Go Beyond Car-Cleaning and Into the World of Detailing

As springtime approaches, households across the nation will be looking forward to longer days and brighter mornings with the hope of being able to spruce up the house and get ready for a long hot summer (we hope!).Whilst many will consider the home to be the first priority for this, there is a hard core of enthusiasts who have far more important things on their minds – they are absolutely committed to making sure their vehicles are the brightest and cleanest in the neighbourhood. They’re the army of ‘detailers’ who spend hours on their pride and joy making sure ever millimetre of paintwork is gleaming, every section of chrome is shining and every exposed pipe and tube is absolutely spotless.The world of the detailer is as intense of that of any enthusiast’s hobby with a whole host of companies providing specialist equipment and products that vie to be the best in the business and win the vote of the majority of detailers.Their products are discussed at meets, in clubs and of course, on the Internet in many of the extremely popular detailing discussion forums. It’s here where many detailers get their first taste of the world.But there are also many people who are willing to give advice directly and a great number of these, frustrated with the products being sold by the large chain retailers have set up their own businesses and now sell the products that they use to others in the scene.Of course, it’s not just hobbyists that benefit from the hard work put into the creation of these products, many commercial ventures have sprung up that will promise to make your car look better than when it was in the showroom, often at amazing prices (by amazing, I mean high – sometimes thousands) and they pride themselves on their attention to detail.It’s not just a valet, it’s an entire car make-over and after you’ve parted with your hard earned cash, it can take weeks before you see your car again, but you may not recognise it when it returns. You see the very best detailers go to amazing lengths to ensure the car is free from dirt and grime and this can involve taking ear-buds and toothbrushes to parts of your vehicle that you didn’t know existed.Coupled with an understanding of how light bounces off paintwork, an incredible knowledge of the various chemicals that can be used to better reflect this light and an amazing eye for quality, you will end up with a car that you could go on to show.The good thing is though, these results are possible for anyone to do given the time, the right inclination and an understanding wife who won’t mind you spending days on end in the garage.