Comprehensive Summer Ready Detailing Guide

Our comprehensive detailing guide we will show you how to get your pride and joy summer ready

Monday 17th of April 2023 15:00 BST

4 minute read

We have created this comprehensive detailing guide so that you can give your pride and joy some well deserved TLC.

Detailing Guide

Summer is a great time to hit the road and enjoy the warm weather. But, before you embark on your summer adventures, it's essential to ensure that your car looks its best. Car detailing may seem overwhelming, but with the right steps and tools, you can easily achieve a fresh and polished look that's perfect for the season.

This guide offers a simple step-by-step process to help you detail your car for summer. Including cleaning the wheels, rinsing thoroughly, applying snow foam, using the two-bucket method, drying, polishing (optional), and cleaning the interior. Let's get started!

Step 1: Clean Your Wheels

  • Start by cleaning the wheels with a pressure washer to remove an loose dirt.
  • Apply your wheel cleaner of choice to your wheels, let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Scrub the wheels with a wheel brush or soft-bristled brush, focusing on brake dust and stubborn dirt.
  • Rinse off the wheel cleaner thoroughly with water to remove all the dirt and cleaner residue.
  • Repeat the previous steps if you need to.

Step 2: Rinse Thoroughly

  • Rinse your entire car with water to remove loose dirt and debris.
  • Use a pressure washer or hose with a spray nozzle to thoroughly rinse the exterior, including the wheels, tires, and undercarriage.
  • This will help to remove dirt and grime that may have collected on the surface.

Step 3: Apply Snow Foam

  • Snow foam is a pre-wash foam that helps to loosen stubborn dirt and grime from the paintwork.
  • Apply the snow foam to your car, starting from the top and working your way down.
  • Let the foam dwell for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate and loosen dirt and grime.
  • Rinse off the snow foam thoroughly with water to remove the dirt and foam residue.

Step 4: Use the Two-Bucket Method

The two-bucket method is a safe way to wash your car without scratching the paint.

  • Fill one bucket with clean soapy water using car wash shampoo.
  • Fill another bucket with clean water for rinsing as well as a grit guard. The grit guard helps to remove any unwanted debris from your sponge to avoid damaging your paintwork.
  • Dip your sponge into the soapy water, wash a panel at a time. wash your car using gentle linear motions to avoid swirl marks.
  • Rinse the wash mitt or sponge frequently in the rinse bucket to remove dirt and grime.
  • Dip it back into the soapy water bucket and continue washing.
  • Rinse your car thoroughly with clean water to remove all the soap residue.

Step 5: Dry Your Car

  • Use a clean, lint-free microfibre towel or a chamois to dry your car thoroughly.
  • Start from the top and work your way down, drying the paint, windows, wheels, and other exterior surfaces.
  • Pay extra attention to areas that tend to accumulate water, such as the door handles and side mirrors etc.

Step 6: Polish (Optional)

If your car's paint has imperfections such as swirl marks or light scratches. You may choose to polish it for a smoother and glossier finish.

  • Choose a high-quality automotive polish that's suitable for your car's paint type and colour.
  • Apply a small amount of polish to a clean, dry microfibre or foam applicator pad.
  • Apply the polish to the car's surface in small sections, using light pressure and circular motions.
  • Continue polishing until the polish becomes hazy, then use a microfibre cloth the buff and complete the process.

Step 7: Clean the Interior

  • Start by removing any loose items such as rubbish and clutter from the interior of your car.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to thoroughly vacuum the seats, carpets, floor mats, and other interior surfaces.
  • Pay attention to crevices, corners, and tight spaces where dirt and debris may accumulate.
  • Use a soft brush or microfibre cloth to dust and clean the dashboard, centre console, door panels, and other interior surfaces.
  • Use an appropriate interior cleaner to clean and protect vinyl, plastic, and leather surfaces.
  • Wipe down all the interior surfaces, including the steering wheel, gear shift, and buttons, with a clean, damp microfibre cloth.
  • For glass surfaces, use a streak-free glass cleaner and a clean microfibre cloth to clean the windows, windshield, and mirrors.
  • Remember to clean and condition leather seats (if applicable) using a suitable leather cleaner and conditioner to maintain their lifespan
  • Finally, use an air freshener or odour eliminator to freshen up the interior and leave your car smelling clean and inviting.


By following these step-by-step instructions, you can easily detail your car for the summer and have it looking its best. Regular car detailing not only enhances the appearance of your car. But also helps to protect its paint and interior surfaces from dirt, UV rays, and other environmental contaminants. Remember to use high-quality products, tools, and techniques for the best results, and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

With a little effort and attention to detail, you can enjoy a fresh and polished car all summer long. Happy detailing!

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