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Who drempt up such a ..........

pretentious name for cleaning and polish your car.

i cant help laughing when someone says 'oh i detailed my car at the weekend' so you took it to the jet wash and slung a bit of polish on it then

i dont mean to offend people but it is a daft made up name for an everyday thing.
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I haven't 'detailed' mine but I must say there is more to it than a quick jet wash & polish.

No offence but you obviously take as much care cleaning your car as you did learning to spell at school!

By the way, what dictionary did you find 'drempt' in?
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Ouch!

In my opinion a "detail" consists of more than just a quick wash and polish. For me it is about going beyond what 99.9% of the population consider to be cleaning a car.

For most people that clean their cars it is just a case of running a hose over it and using any old sponge, which is fine if its not your passion. But for a lot of enthusiast members on here they are more than happy to spend an afternoon or a whole day using the right products to make their car look stunning.

I am a professional detailer and I can tell you that the minimum number of hours I put in on a detail is about 6 and I have spent over 40 hours on a single car to make it look better than it did when it rolled out of the showroom.

So yes detailing isn't just washing your car, but it certainly exists and is worth it when you see the car gleaming at the end of the day.

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I haven't 'detailed' mine but I must say there is more to it than a quick jet wash & polish.

No offence but you obviously take as much care cleaning your car as you did learning to spell at school!

By the way, what dictionary did you find 'drempt' in?
Its not really smart having a go at someone because of spelling, thats just getting personal

Jabberwocky maybe did not understand the extent of detailing so a simple explanation would suffice
 
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Bit harsh on the spelling, I'm Dyslexic and do things like that all the time. Read Ian Banks- Feersum Endjin, 1/4 of it is written phoneticaly, a great book.

I have never detailed my car but am going to try. I love spending all day trying to make her bling, love my Nuvola paint.

Read a few bits here, you will be hooked!.....Bank holiday comming up!

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Its basically cleaning a car with immaculate attention to DETAIL. . .

as TSE said (and he knows) getting a car up to standard, which CAN be better than new, takes time, skill and patience, if you think your car looks good after a jetwash try looking at it under halogen lamps fella, it will look like someone washed it with a brillo pad.

Its not everyones cup of cha, but its a skill that cannot be knocked

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As with lots of other words its origin or meaning comes from another country, in this case the USA. I first heard it in the early '80s when my brother said "nobody details their car in 100 degree heat", but I did his car for him anyway. Mad dogs and all that.
 
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Just to show you what the difference is between giving a car a good wash and giving it a detail. Just a couple of pictures.

Just the car being washed


Clean enough for some

The bottom of the drivers rear door close up


And front drivers door


Both look quite clean from a distance and most people will be happy with it.

But here are pictures of the rear and front doors again after I had detailed.

Rear


And front


These were my first ever attempts at detailing and could be improved on now.

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Guess it was an imported from over the pond, and they love it.: For myself, I'm quite content with the finish I get, and let's be honest, paint is paint. Ok, it can be levelled, cut back, and buffed to a glass like shine, but in everyday use, it's hardly worth the bother, or expense. But if you are flush with cash, and are after attracting the re-designers with keys, go for it. Flip-flop, Pearlescent, Candy Apple,Metalflake, Etc. Etc. bring back the custom finishes of the seventies?
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I haven't 'detailed' mine but I must say there is more to it than a quick jet wash & polish.

No offence but you obviously take as much care cleaning your car as you did learning to spell at school!

By the way, what dictionary did you find 'drempt' in?
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Re: Who drempt up such a ..........

Lets get this post back on track.

Detailing - crap word I agree, and absolutely agree with the jabberwocky. I can only assume it is derived from attention to detail. To me cleaning a car is cleaning a car.
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Well i have just learned something new ..i havent heard the word detailing before but now i know what it is... i think she who must be obeyed has been detailing my wallet recently, it seems to have been very well cleaned....................out !! cheers Jabberwocky
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I just call it giving it a "good going over".
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I just call it giving it a "good going over".
Err you don't want to ask someone to give your car a good going over where I come from
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Well i have just learned something new ..i havent heard the word detailing before but now i know what it is...
same here - mind you I used to work in an Audi garrage (I was supposed to be the top tech at the time) and one of the apprentice's was going on about ICE... "what the **** is ICE?" says I all "stupid blummin' kids - what do they know anywho "


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Detailing makes me think of people with cotton wool bud type things cleaning every orifice on their cars.

