What is detailing?

Detailing involves cleaning and restoring the condition of the surface of the cars paintwork as well as other visible components on the exterior of a vehicle. Externally it involves the use of polishing machines and different grades of polishes, pads and compounds chosen for each vehicle (and on occasion each panel) to remove as many imperfections as possible from the vehicle’s paintwork. The process has also been known as paint correction, machine polishing or mopping.

Car detailing service, paint correction and ceramic coat

Car detailing service, paint correction and ceramic coat

Usually caused by poor maintenance these defects in the surface of the paint can be seen as swirl marks, holograms, buffer trails, light scratches or marring and can normally be removed during the detailing process. the GIF shows the before and after results of detailing a badly marred door.

After a safe wash the paint will be clay barred to remove any contaminants bonded to the surface of the paint. The paint thickness can then be measured and the polishing process started. Paint correction is usually carried out in stages. A single stage polish would aim to remove any defects and refine the finish of the paint with one pass. For vehicles with more extensive defects we would recommend a multi stage polish (this allows for a heavier cutting polish to be used to remove defects followed by a fine polish to refine the finish of the paint)

Once the paint defects have been removed a wax, sealant or ceramic coating can be applied. Again these are chosen to suit each individual vehicle and clients needs.

Combined with an interior or engine detail these services provide the ultimate in car care. If you would like to discuss your requirements or would like any advice or to book a paint assessment please give us a call on 07836 665955.