remaining contaminants from the surface ensuring a perfectly smooth finish.
Decontamination is not carried out frequently under normal driving and storage conditions.Take me to decon products
Physical and chemical decontamination
Polishing a vehicle is step 4 in our 6 steps of detailing process. This can totally revitalise the paintwork, reducing the appearance of undesirable marks in the paint or completely removing them and restoring that factory fresh appearance!
There are 2 ways to polish a car; by hand or using a machine.Take me to polish products
Usually, a light abrasive product would be used to remove some surface oxidation and restore gloss. This product may also contain fillers and/or waxes to perform as an all-in-one product.Take me to polish products
Usually used as a correctional technique. Machine polishing is the process of removing minute layers of the clear coat or paints to eliminate defects such as scratches and swirls restoring the true finish to a vehicle. Compounds are typically used with this process; these products contain far more abrasives than hand polishes and usually don’t contain any fillers or waxes.
Whichever polishing process you choose, it is important to do each section of the car individually to ensure the finish matches up across the entire vehicle.Take me to polish products
There’s no use working so hard to get a vehicle looking amazing, just to skip out such an important step in the car detailing process, and have the elements ruin the finish after the first drive. Choose your protection!Take me to protect products
Sealants are chemically engineered products designed to “Seal” in the finish that has been achieved through your correction process. They will also have the added benefits of enhancing the gloss levels and producing a sharp, clean finish. These products contain different polymers, resins, and synthetic agents to give increased durability when compared to traditional wax.Take me to protect Products
Car Waxes have been around in one form or another since the early days of the car. Although technologies have changed, the basic ingredients have largely remained the same. These products usually contain a percentage of carnauba wax alongside other blends of waxes and in recent years synthetic bases have been added to boost durability.
2 Types of Wax
Typically found in either hard-paste or liquid forms, waxes offer a warm wet look finish that some people prefer.
Both types of protection are designed to preserve the paintwork of your vehicle, protecting against UV damage, dirt, and rainwater. This protection makes cleaning the vehicle easier and maintains that lovely finish for longer.
Applying wax to a freshly cleaned, and polished vehicle will help to protect it against all kinds of dirt and debris, including tree sap, brake dust, and rainwater. By forming a uniform layer on the top surface of the paint, car wax acts as a barrier layer that is waterproof and contaminant proof, preventing acid rain from damaging the actual paint and helping to prevent tree sap and brake dust from fusing to the car. Aside from protecting vehicles, car wax can also bring out the shine and boost the overall appearance of a vehicle. Available in liquid, solid, gloss, and matt formulas, there’s no excuse for any vehicle to be without it.Take me to protect Products
The final step in the 6 steps of the detailing process is aptly named finishing and involves adding those final touches that can make all the difference.
Products usually used at this stage of the process are Quick detailers to add a quick boost to gloss levels on paintwork or revive the water repellent properties of previous waxes or sealants.
Dressings can also be classified as finishing products; these can include tyre dressings and trim dressings. Dressings are available in high gloss finishes or factory-fresh-looking matt dressings.
Glass Cleaning and Sealing
These final stages are also the ideal time to think about cleaning and sealing the glass surfaces.Take me to finish products