To summarize, here are the most important points
from all the previous stuff:
Make sure to focus on developing a good
technique, and acquiring the basic products and proper tools. Don't
go out an buy everything that you think you'll need later.
Wash in the shade or in low sun. Use soap
formulated for washing cars. Use a clean wash mitt and a separate sponge
for wheels and rocker panels. Dry with a specialized drying towel or
chamois. Final dry with 100% cotton towels. Be sure to dry inside the
door jams, trunk and hood channels.
After the wash, take a few minutes and decide
what you're going to do next. Don't get boggled.
If necessary, a variety of products are available
to clean and shine your paint before waxing. They include: clay bar, scratch remover,
paint cleaner and polish.
It goes without saying (even though I've said it
before), but make sure to follow
the instructions on the container.
Wax only on a clean, cool surface. Follow the
instructions on the container. Some waxes suggest applying to one
section at a time; others instruct applying to the entire car all at
once. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the wax residue. Whether you
choose paste or liquid, don't use too much.
An interior clean will consist of, at the very
Using Quick Interior Detailer, wipe all surfaces.
Remove the floor mats and vacuum the carpets and seats, as well as the
floor mats before they are put back.
Once in a while, use a vinyl
cleaner on your plastic and vinyl and apply a vinyl protector, like
Meguiar’s “Shine”. If you’ve got leather interior, use a leather
cleaner/conditioner once in a while. Keep in mind that the entire seat
is NOT leather. But it’s better to use leather cleaner on vinyl than a
vinyl cleaner on leather.
Clean the glass
- inside and out.
The Last Details
Clean the exterior trim, wheels and tires. Remember
that some trim will be plastic (painted or not) some is rubber. Make
sure to use the proper products.