Detailing Ideas to Give Your Car the Edge
It’s sometimes difficult to tell one new car from another today. If you want your pride and joy to stand out, some simple detailing can make all the difference.
It’s a common complaint among motor enthusiasts that modern cars all look like they have come from the same production line. When designers are working on the basis of identical, or at least similar, computer algorithms and consumer focus groups, perhaps that is not surprising.
Nevertheless, petrolheads cannot help but look back on the days when even a blind person under cover of darkness would never mistake an Escort XR3i for an Astra GTE and heave a sigh. Fortunately, even if today’s motor manufacturers are churning out almost identical looking cars, we are able to show ours off to their very best with some help from a professional car detailer. Here are some ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd, whether your car is brand new, a cherished classic or somewhere in between.
A deep clean
Never underestimate the difference cleaning your car can make. That doesn’t mean 20 minutes at the local “wash ‘n’ go” for £12 cash. If you get your car professionally deep cleaned, vacuumed and waxed, inside and out, you will be astonished at the results.
It’s particularly effective on an older car that might not have had this sort of attention in years, and will bring the paint finish back to life, while making the interior a place where you actually want to spend time. However, even brand-new cars accumulate dust and other contaminants during transportation and storage – after all, despite being newly registered, your car might have stood around for weeks.
According to the popular saying, there are some things you just can’t polish. If removing the grime reveals defects and damage in the paintwork, don’t be tempted to just find some mud to drive through and cover it up again. Paint correction work is a specialist job, but it really can make any car look like new.
The professionals will carefully polish out the damage, scratches and swirls that appear over time, essentially removing a miniscule later of paint from the top surface. The end result is, of course, dependent on the quality of the pain that is on the car, but by and large, you can expect to see a finish that much more closely reflects the way the car looked when it rolled off the production line – as well as reflecting your huge smile when you see the result!
Once the job is done, a good detailer will add a protective coating that will maintain your car’s new look for longer and protect against future damage.
If the paint itself has thinned too much, for example on a car that has baked in multiple summers, or if you want a truly unique look, wrapping can be a great solution. The cost is heavily dependent on the quality you are looking for and whether it is a basic colour wrap or something more complicated. Approximately, you are looking at around £1,000 to £1,500, though. Given that a good quality wrap will last seven years or more, and will provide an additional level of protection, it is well worth considering.