If your idea of car detailing is washing and waxing your car, you might be in for a bit of a shock. While you can save a lot of money making this a do-it-yourself (DIY) project, this is definitely a skill which has been developed over years.
If you do not want to pay detail shops to perform this work for you, buying a DIY manual on car detailing is probably next best step. A manual will provide time-saving shortcuts, as well as tips to give you professional edge you need.
Repair Minor Body Damage
We all hate annoying dings and scratches we get from everyday driving. Luckily, a repair book can save you a lot of money. There are many how-to tips which will enable you to repair simple dents (such as hail damage), saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Waxing and Buffing Techniques
Think you know how to wax a car? Well, after reading a manual you might find out you didn’t know as much as you thought! First, you need to start with right type of polish or wax for your vehicle. Understanding chemical and material makeup which provides best shine and long-term protection will help you determine what type of wax to buy. Most do-it-yourself guides will even list a comparison of most popular brands (so make sure you purchase a recent version).
The best way to make sure you don’t have to restore your interior is by preserving it. Easy how-to instructions explain best way to care for leather, synthetic leather, vinyl, and cloth seats. You will also learn about wear patterns, and how to prevent them. Remember, prevention is best medicine!
Although it is possible to completely restore interior of a vehicle by having new upholstery installed, this is not always most practical—or cheapest—method. Car detailing manuals demonstrate common methods to repair small tears in cloth, leather, and vinyl. They will also show you how to bring life back into your worn fabric, which is valuable since it is not always easy to find an exact match on vintage vehicles.