A number of you have said it would be great to have a simple 1 page chart that takes you through the steps of detailing and briefly explains them - so we have listened and come up with the CCP Guide to Detailing Flow Chart.
Here is the chart which shows you what process follows what, and you can download and print a copy for yourself here: Guide To Detailing Flow Chart
Any questions - as always please feel free to call, PM or email
Just wondering, does Carnabua wax offer better shine then a synthetic alternative? Ive seen the Swissvax on your website and wondered if paying so much for wax would really give you an advantage?
Good guide mate, this will help a lot of people get started on detailing. I've never done it myself so that chart will be my first point of reference when the time comes.
First of all you can tell the difference between waxes, however bravot is using a premium wax so its very hard to compare a premium to another premium almost.
Everyone has a different opinion. Personally myself i like the Dodo Juice Supernatural and Purple Haze but also quite like the Swissvax Concorso (but its not priced well to LIKE enough unfortunatley lol). But saying that you get good results from Collinite as well, P21S and other Premium Waxes. You compare any of them from "off the shelf" waxes and yes you will definitely see the difference on the car.
Wax tends to usually last 3-5 months (dependent on what brand/wax)
Synthetics tend to go from 6-12 months + more.
The real differences is more Wax provides more "Depth" where a Synthetic in my opinion gives you more "Wet Look" (better for silver/white cars if you ask me).
So it comes down to personal preference really, what look you prefer, how involved you want to be, how often you want to redo the product. Some people even layer their car with a synthetic than a wax on top!
Preparation is the key, and then the following key is maintenance to maintain what you have done without ruining it.
Below is a Wash Guide
are there any guides on cutting and polishing. IE. Using the correct products and the correct stages, the right polishing pads. And correct methods for using the buffer/polisher
What exactly are you wanting to know, or doing?
Check out How To Section on CCP Website which might give you more of an idea.
Nice information on the guide thanks for sharing.
Hi there Car Care Products,
Thanks for the info! Simple, not feeling lost or confused at all! Just want to know... when can I tell if my car needs claying and/or polishing?? I've never done either before; just wash, dry and wax.
For regular washes, is it alright to use just water, or is car shampoo necessary? Can you further explain the Protection Quick Detailer and what it is?
Thanks in advance.
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I clay my car about once every 12 months.
If after you have washed your car (yes use a good quality shampoo), use the back of your hand on the paintwork and you will feel little specs on your skin as you glide it over. Clay and lube will remove these contaminants, but also strip any remaining wax/sealant, so it's essential to wax after it. A gentle polish will remove tiny swirl marks and be a good prep if you car has not had a good wax/sealant for a while. Then wax and or seal it. Do one panel on the car and then try the back of your hand again compared to the panel next to it. You will feel the difference.
I use Dodo Juice Purple Haze regularly and the car washes up so much easier.
A good shampoo will be pH neutral and will not strip the wax and it also creates a layer between your wash cloth and the paint to minimise scratching from ther dirt on your car
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Hi Car Care Products.
A quick question for you, at the last stage of your flow chart, you refer to something called "Protection Quick Detailer". Can you give an example of a product that suits this description? I have a 1 month old SV6 which I've washed a few times, and the paint still feels nice and smooth after washing the gunk off.
In the interim, before I go down a full clay / wax regime (probably another few months out) I'd like to use something to help give it a bit more depth / shine, and this step sounds about right.
My dealer spoke of a product called "Final Finish" but I'm stuffed if I can find it anywhere online...
Would something like this: Car Care Products / Dodo Juice / Exterior / Quick Detailing Sprays / Red Mist - Protection Detailer be appropriate? Also whats your recommendation for the best microfibre cloth to use?
Thanks in advance.
Glide your hand/palm gently over clean & dry surface of your choice (preferably roof or bonnet ..)
Clean, clayed surface should feel like a glass, smooth and nice.
Paint that needs claying has that feeling (on the palm) of the uneven surface = bonded contaminants ... Those should be removed with clay, in order to get that silky smooth surface, ready for the next step.
Last edited by Kaka; 22-12-2011 at 11:41 PM.