Car detailing process is a process to restore a vehicle to it’s factory condition. Car detailing process is a long-process that involves cleaning and reconditioning of both interior and exterior of the car. The aim of this is to restore the paintwork by removing paint defects such as scratches, swirl marks, oxidations etc to make the car look brand new. Many wrongly understood that auto detailing process is all about applying ceramic coating. In fact, ceramic coating is just an option in the protection stage of the car detailing process.
Car Detailing Process
The car detailing process includes various steps, these detailing steps can be grouped into four steps. This categorisation helps you to group the detailing steps without confusing and miss any of the steps in auto detailing process. The order of the detailing steps needs to be followed to avoid any confusion and possible misses.
Step 01: Wash & Clean
Car washing & cleaning is the first step of your car detailing process, which helps you to decontaminate your car from any dirt, stains and other surface pollutants like brake dust, industrial fallout, acid rain deposits and rail dust etc which can damage your car surface.
A daily-driven car is exposed to the elements, air-borne nasties are landing on your car; fallout, overspray, iron (ferrous) metal, bugs, tar, road film, tree sap and others, bonding to the paintwork and leaving it looking dull and feeling like sand paper. These nasties are called as contaminants and the process of this occurring as contamination and hence it’s an important step in car detailing process.
WHEELS & TIRES: The wheels & tire cleaning also includes decontamination of brake dust, iron deposit & tar using specific cleaners like Gyeon Q2M IRON and Gyeon Q2M TAR which are body safe and not only cleans but also restores the lost look. This step in your car detailing process ensures your ride’s wheels are free from any iron contamination and break-dust, presence of which otherwise can corrode and damage the alloy wheels.
SALT & MINERAL DEPOSIT REMOVAL, LOGO CLEANING: All the dirt, salt and mineral deposits are removed from the body, especially from the logo using special body safe chemicals & special brushes.
CAR WASH: The body is thoroughly washed using PH-neutral shampoo like Gyeon Q2M Bathe that’s safe on paints and coating, and will be dried using the waffle weave towel which will ensure no further streaks are induced on the paint surface.
TAR DECONTAMINATION: Vehicles usually collect large amounts of tar and asphalt contamination during daily use, these tar spots will be removed using Gyeon Q2M TAR.
CLAYING: After washing the car thoroughly to get rid of the surface contaminants, it will be later clayed using GYEON Q²M Clay to remove any further contaminants that are bonded with the paint and were not able to get removed by washing.
After this step of the car detailing process, you ride will be completely free from any contaminants & dirt.
Step 02: Polish & Correct
The paint defects can be removed by polishing the paint surface using right compounds and pads on a DualAction (DA) polishing machine or a rotary polisher in this second step of car detailing process.
We use our own compounds, polishes and pads which are manufactured in Germany to correct the paint surface. We use GreenZ XtremeCut Compound 350 with GreenZ Denim Pad to remove orange peel and deep scratches. To remove Severe scratches, we use GreenZ XtremeCut Compound 350 along with our GreenZ Hybrid White Heavy Cutting Foam Pad.
Then use GreenZ Heavy Cut Compound 600 with our GreenZ Hybrid Orange Medium Cutting Foam Pad to remove swirls and minor and medium scratches.
Finally use our GreenZ UltraFinish Polish 4500 and GreenZ Hybrid Black Finishing Foam Pad on a DA polisher which will bring mirror finish for the paint surface.
Unlike our competitions, the excellent combination of our compounds and pads enable us to use two-step correction in most of the situations and save a lots of clear coat on our customers cars.
Step 03: Wax & Protect
The car surface should be sealed after the correction stage from any further abuse. Every surface of the car can be protected using special products in this step of the car detailing process.
PREPPING: After multiple steps of polishing are performed, it calls for a need of surgical-clean of the paint surface before any kind of protection is performed. The body will be wiped down with Gyeon Q2M PREP for proper vehicle preparation before any protection application to the paint surface.
This serves two purposes, it degreases the paint surface and removes the polish residue and the oil presented in the polishes, it also gives anti-static property, so the dust particles won’t settle on the surface and makes the surface oil-free and dust-free for a perfect coating. This process is very important as a coating requires a clean and bare paint surface to do a perfect chemical bonding.
PAINT PROTECTION: After Prepping the paint would be protected with the ceramic coating and wiped using suede microfiber cloth. Multiple layers will be added based on the chosen package.
TIRE DRESSING: The cleaned tires are dressed with water-based dresser which restores the shine and safeguards the rubber from cracking.
You can also choose our Tyre coating – Gyeon Q2 TIRE which can last 2-3 months as an add-on service if you want more durability and protection for the tyres.
EXTERIOR PLASTICS CLEANED & DRESSED: The exterior plastics are cleaned using specific plastic cleaners and later dressed with water based dresser which restores the shine and safeguards the plastic from UV rays.
We have plastic restoration product – Gyeon Q2 TRIM, which can restore the faded-plastic and protect it for more than 12 months as an add-on service.
CHROME & METAL SURFACES CLEANED AND POLISHED: All the chrome and metal surfaces are treated with metal polish like Wenol to clean and restore the gloss.
We have ad-on service, if you want to protect your ride’s metal parts such as wheels, bike engine and exhaust pipes etc using Gyeon Q2 RIM
Step 04: Maintenance & Endure
Car maintenance is also equally important and we emphasis this after the completion of the auto detailing process and is essentially a part of the car detailing process itself. Proper maintenance improves the durability of the protection.
Maintenance includes proper washing and cleaning with suggested products and process. There are wash&protect car shampoos which can wash and protect your car or motorcycle in single-step. Applying silica-based maintenance spray for ceramic coatings prolongs the durability and enhances both gloss and repellency. Regular use allows to gain up to 90% of the regular durability of hydrophobic properties.
GreenZ Car Care is India’s first and largest premium car care brand, we introduced ceramic coatings first time in India. We have best car detailing products for Indian auto detailers. And we are distributors many international brand such as GYEON
Please check our car care guide to know more about car care.