Exterior Detailing Standard Operating Procedure

Definitions

  • 1-Step = 1 pad/1 polish type 25-45% improvement of current finish
  • 2-Step = 2 different pads one for compounding and one for polishing/1-2 different products used. Either a pad dependent product or a dedicated compound and a dedicated polish. 45-75% improvement of current finish
  • 3-Step = 3 different pads from heavy cut to med cut to polish/1-2 different products used. Either a pad dependent product or a dedicated compound and a dedicated polish. 75-90% improvement of current finish
  • Wet sanding is more commonly followed by a 2 step or 3 step.
  1. Assuming, that the interior is “finished” we start on the exterior.
  2. Assess the surface of the vehicle, it may need clayed prior to polishing, it may have Tar that needs removed or Road paint.
  3. To Clay: Spray car down with ONR mixed 128:1 or any clay lube, using your choice of clay or a clay towel, proceed to clay the cars paint and glass surfaces, I like to do the windows first!
  4. Dry car
  5. To remove Tar or Road Paint: Using a specialized Tar, or adhesive and rubber remover, wipe or spray onto affected area and let dwell. Rinse or wipe away. Same for heavy Tree Sap.
  6. Clean paint surface with either a dedicated paint prep, or Prep-Sol, also Lacquer Thinner works great in a pinch.
  7. Polish the car based on what services sold. 1 step, 2 step, 3 step, Wet sanding and 3 step.
  8. Remove polish and wipe surface with Paint prep to remove all oils and any agents.
  9. Dress tires and inner fender wells, and any exterior plastics.
  10. Apply choice of protection, Wax, Sealant, or Ceramic Coating.
  11. Remove or level product.
  12. Clean all exterior glass.
  13. Wipe down all door jambs, hood and trunk.
  14. Final wipe wheels and tires.
  15. Use a QD to final wipe surface and pull car out of the bay!