Whats wrong with giving it a good old polish ?
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Detailing makes me think of people with cotton wool bud type things cleaning every orifice on their cars.

Whats wrong with giving it a good old polish ?
Nothing is wrong with a good old polish, but now and then some like to go to town on their cars. It's a hobby like sheds and Airfix (which I love!)

My paint work is eight years old and will never be spectacular due to enevitable damage. However I still want to make the best of it and think some of these voodoo detailing things may just make a difference.

If not I will have spent a day rubbing my Alfa in the sun, can't be bad.

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The term has fortunately not quite caught on in SA...yet. I prepare my cars for shows, which involves disassembly of anything that can come off , or hides panels, (like bumpers, wheels etc.), throrough wash, some paint (under wheelarches for instance) re-assebly, wash, polish, buff, wax, buff again, finishing off with final cleanof windows, interior etc.
The morning of the show would involve a gentle wipe down .


I suppose you can call that "detailing"..... I call it Saturday
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So yes detailing isn't just washing your car, but it certainly exists and is worth it when you see the car gleaming at the end of the day.
What He Said !!
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Roy (TSE) is detailing my 156 next month.
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There's nothing wrong in working hard to get your car looking good - or trying to spell correctly either.
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I prefer the term 'Valet' to be honest, detailing sounds a bit poncey,

Although they are both pretty much the same thing.

There are people who spend 10 minutes taking their car through the car wash, and then there are people who take more time and care for their car and do it all themselves.

Personally, this is my routine:

Rinse car with hose.
Wash car with Turtle Wax Zip Wash cleaner.
Rinse car.
Dry car off with tea towels to prevent water marks.
Clean all glass with Turtle Wax glass cleaner (Inside and out)
Use 'Bumper Care' by Autoglym to bring up all exterior black rubber parts of car. (Trim etc)
Use Vinyl / Rubber care by Autoglym to clean all interior plastics such as dash, door cards, wheel, radio etc etc, vents.
Use leather care wipes by Turtle Wax to clean and bring up the condition of the seats / doorcards all round.
Go round car and use MER to polish up any marks around the car.
Then wax up using Turtle Wax spray wax.
Remove mats and clean them in the kitchen with an old scourer pad.
Vacuum complete interior of car, including boot.
Stick mats back in and job done.


And to be fair this is a pretty conservative valet really, some people on here do WAY more than this.

This takes me a few hours so not too bad.

Some people do a real valet and go over every inch of the car, in my book what's the point in completely getting it to showroom condition when a few days later it's gonna look like crap again?
 
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Isn't "detailing" lifted from the military
or yachting fraternity?

Applied to cars it does sound very American.
 
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I prefer the term 'Valet' to be honest, detailing sounds a bit poncey,
Although they are both pretty much the same thing.

There are people who spend 10 minutes taking their car through the car wash, and then there are people who take more time and care for their car and do it all themselves.

Personally, this is my routine:

Rinse car with hose.
Wash car with Turtle Wax Zip Wash cleaner.
Rinse car.
Dry car off with tea towels to prevent water marks.
Clean all glass with Turtle Wax glass cleaner (Inside and out)
Use 'Bumper Care' by Autoglym to bring up all exterior black rubber parts of car. (Trim etc)
Use Vinyl / Rubber care by Autoglym to clean all interior plastics such as dash, door cards, wheel, radio etc etc, vents.
Use leather care wipes by Turtle Wax to clean and bring up the condition of the seats / doorcards all round.
Go round car and use MER to polish up any marks around the car.
Then wax up using Turtle Wax spray wax.
Remove mats and clean them in the kitchen with an old scourer pad.
Vacuum complete interior of car, including boot.
Stick mats back in and job done.


And to be fair this is a pretty conservative valet really, some people on here do WAY more than this.

This takes me a few hours so not too bad.

Some people do a real valet and go over every inch of the car, in my book what's the point in completely getting it to showroom condition when a few days later it's gonna look like crap again? [/QUOTE

Out of all the cars I have washed over the years (mine and wifes) The Alfa is the only one to get on with the MER polish.

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Re: Who drempt up such a ..........

Detailing is a daft word for 'cleaning that car to within an inch of it's life', but, hey, it's shorter

p.s. I'm also dyslexic. If anyone wants to accuse me of stupidity because of poor spelling I challenge them to stand in front of me whilst doing it :BB Bat:
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