A Guide to Instantly Become a Better Detailer

2013 Yellow Corvette Stingray

When you’ve got a detailing problem and you need to know what product to use, it usually takes some fishing. Until now, there have been no instant “here’s your problem, here’s your product” resources for exterior detailing on the web, so finding this information meant time consuming research, online shopping, and maybe even watching how-to videos on YouTube. That ends now. Here’s a list of the most common detailing problems and the products you’ll need to clean them right up…

Problem Solution
Dirty Wheels Wheel Cleaner, pH Neutralizer, Wheel Sealant
Heavy Brake Dust Intensive Brake Dust RemoverpH NeutralizerWheel Sealant
Faded Tire Walls Tire Conditioner
Faded/Cracked Trim Plastic Sealant
Dirty/Smudged Windows Glass CleanerpH Neutralizer, Glass Sealant
Dry Paint Paint Cleaner, Carnauba Wax
Swirl Marks Clay Bar & Spray, Leveling Compound, Orbital BufferWax
Light Scratches Gentle Polish, Finishing Glaze, Carnauba Wax
Door Handle Scratches Gentle Polish, Carnauba Wax
Rough, Bumpy Paint Clay Bar & Spray, Polish, Carnauba Wax
Fresh Bird Droppings Detail Spray
Paint Etching (Birds, Sap, etc.) See “Light Scratches” – if necessary see “Swirl Marks”
Dirty Car Car Wash Soap – see “Dry Paint” for added luster
Stained Clear Coat (Paint or Wheels) See “Light Scratches” – if necessary see “Swirl Marks”
Dirty or Scuffed Chrome Metal Polish
Bug Remains Insect Remover, pH NeutralizerBug Protectant

Use this go-to guide when shopping for car care products, and always double check it before detailing your car. Make sure you’ve got the right products before you begin the how-to search, and happy detailing!

Keep an eye out for Part II where we’ll cover Interior Detailing Products!