DIY Car Detail: Step By Step



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There’s no doubt that a good car detailing can make even the oldest, rustiest car feel like new. It’s a breath of fresh air (perhaps literally!) that can reignite your passion for driving. Not only do you know that your car is in tip-top mechanical condition, but it’s also much nicer to be inside of.

The downside? The cost. Prices vary, but you’re often looking at a three-figure sum, depending on your location. If you have ever been tempted to DIY it instead, it’s worth considering. While what you can do at home will never be quite as good as what the professionals can manage, you can still make big changes, but without a big price tag for the work.

STEP ONE: Check It Over

Begin by dealing with the essentials of the components the car needs to keep itself running smoothly. Make sure you check

  • The tire pressure – and refill if necessary.
  • The tire tread.
  • The engine oil level. (If it’s been awhile, it’s probably going to need topping up.)
  • The wiper blades and fluid.
  • The engine coolant.

If you don’t know how to do some of the above, there are a few helpful guides you can follow to get yourself up to speed.

STEP TWO: Focus Inside

If you’ve ever tried to sweep debris from a car, you’ll know that it’s pretty much impossible. There’s just too many holes and crevices for crumbs and other detritus to fall into. That’s why figuring out how to clean a carpet in your car properly can save you a lot of wasted energy in sweeping and scrubbing.

Why remove the lint and dirt inside first? There’s no particular reason for it, except for the exterior wash is the bigger job of the two. It’s best to start small and finish with the biggest, most time-consuming issues.

When you have got the carpet free of lint and dirt, then focus on the control panels. Diluted white vinegar is as good a cleaning agent as anything else you’ll find on store shelves, so use it to give everywhere a wipe down.

If necessary, remove any staining from seats or other upholstery – and then you’re done.

STEP THREE: The Pressure Is On

There are many methods you can use to wash a car, but by far the most effective is a pressure washing. You don’t even have to use any chemical cleaning fluids that might dull the color of the paint; it’s all about the speed of the water. It’ll often cost you less to buy a pressure washer (that you can use time and again) than it would to have a pro detail a car just once.

STEP FOUR: Wax On, Wax Off

Wax is the final finish for any good car detailing, so make sure you take time to get it right. Go slowly, moving over small areas, practicing your technique until you’re confident you’re doing it right.

STEP FIVE: Reward Yourself

By the end of the process, not only do you have a beautiful shiny new car inside and out, but it’ll run better and be safer too. Kick back and relax – you’ve had a very productive day!

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