Miscellaneous detailing related content
Tire dressing is made to restore faded black rubber. After a car has been detailed, you want the car to look spotless in every way. You cleaned the arches, the wheels, washed the car and even gave it a new coat of wax. In that case, you also want the tires to look deep, dark black. A tire dressing is an (mostly) oily product that helps to bring back the deep dark color or rubber.
There are a few different types of protective products in the world of detailing. The main categories are: wax, sealant and coating. The comparison between these product has always been hazy, and customer have great difficulty finding out what product is the best for their situation. We decided to write a guide that might help you to find the best suitable product for what you are after.
In the world of detailing, their are several special cleaning products. Among them is the tar remover. This is a special cleaning product to remove tar and often also glue residue. Tar can come from roads and sometimes at industrial places, it is used in asphalt roads and can be used at construction sites for roofing and some plumbing jobs. It doesn’t cause damage, but shows up as ugly black spots which are notoriously difficult to remove.
An All In One (often referred to as a AIO) product is 1 product that serves 2 (or more) goals, or works in 2 (or more) ways. This can either be a mixture of properties that result in more than 1 effect that is commonly only achieved by 2 products, or this can be mixture of products. Not all the AIO product are actually called like that. Basically, it’s the opposite of a “stand-alone product”, which is 1 product that is aimed at 1 task/property.
Within the world of detailing, there are quite a lot of abbreviations. These are often used on the internet to shorten a piece of text. A few of these are actually so common that people even use them in speech. One of these is QD. This abbreviations is used on the internet and many people actually call it a QD when they are talking about the product. Not all of them are very popular. Some are so popular that even manufacturers started using them. DA is one of these abbreviations. This stands for Dual Action, which got shortened to DA. And several manufacturers actually use the term DA these days. Because not everybody knows what these abbreviations mean, we created the tooltip. When you hover with the mouse over one of these abbreviations you get to see a tooltip with the explanation.
Detailing is in relative terms, one of the UK’s youngest industries and in many senses we have the privilege of being at the forefront of it. I’m not saying shiny cars are new… but the phrase “detailing”, the air of “detailing” is a new concept as evidenced by how poorly known it still currently is.
It is often asked on detailing fora and social media: “what is the best XXXX”. Off course there is a difference between certain products and brands, but it is important to know what you are asking. In this guide I will try to explain what the problem is with this question unless it is asked more in-depth.
There are many instances in classic literature, art, and theatre, where ‘detailing’ as it has become known today was discussed, or demonstrated by some of history’s greatest minds. In this article, is listed an example from the famous, late 16th century English playwright, William Shakespeare, who discusses the merits and Glazes and Polishes (For such detailing products existed in his day, albeit not for automobiles.) in his infamous ‘To Be or Not To Be’ speech.