How To Cut Your Exterior Detailing Time In Half

How To Cut Your Exterior Detailing Time In Half


Today’s post will be all about how you can make exterior detailing faster, but more efficient than usual. 

If you’re interested in:

  • The exact steps you can follow
  • Exterior detailing tips from pro detailers
  • A cutting-edge professional cleaning tool you can get your hands on

If you want to make efficient use of your time but still get a spic and span looking car, this post is for you. 

Let’s get started.

What People See First

The outside of your car is what most people see. How your car looks will hugely affect how they look at you. 

But this is not the only reason why you have to keep your car’s exterior clean all the time. A clean car exterior will keep you safe on the road AND keep you safe from unneeded trips to your mechanic. 

But thinking about cleaning your car, more so, detailing it can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task. 

Not all the time. 

If you’ve got yourself the right tools in your car detailing kit, you can save as much as half the time it used to take to detail cars. 

Recommended Reading: 14 Must-Haves In Your Car Detailing Kit

You probably don’t know about this yet, but there’s one professional car cleaning product that puts an end to the traditional way of detailing your car. 

This post will talk mostly about exterior detailing and its process, I’ve got another one focusing on interior detailing you might want to check out too. 

If you’ve wondered how you can detail your car’s exterior like a pro, you’ll find out about an awesome solution shortly. 

But first, let’s consider the process of exterior car detailing and so you can better see how one car cleaning tool can substitute for many of the steps and tools you usually had to make when doing exterior detailing. 

The Step-By-Step Process Of Exterior Detailing

Many ask how long it takes to detail a car. It depends on how much cleaning the car needs and how many things you want to get done on it.

After cleaning the car thoroughly, you might want to use a clay bar and buffer to smoothen the surface, wax your car, and maybe some paint touch-ups as well. 

Depending on the work you want to get done, it can take from 2 to 8 hours, and even more. That’s a whole day in total!

However, if you can efficiently and conveniently get the cleaning stage over and done fast, it can have a significant impact on how long it’ll take to finish detailing your car. 

Step 1: Cleaning Stage

All the rest of the work can’t be done unless this gets finished first. Safely speaking, this stage has a major impact on the whole detailing process. 

Commonly, the cleaning stage follows a top to bottom principle. However, although there are no hard and fast rules in this, it’s also practical to work on the wheels first. 

Pro Tip: Cleaning the wheels and tire last can mean splashing mud and grime to the already clean car body. 

To avoid going back again to the places you’ve finished cleaning, you can start with the wheels and tires. 

exterior detailing wheels


The roller and rubber are often the dirtiest parts of the car’s exterior. It’s the part of the car that gets in touch with road salt, asphalt grime, mud, brake dust, and a whole of other contaminants. 

Plus both the wheels and tires have a lot of nooks and crannies. It has where the lug nuts and brake calipers are. It would usually require you to have detailing brushes and a whole of time to brush off the dirt in every crevice. 

To shorten the time you’ll need to finish this part, you can use a car cleaning gun. 

fast exterior detailing


This professional car cleaning tool can get rid of the dirt and mud on the wheels and tire way faster than brushing every nook with dirt. 

Plus it rules out the need to wet the wheels first, brush it down with soap, rinsing, and wiping it dry. 

If you use a car cleaning gun, you can turn these 4 steps into 1. 


After cleaning the wheels and tires, you can move on to the engine bay. 

exterior detailing engine bay


Engine bays have way more nooks to reach, it’s one of the hardest parts to clean. 

But when you do, you’ll do yourself a favor because it’ll be easier for you to spot any leaks and do further damage. Plus, without all the layers of dust and dirt your engines will run cooler, thus last longer. 

You can save a whole lot of money to spend on more important things like a getaway with your family. 

To start, use a plastic bag to cover the engine distributor. Then use the car cleaning gun to spray the underside of the hood and the engine bay. 

When done, wipe off the excess water and apply a degreaser of your choice. While you’re at it, clean the fuel door and the inside of it too. 

Pro Tip: To help the degreaser do its job better, warm up the engine for a couple of minutes. 

Recommended Reading: 5 Steps In Detailing Your Engine Bay

Now it’s time to wash your car’s body. 

Start with the roof and wash your way down. Again, using the car cleaning gun eliminates the need for many of the processes you usually had to make thus cutting your cleaning time in half. 

Finish off with the windows so you won’t leave any watermarks from splashes or drips from upper portions. 

Pro Tip: Don’t wash the car under direct sunlight because it dries the surface fast and doesn’t give you enough time to wipe off excess water resulting in watermarks. 

This is just the first step in detailing your car’s exterior, if you want to know the rest of the steps, get a copy of our eBook for free by subscribing to our newsletter. 

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