GMC Yukon Detail

This GMC Yukon detail is a perfect example of what consistent auto detailing can do for a car long term.

Here is a great example of a "kiddy hauler" that has been in service for quite a few years now. It is a 2001 with over 95K miles on it. As I will demonstrate through this GMC Yukon detail tour today, that just because a car/SUV/truck etc. has many years or miles on it, doesn't mean it can't still be looking fabulous. This GMC Yukon XL is a daily driver that hauls around the family that includes three kids. I have been taking care of this for many years now, and have it on a monthly maintenance to keep this in tip top shape.

The 2001 GMC Yukon

This particular GMC Yukon detail has required some specialized needs over the years. Most notably is with the tail lens; the GMC and Chevy products are notorious for aging less then perfect. The lens gets cloudy and dries out. But this can be saved.

The faded and oxidized tail lens before the expert touch

This is a shot of the tail lens before I perform my "magic" on it. You will also notice the tape that I applied to protect the surrounding areas. This procedure is the same procedure that companies have created a niche market for that is called "Headlight Rejuvenating".

Now the product manufacturing companies will sell you some glorified polish and polish pad, that they have packaged up in some specialized packaging and call it the "headlight resurfacing", or "headlight rejuvenating" system or kit; you get the point. It is nothing more than polishing the plastic just like you would do the paint. In fact, I use exactly the same polish on this tail lens, that I do for removing sanding marks out of paint, when I have done some color sanding.

After the expert touch

AMAZING wouldn't you say?

And NO, I did not edit, or enhance those sparkles to this shot; that is 100% SHINE! that was done during this GMC Yukon detail.

I did use a rotary, or high speed buffer along with the polish to get these results. You can accomplish this at home just using your hand with the polish; it will just take a lot longer and the finished product will be less then you can get with a buffer.

If you do use a high speed buffer, you will need to be cautious as the plastic will heat up quicker then painted surfaces and will react differently than that of painted surfaces. It is hard to believe that these kind of results are possible; but indeed they are. And NO, I did not just replace this lens with a brand new one. By the way, do you know how much a brand new lens costs? $125.00 retail! Pretty crazy don't you think? Lets take a look at some other areas of this particular GMC Yukon detail.

Check out the detailing perfection aith the front grill and engine area

Check out the perfection of this grill. These grills are a combination of plastic and metal. A lot of time can be used up trying to get these perfect unless you know the tricks of the trade and can get these kinds of results in a very straight forward and efficient way.

The immaculately clean door jambs

Check out the door jambs on this GMC Yukon detail. I love perfection like this. Door jambs can get pretty nasty over time with all the grease and dirt build up. I have tricks that can get these ares perfectly clean. Let's look at the other half of the door jamb.

A look at the opposing side door jamb

I like keeping these areas just as meticulously clean as every other area of the car. When the dealer services your car and decides to lube this area up, they will usually put an enormous amount of grease in these areas which only makes matters worse, as then all the dirt collects onto the grease. Let's have a look at some other shots of areas that are commonly passed up in traditional detailing procedures.

An area not commonly looked at; and even less commonly detailed

Here is the lower half of the passenger door so as to highlight an area that can't even be seen when simply getting in and out of the car. Certainly a case can be made as to leaving this area undone, or less than perfect. But I figure, if I am already down here detailing the other areas of the door jamb, why not do it 100%. Let's look at one more shot.

Another shot of some amazingly clean Yukon detailing

I chose this shot so you can see an area that gets plenty of use and abuse. This is the threshold that in the case of GMC, is made of plastic that can get pretty beat up and dried out. Notice just how perfectly clean and new looking this whole area still looks. Now let's go into the drivers area.

A shot into the drivers area to see an area that gets most of the wear and tear

Here is the drivers side where you can see the attention to details. Notice the plastic threshold plate area as well as the different rubber gasket areas that are all perfectly clean. These are all areas that are typically left "less" than perfect by others.

I want every level of these areas to be perfect. Not just the carpeting, but the threshold plate. Not just the threshold plate, but also the area between the threshold plate and the rubber gasket that comes next.

Then I also want the area between the gasket and the bigger gasket for the door seal. Then I want the painted area underneath the gasket area to also be perfect; each step of the way; each area of the car. Let me show you a close up of the center console; yet another area of these GMC Yukon details that can take a lot of abuse.

The front console looking as fresh as the day it was brand new

Notice the cup holders, the center storage and arm rest area. After this many years, I have seen this area absolutely trashed in other SUV's. But if you keep on them, they can last just like the rest of the car. Let's shoot over to the passenger side once again.

A look into the passenger side

I am sure you have taken note of the sheep skin seat covers. These are nice to sit on as they are plush and warm. They offer warmth in the winter from the cold leather, and offer insulation from sweating against the leather during hot summer months.

But they also have their trade off's just like everything else in this world. They keep the leather underneath ever so perfect; but depending on the color of sheepskins and leather itself, you run the risk of permanently staining the leather.

You also have to take them in to be dry cleaned if you want them cleaned, as a car detailer, I am limited on how much I can really clean them in traditional ways. This shot also shows more detail of how perfectly the threshold area remains in. Let's go to yet another area that lies under the hood of this GMC Yukon detail.

I bet even your mechanic couldn't tell this engine has almost 100K miles on it

Check out how clean this 7+ year old engine of this GMC Yukon detail, with over 95K miles on it looks. I love clean engines just as much as a clean anything else. It all has to be clean and perfect. Let me show you another area that is commonly over looked and rarely seen by most people but the driver.

Nothing quite like a detailed gas cap area

Most will not see this area, but I know the driver, or at least whoever happens to be the lucky one to fill this beast up with gas, will appreciate the clean that awaits them behind this door. Since this GMC Yukon detail is white, areas like this can really show the dirt; or lack of it in this case. It is in these types of "details" that will be noticed over time by my customers. And it is in these types of "details" that really make the difference. Like I say, "The difference always about the details". So sweat the details, and the difference will shine through.

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