It’s no secret that auto detailing can be pricey, this is why a lot of people are trying to DIY as much as they can to minimize the cost. But DYI-ing auto detailing can also be challenging and overwhelming. If you haven’t done it before, you’ve probably made a mistake or two. Here are the most common car detailing mistakes that car owners make and how to do it right the next time.
1. Substituting Car Polish For Car Wax
People often assume that car polish and car wax are basically the same thing. But they’re actually not. If you want shine and eliminate minor imperfections on your exterior, you should go for car polishing. Or better yet, you might wanna opt to ceramic coating; your car will have a layer of permanent adhesion to the paint which can only be removed through abrasion, compared to the traditional coating which can be torn off by using different chemicals.
2. Not Knowing How To Clean Your Windows Thoroughly
When we say windows, we don’t mean just the obvious surface that we see. You also need to look at the tops of them when they’re partially rolled down and clean it because since that is often overlooked, dirt really accumulates in there.
3. Forgetting To Clean Under Your Seats
Most people only clean parts of their car that they can see. But if you want a thoroughly clean, you really have to get into all the crevices that your car has and under the seats. You’d be surprise that your vehicle isn’t actually as clean as you think it is.
4. Not Letting Your Car Benefit From Clay Bar
Washing your car with water and car specific cleaning agent is a great way to prevent any dirt from causing damage on the paint. However, even after washing, some contaminants still cling to the paint. To totally get rid of them, using a clay bar is the way to go. Using this product is very easy but time consuming. First, use a good quality auto detailing shampoo to wash the paint and get rid of dirt and grime as much as possible. After that, you can use the clay. Many clay bars in the market come with a lubricant but if it does not, there are products that you can purchase separately. It is extremely important to lubricate the surface first to enable the clay to glide easily across the surface. You’ll know it’s working because the clay gets dirtier as you go because of all the contaminants it’s grabbing.
5. Cleaning From Bottom To Top
Do it the other way and you’ll end up re-doing your car washing. Why? Because some of the dirt will run off to the bottom while cleaning the top part.
6. Working Under Direct Sunlight
If you think that cleaning your car under direct sunlight is a good idea because it will reduce drying time, think again. Yes it may help dry the car fast but it can also cause smears, water spots, and residue which are never a good idea for your car.
7. Thinking One Bucket Is Enough
Always use two buckets when cleaning your car, one for washing and one for rinsing. It just doesn’t make sense to use the same water filled with dirt and suds to rinse the car.
8. Not Knowing About Using Interior Foggers Early On
Some people already hate car smell because it’s often a mix of gasoline, rubber and those weird smelling air-freshener. Now add a foul smell to that and it’s just nasty. Try using an odor eliminating fogger for this.
9. Applying Products Directly To The Paintwork
The golden rule is to dilute and apply to cloth first. Dilute cleaning products to water and apply polishing products to cloth first. Don’t even think of cutting this process short by applying the products directly to the paintwork. The damage that over-applying of products may cause is not worth the seconds you may have saved on cleaning.
10. Skipping Towel Drying
Although it’s not always necessary to towel dry your motor, if you’re going to do it, at least use the right towel. Unless you want to scratch the paintwork, never use a standard household towel, or a chamois for that matter. Instead, use a dry microfiber cloth to quickly remove excess moisture
Car repairs don’t come cheap. Actually they can really be hefty especially if it’s been a while since your last maintenance and its condition is quite bad already. Take car repainting for instance, when your paint gets damaged, you can’t just fix the damaged part, you have to repaint the entire car. If you don’t like to spend a huge amount of money trying to fix your car’s paint, better pay attention to this. They may seem nothing but could lead to serious damage in your vehicle if not taken care of.