Auto Detailing Defined

What is Auto Detailing?
Auto detailing is the act of performing a thorough cleaning, restoration, finishing, and protection of a motor vehicle to maintain a close to original quality. There are many different levels of detailing from basic maintenance to full interior and exterior detailing that produces a show-like perfection.

Exterior detailing involves cleaning, protecting and either restoring or exceeding the original condition of the surface of the vehicle’s paint, trim, windows, wheels, and tires, as well as other visible components on a vehicle’s exterior. Based on the vehicle’s paint surface type, condition, the detailer’s preference, and the client’s desired needs, many different detailing products and techniques are used. Services include but are not limited to washing, degreasing, clay bar treatment (to remove embedded contaminants), plastic restoration, hand and/or machine waxing, paint correction, headlight restoration, paint sealant application, and ceramic coating application (for long-term shine and protection).

Interior detailing involves a deep cleaning and protection of the whole interior of the vehicle. Vehicle interiors comprise a variety of materials, such as synthetic carpet, upholstery, vinyl, leather, various natural fibers, carbon fiber composites, plastics, and others, which necessitates the use of a variety of cleaning and detailing techniques and products. Vacuuming is standard, and carpet and upholstery stains may be removed using steam cleaning and extraction as well as brushes. Vinyl, leather and other plastic and rubber surfaces are also cleaned and protected. Services include but are not limited to vacuuming and wipe down, carpet and upholstery shampooing and extraction, vinyl and leather cleaning and conditioning, and glass cleaning.