Auto detailing

Auto detailing

Auto detailing (UK: Car valeting), is the performance of an extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. Besides improving appearance, detailing helps to preserve resale value of a car.

Today, the United States may have more than 50,000 detailers in operation.[citation needed] Some are franchisees of national auto detailing chains. Many have no actual business address, instead working as mobile operators or in vacant parking lots.[1] Detailing/valeting can be practiced for personal satisfaction, and it is also performed to prepare a car for car shows that feature the appearance of cars.

Components of detailing

Exterior detailing

Exterior detailing involves cleaning and bringing a shine to the car's paint, chrome trim, windows, wheels, and tires. Different detailers use different products to do this, including detergents, detail clay, waxes, polishes, and a variety of applicators and special cloths.

The three main components of exterior car detailing are cleaning, polishing, and protecting. Cleaning refers to removing all foreign surface particles from exterior surfaces through the use of washing and claying. A clay bar helps to clean contamination/dirt from within the clearcoat that cannot be removed through weekly washing such as bugs, tar, sap, etc. Correcting refers to using mechanical polishes by hand or with a machine and specific polishing pads that remove micrometres of clearcoat from a vehicle to remove fine scratches and swirls from a paint surface produced from improper washing or drying technique. Protecting involves the application of a protective wax (in liquid or paste form) that prevents foreign matter from adhering to the surface of the vehicle, including water, bugs splatter, tar, and dirt. Waxes and sealants provide this barrier against the elements. Waxes are some of the most expensive elements of the detailing process.

Interior detailing

Interior detailing involves cleaning the passenger compartment of the car. All of the dash area, panels, windows, and seats are cleaned extensively. Vacuuming is standard,[1] and steam cleaning, liquid cleaners, and brushes may be used to remove stains on upholstery. Some nonporous surfaces may also be polished. Some detailers remove seats to provide the most thorough clean possible.

Engine detailing

Some detailers may offer engine detailing, in which steam, high pressure water, degreasers and all-purpose cleaners are used to clean under the hood of the car.

Detailing does not include body work, painting, mechanical or upholstery repair.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Auto Detailing: Secrets Of The Experts". Web-cars.com. 2007-10-21. http://www.web-cars.com/detail/business.php. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Biff Tannen — BttFCharacter name=Biff Howard Tannen role=Antagonist profession=Varies time=1955/1985/2015 age2=18 age3=48 age4=78 timetraveler=Yes yearsvisited=1955 (as Old Biff) movies= Part I , Part II , Part III , , film=Thomas F. Wilson tv=Thomas F. Wilson …   Wikipedia

  • Car wash — For other uses, see Car wash (disambiguation). Studio City Hand Car Wash, Studio City, California A car wash (also written as carwash ) or auto wash is a facility used to clean the exterior and, in some cases, the interior of motor vehicles …   Wikipedia

  • Overspray — refers to the application of any form of paint, varnish, stain or other non water soluble airborne particulate material onto an unintended location. This concept is most commonly encountered in graffiti, auto detailing, and when commercial paint… …   Wikipedia

  • Automotive restoration — Automobile restoration is the process of repairing a car to return it to essentially the same or better condition than it was in when it left the factory at time of manufacture. It should include not only repair of the parts that can be seen –… …   Wikipedia

  • Waterless car wash — A waterless car wash or dry wash is a technique used to wash a vehicle without the use of water. This technique uses a product that contains a mix of ingredients, including wetting agents, lubricants, surfactants and protectants. The surfactants… …   Wikipedia

  • American and British English differences — For the Wikipedia editing policy on use of regional variants in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Manual of style#National varieties of English. This is one of a series of articles about the differences between British English and American English, which …   Wikipedia

  • List of hobbies — This is a list of hobbies.Amateur Science related* Amateur astronomy * Amateur chemistry * Amateur microscopy * Amateur telescope making * Electronics * Fireworks * Genealogy * Lasers * Mass Observation * Physics demos or experiments * Robots(See …   Wikipedia

  • Eddie Paskey — Born August 20, 1939 (1939 08 20) (age 72) Delaware, United States Edward J. Paskey, better known as Eddie, (born August 20, 1939) is a U.S. actor primarily known for his role as Lieutenant Leslie , a redshirt, on Star Trek. He appeared in… …   Wikipedia

  • Tijuana — T.J. redirects here. For other uses, see TJ. This article is about the city in Baja California. For the metropolitan area, see Tijuana metropolitan area. Tijuana   City   Ciudad de Tijuana City of Tijuana …   Wikipedia

  • Paul Jennings Hill — Infobox Criminal subject name = Paul Hill image size = 100px caption = Hill shortly before his execution. date of birth = Birth date|1954|2|6 place of birth = Miami, Florida date of death = Death date and age|2003|9|3|1954|2|6 place of death =… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”