Phone Number 214-385-4890 or 888-255-2950 M-F 8AM-3PM CT
FREE SHIPPING in the Continental US (48 States)
Welcome to the Motorhead Blog

You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune Detailing Your Car: Learn DIY Tips, Tricks and Strategies

Posted by Mike Hornok
July 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Many people think they must turn to a car dealer for car detailing to get the immaculate cleaning they want for their vehicle. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. With the right guidance and instructions, you can complete many of the same tasks on your own at home. All you need is some time and patience.
Car Detailing: How-To Save Money by doing it yourself

Wash in the Right Order

Washing your car in the right order will give you the meticulous shine you are looking for. Start with the wheels so you don’t splash water onto your already washed car body. Move on to the painted portions of the car, followed by the interior. Finally, wash the glass.

Use the Proper Drying Material

Some people use old cotton rags to dry their car, but this is a major mistake. Instead, choose waffle weave microfiber, which is the preferred fabric of the professionals. This material is gentler on your car’s finish and won’t create unseen scratches that affect the shine of the paint job.

Try Compressed Air

You may not have even considered it, but compressed air can be a great tool to use in car detailing. Blow the air into any tight spaces you can’t reach with a towel, such as behind the mirrors, in your taillights and behind any emblems on your car. This removes any water that may be trapped behind these features.

Vacuum Well

Cleaning out the interior of your car requires a good vacuum to remove dirt, crumbs and any other debris that may have built up in your car. Make sure to use all your attachments to eliminate the dust from your air vents and any other smaller crevices in your car.

Try a Light-Mist Wax

Instead of using a heavy wax, it is best to use a light-mist wax that sprays on. Apply it to a wet surface and dry with a microfiber cloth. This cloth will remove any dirt left behind in the washing process and will spread the protective coating on the painted surface.

Car detailing doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. With these tips and strategies, you can perform the same service at home for much less. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy an impeccably detailed car whenever you want.

If you are interested in car detailing books, click here: The Motor Bookstore.

Haynes Techbook: Automotivie Detailing Manual

Have any detailing tips you use to keep your car in top-notch condition? Please feel free to share them with us in the comments.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *