Every 6 months car detailing
Jet wash rinse Remove the basics with a jet wash focusing on the front end, wings mirrors, wheels and inside arches.
Pre-wash A liberal spray of decontaminant on bugs, arches and wing mirrors and leave for at least ten minutes
Snow-foam Attach a foam cannon and add a quarter snow foam to three-quarters of hot water to a hopper. Cover the car in two coats of foam and leave for 20 minutes. The foam will drag any excess dirt down and off the car without contact from a wash mitt.
Wheels Soft brush the wheels to agitate any dirt and spray with fall-out remover and leave for at least ten minutes
Details (door shuts etc.) Spray and clean any door shits, sills, petrol cap interior and wipe down with appropriate microfibres Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner 710ml cleans wheel wells, vinyl, trim, carpet, rubber, chrome & more Glart 3 Super Absorbent Microfibre Thick Plush Cloths 40 x 40 cm, for Car Drying, Detailing, Polishing, Cleaning, Wash
Full Wash – Basic carwash formula (no wax) Two bucket method with grit-guards. The guards let dirt through and away from the mitt. Wash wheels and tyres last with soft brush.
Engine bay Gunk spray the engine bay carefully, targeting dirty areas while avoiding drippage onto moving parts below. Wipe clean with a black microfibre
Drying Sidekick dry all creases and gaps around windows, wing mirrors and grilles before drying with an extra-large microfibre
Clay Decon Clay-bar and quick detail each and every panel and window replacing where necessary
Polishing If necessary, machine polish all panels with appropriate foam discs and polishing compound
Sealant Apply quality sealant to ensure newly polished surfaces are re-protected
Glass Spray and clean all glass/chrome with glass cleaner and light microfibre
Carnauba Wax Paste Apply the lightest coating of carnauba wax by hand with a circular applicator pad. Remove with a clean microfibre
Trim/tyre dressing Dry and polish alloys and apply tyre dressing to exposed tyre-walls.
Vac interior High powered battery vacuum after all mats are taken out and vacuumed separately.
Feed leather Apply leather feed and remove after about five minutes. Buff off with microfibre and use leather cleaner where necessary.
Dust and shine interior Use remaining microfibres and All-Purpose Cleaner to clean up all interior panels, using glass cleaner on screens and digital dials. Other general kit
To clean-up the odd bird-shat or behemoth-bug in between washes, I use a waterless wash spray that I keep in my boot with a hefty microfibre. Also in the boot, I keep the glass cleaner and quick-detailer. Weekly wash
For the weekly wash, I jet-rinse, pre-wash, decon spray and snow-foam (as per above) but agitate the snow-foam with a mitt before jet-washing away the foam and drying. Monthly wash
For a monthly wash, I repeat the above weekly wash quick-steps but finish with a generous spray of Hybrid Ceramic Wax.