Originally Posted by dwarner4
AUTO DETAILING 101
1. Shampoo or Apply Upholstery Cleaner to Carpets & Floor Mats
2. Vacuum Floor Mats, Carpets & Trunk Compartment
3. Clean & Condition Leather w/ Quality Leather Products
4. Spray Air Vents w/ Light Spray Protectant
5. Detail Interior Surfaces w/ Dressing or Protectant
6. Clean Interior Glass w/ Auto-Glass Cleaner
7. Remove Leaves & Debris from Engine Compartment
8. With Engine Warm, Cover Electrical Components & Spark Plugs
9. Apply Engine Degreaser to Engine Compartment. Where Safe…
10. Brush Grease & Persistent Debris From Engine Compartment
11. Rinse Engine Area Thoroughly & Towel Dry. Start Engine Now…
12. Remove Road Tar & Bug Debris w/ Remover Products
13. Detail Undercarriage w/ Inexpensive Dressing or Protectant
14. Clay Bar Detail Paint Surfaces w/ Lubricating Detailer’s Mist
15. Repair Scratches, Nicks, & Paint Damage
16. Quick Clean w/Detailer’s Mist or Wash Car Again
17. Clean Door Jambs w/ Detailer’s Mist & Dressing
18. Apply Glaze/Polish- Orbital Buffer is Preferred Method of Application
19. Remove Glaze or Polish w/ Clean Cotton or Micro-Fiber Towel
20. Apply Natural Carnauba Wax by Hand w/Micro-Fiber Pad
21. Remove Wax Completely (Skip Steps 20 & 21 if desired or w/Nanowax)
22. Polish Wheels & Chrome Parts w/ Polish & Chrome Polish
23. Apply High Quality Tire Dressing to Tires
24. Remove Wheel Polish w/ Micro-Fiber Cloth
25. Hand Buff Entire Vehicle w/ Clean Micro-Fiber Cloths
ENJOY YOUR HARD LABOR…
I can appreciate that each person will have their own way of doing things and I hope that my 10 years in the auto care industry will provide some insight.
Point #8 is a little worrysome, as some parts in your engine may contract when hit with cooler water. Always try to have the engine as cool as possible. Also, in point #11, there is no need to towel dry. Infact, you can use a silicone based lubricant to dress the engine to give it that "wow" factor.
As for your exterior procedure, start with washing the car to get any fine debris off. Otherwise you will be dragging any and all dirt particles when you remove the tar. This is especially important when claying the car. It is ment to remove contaminants, not pick up every piece of dirt and turn your claybar into sandpaper. Prior to polishing wash the car again! You will need to remove any residue left by the clay. Also, remember to never wax or polish in direct sunlight. Some products will bake onto your paint, leaving perminant damage.
I'm going to suggest trying an alternative method which you can find here: http://www.gmperformancetuning.com/f...-thread-10566/
It is very well written and easy to follow and provides some product and tool suggestions.
Hope I didn't come off being harsh.
Just trying to help.