Detailing Training Guide
• Heavy Duty Degreaser
• Spray Bottle
• Safety Goggles
• Nitrile Gloves
• Hi-Pressure Washer
• Air-Whip Cleaning Tool
STEP #1: Use microfiber towels or plastic bags as coverings for any sensitive electrical components such as the battery, ignition wires, and engine control unit. If there’s an exposed engine air intake under the hood, you’ll want to cover that as well. Protecting these electronics will allow you to clean more thoroughly with less risk of causing damage. Be cautious around any items that could be damaged by liquids.
PRO TIP: When you open the hood, if the engine compartment is all plastic coverings, do a cosmetic detail. Use a waterless detail spray, let it dwell, and then wipe down with a clean microfiber. For additional gloss, dress with a water-based dressing.
STEP #2: Wet the entire body area around the engine with cool water to prevent the Cleaner/Degreaser from spotting the paint. Do not wet the engine. Be thorough around the edges of the hood as these areas gather much of the grease, dirt, and grime. Make sure to DO NOT use a zero- degree nozzle on the power washer. Use a fan nozzle at 45-degree angle.
PRO TIP: Avoid spraying any items under the hood like trim and insulating foam. The water pressure will make these items tear and dislodge from its location.
STEP #3: Thoroughly wet any painted surface to which the Cleaner/Degreaser will be applied (areas containing heavy traffic film).
STEP #4: Spray the engine and engine compartment with Cleaner/ Degreaser using a consistent pattern to ensure full coverage.
PRO TIP: Add extra light to the engine compartment. There are many nooks, crannies, and crevices that are difficult to see without additional light. Approach the engine from different angles to give you alternate views to see all of the hard-to-reach areas of the engine.
STEP #5: Apply Cleaner/Degreaser to the inner hood (avoiding the hoodliner), and then the wheel wells…
PRO TIP: It is important to let the cleaner/degreaser dwell on areas that has been treated. This can take a few minutes depending on cleaner strength and level of grease and grime needed to remove. As with most cleaners do not allow it to dry on any surface.