What’s valeting, what’s detailing and what’s the difference?
Valeting is the term applied to thorough exterior and interior cleaning of cars. Detailing refers to the next level up from valeting where extra time and specialist processes are used to achieve very high quality results, essentially trying to turn the clock back and reveal a factory like finish.
For the most part a good session of valeting is all your car will need to be brought back to life, but for others that require the absolute best finished results for their car, detailing is the way to go.
Clay Bar Treatment Explained
Clay bar is a small block of fine grade clay that is used to remove tiny contaminants from the surface of car bodywork. If you run your fingers over the surface of a car, in most cases it will feel noticeably rough.
The most common causes are tiny particles bonded to the surface often referred to as fallout, these can include;
Iron particles/ brake dust
The clay is moulded in the hands into a small disc-like shape, it is then used in conjunction with a lubricant that is sprayed onto the paint surface and onto the clay itself. The clay is then glided in straight lines over the surface where it picks up these contaminants leaving behind a smooth finish.
- Why Have It Done?
*Clay bar can greatly improve the look of your paintwork, whilst providing a perfect surface for waxes and sealants to bond to.
*It is recommended that before having a car waxed, clay bar treatment is done. It can increase the longevity of your wax by allowing it to make direct contact with the clear coat rather than with the surface of the contaminants.
*Clay bar is also recommended as a preparation stage before hand and machine polishing to thoroughly cleanse and remove particles that may impede these processes.
*If done alone it is a great maintenance stage that helps prevent the build up of hard to remove tar, iron and environmental particles. This allows water to bead more effectively, prevents dirt bonding as easily and makes a car easier to clean in future.
What is Diamondbrite Jewelultra treatment?
Due to environmental demands, car manufacturers now have to use water based paints. Whilst being environmentally safe, they are prone to fading and oxidization. Diamondbrite is made from refined rock oils that are formulated into a 2 stage process so that each product compliments the next and builds up to create a tough durable glaze. The entire process when carried out by an approved Diamondbrite applicator is covered by a guarantee from the date the product is applied.
To visit the official Diamondbrite website for more detailed information on the Jewelultra treatment please click here.
Wax and Polish, what’s the difference?
It is quite common for people to confuse these processes or apply the same word to both.
Polishing is the use of an abrasive compound to work on the surface of a car’s paintwork, the aim is to remove light scratches and the dullness that results from this, as well as any oxidation.
Rather than being worked into the surface to remove imperfections, wax is applied onto the surface and doesn’t contain any abrasive material. Instead it leaves behind a bonded layer on the surface that protects your car from the effects of UV, dirt and corrosion. You can see when a vehicle has been waxed by the way water beads and easily runs off the surface, making dirt less likely to stick and resulting in shorter cleaning and drying times.
What is a Sealant?
A sealant is much like a wax in that it is applied to paintwork to provide a protective layer, however they differ in a number of ways;
*Longer lasting - generally last for months on the surface, some companies claim their products can last for years
*Superior water & dirt repellency
*Usually synthetic, in liquid form and many utilise nanotechnology
*Can require longer curing times than wax
*Thorough preparation of the surface including clay bar, machine polishing and cleansing to remove grease are highly recommended for best possible adhesion
Machine Polishing Explained…
This is much the same as hand polishing, but the results from this process are far superior. A machine polisher is used in conjunction with a polishing compound to work on the clear coat of a vehicle, the fast rotation of the foam pad with compound applied utilises heat and fine abrasion to remove tiny layers of the surface.
Over time cars gather many small scratches from general use, but the finest scratches caused by numerous washes and poor technique are the ones that can have the worst overall effect. These are referred to as swirl marks and their combined effect is to dull the appearance of paintwork and reduce reflectivity.
Machine polishing works by removing enough of the clear coat to get behind these swirl marks, removing them and creating optically clear paint without dullness and improved reflectivity. This process is recommended following clay bar treatment and before waxing or sealing.