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Introduction
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* This article is Royce Barber's non-professional notes. For learning about detailing your car, but focusing on the car paint, detailing your car paint, and possibly doing it yourself. Easy ideas and tips.
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* Related articles here on RoyceBarber.Com: My Personal Mazda Miata Page. Jeep Research.
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* Caution Statement: These are my personal notes. I'm not a professional. This article is not connected with any organization or company. Be careful what you do to your car.
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What is Auto Detailing?
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Areas to Focus On
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* Interior Parts
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* Exterior Car Body
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* Trim
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* Areas Generally Not Seen
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* More to be added…
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* Areas vulnerable to rust.
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When to Attempt Doing It Yourself
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* Where a fully-functioning vehicle only needs its appearance improved.
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* You have prior experience in detailing, have worked with a detailer, taken a class on detailing, or are adventurous and have experience with paint and chemicals.
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* If your car is looking scruffy, and it's not so new that mistakes will devalue it.
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* You take pride in how you and others view your vehicle.
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* When you sell the vehicle, you'll make more money than you spent restoring it.
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Pros about Car Detailing
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* Extend the life of the paint.
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* Increase the appearance of the car.
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* Increase the sale value of the car.
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* Prevent rust and corrosion from entering the scratches.
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Cons about Car Detailing
* Detailing or restoring a vehicle may not be worth it, and may cost more than the cars sale value. For a junker car (often used for four wheeling), sometimes it's quicker to just buy a few cans of spray paint and carefully paint over the car, taping off non-paint areas. Using a car rated spray paint.
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* Lathering or scrubbing on a vehicle may do more damage than good. Be gentle about it.
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Experts Say about Car Detailing
* Cleaning vehicle interiors: Warm water and mild soap, gently lathering (agitating) with a bristled brush. Wiping off with a microfiber rag. Wipe off the later before drying, so the dirt doesn't stick into the material pores again. Clean one small area at a time, so dirt doesn't have time to settle back down.
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Misc Notes about Car Detailing
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General Car Paint Maintenance
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* Keep the automobile covered.
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* Enemy of automotive paint: Sun. Debris in the wind. Tree sap. Rain through a tree, coating the car in tree debris. Cat claws. Driving too close to bushes, branches. Leaning on your car. Pedestrians walking by your car.
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Internet Resources
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* Wikipedia on Auto Detailing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_detailing
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* Wikipedia on Automotive Restoration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automotive_restoration
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* Wikipedia on Auto Maintenance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_maintenance
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* Wikipedia List of Articles on Automobile Maintenance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Automobile_maintenance
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* Wikipedia on Car Talk on National Public Radio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_Talk
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* Wikipedia on Custom Car: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custom_car
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* Car and Driver: http://www.caranddriver.com/
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* Kelly Blue Book: http://www.kbb.com/
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Sources Cited
* Too freaking many. To be determined.

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lifehack/vehicle_detailing.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/13 01:24 by reb