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Car Detailing: Autumn Car Tips by DSJ


In this latest blog, we explore how car detailing should be carried out in preparation for Autumn.

Winter has the potential to wreak havoc on the condition of your car, especially when the gritter lorries start.

Detailing your vehicle in early autumn can offer significant protection for your car and even prevent some of winter’s worst damage.

Protecting Your Paint Work

Because your car’s finish is its most delicate surface, properly preparing your vehicle’s paint for winter is particularly important.

The mistake people make is not washing your car because “it’s only going to get dirty and wet again”.

Cleaning helps remove debris that can scratch your vehicle’s finish, and because salt and gravel are more prevalent on the roads in winter, it is important to keep up a regular car wash schedule, even if the weather is bad.

Talk to a detailer about how best to wash your car or better still, invest in regular professional valeting and some form of paint protection.

Protecting Your Interior

Detailing the interior of your vehicle in preparation for winter is also necessary, particularly if your car has leather seats.

Leather can be dried out by winter’s cold weather and lack of humidity, and dry leather is prone to cracking.

Moreover, because leather is only porous in relatively warm conditions (typically at temperatures above 10 degrees C), it’s essential to condition your car’s leather seats in Autumn, before the winter weather sets in.

If you decide to condition your leather interiors in cold weather, the leather will appear supple but will not have actually absorbed the necessary moisture.

Ask your local detailer about a leather conditioner or book in for a leather valet.

Protecting Your Alloys & Tires

Your wheels come into the closest contact with the salt and other chemicals on the road in winter.

Having your alloys ceramic coated in early Autumn will ensure that wheels not only look both look fantastic but are also protected from the winter elements.

If you live in an area with particularly hard winter weather, you may want to use a silicone-based dressing on your tires.

Although silicone-based products should not be used on painted surfaces, applying such a product to your tires can prevent snow, salt and ice build-up.

In short, by detailing your car in the fall with an eye towards preparing it for winter, you can ensure that your vehicle is safer to drive and makes it through the season in top condition.

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Alternatively, book your car in for the signature DSJ detail here.

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