Caring for Your Car's Bodywork and Interior

Caring for Your Car's Bodywork and Interior

by Gurcham Sahota


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With this book, you can begin caring for your car like a professional, achieving dramatic and financially beneficial effects almost immediately. Written by the ‘undisputed king of car detailers,’ it teaches you the importance of using specific chemicals for specific tasks, how to properly clean wheels, paint decontamination, polishing paintwork, removing light scratches, waxing, interior maintenance, leather care, and much more. The step-by-step guides explain the purpose and importance of each process in a straightforward manner, and will help you carry out more complicated procedures – such as cleaning the engine bay – without causing any damage. With helpful illustrations and advice based on the author’s many years’ experience, this book will get your car looking great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845843885
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2012
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Gurcharn Sahota's passion has always been cars and ne knew his passion with become his profession. Gurcharn began Elite Detailing and Protection and quickly became one of the most renowned detailers in the world. He has gone on to detail some of the world's finest motor vehicles.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

What is covered in this book? 6

Why should I clean my car? 6

I'm selling my car: should I bother cleaning it? 7

1 What you will need 8

Products and brands 8

Where to buy 8

Bodywork shampoo/conditioner 9

Tar remover 9

Wheel cleaner 9

Tyre dressing 9

Insect/bug remover 10

Plastic and vinyl cleaner 10

Cabriolet/soft top cleaner 10

Glass polish 10

Engine cleaner 11

Polishes and waxes 11

Interior cleaning 11

Tools & cleaning aids 12

Drying 12

Miscellaneous tools 13

Hoses and washers 13

Cleaning products list 14

Optional products 14

Tools list 14

Optional tools 14

2 Preparing your car for washing 15

How, where, and when to clean 15

Where to clean 15

When to clean 17

Preparing the car for washing 19

Wheelarches 20

Lower bodywork 21

Fuel filler cap 22

Door shuts 23

Rubber mats 24

Wheels 24

3 Cleaning a soft top/convertible hood 27

When to clean 27

How to clean 27

Reproofing 31

4 How to clean your car's engine safely 32

Protect the electrics 33

Apply the cleaner 33

Rinsing and finishing 35

5 Washing & drying your car 36

Washing 36

Bird droppings 38

Rinsing 39

Drying 41

6 How & why to use a clay bar 43

How clean is your car? 43

Using a clay bar 44

7 Polishing bodywork & glass 47

Applying polish 47

Removing polish 50

Polishing glass 51

8 Vacuming the interior of your car 53

9 Taking care of a leather interior 59

10 Caring for your car's interior surfaces 65

Sticky marks and dirt 65

Stains 67

Vinyl and plastic 68

11 Finishing touches 70

Post-cleaning checks 70

Tyre dressing 72

Useful accessories 73

Seat covers and mats 73

Air fresheners 73

Protectors 73

The end result 73

Index 79

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