Car Detailing Instructions
Tips and Products of the Expert

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As the Car Detailing Expert, I will be sharing with you my own personal auto detailing secrets that promise to deliver superior results. Actual products I use in my professional world of auto detailing that have been time tested first hand by myself to deliver results to the finicky and critical people of the "OC Bubble".

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Car Detailing Made Simple

Follow the car detailing instructions below and see the exact products I recommend that are a must have for anyone looking to maintain the beauty and value of their car. This list is the "must have" list of products that would be required for anyone, and would also be all that 98% of you would need for proper car paint care for the entire life of your car; how is that for making it simple! I have listed the following car detailing products in order of importance; the higher on the list, the more critical the product is for you to get.


1.-Meguiar's Professional Clay

Car Detailing Instructions product #1

Detailing clay is a critical and mandatory step in proper paint care. Texture is not good when it comes to your paint, and airborne pollutants will embed into your paint and create a texture. Use the Meguiar's Professional detailing clay anytime you start to feel texture to your cars paint. Trust me on this, normal washing and waxing will not remove these stubborn embedded forms of pollution. Because pollution is ever present, this will be an ongoing process. The professional way to prep your paint for a glass smooth finish to be used prior to waxing. When done correctly and thoroughly, you paint should feel like waxed glass.

Meguiars Professional Detailing Clay

Meguiars Professional Detailing Clay


2.-Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax

Car Detailing Instructions product #2

Another required product for anyone from hard core enthusiast, to "Weekend Warrior". This product contains the best of both worlds; advance synthetic chemical engineering of polymers, and the best in natural ingredients. Not only can achieve the kind of glossing and depth of paint associated with traditional carnauba paste waxes, but you get the added durability of polymer technology! These two products so far constitute half of your paint car care battles. This product is a must for any dark colored car where visual performance is a must. If you are working on a light colored car, boat, or RV, see the next recommended product below as an alternative.

Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax

Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax


3.-Meguiar's Mirror Glaze #20

Car Detailing Instructions product #3

Are you working on a light colored car, boat, or RV where visual perfection is less critical, or masses of surface material are of issue? Switch to the ease of use of this synthetic polymer sealant that will make the job at hand much more realistic. Nothing is going to beat the durability of synthetic liquid polymers. Ideal for use on freshly clay-barred paint, gelcoat, or fiberglass in good to excellent condition. Using this will start you off with a foundation of durability that can be followed up with a spray wax or quick detailer to extend its life after washings. I recommend using a polymer, whether it be liquid or paste form, every 6 - 12 months depending on the type of conditions your vehicle is up against.

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #20 Polymer Sealant

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #20 Polymer Sealant


4.-Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax

Car Detailing Instructions product #4

Another staple of mine; I keep this on hand in my personal and professional world. Can be used as a stand alone wax, or as a spray detailer. I use this product on time sensitive projects where speed and visual results are top priority, and protection and durability are less critical. When I want to add further depth and visual enhancement to the vehicle I am working on, I use this product as a follow product to whatever I have applied first; paste wax or liquid wax. It also serves as way to remove any residual dusting that might be present after removing any wax product I have chosen.

In a real time crunch? Mist this onto your freshly washed car that is still wet prior, to drying. When using with the recommended chamois from below, you will get superior results to simply drying alone and you will be left with added protection and shine. This spray wax is so light and easy to use, you will find you can be almost as quick with this product as you are with a dedicated spray detailer.

Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax


5.-Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Cloths

Car Detailing Instructions product #5

If you are new to micro fiber, you are in for a big treat! These amazing wonders have completely replaced the age old staple of baby diapers as the universally accepted tool for wax removal. So versatile, you will find many other uses for them. I reserve the newest micro fibers to wax removal only. As the micro fibers start to wear, I transition them into other tasks of car detailing.

