How to detail a car – Exterior Detailing

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  • May 4, 2013

Part 1: Exterior Detailing

1. Spot Cleaning

Before washing the exterior of your vehicle, begin by spot cleaning of any particularly greasy, sticky, or dirty areas. Eco Green Auto Clean Freedom Multi-Purpose cleaner and degreaser is a great choice for tackling bird droppings, grease spots, bugs or tree sap if it hasn’t yet hardened onto the surface of the vehicle.

 a. Apply Multi-Purpose cleaner to the affected area, let it sit for 30 seconds and gently wipe off using a microfiber towel. Do not apply too much pressure to tough spots, or you could damage or scratch the paint.

 b. For tree sap that has hardened to the surface of the vehicle, we recommend using mineral spirits to dissolve the sap. Gently dab the spots off using a microfiber towel. Again, take care not to apply too much pressure.

2. Brake Dust Removal

Brake dust is the result of your brake pads wearing down during normal driving. Small flakes of material will begin to slough off onto your wheels and the surrounding brake system. Brake dust can be very difficult to remove, and is extremely hazardous to aquatic life, so it is important to take care when removing it.

a. Move your car into a shaded location out of the direct sun. 

b. Select a Multi-Purpose degreaser that does not contain acids or other petrochemical solvents.

c. Spray wheels and allow the degreaser to penetrate for about 2 minutes.

d. Gently scrub wheels with a microfiber cloth.

e. Dry wheels with a microfiber towel.

f.  Apply Quick Wax to help seal the wheels from future brake dust accumulation.

3. Condition and Protect Tires

Eco Green Auto Clean FreedomTire Shine penetrates deeply beneath the rubber surface to give tires a non-greasy, sling-resistant coating that both conditions and protects. Be sure to avoid applying any tire conditioning product to the tire treads or other areas where grip is important.

a. Shake bottle well.

b. Spray Tire Shine onto a tire and spread further with the applicator brush.

c. Spread evenly around the tires, avoiding the treads.

d. Let set for 10 minutes before driving.

4. Wash Your Car – With less than a cup of water

Eco Green Auto Clean Freedom Auto Wash is a practical alternative to traditional bucket and hose or commercial car washing. Not only will you save time and water, but you will also help reduce the toxic waste, brake dust and car oils going into the storm drains and rivers, bays and oceans by minimizing run-off.  A waterless car wash uses only 4-6 ounces of water compared to 50 gallons at an average recycling commercial car wash, or at home in an average bucket and hose car wash.

a. Find a shaded location, out of direct sunlight.

b. Shake bottle well.

c. Spray onto the car’s surface, one panel at a time.

d. Spray onto a microfiber towel until moist.

d. Use the moist microfiber towel to gently wipe and lift to pick up grime and remove surface dirts.

e. Quickly use a second dry microfiber towel and buff to shine.

f. Repeat, working your way from the top of the car down.

5. Clay bar your car

Eco Green Auto Clean Freedom Auto Wash can be used to liquefy the surface panel by panel after which you can use a clay bar to remove oxidation and rough areas on your surface.

6. Wax Your Car

After your car’s exterior has been clay barred, you are ready to protect its paint using wax. Eco Green Auto Clean Freedom Quick Wax is a spray wax that offers a simple spray, wipe, buff application and will provide a protective barrier and a glossy, streak-free finish. Quick Wax can safely be applied once a month without causing buildup on the surface.

a. Shake bottle well.

b. Spray wax onto a cool vehicle surface.

c. Quickly spread product with a microfiber towel.

d. Turn to a dry section of the microfiber towel and buff to a shine.

e. Repeat until your car is shiny all over!

 7. Wash Your Exterior Windows and Mirrors

Easily dissolve and remove bugs, fingerprints, dirt and debris with Eco Green Auto Clean Freedom Window Clean. Manufactured without ammonia or alcohol, it is safe for use on tinted windows, glass, and mirrors, with no streaking. Eco Green Auto Clean Glass Cleaning Towels are a great microfiber towel for use on glass and mirrors because they have been woven specifically for this purpose, and will not leave lint behind.

a. Spray Window Clean directly onto surface.

b. Quickly buff off the formula with a Glass Cleaning Towel to reveal an amazing shine.

Please read about Interior Detailing

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