Since my previous article on the preliminary stages of preparing my cars, it seems I have been on the road so much that I cannot quite believe it that 2 months have passed by !
So, here is part 2 of how I keep our big cats looking brilliant most of the time, written in a cafe when on a wait period in the Pennines before taking clients back down south.
Once again, I make no apology that all the products I use, are from one supplier who have proved to be so reliable in their customer service, and supply great products that do ‘what it says on the tin’ so to speak - shout out to The Clay Cloth Company.
The kit that I take with me on journeys to ensure I can deliver my car in pristine condition includes the following:
Multiple micro fibre towels and cloths
CCC Detailing Spray
Killerwaxx window spray
Killerwaxx leather cleaner
Killerwaxx No 1Moon Shine
Not forgetting some rubber gloves to protect my hands
Using the above products and being aware of the dirt collecting in the cloths and therefore, using fresh ones ensures the paintwork is not damaged by cleaning without water.
What do I do if it is raining
Quite simply the best I can do when it is still raining, is to use the large micro fibre towels to wipe the car down from the dirt picked up on the journey to a place near my client. This may take 3 large towels using a clean area of the towel as much as possible.
If it is no longer raining, after cleaning and drying the car, I can use the detailing wax spray.
Bearing in mind, I am wearing my chauffeur’s uniform ( the cap and jacket stay in the car! ) when cleaning and waxing the car, and when the weather is or has been bad, I wear a light jacket over my shirt.
I have been known to wax my car in such places as supermarket car parks, church car parks, on the roadside, recreation ground parking areas - in fact anywhere and even under moon light. It’s surprising how much you can see in the dark when your eyes adjust. The main consideration is always safety though!
So the order in which I do the panels is important to avoid getting my cloths wet or dirty..
Sides first ( not forgetting inside the doors ), then back end and front end, followed by the roof. Once the paint work and windows are complete, I then move onto the alloys.
Nothing like a good old waxing!
After doing the above process, comes detailing wax using the fine micro fibre cloth and then the fluffy micro fibre to buff up. Yes, the alloys also get a good waxing to return the shine once again.
Killerwaxx Moonshine is not used before every client job, but I carry it with me just in case I notice some swirl or scratch marks.
As mentioned in my previous article, currently I use Killerwaxx Extreme Window Cleaner. Glass gets very warm in the sun and the real added bonus with this product is that you can spray it on a hot window and it will not evaporate, steam away or streak like all others on the market.
Again as previously covered in my previous article, Killerwaxx Premium Leather Cleaner cleans and lifts away dirt and oil build up on all types of leather. Cleaner will not dissolve the natural oils found in leather. This is not always used on each job, but I carry it with me just in case it is needed.
The whole above process is done just before I present the car to a client, just a mile or two from the collection address, and takes between 20 and 40 minutes depending on how dirty the weather has been.
So there you have it - no doubt other products are out there that you may be used to and that provide the quality you require, but it is always good to know that CCC have the product you need which comes with a full recommendation from their many satisfied customers - plug over and done!
Do follow me on other social media platforms (@dbexectravel) where I post regular updates of where I am - I might even start a competition to see who can come up with the area or even the location where I am waxing down - keep in touch and see you soon!