Back in the olden days, when cars were seen as a luxury, the concept of ‘CAR CARE/DETAILING’ was not that widely discussed. The cars back then were quite simple and did not need extensive care.
But today, everything related to a car is quite complex. From the designs to the colors, from the interiors to the exteriors, even the seats and the windshields have modifications that can be unimaginable and mind-blowing.
With the increase in problems related to climate change, the impact of technology, demand vs. supply, affordability vs. profitability and other ecological changes, it is essential to take proper care and to keep the car appropriately maintained.
Often people think that both car detailing and car washing are the same. But this is not true!
Car washing is usually surface-level cleaning done by automated wash systems or manually to clean the car. Whereas, car detailing is done manually by experienced detailers who clean every area of the car meticulously.
There are many different levels and types of detailing that covers both interiors and exteriors of your car. We are going to discuss some of the essential ones in this article.
But before that, let’s have a quick look at some interesting facts and stats about car detailing:
- The car wash industry in India is growing rapidly. The existing car wash outlets can cater only 1% of total running cars in India which is growing fast each day.
- The global car wash industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3% during the forecast period between 2017 and 2023.
- There is an annual increase of 19.2% of car owners opting for car detailing every year.
- The car wash industry generates $48 billion per annum.
- 72% of car owners opt for professional detailing once a year.
Exterior Car Detailing
Exterior detailing is not just about washing the exterior components of a car. A good detailer usually follows below process of car detailing:
The first step of exterior detailing is spraying the car with specialized hi-powered spray. Then manually the detailer will clean the rims, glass, door jambs, and overall exterior parts of the car.
The detailer meticulously removes all the hard water spots from every nook and cranny, such as Logos, door handles, front grill/mesh, wheel bolt holes, window channels, etc. using special chemicals.
The clay that is used in auto detailing is nothing but a resin compound. Claying is the essential step of exterior car cleaning. The auto detailing clay is used to remove the particles that contaminate the exterior parts of the car like the paint, fiberglass, and metal. Detailing clay can be both natural and synthetic – auto detailers today prefer using synthetic clay because it provides quicker results.
Imagine seeing a dull looking car just when you have planned an outing with your friends. Wouldn’t that be a major turn off? Your car can be made of different materials – all of them require polishing to be done once every six month-1 year depending upon the usage. Each element needs a dedicated product to bring out its beauty and enhance its shine. For example, a chrome surface needs to be examined to find out whether it is real chrome, plated, or coated. First, you got to use water and soap to get rid of debris and dirt. Then, you can buff, polish, and wax to get the best results.
Parts of the car made out of an aluminum can look dull over time. So you need to get those surfaces polished regularly, say once in 2 months. Keep in mind that aluminum is softer than chrome, so extensive care is required.
WAX & SEALANTS
Wax not only serves the purpose of paint protection film but also helps bring out the paint’s true shining potential. For a glossy shine to a car, sometimes sealant is applied instead of wax.
The advancements in the car detailing and paint protection industries have paved the way for a much better alternative in sealants! There are several reasons for the same:
- have BONDING AGENTS that increase the life of the polymers
- leaves a better gloss on the paint than the wax
- forms a tough polymer coating which is more powerful than that created by wax
Interior Car Detailing
Car interior ranks 3rd where a person spends most of his/her time. And most often than not, the car interior can be much more filthy than just meets the eyes. Sweat, methane, nasal residue, food particles and beverages, damp shoes during monsoon, etc. are common contaminants of the interior of a car. Although unseen to the naked eye, it can pose serious health issues.
Interior detailing includes cleaning of the headlining, upholstery, carpets, mats, door cards, dashboards, A/C vents, steering wheel console, boot and engine bay to keep the contaminants at a minimal.
Interior car detailing requires more time and effort than exterior detailing. The standard process of interior car detailing includes:
VACUUMING & CARPET SHAMPOOING
Vacuuming is an effective way of cleaning the car that ensures that all kinds of dirt get removed especially the ones that may not be visible to the naked eye. It is a faster and more efficient way of cleaning. This can be done using simple equipment called a Vacuum Cleaner.
Car Carpet is an area where one can see a lot of stains such as oil or tar. Such stains are difficult to remove, and normal brushing of the carpet is not enough. Shampooing the carpets allows the removal of tougher stains.
AC VENTS CLEANING
Cleaning the car’s AC is an essential aspect of detailing. Air pollution is more harmful to children in cars than outside because of the toxic air, according to top UK scientists. Cleaning the AC can be very tricky. However, nowadays, special A/C foams are used to deep clean the A/C vents which are otherwise impossible using conventional brushes. You can use paintbrushes explicitly designed for such cleaning. AC vents must be cleaned at least once a month. Sometimes more often in case, they become dusty.
CLEANING THE DASHBOARD, WINDOWS AND INTERIOR PLASTICS
It’s a driver’s delight when someone compliments the cleanliness of the car. This is evident from how well the interiors of the car are maintained. Windows, Dashboard, and other plastic parts must look and smell good at all times. These parts must be cleaned at regular intervals. Use polish to make the plastic parts shiny. A moist cloth is always helpful in keeping the windows stain free. The stereo and other electrical components can be kept clean using a gentle brush.
Finally, to leave the car with a pleasant fragrance, a good deodorant is used in the car.
These are some of the primary and essential types of car detailing for both the interior and exterior parts. If you are looking for professional car detailing services, feel free to contact us.