Top 5 oddball products
Some products tend to get forgotten when it comes to day-to-day detailing, but these oddballs could prove more useful than you think…
Metal deposits, particularly the ones found in brake dust, are notorious for eating through paint and metal. Splattered-on brake dust doesn’t just stop at your wheels either. You’ll find your car will also pick up plenty of these iron deposits off the road. Specialist iron removers are designed to turn these solid deposits into a liquid state so they can easily be washed away. There’s loads of them to choose from, too.
What’s better than cleaning off all that crap? Stopping it sticking in the first place. Brake dust and grime repellents have become massive over the past few years, offering easy protection by adding an invisible non-stick layer. Available for both wheels and paintwork, these may take a bit of effort to apply the first time around. But during the next wash, you’ll be amazed at the difference they make.
Claying seems to be one of those things that everyone talks about, but very few actually do. The fact remains that it’s one of the most effective ways of removing contaminates, it’s also a far more simple process than anyone gives it credit for. New products are hitting the market all the time and these modern, chemical-resistant clay bars are specifically designed to make life easier than ever. A no brainer.
Wraps and matt paint sealants
Vinyl wrapping is now a huge industry. But just like paint, wraps will always need regular maintenance. They need to be treated slightly differently to paint though, especially when it comes to adding LSPs. The same can be said for matt paint finishes. These need to be treated differently to glossy surfaces. Luckily a few special cleaners and sealants have come onto the market over the past few seasons and these are geared specifically towards keeping these special finishes, er, special.
Like any other part of the car, tyres need protection from the elements too. They are, after all, the only bit that actually touch the tarmac… and it’s bloody dirty down there. The traditional cleaning method is to wash your rubber with a regular car shampoo, then use a specific shine product when they’re dry. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, there’s a few new products out there marketed as all-in-one cleaners and protectants. The advantage of these is that they work in seconds with zero hassle. You can’t argue with that.