Whether you’re new to detailing or you’re an old hand, preparation is key. You’re deciding to go one step further than a traditional soapy wash and air dry for a reason, and that reason is that you want your car to look not just great – but fantastic. It’s the little things that matter to you and that’s great!

We understand that at Proje’, which is why we went into the business in the first place, and why we work tirelessly to update our comprehensive list of auto detailing supplies. We believe we have the best wheel cleaner, the best car wash soap and the best range of products there is out there, but this means that we have to keep improving to stay ahead of the game.

So, to help you make sure you’re getting the most out of every single product and every single detailing session – no matter how small – here are 5 things that you should think about before, during and after you detail.

  1. What’s the weather like?

This isn’t necessarily as straightforward as choosing whether to detail inside or outside – although you should always work out of direct sunlight to avoid any damage or warping to your paintwork. Also think about the general conditions, and what you’re going to be driving your car in. Last week, we wrote about the challenges that fall brings – if it’s winter, then there’s the danger of freezing, meanwhile that summer heat can play havoc. Every season has its dangers, so be prepared to protect your car as well as you can. For bright sunshine, use our Interior Satin Finish Protectant to seal seals and finish your interior vinyl and plastic, allowing for long-lasting protection from harmful rays at the same time as an attractive, natural-looking finish. In winter, give our Rapid Quick Wax a try before you venture out – for that extra layer of paintwork protection.

  1. Have I got everything I need?

It can be really disruptive if you get into the groove, to suddenly have to stop and go to the shop because you’ve forgotten something important. Make yourself a checklist and always focus on the accessories – they’re the real nuts and bolts. Have you got clean microfiber towels? How about the correct brushes? Two buckets for washing? Be thorough so that you don’t get caught short.

  1. How much time do I have?

The common misconception about detailing is that all of it takes a really long time. This isn’t true – and we’ve got a few products that are built for speed if you’re in a hurry. Check out our Hybrid Process Complete Kit for a selection of the products that we have made that get brilliant results more quickly and easily than other products. Our Surge Quick Detail Spray, for example, works by creating a thin protective film over your paintwork rather than a full wax coating, so that the shine is immediate and effective. As soon as you have sprayed, you can wipe and shine with no wait. This isn’t cutting corners – it’s taking advantage of a diverse product range that’s aimed at real-life work schedules.

  1. What’s my budget?

Of course budget comes in to it. The good news is that at Proje’, we offer bundles of our four processes – Intensive, Essential, Hybrid and Reset. We’ve got kits for them all!

  1. What do I want the end product to look like?

It’s easy to get sidetracked – caught up in a minefield of products within the detailing industry. The truth is, though, that few people really use all the products that are on offer. The main reason for this is that people usually have a picture in their minds of how they want their car to look. Shiny and Hollywood? Use Old School Paste Wax. Immaculate leather seating? It’s our Plush Leather Conditioner. Perfect wheels with perfect calipers? Try Redline Wheel Cleaner in conjunction with our Rim Cleaning Brush for best results.

So, there you have it. 5 thoughts to start you off with detailing and become confident and efficient in no time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s blog – stay tuned for more tips and tricks next week.

If you have any questions about any of the techniques or products that I’ve mentioned in this post, just add a comment below and we’ll post a reply! Remember that we stock only the best auto detailing supplies, so why not click some of the links in this blog post, or visit our products page to find out more? From all of us at Proje’, Enjoy the Process!