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Wax Removal Cloths, 3 Pack

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Wax Removal Cloths, 3 Pack


6.-Water Sprite Chamois

Car Detailing Instructions product #6

The exact chamois I have used professionally for over twenty years; still the best! I like this over-sized version that I cut in half; one half is reserved for freshly washed cars, the other half for dirtier jobs like wiping door jambs. Simply hose out with pressure when they get dirty. All the benefits of natural chamois, with none of the drawbacks! An absolute must for every "Driveway Detailer".

Water Sprite Plus® Chamois  4 sq. Feet

Water Sprite Plus® Chamois 4 sq. Feet


7.-California Car Duster

Car Detailing Instructions product #7

One of my personal favorites and an absolute must! Whether you are a die hard enthusiast, or someone looking to just keep their car looking great with minimal effort. Enhance the love affair with your car and extend the time between washings by using the proven California Car Duster. A simple way to think of the car duster is to think of dusting your fine furniture indoors. For basic and simple dusting of your car, the California car duster removes the dust by trapping with paraffin enriched fibers of the car duster; this means dust removal, not dust moving.

California Duster Combo

California Duster Combo

Car Detailing Instructions

There you have it folks; my personal auto detailing tricks straight from the professionals mouth. A simplified approach to an overly saturated market of car care products. These car detailing instructions and techniques will suffice for 98% of you out there, whether this be on your cars, trucks, boats, or RV's.



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Darren's Picks for Amazing Paint

Use any of the links below to shop for my personal recommendations. I have personally tested each of these products in the real world of my auto detailing business and these products promise you professional results. While there are many products available, I have simplified this process for you with my list below.


Meguiar's Professional Clay

Detailing clay is a critical and mandatory step in proper paint care. Use the Meguiar's Professional detailing clay to remove airborne pollutants that embed themselves into your cars paint. The professional way to prep your paint for a glass smooth finish to be used prior to waxing.

Meguiars Professional Detailing Clay

Meguiars Professional Detailing Clay


Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax

By combining synthetic polymers and formulating into a paste wax, you get the ultimate in beauty and protection. Perfect for dark colored cars for depth and glossing. Polymer technology creates a durable layer of protection guaranteed to outlast traditional carnauba paste waxes.

Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax

Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax


Meguiar's Polymer Sealant

For the ultimate in durability and protection, nothing lasts longer or holds up to the elements better than polymer technology. Perfect for use on boats, RV's, or light colored cars when protection is your first goal. With the ease of use in liquid form, wax less often with this advance polymer sealant.

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #20 Polymer Sealant

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #20 Polymer Sealant


Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax is a spray detailer and wax all in one. Use as a stand alone wax after using the clay bar, or to enhance and refresh any wax already on your paints finish. This product is so easy to use, and very light in consistency, I actually use this as a Quik Detailer; this way I am also getting added wax protection and enhancement each time. Recommended for any dark colored cars after washing for added depth and glossing. Ideal for hot climates, as can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint.

Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax


Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Cloths

If you are new to micro fiber, you are in for a big treat! These amazing wonders have completely replaced the ageless staple of baby diapers as the universally accepted tool for wax removal. So versatile, you will find many other uses for them also. I simply reserve a number of these cloths for wax removal only.

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Wax Removal Cloths, 3 Pack

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Wax Removal Cloths, 3 Pack


Water Sprite Chamois

The exact chamois I have used professionally for over twenty years; still the best! I like this over-sized version that I cut in half; one half is reserved for freshly washed cars, the other half for dirtier jobs like wiping door jambs. Simply hose out with pressure when they get dirty. All the benefits of natural chamois, with none of the drawbacks! An absolute must for every "Driveway Detailer".

Water Sprite Plus® Chamois  4 sq. Feet

Water Sprite Plus® Chamois 4 sq. Feet


California Car Duster

One of my personal favorites and an absolute must! Whether you are a die hard enthusiast, or someone looking to just keep their car looking great with minimal effort. Enhance the love affair with your car and extend the time between washings by using the proven California Car Duster.

California Duster Combo

California Duster Combo