IN THIS FREE GUIDE:
- Learn the essential products to never be without.
- See how you can start off your detailing career the best way.
- Discover how to get the best finish with the smallest amount of time and budget.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Cleaning your car yourself will always be the best way to guarantee a swirl-free wash and a great finish, even for a beginner.
- Knowing and buying the correct kit to get you started will ensure there's no wasted time, or cash.
- Anyone can use these products to turn a run-of-the-mill wash, into a great detail.
Starting off with the best products will always yield the best results - but you don't need every product ever made at first…
Making your first foray into the world of detailing is just like being a beginner anywhere else - you don't need every bit of kit in the world to get started, but you will require a few tools in the arsenal to get you going.
Look it like this, without the basics you're like an apprentice mechanic without a set of spanners, or an electrician without a screwdriver. Never fear though, when it comes to the best detailing products and accessories for beginners, or even those just wanting to top up their detailing kit with the essentials, we've got you covered. And that's because simply having the right tool for the job can make all the difference.
So, first thing's first, grab yourself a pressure washer, a couple of our Detailing Buckets and a good quality Wash Mitt, and we'll fill you in on the rest…
Imperial Wheel Cleaner
In the detailing world we always start the wash process with the wheels, this is to avoid spreading harsh contamination to the rest of the vehicle, especially the paintwork. Imperial Wheel Cleaner is the master here, this non-acidic formula is safe for regular use on all wheel finishes, and it contains powerful degreasers and cleaning agents that will cut through grime and brake dust in seconds. An easy-to-use, spray-on formula, Imperial is as essential for beginners as it is the professionals, simply spray a liberal amount over the entire wheel, watch as it breaks down the grime and rinse off. For severely contaminated wheels, Imperial has even more bite when it's brushed-in, so why not enhance your kit a little further, adding in a Barrel Brush and a set of Detailing Brushes for tackling the really tough stuff?
Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover
Whether it's acidic bug splatter in the spring and summer, or salt and harsh road grime in the colder months, you should never be far away from a bottle of Citrus Power. This is our staple pre-wash cleaner and used to shift the toughest grit and grime, to eradicate the risk of dragging them across your paintwork with your mitt during the contact wash stage. In other words, using Citrus Power as part of an effective pre-wash routine is the only way to avoid inflicting swirl marks that will need to be corrected later.
The way it works is simple, you spray your Citrus Power over the vehicle (starting with the most heavily contaminated areas) and the special cleaning agents will chemically break down the grime, lifting it away from the surfaces and holding it in the solution. This allows contaminants to be rinsed away safely, without inflicting damage. Citrus is powerful stuff, too - you can tackle the heaviest grime - but crucially, it's also kind to previously applied waxes and coatings. This means it won't strip away protection layers during routine maintenance, either.
Lather Car Shampoo
Contact washing the correct way will always pay dividends in keeping your paintwork and plastics swirl-free. Using the right product is a huge part of this, and that's exactly why we developed Lather Car Shampoo. This super-concentrated formula not only creates a thick, lingering foam making it an amazing citrus-infused cleaner, but it's also classed as a lubricant. This means that any stuck-on grime will be broken down and lifted from the surface and suspended away from your paintwork on a slippery layer, helping it glide off during contact with your mitt and when rinsing. Again, this helps avoid the infliction of swirl marks.
Lather is a pure cleaner which contains no waxes or glossing agents, meaning it won't interfere with other detailing stages. Like Citrus Power, it won't strip any previously applied protection layers, either.
Apart from utilising Lather for the ultimate safe contact wash, it's also important to use the "two bucket' technique. This means one for your shampoo solution, and another to rinse out your mitt between passed to avoid contaminating your fresh shampoo with the grime that you've just wiped away. You should always wash your car in straight lines (avoiding circular motions) and tackle the cleanest areas (like the roof and bonnet) first to further enhance your chances of keeping your wash swirl free. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a pro, mastering the wash stage is always vital, but using these techniques, along with Lather, will get you there in no time.