We talk and talk about in-depth details and what to do etc. but what about the beginners, where do the beginners… begin?! Well, this piece is to help those of you that have perhaps just passed your test or maybe you're just developing a new-found love for washing your car yourself. Before beginning any car detail, it's wise to make sure you have all of the appropriate gear to hand. Even as a beginner, you should have a good basic tool kit ready to take your car from your standard-issue wash and vac to a pretty respectable level of detail.
This pretty respectable detail level we speak of can be achieved with just ten essential professional car cleaning products, such as:
2 X DETAILING BUCKET
(one for washing your paint, one for rinsing the mitt off after each use). Some people also like to use a third bucket for the wheels - it's really up to you if you want to do it this way, or you can just wash the wheels after using the same two buckets in exactly the same way, just with clean water - depending how dirty your paint is.
DELUXE WASH MITT
Made from the same 1200 GSM microfiber as our widely acclaimed Aqua Deluxe drying towels with an added absorption core. The Deluxe mitt is the perfect pampering tool for your paintwork.
A luxury drying towel with an ultra deep pile developed to safely dry your vehicle with ease. The Aqua Deluxe drying towel is 500mm wide and 700mm long. Its deep 1200g/m² pile will quickly absorb all surface water safely, keeping your paintwork swirl free.
A wax and sealant-safe car shampoo is a tangerine-scented blend of gentle, pH neutral surfactants, highly concentrated lubricants and nothing else. Combined with a good car wash technique, this translates into swirl-preventing lubricity, strong cleaning power, residue-free rinsing, and lusciously thick foam.
IMPERIAL WHEEL CLEANER
Acid-Free wheel cleaner contains a powerful blend of cleaning agents and degreasers to separate the brake dust and road dirt from the wheels on contact. Its high-foaming formula makes light work of a heavy task, and will take your rims from shameful to sparkling in a matter of minutes. Its highly concentrated formula is economical, safe to use on all modern coated wheel finishes, and is gentle enough that it can even be used for cleaning tyres.
CLAY BAR & GLIDE
Clay Bar comes as a 200g block and is made from an ultra-fine grade of natural Kaolin clay. This structure allows it to be both more effective against contamination, and less abrasive on sensitive paintwork than common polymer clays.
Tripple is the perfect all-in-one cleaner polish. Enriched with pure Brazilian No:1 Carnauba wax, its easy application will deep clean paintwork and add a protective layer of carnauba wax in one simple step, making it the ultimate product for the speedy detailer.
Fusion is the ultimate hybrid wax for those that want the finish that a natural carnauba wax leaves, with the durability only a paint sealant can offer.
As with any car cleaning products or car wash products, it's important to remember to always, always, always read the instructions before you put any tool or product to use. You could be in the possession of the best tools, the best detailing products and the best detailing website in the world, but if you don't read instructions of use you could seriously damage your paint, plastic, chrome or wheel finishes. Make sure to check out the other features in our blog for how-tos on how to use some of the aforementioned car cleaning products made in the UK.