All You Need to Know About Car Detailing

Car detailing can be defined as the process of makeover of your old car. The process includes a variety of aspects including paint restoration, cleansing interiors, engine refurbishment, wheels care and car’s exterior detailing which transforms it to a new one. It turns into almost the same condition as the new one.

This process is usually performed when you plan to sell your old vehicle, as no one wants to buy a shabby looking car. It is advised by the experts to get the detailing done before putting your car on sale, as it not only imparts a perfect look and finish to your roadster to lure the buyers but also raises the resale cost.

There are many centers for automobile detailing where professionals perform all the necessary tasks to make your car look as beautiful and shiny as the new one. Before hitting these stations you need to know certain things about the services they’ll be offering, so that you know what exactly you’ll be paying for. Here is an article guiding you about the whole process with the points you got to remember whenever you hit any of the detaining stations.

Exterior Detailing

The exteriors are focused on this process to impart shiny, glossy and refreshed look. Various techniques are used in order to achieve the perfect look including washing, polishing and waxing. Special kinds of towels are used to dry the surface and not the usual one. Certified waxes and polishes are applied on the surface to regain the original glow and shine. Windows, headlamps, tail lights, bumpers (both rear and front) are given special treatment to produce the exact look of a new car. Scratch removal is also a part of this process where all kinds of scratches and stains from the car surface are treated by professionals with modern techniques.

Interior Detailing

This stage includes the complete cleaning of the cabin, which includes shampooing of seats, cleaning of foot mats and carpets. Special tools and brushes are used to clean stains on the seats. Dry cleaning of the cabin is preferred over the liquid cleaning.

Paint Protection

Paints are sensitive and are easily affected by the surrounding conditions. The main reason for dullness in the color is pollution and other gases present in the atmosphere. The color on the exterior fades away over time due to many reasons including irregularity in washing, use of cloth which isn’t a recommended one or the use of fake polishes and wax. To overcome all the conditions and generate the original shine, the car undergoes three simple steps, washing, cleansing and polishing.

Engine bay

The engine is the most important part of the vehicle and detailing it is even more important. It can add up the overall detailing cost but it is certainly recommended to get it done.

Auto Detailing – Save Your Knees and Find a Knee Pad Solution

A couple of years ago, I talked to a gentleman at Starbucks who was on disability. He had worked for a carpet installation company and had blown out his knees, both of them and could hardly walk, and one could not be repaired, although they tried by putting in some titanium. He admitted it did help for a while, but his knee was simply to tore up inside. You see, those that install carpets often use their knees to help pound the nails in the baseboard during installations as he explained it to me. Interestingly enough, I understand how important it is to save your knees because previously I was a tack star and later had raced street motorcycles, and also had done quite a bit of auto detailing. Okay so let’s talk shall we?

If you are in the auto detailing business you will be on your knees quite a bit cleaning wheels, under carriages, and putting on wax of vehicles which are very low to the ground, like most exotic sports cars. This means you have to get down and dirty, but in doing so you will be working in a parking lot if you are doing mobile detailing with gravel around, or you will be working on a cement floor inside of an auto detailing shop, those are very hard surfaces, and they can be quite challenging if you are in that position on your knees for long periods of time.

There are several auto detailing catalogs which have very small cushioned mats which are between six and 8 inches wide and 2 feet long with a handle on them, on one end. These work perfectly, and they are an ideal solution for an auto detailer. Best of all you can clip them to a work cart using a carabiner that rock climbers use. Another strategy is to get ahold of the type of knee pads that soccer players use from a sports store. Although they are not as good, they will save your knees. If you are an auto detailer you may put one on only one knee, and kneel down on that each time. Every few days you might wear it on the other knee, so you are not favoring one leg over the other. Always buy the fabric washable kind.

It’s amazing how simple things and proper ergonomic procedures can help you in your auto detailing this. If you are detailing aircraft, especially light aircraft, or small business jets, it is often very hard to clean the underbelly, or the bottom of the wings with one knee on the ground, either on the flight line or in a hangar on the hangar floor. Protect your knees so you don’t have to become a disabled auto detailer. Please consider all this and think on it.

Car Maintenance Tips

In this rapidly developing world, it seems like every other person owns a car, but few people know how to maintain their cars. Your responsibility is not over with the purchase of your dream car but proper maintenance is also needed to keep it in good shape for years to come. Improper car maintenance may be due to lack of knowledge or ignorance; both can hurt your car.

