The object of detailing is to clean,
polish and protect while maintaining the integrity of your clearcoat,
chrome and other surfaces.
There is nothing worse than having
your paint job full of scratches, swirl marks, scratched chrome and
a windshield difficult to see through.
Stay away from abrasive and useless products such as wax, sponges,
rags, terry towels, paper towels, and wipes. Clear coat should not
If you want to wash your car, RV,
bike, boat, jet ski etc. never use a sponge or regular cloth to the
clear coat, chrome, windshield, gel coat etc. Use a microfiber cloth
mitt and use a wash product designed for vehicle surfaces to clean
and degrease. Do not use household soap or other household cleaners.
Soap attracts dirt.
An option to washing which may cause
some swirl marks, is the use of on contact cleaners such as our
BellyWash. You just spray it on, let it set, rinse off and dry using
a microfiber chamois. You can also pressure wash and dry with it.
When using this type of method STAY AWAY FROM THOSE PRODUCTS
CONTAINING ALKALINE CLEANERS. They will stain paint and polished
aluminum surfaces if not rinsed off promptly and completely. There
are products such as our BellyWash that do not have a time limit for
removal they are so safe.
One cleaning option is to use
"detailer" products. Just be aware that most of them are petroleum
based and do their shine using such products as mineral spirits.
They dull fast and offer no protection.
An excellent option is to use a newer
class of "detailers" that are water based and offer water borne
polymer polishes in them. They truly clean, shine and protect. Our
product, Perfect Detail is an example of this type of product. It
offers 3 to 5 months of protection, can be applied in the direct sun
without streaking, is great on glass, provides a "show car" shine
along with UV and anti-static benefits, it removes light dirt, dust
and bugs while providing a slick surface using no silicones.
Cleaning is easier and faster the next time. Its base is a superior
When purchasing such a product do not
rely on price only or you will just get burned!. Superior products
such as our Perfect Detail require only 1 to 1 1/2 oz. for an entire
car. Most of the popular names require 4 to 6 oz. for the same area
so while they are less expensive to purchase they really are more
expensive to use.
One classification of product to look
at is the long term protectants such as our Prestige Protective
Polish. This type of product will freshen up a surface while
offering long term protection against the elements and proving a
great shine. Use it under Perfect Detail and you will be wowed with
When shopping for this type of
product you should carefully check how they obtain their stated
results. There is a ton of flim/flam out there, especially on
products sold in drug stores and super markets.
One heavily advertised product simply hand washes a finish coated
with their product using a non-detergent cleaner and does it 52
times. Since there is still polish on the surface they claim their
test simulates one year of washing and therefore will last one year.
THAT IS SIMPLY ONE TON OF BOLONGA!! What happened to what the
elements do to the finish? What happens when you use a real cleaner
that must have ingredients to clean and dissolve oils etc. All the
best cleaners take off a little protection when they clean. This
company provides no "real life" testing. Under their method we could
claim several years of protection! In real life we provide around 6
months or more of protection and up to 1 1/2 years of protection in
a static mode (vehicle just sits there).
If you polish aluminum be aware that most products you buy are made
with abrasive, jewelers rouge or rubbing compound and offer no
protection. This type of metal polish is cheap to buy, requires lots
of effort to get fair to good results.
There are a few really good metal
polishes out there. The ones we have found sell for around $19.95 to
$29.95 for an 8 oz. bottle. Their problem is two fold. The cost is
ridiculous and there is no protection or at best they offer a wax
protection. Wax has never offered protection against anything for
more than perhaps a week. On wheels it lasts around one or two days.
A nice option is our Easy Aluminum
Polish which only costs $1.95 for 8 oz. will shine with or outshine
the best of competition and offers up to 6 months of protection
against oxidation and hard water spots bonding on. It uses a unique
liquid formula that provides a mirror finish very easy since the
product is doing the work not your arm.
There is one other company that uses
a liquid formula and it does a real nice job but costs more than
ours and offers no protection. This is again a case of you must be
aware of how much it costs to use a product not how much it cost to
buy it. We can do truck size wheels with around 1 to 1 1/4 oz. per
wheel. No other company can use so little to do so much.
One thing about chrome. Donít buy
chrome polish unless your chrome is showing rust spots. Chrome is
already polished when you buy it. A product like PERFECT DETAIL will
clean and protect chrome while making it look absolutely beautiful
and do it easier and for less expense than metal polishes.
As important as the products you use
are the cloths you use with them. The wrong type of cloth will do as
much damage to the surface as any thing else you do to it. Cloths
like microfiber are designed to enable you to remove light loads of
dust from the surface without causing scratches and swirl marks.
This is true of the best quality microfiber cloths, not necessarily
the discount store type. There is a very good reason they are so
cheap, they contain less microfiber and ability to hold dirt without
causing damage. Buying a discount store microfiber is like spending
dollars to save pennies. Not to smart of a move.
Never ever use a paper towel, regular
cotton towels, hotel towels or terry towels, especially those sold
cheap in the discount stores. They all cause dirt to be dragged
across the surface causing sever damage. Where do you think the
scratches and swirl marks came from you are trying to get rid of?
Sponges are also very bad! They drag dirt also.
The trouble with regular methods of cleaning are the products you
use to clean with will probably do a good job of breaking the dirt
loose, but then you use a cloth or sponge to drag around the dirt
causing scratches and swirl marks while cleaning. Then you may drag
leather or synthetic chamois or other type of cloth across the
surface to get water off. This again just drags dirt particles
around causing more damage yet to your surface.
The answer to these problems is quite simple.
1. Use products such as PERFECT
DETAIL that breaks dirt looks, floating it away from the vehicle
surface then applying a slippery surface to your vehicle so it can
cause no more damage. However, removing Perfect Detail without using
a premium microfiber cloth sort of defeats the purpose.
2. Use BellyWash that removes all
harsh dirt when you rinse it off and dry with a microfiber chamois
thereby eliminating those things that cause surface swirls.
3. Use vehicle wash products such as
Safe Wash Surface Shampoo that are designed to float off harsh dirt.
Use a microfiber wash mitt and you will be amazed at the results.
Always pre-rinse before using a vehicle wash to get rid of as much
loose dirt as possible.
All the above three methods will let you be successful in
eliminating most to all surface damage when cleaning, if used
I am sure you see a constant theme of
using quality microfiber products in your cleaning. It is
imperative. Forget the people claiming they will dull or damage your
surface. They just have an agenda and probable something else to
offer instead they are trying to peddle.
If you follow these simple steps you
will keep your prized possessions looking showroom good and maintain
their value. There is nothing that feels better than getting in or
on a clean bike, car, RV, boat etc. and heading on out.
Things to note about microfiber
products: Machine wash them but do so with other things that do no
lint. If not, they will collect all the lint in the wash water, just
like they will collect dirt.
Never use fabric softener or bleach
when washing. Never use laundry detergents that contain fabric
softener or bleach. It may contain enough bleach or softener to stop
the absorption and/or weakening the fiber causing lint eventually.
They are dryer safe up to 194 degrees but never use fabric softener
strips and make sure the dryer does not have any lint in it. If you
want to line dry them, they dry 7 to 10 times faster than cotton and
they dry soft.
Microfiber is a man made fiber. Do
not iron them. They will melt to your iron.
If you have any questions regarding detailing please forward them to
email@example.com with detailing in the subject line.