"A lot of our customers are new to Car Detailing so we've tried to simplify the detailing process outlined below.
The main thing to note is that every car is different. Different sizes, conditions, ages and complexities. We follow a 4 stage plan to improve and protect your vehicle. The stages are; Inspect, Prepare, Polish & Protect.
For a more detailed look into the process, options and example pricing, check out our FAQ at the bottom of the page.
Brand new car? We have a page just for you here
Read through the summary below then give the team a call or use the contact us form and we'll be more than happy to talk you through getting the process started"
- Andrew | Owner, Atom Detailing
Our Detailing Process
Inspect: The foundation of the Detail
It's arguably the most important step. With every vehicle being different and having different lives it's essential that we can fully assess them to highlight areas to improve.
Additionally, it gives us the opportunity to listen to your needs and put together a plan for the vehicle.
We can also note any extras such as vinyl wrapping, alloy wheel repairs, dents and more!
This stage is followed by the Preparation stage below
Prepare: The start of the process
Fundamentally, each car goes through the same initial process. There will be slight differences to suit certain situations.
This preparation stage forms the foundation from which all other stages progress.
The preparation stage includes a complete exterior deep clean and decontamination process to remove all dirt and bonded contaminants, such as tar, prior to the polishing stages.
As standard, we also remove wheels to clean them inside and out as well as cleaning the arches and engine bay.
During this stage the interior of the vehicle is also valeted
This stage is followed by the Polishing stage below
Polish: The heart of the process
Typically, our polishing options include what's known as a 'Single stage' or 'Two stage' polish.
During the Inspection process above we will have highlighted which polishing stage we would recommend for the vehicle and inline with your needs.
Once the vehicle is Decontaminated and dried we again check over the vehicle to see its current condition now that it is a bare surface and we can see the true extent of any defects.
We will then proceed using a variety of polishing machines, pads and polishes to achieve the desired result.
If you have chosen a single stage however the paintwork is worse than we thought, we will contact you to discuss options. This could range from upgrading to a two stage or remaining with a single stage just with the understanding that some defects will remain.
For a full description of what the differences are between a Single and Two stage as well as pricing examples, please check out our FAQ below.
This stage is followed by the Protection stage below.
Protect: The finale. Where it counts!
We offer a wide range of protection options to complete the detail following the above stages.
The toughest protection for paintwork and smooth trim is known as Paint Protection Film (PPF) which is a clear vinyl applied to the vehicle and is strong enough to withstand chips and scratches. Check our our page on PPF here
Following this is a ceramic coating which chemically bonds to the paintwork to provide many years of increased gloss and easier cleaning. Think wax on steroids!
We also have a coating for additional services including leather, alloys, carpeting, glass, black trim and more.
We will discuss all protection options during the inspection and quotation stages.
As with all the above categories, a more detailed look into the process with example pricing can be found in our FAQ
Don't forget any extras! It wouldn't be Detailing if we didn't do the details!
Stone Chip Repair. Leather Repairs. Alloy Wheel Refurbishment. Vinyl Wrapping and more!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Click the orange headings for more
What is Car Detailing?
Simply put, over time a vehicles appearance will gradually deteriorate for a variety of reasons. These including environmental factors, poor washing technique (£5 hand car washes cause the majority of issues we see) and accidental damage. Swirls, scratches and other defects combined with bonded contaminants such as tar and tree sap rob the vehicle of its true potential.
What does my car need?
We ideally need to view the car in person to be able to fully inspect it and discuss options.
What if it's a brand new car?
You may be asking if a brand new vehicle needs detailing? To keep things simple we have a separate page for brand new vehicles. Essentially it's the same process; used vehicles typically take more time to complete.
What types of vehicles do you detail?
You name it, we've done it! From classic cars right through to supercars and everything in between. Cars, vans, motorbikes, kit cars, they're all welcome here. If in doubt, just ask!
What is the Detailing process?
We've divided it into 4 parts:
Is the inspection really necessary?
It's arguably the most important step. With every vehicle being different and have had different lives it's essential that we can fully assess them to highlight areas to improve.
How long does the inspection take?
It can vary. If you are new to detailing and modern protection options such as ceramic coatings/paint protection film then we take the time to go through all the background information on them, their pro's and cons so you feel confortable in making your final decisions.
Does the vehicle need to be clean?
In all honesty, yes. It doesn't have to have been washed that day but we have had vehicles brought to us where the dirt was so thick we couldn't see through it to assess the paint condition.
What does the preparation process include?
Fundimentally each car goes through the same process. There will be slight difference to suit certain situations. This decontamination stage forms the heart from which all other stages are built.
What are the polishing options? Single Stage / Two Stage?
We fundamentally work based on 2 options. A Single Stage and Two Stage Polish.
What does a 'Single Stage' polish achieve?
What does a 'Two Stage' polish achieve?
What protection options are there for my vehicle?
We offer a wide range of protective options.
Paint Protection Film (PPF)
Ceramic Coating - Gtechniq Ultra
Gtechniq - Crystal Serum Ultra
Additional Coatings: Alloys, Glass, Leather & More!
Total Surface Protection Package - Save over 20%!
How do you maintain a Detailing vehicle?
It's actually easier than you think! You fundamentally just wash and dry your car for years to come!