A full detail will take me around 8-10 hours and that's literally non stop
To start you'd want a DA polishing machine, they're easier to use and a lot less chance of doing any damage to the paint. Two popular models are the Meguiars G220v2 (which I have) and the Das6 /Das6Pro. Both very good machines.
A normal wash will involve two buckets,
Pressure wash the car to remove as much dirt as possible
Snow foam the car and let run for around 10 minutes, whilst cleaning panel gaps and grill with a detailing brush
Pressure wash all the remaining foam off
Start washing the car with a washmitt, starting at the top and working your way down.
I usually do the roof and windows, pressure wash the suds off
then the back
then the front
followed by each side
Also keep spraying the car to keep it wet in between every stage to stop it drying - thus avoiding water spots
You should wash off the mitt on a regular basis, inspecting the mitt for any contaminants stuck in the wool, picking them out and washing it to remove them (sometimes even spray it with the pressure washer )
Then for the alloys, Wheel woolies to get behind the alloy, then an old wash mitt to clean the face of the alloy.
Following the two bucket method again.
For drying the car I also have a Karcher wet vac for windows which is amazing!
To dry the body I use a thick plush drying towel and pat the car dry, no rubbing dry as you increase the chances of swirl marks.
Hope all this helps,
If you want any more info on a correction detail then let me know
Sorry for the late response.
That is exactly the kind of info i'm looking for pal!
Thanks for such a detailed description, it has certainly opened my eyes to what is involved although I don't intend to be spending 8 hours plus cleaning my car (as much as I would like to)! 15 month old girl makes sure of that!
I do want to get a DA polishing machine but your budget is much higher than mine! Don't think I could hide such a purchase from the missus to be honest! Are there any cheaper units that do the job or am I best sticking to doing it by hand??
I've seen this on e-bay: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item41766db3b9
What do you think? My car is "Ocean Blue" so quite dark in colour and I think doing it by hand could be quite enjoyable if I just did a panel at a time...
I'm looking into snowfoam at the moment too as I feel it is a MUST for a proper job.
My wash procedure will be this:
1. Pre-wash with lance only to start with to remove any stubborn dirt/grime.
2. Two bucket method wash using shampoo over entire car including alloys and windows (not bought shampoo yet).
3. Wash off shampoo with lance.
4. Snowfoam entire car and leave on for ten minutes (use this waiting time to clean door sills all round)
5. Wash off snowfoam with lance and pat down gently with microfiber cloth.
6. Clay entire car making sure to lubricate well one panel at a time.
7. Two bucket wash again? (to clear any loose debris in clayed sections)???
8. Pre-wax car with dodo juice stuff. LOL
9. Wax entire car with other dodo juice stuff.
10. Polish to a nice shine.
What do you think of my procedure?
Please please add to, or remove what I have wrote as necessary...
Bet I have forgotten a vital part somewhere!
What about cleaning my glass? Does the snowfoam take care of that or should I buy a particular glass cleaner?
Again, I apologise for so many questions!