Bodywork Maintenance: The Devil is in the Detailing

Car enthusiasts are renowned for their commitment to keeping up the appearance of their beloved vehicles. There they are, like clockwork every Sunday morning, out on the drive in all weather, washing, waxing and polishing their pride and joy.

There is a simple pleasure in keeping your car looking at its best. But there is a practical consideration, too – regular attention helps to arrest long-term deterioration of the bodywork, protecting both the paint and the bare metal underneath. All that dedication can save you a fortune in restoration bills further down the line, as well as maintain the value of your car.

But there lies the rub – is a regular wash enough? Try as you might, it is next to impossible to completely prevent grime like dust and tar working their way into the paintwork of your car. Washing might take off what sits on the surface, but it won’t address damage to the paintwork itself once it occurs. Nor will a wax and a polish fully remedy scratches.

This is wear detailing comes in. A step up from general washing and preventative measures, detailing is about putting right damage that has already occurred to your paintwork, before it gets any worse. If the surface of your car is starting to show swirls or scratches, or feels slightly rough to the touch, it is time to consider letting a professional detailer give it the once over.

Detailing can involve a variety of processes. It usually starts, following a thorough wash, with the application of a clay bar to remove any dirt embedded in the surface of the paint. Machine polishers are used to buff out shallow marks without leaving further swirls. For the most obvious blemishes and damage, more advanced correctional work using compounds and renovators may be required.

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