Josh, what would be your recommended procedure with a BLACK vehicle that mainly stays uncovered in a garage that is driven short distances at a time----How would you prepare that vehicle for a Car Show? What, (in order) steps do you recommend??
Good Question David. I would like your recommendations also Josh!!!
Show car prep can take days depending on how good you want it to look, but I'll try to give you a short answer off the top of my head.... most of this you guys probably already know based on seeing some of your SSR's in person.
This is the actual order I try to perform my detailing in as well.
~303 Aerospace wipe down of everything to clean it all
~Zaino Z10 Leather conditioner on seats and steering wheel
~(NOTE, I do not treat
the dash, doors or any other plastic areas with greasy petroleum products to enhance the darkness or shininess of those materials) I simply wipe them clean with the 303 water based cleaner so it looks natural and original.
~Wash rims, lug nuts, tires, wheel wells, inner rim drums (dawn soapy water) lots of little brushes involved
~Exhaust tips #0000 steel wool if needed
~Foam soapy prerinse
~Two bucket wash exterior top to bottom
~Boars hair brush in between panels and around lights and crevices
~Clay bar treatment (optional)
~Polish paint with DA (orbital machine) (optional)
~(Rewash after polishing)
~Blow dry with electric leaf blower (240mph)
~QD wipe down
~Door jambs wipe down
~sometime you can use a boars hair brush on door jambs to get all the little areas clean if needed
~Wax/sealant of choice (optional)
~Clean windows with Stoners Invisible glass with a MF towel with the cleaner and a second MF towel that's perfectly dry to remove any possible streaks. (if you wash n dry MF towels with fabric softners this is where you'll see the residue transfer) so don't use fabric softness when cleaning MF towels.
~Wipe down chrome rims an extra time with dry MF towels to get any streaks and exhaust tips as well
~If you have painted rims, this is where you can use a Power Ball and power drill with paint polish to buff out and enhance the shine of the silver rims
~Tire dressing apply
(depending on how dirty it is) assuming it's really dirty:
~Old Wash mitt and dawn soapy water, wipe it down quick to knock off big dirts
~Boars hair brush in between all the little areas and nuts/bolts etc....
~Blow dry with electric leaf blower
~Wipe down with a MF towel
~303 aerospace on rubber hoses and plastics
~Another wipe down with a dry MF towels
~If engine parts are faded and gray you can apply some water based tire dressing diluted like 50/50 mix. Apply it to an old MF towel or what have you and wipe it on those parts till it looks darker but not unnaturally dark or shiny.
Understand I think the biggest differences in the way people clean/detail their cars has a lot to do with how thorough they are in the small areas around nuts and bolts and crevices between panel and such. Also some people wipe the finish dry with the same towel and end up with some streaks instead of using a QD and a dry MF towel to do a final wipe down. Little things like that can make a difference how perfect the car can look or not. just a thought.
Please keep in mind this is a very generic description
as a fully detailed description is just way too much for me to even think about typing....
I'm sure theres things I'm leaving out so pleas free to chime in.