Before you start detailing, whether its professional or on you own vehicle, we recommend purchasing the following items as a bare minimum.
Wash bucket with wash guard
The pressure washer is arguably the most Important tool when getting started with auto detailing. Although it is not impossible to clean your vehicle without one, the finished results will be massively improved (compared to cleaning without a pressure washer).
When washing your vehicle without a pressure washer the chance of stubborn dirt and debris being left on your vehicle increases. which unfortunately increases any chances of scratching your pride and joy when it comes to your contact clean.
TOP TIP- TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF SCRATCHES, ALWAYS START OFF THE CLEAN BY PRESSURE WASHING YOUR ENTIRE VEHICLE TO REMOVE ANY LOOSE DEBRIS THAT MAY OTHERWISE SCRATCH THE PAINT WORK.
When picking your ideal pressure washer here are a few things to consider
We have put a TOP 5 list together for the best electric pressure washers on the market. Price, pressure, flow rate and hose length has all been taken in to account when creating this list.
When it comes to detailing your vehicle, two or more buckets is essential. One containing the clean water and shampoo and the other to rinse your wash mitt. Practicing this method will reduce the amount of grime and debris being reapplied to the vehicle. The next safety precaution you need to take would be to have a grit guard.
What is a grit guard?
A grit guard is a plastic or metal grill designed to sit just above the bottom of the bucket. Once you have fitted the grit guard to your bucket, the majority of the dirt will sit below your guard instead of being reapplied to your wash mitt.
How to use a grit guard.
- Insert the grit guard to the bottom of your two buckets.
- Fill one bucket up with water and your chosen shampoo, fill the next bucket up with water.
- Jet wash the car before touching it to eliminate the larger chunks of dirt.
- Apply the soapy mixture to your wash mitt from the first bucket
- Rinse off the wash mitt in the water only bucket
AGITATING THE WASH MITT AGAINST THE GRIT GUARD WILL INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF DIRT REMOVED
In order to get the best results from detailing your vehicle, a good car shampoo is a must! It is the foundation for that ‘brand new, shiny look’ that you desire.
Not all car shampoos are the same, the chemicals may vary vastly from one brand to another. Choosing the right shampoo for you could take years of trying out 100’s of products.
Luckily for you we have done the hard work for you and put together a list of our 10 favourite car shampoos so you don’t have to.
Wash mitts are the next step to maximising the results of your vehicle cleaning while avoiding scuffs and scratches at the same time.
You may be used to using an old sponge when it comes to cleaning your pride and joy but trust us when we say this, sponges are magnets for scratches. By using a wash mitt you are increasing the surface area in contact with the vehicle. When increasing the surface area you give the dirt and debris a lower chance of touching the surface and a higher chance of getting lost within the mitt.
With the mitt fitting straight on your hand you will minimise any chance of dropping the wash mitt and collecting a bunch of dreaded dirt!
Coming in at first place is Meguiar’s A7301 Luxurious Lambs Wool Car Wash Mitt but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the wash mitts on out TOP 5 WASH MITTS should be overlooked.
Drying your car once you’re done cleaning is a must. If you were to skip this step minerals from the water will dry on your car leaving water spots and ruin all of your hard work.
There are many methods when it comes to drying a car but we, without doubt recommend that you use a soft, plush microfibre drying cloth.
The old fashioned chamois was the detailers choice for many years, but due to the lack of surface area this can lead to scratches in the paint work.
Coming in at first place is Towelogy Microfibre Car Cloth but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the microfibre drying cloths on out TOP 5 MICROFIBRE DRYING CLOTHS should be overlooked.
You don’t need us to explain the importance of a good vacuum cleaner when detailing your car, to add that finishing touch to the detail, the interior will need to be as spotless as the exterior! Here are a few things to consider when shelling out quite a lump of money on a vacuum cleaner
- Is the vac wet and dry?
- Actual suction power
- Cable length
- Accessories available/ included
We have put a TOP 10 list together for the best vacuum cleaners on the market. All of the above points have been taken in to account when creating this list.