What is detailing, and why is it done?

Exterior detailing involves cleaning and bringing a shine to the car’s paint, chrome trim, windows, wheels, and tires as well as all other visible components on the exterior of a vehicle.

Different detailers use different products and techniques to do this.

The three main stages of exterior car detailing are:

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of all foreign surface particles from exterior surfaces through the use of chemicals, water and heat while washing and claying. A clay bar helps to clean contamination/dirt from the surface of the clearcoat that cannot be removed through washing such as bugs, tar, sap, paint, overspray, etc.
  • Polishing (Paint Correction) refers to using machine polishers, which are normally Rotary Polishers which have a constant direct spinning action (Direct Drive) or Dual Action Polisher (which uses a Radom Orbital Action plus Rotary Action) this is called forced rotation. Specific polishing pads (Foam or Wool) remove microns of clear coat from a vehicle in order to remove fine scratches, swirls marks, oxidation and other imperfections from a paint surface produced from improper washing techniques, drying techniques and other possible causes.Wax N Vax have the best selection of machine polishing tools available. No other detailer in South Yorkshire has a better selection of machine polishers. We carry this selection, as it allows a tailored solution to the paintwork on your car. BMW’s are known for hard paint, whereas for example Citroen’s are know for softer paint
  • Protecting involves the application of a protective wax (in liquid or paste form) that prevents foreign matter (contaminants, pollution) from adhering to the surface of the vehicle, including minerals in water, bugs splatter, tar, and dirt. Waxes and sealants provide this barrier.