Going a few weeks without cleaning your wheels and tyres can make them look very poor, especially the front which collects alot of brake dust and road grime, not cleaning your wheels on a regular basis can cause the brake dust to bake onto the alloy or even the plastic hub caps, this can easily damage the surface and it will need to be carefully cleaned with an acid based wheel cleaner which should only be used by a professional car detailer.
You should use a good quality car wash shampoo, a wheel cleaner product (non acid) or degreaser, sponge and a brush if necessary to get between the gaps and behind the spokes, and also rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands from the wheel cleaner / degreaser.
When washing your car always start with your wheels and ensuring they are cool, your wheels should not be washed with the same water and [...]
Many detailing enthusiasts and quality detailers use a two bucket method when washing a car, one bucket with soapy water and the other with clean rinse water. The rinse water bucket is used to rinse the dirt off your wash mitt after washing a section of the car. This method has two benefits, firstly it keeps the dirt and grit out of your soapy water where it could do damage to your paint work, secondly it makes the suds in your soapy water last longer. Never use the same water or wash tools on your paint that you have used on your wheels.
Most high qaulity car wash shampoos are very gentle on the paint, plastic and rubber. A good car wash shampoo provides good lubrication between the wash mitt and the surface of the car to prevent scratching.
1. Do not wash the car in direct sunlight – If possible, work in the [...]
One of the most common mistakes people make when washing their car is improperly drying and using a poor qaulity chamois. This is also one of the main causes of adding imperfections to your paint such as marring, swirl marks and scratches.
A lot of people use leather or synthetic chamois; whilst there is nothing wrong with this they are however the most common to add swirl marks into the paintwork. People often excessively wipe the paint when drying until it leaves no streaks which induce scratches and swirl marks.
We can highly recommend a Microfibre Waffle Weave Drying Towel, they are soft, made from microfibre and hold 5x their weight in water meaning you can dry and average size car without ringing the towel out. One simple wipe of the paint work and they will absorb all the water without leaving any streaks meaning less wiping is required to dry the car and less [...]
The owner of this Porsche Cayenne from www.hercar.com.au contacted us to perform a Full Detail, it was not overally dirty to start with but it was on its way to needing a good detail.
The exterior was high pressure foam washed including inside the wheel arches, wheels and door jambs and engine bay to ensure the entire car was left looking brand new, once the exterior was completely clean and dried with a soft microfibre drying towel we applied a premium polish/wax by hand to restore the paint to a glossy finish while removing any minor imperfections.
The interior was thoroughly vacuumed and the carpets and floor mats were shampooed, the leather seats were cleaned then treated using a premium grade leather conditioner as well as the leather trims, the plastic trims were also treated and the windows polished to a smearfree finish leaving this car looking better then it did the day it left [...]
We were quite surprised when we arrived to detail this car, it was much dirtier then expected and we knew we had our work cut out for us, it had been parked in an old garage for several years, the exterior was coated in dirt and the interior was full of mould.
Firstly the exterior was given a thorough high pressure foam wash ensuring all the dirt and grime was removed from all the nooks and crannies, we then hand polished and waxed the paint work with Finish Kare All in One Polish to bring back a deep gloss showroom shine and remove any fine imperfections. The interior was fully cleaned with disinfectant and multi purpose cleaner, the carpets and mats were then thoroughly shampooed, with the leather receiving a good clean and condition.
To bring a car that is in such poor condition like this back to showroom condition can be expected to take [...]
Unfortunetly like most red cars, especially earlier models with single stage paint over time they tend to become dull and life less and require a good polish/wax every few months to maintain their appearance not just a quick wash every few weeks, this Honda Integra is a perfect example.
A Stage 2 Paint Correction (Machine Polish) was done to bring the gloss and colour back, a service like this on a vehicle in this condition can be expected to take up to 6-8 hours using different polishing pads and polishes to restore the dull paintwork back to a high gloss finish without leaving buffer trails like inexperienced car detailers.
The customer of this BMW X5 contacted us to Detail the vehicle and also perform a Paint Correction to bring the paint work back up to a high gloss flawless finish, it was in a pretty poor state not having been washed for sometime and taken away on holidays with small children so the inside was fairly grubby.
Firstly the interior was thoroughly vacuumed and the carpets and floor mats shampooed, the leather received a deep clean & conditioning whilst the interior trims were also cleaned and treated.
The exterior then had a high pressure wash, ensuring under the wheel arches were thoroughly cleaned and also behind the wheels that can be seen due to the open spoke design of the wheels, once the entire exterior wash was complete we moved onto correcting the paint work, this involved a Stage 2 Paint Correction to remove swirl marks, light scratches and water marks.
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Here at Superior Shine Mobile Car Detailing we offer a unique Paint Correction service, unlike many detailers and car wash cafe’s that advertise a cheap “Cut n Polish” we want our customers to understand the time and skill it takes to get a flawless finish on your paint, whilst there is many different names you can call it such as Buff, Machine Polish, Cut Back, Cut n Polish we prefer to use the term Paint Correction as our polishing service is unique.
Most detailers and car wash cafe’s can do a Machine Cut n Polish usually within an hour, however most of these detailers leave the paint looking much worse then it did before they started, leaving whats called Holograms or Buffer Trails from using a Pad or Polish that is too agressive and spining the machine to fast, which results in burning the paint work and leaving a hologram effect, this can be rectified [...]
Work: Full Detail + 2 Step Machine Polish As you can see from the pics below this is one poor Porsche Boxter that needed ALOT of attention to bring it back to showroom condition, it had obviously been sitting outside for quite sometime as it was covered in cob-webs, leafs jammed in every crevice and the bonnet was very badly oxidized.
So I got to work to bring back the gloss in this dull and life-less finish and blasted all the leafs and cob-webs off, and gave it a good wash down, cleaning inside the wheels and arches making sure every inch of this car was going to look like new again. Menzerna PO85RD3.01 was used to remove the oxidization on the bonnet and any swirls marks and scratches on the paint, after I was happy with the finish the car was washed down [...]