Not properly taking care of your car is penny-wise and pound-foolish. To avoid this situation take proper care of your car so it will take care of you, long term. Even if you keep you car for a short time, you will only get top price for it if you take care of the car. Before starting off with your maintenance schedule, you should know your car’s maintenance requirements. Do refer to your car’s manual for this. Keep in mind that it is you only who can understand your car’s cry for help! It is your duty to keep it in top shape.

At times you will find your car emitting strange smells. These smells are an indication of an upcoming problem. Musty smell means that there is some water clogged below your carpets which you need to dry out. Otherwise it would take no time in rusting your car and your carpet will also be destroyed. Smoke type smells are the most dangerous ones; they signify an electrical problem. Shut down your car immediately and check the bonnet. When your fuel tank gets choked or overflows, strange fuel orders will gather; check it immediately. A sweaty kind of smell takes over when varnish is getting burnt. A burning smell takes over your nostrils when your tires are facing problems and you are driving with your brakes on. Strange smells act as early warning signals for those undesirable repair bills.

Sounds are also a form of your sick car’s language. While you turn your front wheels and hear strange clicking sound check the front shaft. It may fall off. Your engine is overheating if you experience a certain change in the engine’s tone. Stop the car immediately and let it cool down, and show it to your mechanic as soon as possible. Backfiring while you are driving normally is the worst of all and calls for immediate check-up. If you feel your engine knocking then it is high time you get the engine oil checked.

The engine is the most important and hard working component of your car. While you drive it, its moving parts are working at high speed and temperatures. Change your engine oil frequently and get the engine checked regularly.

Tires wear off easily. Maintain them and periodically check for gravel and stone being lodged in the tire threads (and hopefully not nails!).

At times you will notice your brakes not responding. Go for their check-up and refill the brake fuel reservoir.

Clean your battery terminals and feed with grease regularly. Prevent corrosion. Make sure that the plates are at place at all times.

The interiors should be clean at all times. This prevents dust and grime to ruin your car. Clean it not with home based cleaners but cleaners made for this purpose.

The exteriors need the same attention. Clean them regularly with water and soap. This is beneficial for those who look forward to resale of their car.

Chemical Free Home – The Benefits of Steel Wool

Steel wool would be the most popular non-chemical cleaning product in the kitchen. It has many uses around the home as well as in the garage and workshop. It can be purchased from Supermarkets, Hardware stores and major retail outlets.

The wool comes in many different grades suitable for a variety of tasks. Pre-soaped steel wool pads are the most common for cleaning jobs in the kitchen. Stainless wool is also available which lasts an exceptionally long time. Traditional steel wool rusts quickly when in regular contact with water.

Steel Wool In The Home and Kitchen

  • Steel wool can be used for most scouring tasks in the kitchen. All plain steel and aluminium pots and dishes can be cleaned with it.
  • Cutlery can be polished with a superfine wool pad
  • Chrome plated and stainless steel oven and roasting racks can look like new after a scouring with fine or medium grade steel wool. A steam cleaner can be used to assist with softening toughened grime and removed with steelwool.
  • Steelwool is excellent for cleaning stubborn stains from glass and chrome including mirrors. The glass on doors of wood heaters and ovens can also be cleaned with it.

Steel Wool In The Workshop

  • Fine steelwool can be used to clean wood surfaces before staining or varnishing.
  • Buffing varnished surfaces between coats is also ideal for fine wool.
  • Polished wooden surfaces can be brought back to life by re-polishing with a fine grade of steel wool as the buffing agent applicator.

Steel Wool In The Garage

  • The wool is excellent for cleaning chrome on cars as well as mirrors, windscreens, and glass in general.
  • Removing stains and rust from automotive paintwork during pre-paint clean ups is an ideal task for steelwool.
  • Tools can be cleaned and protected by scrubbing with wool which has been dipped into an oil or other lubricant. This greatly increases the life of your garden and workshop tools.

Although its a very versatile cleaning product, steel wool does have its disadvantages.

  • Use caution when using on soft metals.
  • Do not use on painted surfaces that will not be repainted. Scratching will be permanent in the painted surface.
  • Wearing rubber gloves is advisable to avoid small pieces of metal digging into your fingers. This is common and can be very painful.
  • Standard wool can rust easily and quickly. Several ideas have surfaced over the years for how to prevent this. The best method I have found is to soak the steelwool pad fully covered in water and replace at least once per week. The stainless steel version of the wool lasts much longer but is substantially more expensive.

© Eric J. Smith