Auto wash, detail, and maintenance

Wash – Clean – Perfect – Protect – Maintain

    WASH

  1. Rinse with high pressure to loosen any dirt. Wheels, wheel wells, and skirts first. Then roof, bonnet, grille, sides and back.
  2. Clean the engine bay. Remove leaves and debris. Use a light spray from hose to remove dirt. Use Citrus Grime Remover (APC) and brushes to scrub engine clean. Rinse with light spray.
  3. Start car wash by getting bugs and stubborn dirt with Citrus Grime Remover (APC). Spray on leave for a minute, wash off with wash mitt.
  4. Wash wheels with Citrus Grime Remover (APC) as above. Use brushes on wheels. Get the lug nuts too. Do exhausts also.
  5. Wash car with Sonax Gloss Shampoo or No Rinse Wash @ 1oz : 2gal water. Start with roof, then bonnet, sides, and back. Leave suds on the car as shampoo is better for your paint than hard water.
  6. Rinse car with slow hose (no spray). This sheets suds off car and minimises water spots.
  7. Dry car with fluffy towel. Avoid rubbing. Slide the towel along car to get most water off. Then dab again with dry microfibre towel for the rest. Do large areas first: roof, bonnet, then go to grille, sides, and back. Make sure to get mirrors, exhaust pipes, etc. Open all doors and hatch and dry these also to avoid drips.
  8. CLEAN

  9. Remove surface contaminants with a clay bar. Use ⅓ of block for four cars (and spray reusable clay with detail spray to maintain moisture in storage). Soften clay with hands to make tennis ball-sized patty. Use No Rinse Wash @ 1oz : ½gal water as detail spray and lubricant. Lightly spray each 2x2ft section. Slide clay along surface with gentle pressure until it glides effortlessly. Once dirty, fold and squash clay down to use again. Do whole car including windows, pillars, and headlights.
  10. PERFECT

  11. Get B-Pillars with Meguiar’s Scratch X 2.0. Put a little on cloth, buff on, buff off. Finish with detail spray.
  12. Do exterior black plastic/rubber trim including wipers and blades (but not B-pillars) with Black Magic Protectant. Spray on cloth, wait 10 seconds, wipe off.
  13. Polish all paint panels with Tough Prep Pre-sealant cleanser and applicator pad. Apply sparingly to applicator pad and rub with gentle pressure in overlapping circular motions. Do one panel at a time. Rub on, then buff off after 10 minutes.
  14. PROTECT

  15. Seal the car with Tough coat paint sealant and applicator pad. Add sparingly to pad and wipe on with long wipes with very gentle pressure. Do whole car. Buff off with microfibre cloth. Do the same to wheel rims. Leave for 12 hours to fully cure.
  16. Seal tires with Black Magic Protectant. Spray on cloth, wait 10 seconds, wipe off.
  17. Do exhaust tips with detail spray and old cloth/t-shirt. Seal with Tough coat paint sealant.
  18. Do glass inside and out with Crystal glass cleaner. Spray on window cloth and wipe, then rub off.
  19. INTERIOR
  20. Vacuum interior carpets and mats. Use Total2 or carpet cleaner if needed.
  21. Protect plastic dash and door panels with Total2. Spray on cloth, wipe on, and wipe off. Don’t forget backside of rear view mirror!
  22. Instruments — use new microfibre cloth or feather duster. Softly wipe off dust. No need for chemicals.
  23. Wipe leather with light application of Hide leather cleanser on microfibre cloth. Spray onto microfibre towel and wipe/scrub clean. Wipe off with clean towel.
  24. Massage small amount of Hide leather conditioner into steering wheel and seats. Use previous applicator microfibe cloth. Do whole car then buff off with previous removing microfibre cloth.
  25. Other parts of the interior (wiper/indicator sticks, front/back of the steering wheel, etc) use Total2.
  26. CLEAN UP
  27. Wash brush and applicator pads with Citrus Grime Remover (APC) and water. Leave to dry. Wash all towels and microfibre cloths together in washing machine on warm setting. Dry with medium setting.

MAINTAIN

  1. Rinse with high pressure to loosen any dirt. Wheels, wheel wells, and skirts first. Then roof, bonnet, grille, sides and back.
  2. Start car wash by getting bugs and stubborn dirt with Citrus Grime Remover (APC). Spray on leave for a minute, wash off with wash mitt.
  3. Wash wheels with Citrus Grime Remover (APC) as above. Use brushes on wheels. Get the lug nuts too. Do exhausts also.
  4. Wash car with Sonax Gloss Shampoo or No Rinse Wash @ 1oz : 2gal water. Start with roof, then bonnet, sides, and back. Leave suds on the car as shampoo is better for your paint than hard water.
  5. Rinse car with slow hose (no spray). This sheets suds off car and minimises water spots.
  6. Dry car with fluffy towel. Avoid rubbing. Slide the towel along car to get most water off. Then dab again with dry microfibe towel for the rest. Do large areas first: roof, bonnet, then go to grille, sides, and back. Get mirrors, exhaust pipes, inside door wells, etc.
  7. Polish whole car with detail spray. Buff off.
  8. Seal tires with Black Magic Protectant. Spray on cloth, wait 10 seconds, wipe off.
  9. Do exhaust tips with detail spray and old cloth/t-shirt.
  10. Do glass inside and out with Crystal glass cleaner. Spray on window cloth and wipe, then rub off.