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October 23, 2018

Auto-Car | It’s all in the Detailing

Very little beats the feeling of satisfaction and sheer joy when sliding in behind the wheel of your gorgeously detailed ride. But one thing that does come pretty close, is seeing all those heads turn as you and your ride pass them by. Because if there’s one thing to be said about auto detailing, it’s that everyone can appreciate a good looking ride – whether they’re behind the wheel or not. And that coveted gleaming finish isn’t limited to the inside of professional workshops anymore. Auto detailing – both exterior and interior – involves restoration, cleaning, precision polish, and a dash of the good old TLC, which can all be achieved by any car lover with the right products in his hands.

Exterior Detailing

Understanding the process behind getting your vehicle looking its best will help you get the most out of your detailing experience. Here we’ve listed the main aspects of this process for you, and how can achieve best results.


Removal of Contaminants

A good wash is always the first step to detailing. You want to get rid of as much dirt and contaminants in the paint as possible. Begin by rinsing your car, then applying a good quality soap to the entire body. Quality car cleaning products will be the difference between doing this once, or several times to achieve the same result. The Mothers Detail Brushes are perfect for getting into those nooks and crannies, like emblems and trim, to remove unwanted build-up of grime. Overlooking these small details will leave you with a half-finished job that certainly won’t be anything like showroom quality. So get in there, and get that dirt out. Once you’ve soaped up, you can rinse the car. It’s common to find that after rinsing, some of the more stubborn contaminants embedded in your paint haven’t budged. At this stage you will have to get out the clay bar to get rid of remaining dirt. When drying your car, our Microfiber Ultra-Soft Drying Towel absorbs over ten times its weight in water, and is gentle on all surfaces from polished paint to chrome.

Removal of Surface Defects

Swirl marks, oxidation, and light scratches are often found on exterior paint. After cleaning, these surface defects will be even more noticeable. Luckily for you, most defects can be conquered with a good polishing. Severe defects that can’t be polished away will require several corrective stages to remove them. Mothers Instant Detailer is specifically formulated to work well on any paint exterior, and eradicates surface debris while making your car look good too.

Protection

Your final step in detailing is to protect the clean, defect-free vehicle you’ve just created. Waxing is the most popular choice for this because it’s long-lasting and super simple to apply. A proper auto wax job can last up to six months, protecting your car from surface damage that’s caused by the elements, dirt, and grime build-up. You could instead opt for a ceramic coating which bonds to the car’s paint and provides up to two years’ protection, but this method can be quite expensive and takes longer to apply than car wax.

Interior Detailing

The inside of your car gets about the same amount of abuse as the outside. It’s just that human traffic is the culprit more so than Mother Nature. Although, it’s the traffic that brings Mother Nature into your car where she definitely doesn’t belong. But this doesn’t have to be the kind of story where you pull out your hair and resign yourself to shabby seats, mysterious odors, and accumulated clutter. Keeping your interior looking, feeling, and smelling fresh is simple if you follow these easy tips:


Clear Your Space

You’ll want to begin by clearing out all the clutter from your car. You know, the piles of empty food packets, dirty clothing, etc. that made their home on your vehicle’s floor. Cleaning will go a lot faster when you’re working with an empty car than a graveyard for the last six months of your travel plans and eating habits.

Suck It Up

Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, it’s time to break out the vacuum cleaner and give it a once over. This way you’ll get to all the tiny bits and bobs that couldn’t be taken out by hand. Place the narrow nozzle on the front of the hose, move the seats around, and make sure you get into all those small, hard-to-reach places too. Use the Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Brush to loosen dirt to make sure your vacuum gets everything it’s supposed to.

Plastics

Wipe down your dash and other plastic accents. These parts of your interior are likely to look weathered and forlorn as time passes thanks to sun exposure and just life inside a car in general. Keeping it clean will go a long way in reducing that dull, aged look and make you feel better about your car. Apply Mothers Plastic Polish to your dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, and other interior plastics if you want to restore them to their former glory. Our Plastic Polish not only cleans and shines, but it buffs out light scratches and flaws while protecting plastic from the sun, water stains, and other contaminants as well.

Windows

Be sure to use cleaner specified for windows to get the best results. Spray a light mist onto a soft towel and work it onto the windows using circular motions. You can then go over the windows with a dry microfiber towel for ultimate shine.

Seats & Upholstery

Leather upholstery requires proper leather care. Clean and condition as per the product instructions to ensure your keep the leather supple and looking good for longer. Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is ideal for carpets and all fabrics. Tough on stains but gentle enough to do no damage to all kinds of fabrics. And it’s environmentally friendly too! Spray it on, scrub it up, and dab away the excess. It’s that simple.
The tips we’ve outlined above are your guide to an optimal auto detailing experience and you can adapt and customize them as you see fit. It’s your ride and you know it best. However, there are some things that should never be done when detailing your vehicle, and they are:

  1. Using household cleaning soaps on your car. Don’t do it. Leave the dish soap in the kitchen where it belongs. People often argue that it works great on exterior paint, but it’s what you don’t see immediately that’s the biggest problem. These detergents are engineered to strip away wax and grease. Great for dirty dishes, tragic for your car.
  2. Treating all plastics the same. They’re not. You get hard, soft, etc. And each type of plastic will have the best cleaning product suited for it.
  3. Aim for the stains. It’s easy, we get it. Zero in on that one dirty mark and clean just that area. But leaving dirt to build up everywhere else reduces the lifespan of your carpet and upholstery, so it’s always better to do a regular cleaning of the entire surface to keep things in shape.
And with a product list the size and quality of Mothers Collection, keeping your car looking its best has never been this easy. We have a solution to all your car care needs – no matter how big or small. With us you’re guaranteed a showroom finish that’ll be turning heads wherever you go.