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Detailing Overview

Detailing steps:- Paint

In order to achieve the perfect finish certain steps and procedures are needed prior to achieve this. Marque One Detailing use tried and tested techniques using the best equipment on the market to ensure the best possible results. To understand what work has to be carried out to achieve such results the preparation is paramount. 

Before any polishing can start the crucial steps must be undertaken. These include:



Snow foam is a particular way of pre- cleaning before washing the car with a washmit. Snow foam will loosen dirt and with the aid of gravity slowly pull the dirt towards the floor. Any dirt that is harder to remove will loosen, this is generally removed by pressure washing afterwards. Snow foam is a great way to pre- wash the vehicle with minimal friction decreasing the chance of scratching the paint surface. All excess snow foam is power washed from the surface allowing a safer hand wash method to follow.


Hand washing – 2 Bucket method

2 buckets are filled with clean water, one bucket will have a Ph neutral shampoo added. Both buckets will have ‘Grit guards’ in place to help prevent any dirt/contamination back onto the wash mitt. 



Marque One Detailing use filtered water to rinse the vehicle. This method allows the drying process to be friction free therefore being safer. After the rinse a blow dryer is used to remove trapped water from badges and lights that could cause issues later in the detailing process.



All cars and vehicles have a certain amount of contamination within their paint work even brand-new cars. They generally include:

  • Fall out – tiny metal particles that become airborne and embed within the paint. Often you will see tiny rust particles in white painted cars. This is most common in city cars and cars that are parked near railway lines metal particles from brake systems become airborne and embed into the paint.

          To remove these particles “Iron fall out remover” is used.

  • Tar – This is obviously from the roads we drive on and the build-up over time can be considerable. Specialist ‘Tar and glue” removers are used to remove these. 
  • Environmental contamination can be found within the paint by merely running your hand along the paint and feeling a “rough” surface but unlike the previous contamination you will not necessarily be able to see it. This is mainly caused by tiny pieces of ingrained dirt that make the surface fell rough to touch.

To remove these contaminants, we use a clay bar. Clay bar was designed in Japan and lightly rubbed over the surface of paint with the aid of a lubricant will remove contaminants from the surface. Clay bar can be used to remove Iron fall out as well as tar but we always follow the least                

 aggressive route first.

After the decontamination process the car is then rinsed again.



Now all the old polishes, waxes and contaminates are removed we can inspect the paint. A thorough look over the paint using Scangrip lights will reveal what work will be undertaken within the polishing process allowing use to choose what pad and polish are best suited the type of paint that we have to work with. This is pivotal later in the process.


Paint depth readings 

This can be carried out before or after the inspection but must be carried out prior to machine polishing. Using Delfresco paint depth gauges we are able to determine how much lacquer or clear coat is on top of the paint. This gauge will also tell us how much paint we have on single stage paint or a non-clear coat surfaces.

Using the readings, we can safely polish the car without “burning or striking” through the paint. 

Not all cars will come to us with the same readings all over the car, even brand-new cars will show fulgurations in depths this becomes even more important when the car has had a repair.


Pad and Polish choice 

After all the steps are complete a pad and compound polish will be selected by the detailer. This will be based on many factors, the depth of the paint, the defects found, is the paint hard or soft? has the car had a repair? Is the paint to thin in some areas? Many factors will affect what combination is used as well as more importantly – experience.

If the paint has a lot of deeper defects then a 2-stage process will be performed 


Post polishing inspection

After the polishing process is complete the entire vehicle will be wiped down to remove any polish oils left on the paint surface.

Sometimes oils from the polish sit within a scratch masking it, so with the help of pure alcohol or “Panel wipes” we can remove all the oils from the surface and remove any leftover imperfections that may have been missed. This process is even more important as it allows the sealants to bond better to the surface



Sealants offer great protection and added gloss to the paint surface. Many different sealants are available on the market and offer long term protection, UV resistance, protection from industrial and environmental fall out.

Ceramic coatings offer longer protection and a better gloss finish – see ceramic coating sub section for more.



Waxing the paintwork will offer shorter term protection with the added bonuses of a deep gloss look. Wax is still a great product and has been used for many years softer waxes have a better gloss and shine but degrade quicker whereas harder waxes will not offer as good of finish but last longer. We offer many different of wax’s. We often find the client will have a wax in mind to finish the look of the vehicle.


Final rinse

The vehicle will then be fully rinsed with filtered water to remove any dust left over from the polishing process.



All wheels are removed, washed with Ph neutral shampoo and decontaminated using iron fall out remover and clay. Sometimes the wheels require more aggressive cleaning to remove ground in dirt and brake dust.

The wheels will then be fully inspected using Scangrip lighting to see what inperfections are present.

The wheels will then be polished, sealed and waxed if required.



Using the newest and best products on the market we are able to give the glass a brand new look. We are also able to remove some scratches from the glass.

The glass is always washed and clayed if required. The glass is then risnsed and dried. A full inspection is carried out to determine what steps are needed.

The glass is then polished by hand or machine and sealed if required.

All the interior glass is cleaned and left with a great finish.

Ceramic coatings are avliable if required


Engine bay

Engine bay cleaning can be a slow process especially for older type vehicles having exposed electrics and open carburettors to mention a few.

Covering and wrapping electrics and wiring is essential as well as air intake areas.

The engine bay is then cleaned using specialist de-greasers and brushes and if needed a power wash. Following the clean and rinse a high-power air blower is used to remove water from standing areas allowing a dry surface to allow the “dressing” to be applied.



We offer full interior details and leather repairs. As we are Colourlock apporved we can repair leather holes, rips and tears, discolouration and touching in if required on all leathers.

Before any of this can happen a deep clean is in order. Using the best cleaners on the market (generally Colourlock) we deep clean all seats carpets, plastics and rubbers. We also use steam if necessary.

We also offer a range of sealants to protect fabrics, leathers, Alcan Tara and rubbers


Soft/hard tops 

Soft tops can be difficult to clean and maintain. The fabrics absorb moisture if they are not fabric ally sealed. Common out comes of this happening are.

  • A build-up of mould, 
  • A build-up of moss.
  • Discolouration and the build of dirt within the fabric.

We clean and extract the roof many times to remove all dirt moisture and contamination. We then dry the roof and add a sealant that repels all water.

We are also able to re-colour any fabric roof to a brand-new condition.

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