When you want to make your car sparkle, you should consider having it detailed. While there are a variety of businesses and auto shops that do this type of specialty service, know that it is completely possible to do it yourself and save a lot of money in the process.
There are steps to take when you decide to detail your car on your own. First make sure you have all the supplies you need so you can get the job done efficiently and effectively.
Depending on the current condition of your car, you could need a variety of products. However, once you finish giving it a good wash, know that most detailing efforts can be satisfied with microfiber towels, black-trim treatment, one-step wax or car polish, spray-on detailer, an applicator or orbital polish brush for wax.
Keep in mind if you have not waxed your car recently (or ever) it might be wise to get some products that could stand up to the work that you need to do, namely clay bar, wax, and mild polish or other pre-cleaner.
Once your car is dry, make sure you clean the door jambs and get rid of dust and dirt. Use the detail spray for the best results. Next, treat the black trim on your car as well as all seals with the black trim detailer. This will restore shine and polish and clear up fading and cracked trim. During this step, it is good to wear gloves so your hands do not get stained.
Next, use the clay bar to remove dirt from the exterior that was not washed off. The clay bar will get rid of extra dirt and other substances easily and you will not scratch the surface when working with this tool. Clay is traditionally used as a lubricator and after you apply this to the finish, the surface of the vehicle will be more smooth.
Next, apply polish to the exterior of the car with an orbital polisher.
You are finally ready to wax the car. This can be a time intensive process, but know that it won't just make your car shine, it will also protect your paint from UV rays, dust, dirt and anything else in the air. Apply the wax directly to the applicator and only focus on small areas. Don't get the wax on the black trim and always allow it dry. Once it is completely dry, you can wipe it off with a soft towel.
It is wise to detail your car regularly, as much to make it look good as it helps protect and preserve your investment.