Beginner's Guide

Beginner’s Guide To An Afternoon Detail

It’s a Sunday morning and it’s 70 degrees outside. With coffee in hand and the newspaper read, what do you do with the rest of your day? How about we detail that pretty four wheeled work horse you have in your driveway? Before you go whip out your old bucket and dirty rags, here is what you need to know to get a quality car wash and detailing that Read More

Blue Ferrari

The Best Detailing Bang For Your Buck

People detail their cars in all sorts of ways. Many use local detail shops, some have mobile detailers, and then there's the folks who do it themselves (my personal favorite). Regardless of the method, one thing's for sure: detailing an entire car ain't cheap. Now we have a problem. You always want your car looking clean, but it may not make Read More

Polishing Decision Tree

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Polishing (Part 2)

So you know you need to polish and don't know where to start. You are not alone. When it comes to polishing, I can't stress enough how much that old idiom "better safe than sorry" comes in to play. Before we dive in, let me state that this article will demonstrate the right way to begin a polishing procedure and layout a clear plan of action for Read More

Polish being applied to a pad

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Polishing (Part 1)

It seems as if we've been discussing polishing a lot on Behind the Detail, but I guess that's okay since the polishing process is the most widely misconstrued subject in car care. As a beginner, the first thing you need to know is that polishing "corrects" imperfections with abrasives and heat. What exactly does this mean? That's what the article's Read More

Claying a Black Car

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Claying

To continue our Beginner's Guide to Detailing, today I'll be discussing the wonderful world of clay. If you haven't heard of claying (aka clay bar treatment), it's basically a process in which you remove embedded contaminants from your car's clear coat. It's one of the most widely used car care practices, and for a number of good reasons. This Read More

GT Haus Black and White BMW M5

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Paintwork Protection

For the latest addition to our Beginner's Guide to Detailing, I'm going to dish out some information regarding paintwork protection. This series, as many of you know, is geared toward increasing the amateur detailer's detailing IQ - focusing on facts, tips, and proper procedure. I consider paintwork protection to be the single most important Read More

Black Fisker Karma Emblem

Beginner’s Guide to Detailing: A Proper Hand Car Wash

After last week's article on car wash preparation, you should be ready to wash your car. Nobody likes a filthy car, so get ready and get set to learn how to keep your ride clean. This next segment will show you the right way to wash and dry your car by hand, expel some popular car wash myths, and get you ready for next week when we talk about Read More

Black Ferrari Car Wash

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Car Wash Preparation

Preparing for a car wash is almost as important as the wash itself. Problem is, proper pre-wash knowledge is poorly laid out for beginners (until now). You've got hundreds of car care products to chose from, relentless internet rants over proper/improper technique, and on top of that you've got mother nature to deal with so you're not washing Read More

What to Wash Your Car With

Beginner’s Guide To Detailing: Car Care Products

This is the first piece of our latest series where we will be outlining car care concepts for beginning detailers. The goal of Behind the Detail's "Beginner's Guide to Detailing" is to educate and enthuse car owners who are interested in learning the basic principles of car care so that they can begin to maintain their cars by hand. Today we'll be Read More