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What Exactly Is Automobile Detailing


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Automobile detailing is the practice of performing an extremely thorough cleaning and polishing of an automobile, both inside and out. Elements of exterior detailing include washing, claying, polishing, waxing or sealing. Interior detailing involves the cleaning of the interior of a vehicle using vacuums, liquid cleaners, and brushes. Engine detailing involves cleaning the engine bay area of dirt and grease by using de-greasers and all-purpose cleaners.

Professional detailing is the best form of preventive maintenance for your automobile. Long-term exposure to acid rain, UV rays and dirt will harm your exterior and interior finish. Detailing will help your vehicle maintain a new appearance and provides environmental protection. Most likely your vehicle was purchased with only limited protection. Dealerships only use products designed to make the vehicle look good to potential buyers, without providing lasting protection. Pre-owned vehicles will often have unpleasant interior odors, dirty carpets and upholstery, scratched or oxidized paint, and a dirty engine compartment. These and many other problems can be corrected with a thorough detail. If you plan on selling your automobile, having it detailed is the best way to sell it quickly and will often increase the value.

The key to keeping your vehicle looking good is to have it vacuumed and washed frequently. Whether the vehicle looks dirty or not, you should perform this level of preventive maintenance every week or every other week. This will insure that dirt and grime does not have time to impregnate the surfaces. Dark colored finishes will always require more frequent buffing and polishing to maintain a high gloss. You should have your vehicle completely detailed at least once or twice per year.

Julius Miller is the president and CEO of Majestic Detailing of Fountain Hills Arizona. As a professional automobile detailer, Julius has personally detailed hundreds of cars and recreation vehicles, including boats and horse trailers. Julius can be reached by visiting Majestic Detailing at


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