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Top Three Auto Detailing Techniques That Can Actually Save You Money

Feb 6, 2008
Auto detailing is fast becoming a budding and very promising industry. For quite some time now, car owners are allocating significant amount of budget to grooming and enhancing the exterior of their vehicles through thorough cleansing.

Of course, it matters if cleanliness of the car is observed inside and out. But if you want to make your car look brand new in an instant, at least exteriorly, it would be a big plus if you would subject your vehicle into auto detailing.

Basically, there are three highly popular auto detailing techniques. These three are commonly practiced and offered at almost all car detailing establishments in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and elsewhere in the world.

As a car owner, it would be a great help if you would be familiar with all of the three so that in case you might be needing auto detailing services, you would already be exposed.

The first auto detailing technique is what is called as clay cleaning. For beginners, clay is a simple and effective mixture of several abrasives and clay base. Clay is normally mixed with a clay lubricant for effective removal of paint contamination. Common dirt and car exterior contaminants being removed by clay bars include tree sap, bugs, road grime, paint over spray, rust and tar.

Clay bars are like detergent soaps for your laundry. Hence, there are many types of clay bars. Moreover, clay bars differ mainly on color and composition or density of chemicals or active ingredients. There are clay bars for mild cleansing, while others are too harsh and are appropriate for cleaning heavily stained and dirty car exteriors. Professional car detailers should know the appropriate and perfect clay technique for your car.

Another auto detailing technique is polishing. This technique is aimed at removing contamination, scratches, swirls and a host of many other paint imperfections. Car polishes penetrate deeper into the clearcoat, move that is far better and more intense than clay cleaning.

Polishing is basically intended originally for removing fine scratches and even light oxidation in the car's exterior surface. There are some polishing products that when applied can be a prerequisite or a preparation for another popular car detailing technique.

The last technique is car waxing. Waxing is the auto detailing technique that is wrapping up all the two other techniques. In other words, waxing is like finishing the entire car detailing process. Common forms of car waxes include pastes, liquids and creams. Basically, car waxing products contain carnuba, a substance characterized for having a significant amount of essential and helpful fatty acids.

The fatty acids when applied to the car exterior serve as a solid layer protection that coats the surface to keep it from contamination and harsh effects from the outside world. Car waxing is also responsible for giving the car the very shiny and neat finish.

When looking at shops and establishments for auto detailing, you should initially consider auto detailing establishments that offer all three basic techniques in a single bundled package. On the other hand, if you decide to try to do car detailing for your car instead, be careful when choosing the specific products you would be using.

Remember that any miscalculations or simple errors in using clays, polishes and waxes, the external surface and overall appeal of your car would be at great risk.
About the Author
Alex Baumm, member of a Car Forum. If you really like your car and want to learn much more about anything related to car cleaning, care and show prep, visit our Auto Detailing subforum.
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