Congratulations! We’ve almost made it through 2021. It hasn’t been an easy year by any means, but we survived. It is coming round for Christmas, and we can finally take some hard-earned time out to chill. By now we hope you’ve read our recent series on the ‘how’ of auto detailing. If you are a passionate petrol head (like us) you’ll know that detailing equipment makes a great gift for like-minded friends and family.
So, let’s take a look at some of our favorite bits of an auto detailing kit, shall we?
Irrespective of whether you are using the two bucket method or the touchless one, grandma’s old curtains aren’t going to cut it. Having state-of-the-art shampoos and waxes doesn’t help if you are applying them using something that is the textile version of sandpaper. If you aren’t going to touch your car at all during the washing process (yes, that is actually a thing), these cloths can be used to apply wax, or clean the interior.
Remember to take care of your cloths if you want them to last longer. Putting them through the washer or even rinsing them out with clean water will keep the fibers flexible.
The best washes are always finished off with a coat of wax. If you have spent any time auto detailing, you’ll know that not all waxes are created equal. Some create more scratches than they remove. Others never seem to bring out a deep shine no matter how hard you Mr. Miyagi it. Zymol is not mainstream, but it simply works. Not only does it restore the paintwork, it cleans it as an added bonus.
If you are a hardcore car detailer, you’ll clay bar your vehicle at least once every three washes. Never heard of clay barring? We can help with that. It doesn’t pay to cheap out on clay bars and lube, since a bad clay bar kit can seriously damage your vehicle’s paint work. Rather, get quality and do it once.
This is another one for the folks who’d rather not touch their car. A good foam cannon means the difference between getting deep cleaning via cavitation or just using loads of shampoo. Featuring a 1-liter bottle and brass connectors, this is the best bang for your buck.
Don’t forget about the interior… After all, this is where you’ll be spending the most time when you use your vehicle. If you don’t have a decent shop vac, this Stihl is a good call at a reasonable price. Packing plenty of power, a long suction hose and a fillet nozzle, the Stihl will make light work of seasonal mud, stones and candy wrappers. Featuring an optional bag-less mode this puppy will also allow you to suck up water making it very useful around the home and garden. For those folks with a leather interior, we recommend the next tool in our auto detailing tool kit.
Leather seats are an investment, and possibly the most hard wearing and comfortable of all coverings. However, unlike cloth or vinyl, they require a little TLC from time to time. This stuff is the bee’s knees when it comes to any leather. Let it soak deep into the pores of your seats making the leather soft and supple while giving it added UV protection. There’s a reason that this stuff is still around over 50 years later…
Auto Detailing Tips from Foreign Affairs Motorwerks
These are just a few ideas from our experience of what works for auto detailing. This isn’t an exact science, which is why we’d encourage you to experiment. Try other products. Foreign Affairs Motorwerks would love to hear what works for you!