Auto detailing is the act of performing a thorough cleaning, restoration, and finishing of a motor vehicle, to produce a show-quality cleanliness and polish.
Detailing is generally broken down into two categories: exterior and interior (or cabin)
Exterior detailinginvolves cleaning, and either restoring or exceeding the original condition of the surface of the car's finish (usually a paint with a glossy finish),aluminium and chrome mouldings and trims, windows, wheels, andtires, as well as other visible components on a vehicle's exterior. A wide array of detailing products and techniques is used, based on the vehicle's surface type and condition, or the detailer's preference. Products include, but are not limited to:detergentsand acid free degreasers (to break down dirt and soil), detail clay (to remove embedded contaminates), waxes, shines, and polishes (to resurface and then improve reflectivity, or to give the tires a shine), as well as a variety of applicators, brushes, and drying towels.
Interior detailinginvolves a deep cleaning of the whole interior cabin. Vehicle interiors of the last 50 years comprise a variety of materials, such as synthetic carpet upholstery, vinyl, leather, various natural fibers, carbon fiber composites, plastics, and others, which necessitates the use of a variety of cleaning techniques and products.Vacuumingis standard, andupholsterystainsmay be removed usingsteam cleaning, liquid and foam chemicals, as well as brushes. Additionally, somenonporoussurfaces may be polished.