** Car Detailing **

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Car Detailing


At the start of the year, my Uncle Joe decided that I should get a part-time job to keep me off the streets of Sunbury. The next day he came home with the news that there was an opening at the local car detailing and tinting place down the road, Sunbury Car Tint.

Shop Front

I was then shown the ropes by the boss there, Grant Chapman. He showed me how to use the pressure cleaner and how to detail the cars properly. Later on he also trained me on how to fit and balance tyres, as well as sell them.

Although Grant is the boss there, I also have to answer to his father, Jim Chapman, who owns the place, as well as another business that he runs in a nearby town called Melton.

I work on Saturday's where I do car details, car washes, and AVIS truck and car rentals, not to mention the odd tyre fitting and balancing.

Detailing a Vehicle
(The Interior/Exterior)

Detailing a car is not very hard, and when done properly can make any vehicle look as good as new. Here is a step-by-step introduction into the world of vehicle detailing.

1. Firstly you bring the vehicle into the shop (carefully). Positioning it so as the hose can reach to the rear of the vehicle and that you are able to work around it.

Chemical Wash

2. Then the pressure cleaner is used. A soap rinse is used to soften any dirt that may be present; it's especially great for dried bird poo. Hot water may be used in cases where the vehicle has been caked and encased in mud and dirt that had been prepared in earlier.

Hand Washing

3. Now the hand wash begins. A sponge and a bucket of warm soapy water is now used to go over the whole vehicle and take off any other remaining dirt and grime.

4. The rinse. The pressure cleaner is put onto the no chemical setting. You then start from the top to and work your way down to the bottom, making sure all soap is removed.

5. All water now has to be removed so as not to leave any marks (dried bead marks), so a chamois is used. The whole vehicle is done.

6. Now all the windows of the vehicle are done, using an ammonia free window cleaner. Two rags are used, for application and the other for drying. Windows are done inside and out. To be done properly, the windows are partially wound down to expose the top of the window. Now the window can be wound back up for the rest of the window to be done.


7. Next is the vacuuming is done. Firstly the mats are taken out and done and put aside. The rest of the vehicle is done, floor carpets, seats, not forgetting the centre console. A paintbrush can be used to dust out the vents and the dash.
Don't forget to replace the mats!!!

8. Now that all major cleaning is done, the finer details of the vehicle can be done. These are:
· Wiping door jams out. Depending on how dirty they are, a chamois or a rag with GP cleaner on it can be used.

· The dash can also be wiped down with a chamois. All other trim may be also wiped down.

· The wheels can be treated with a waterproof tyre gloss or tyre blacker.
Note: The wheels of a vehicle are very important to the general look. Time and effort should be taken to clean them. Well-cleaned wheels compliment and improve the appearance of the vehicle.

· Finally a fragrance can be used to freshener the interior of the vehicle.

9. Now an inspection of the exterior of the vehicle is done. Simply stepping back and taking a good look for any marks and areas that were missed is the easiest way. These marks can be easily fixed with a chamois.

Finished Product

The Interior/Exterior is the most common job that is done on a Saturday. It is a favoured by the customers because it is a general clean and is good value for money.




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Created 10 Mar 2001
Updated 2 Apr 2005

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