After you invest in a new vehicle from Bill Walsh Hub, you'll want to do everything you can to keep it in great condition. This means not only regular maintenance and service under the hood, but also keeping your vehicle clean inside and out. This basic guide to car detailing will explain one way of keeping your vehicle looking new.



What is Car Detailing?

Car detailing is a thorough cleaning of your vehicle from top to bottom, inside and out. The process requires special tools and expertise, and often includes minor touch-ups to cosmetics. The idea behind car detailing is to make a vehicle look new again, and this is done by paying special attention to every nook and cranny.


The Difference Between a Car Wash and an Auto Detail

A car wash is like the budget version of a car detailing. While an auto detail devotes careful attention and plenty of time and money to every detail (hence the name!) a car wash only gives your vehicle a quick scrub with bristles, soap, and water, either by hand or by machine. This brief once-over will not be anywhere near as exact and effective as an auto detail.


The Steps in Auto Detailing

There are two major phases of an auto detailing job - the exterior and the interior. An exterior detailing will first remove all mud and dirt from the body with a thorough wash, then follow up by giving the same careful attention to the wheels, brake calipers, and other parts of the undercarriage. Then, the paintworks is washed and dried by hand, and sometimes polished, as are other exterior parts like the windows. Finally, the exterior detail finishes off with a protective layer of wax.


Interior detailing steps include vacuuming and shampooing the rugs and upholstery to remove any dirt, debris, or stains. Interior glass surfaces are also polished.

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Bill Walsh Automotive Group

1752 E Norris Dr
Directions Ottawa, IL 61350

  • Sales: 815-315-1227
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