Well for what it’s worth, I shall share my views on the world of detailing.
It seems that in reality on this Island, many so called Detailers don’t really detail anything! What they actually do, is wash a car as best they know using which ever products they get a good deal on. Most using power washers as well as high powered wet & dry Vacuum cleaners. However, they do get good cleaning results; that is if you want to get your car “clean”. A selected few (I mean few) have had the opportunity of a sponsored trip to a car care supplier, where this was more of a product promotion exercise than anything else. I know this as I have spoken to one of these individuals who attended such a seminar. Thus, wherever you see a DETAILER sign over an establishment that washes cars all day long, it is safe to say, the term is used loosely indeed.
So,what is considered Detailing?
Detailing is for the enthusiast at heart. That individual who not only enjoys the drive, the feel, the sound that comes with the car, but also has the passion to appreciate how it looks & is maintained. Yes, it does involve washing the car; by a specific method. This procedure is to get to the point of what is known as paint correction & believe me, this is the most impressive section of detailing. Taking away all the contaminants left in the paintwork & working the magic to bring out that spectacular shine; literally, bringing the colour to life! Defects such as swirls, minor cleaning scratches, holograms & in some cases, even bird poop that just won’t go away; all vanish leaving a deep mirror finish. Multiple buffing stages are carried out, specialized chemicals & products are used to bring out the ultimate beauty from within the paintwork. Details under the bonnet & wheel arches become apparent as though they did not exist to begin with. The wheels, oh yes the wheels, every enthusiasts pride, these are treated just like the paintwork & sparkle right down to the crevices of the bolts that secure them in place. Clients have experienced friends asking them if they have re-sprayed the car after a thorough paint correction. Others, just can’t stop smiling when they pass by for their car.
There is much more than meets the eye!
The detailing technique on any car does involve a thorough inspection inside & out as well as the engine bay. Detailed cleaning gets into all corners, nooks & crannies throughout the entire vehicle; even where is normally never even noticed, greasy door hinges come to mind, filthy wheel arches another. It all depends on the level of detailing the client wishes to choose.
In order to keep brief, the above is just a tease of what is involved. To get a better idea of the gruelling task that goes on, indulge yourself in the renderings of SPECIALISED DETAILING on my Facebook page.