This post came about in a round about way – typical for how my brain works – so hang on…
We’ve been away at the cottage this past week and when I come home from any vacation anywhere I feel “dirty”. I’m actually clean, I’ve showered and we had laundry facilities, but the feeling sticks with me so on returning home from anywhere I do a mass of laundry, facial mask, hair mask, shaved legs – the works.
While unpacking the car from the cottage (post cleaning apocalypse on myself and the laundry) I remembered all the bug butts that had decorated my windshield on the drive to and from the cottage. (What goes through a bugs’ mind when he hits your car – his a$$).
On top of that, pulling out the suitcases and beach gear, the cumulation of sand had me itching for an interior clean as well.
Basically – going to the cottage lead to me detailing my car.
I looked up local car detailing places and the prices were reasonable given the amount of work I wanted done – but Hubby reminded me that I’m a bit of a stickler sometimes, and that no one would be able to clean my baby to my expectations (he’s right, even though his motive was to stop me spending money) so out I went and tackled my once-every-two-years-car-detailing-bonanza.
We have this Hoover carpet cleaner (an excellent purchase – highly recommend it), so I was able to get my seats and carpet steam cleaned at home.
I didn’t take before photos of the interior, but I will admit that there was food in there that I don’t even remember buying?
My baby is a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited, and as much as I love my baby – rust is certainly a factor for Jeep owners. Interior rust from (ahem) someone leaving the roof off in the rain.
My trunk sees a lot of abuse with lumber pick-ups etc – but for this one brief and shining moment it’s clean.
It’s so gorgeous – and it only took about 4 hours to do the interior portion of my car detailing.
By the way, yelling out your car window “When you’re done, you can come and do mine” is not at all funny to the person that has sweat their nards off cleaning their own car – Just sayin’.
Now for the part I REALLY wanted to share – swirl remover – have you heard of it?
I used it in my last Jeep car detailing post, but since that was a couple of years ago, I thought I’d revisit and sing it’s accolades once again.
Most swirl marks and scratches can be abated with swirl remover polish. … It acts as a sealant and when it’s removed from the car’s surface, a small film of polish remains on the paint and protects it from damage caused by dirt and grime. It also protects your car paint, by providing a non-stick coating on the paint.
I’m not exactly sure what “swirls” are – but my car has scuffs and scratches here and there and I wanted to try to hide them and protect the surface underneath so that they don’t rust come winter.
I washed and dried my car per usual and then applied Meguiars swirl remover compound on one side of the hood.
I wiped most of it off with a clean terry towel and then buffed it with a separate clean cloth and look at this:
I know the shadow of the tree can make it confusing, but the swirl polish buffed it to a factory shine.
- Stuck-on bug guts – gone
- Small scuffs – faded
- Scratches – filled
I will admit, this is day 2 of my car detailing and another 3 hours of work – but SO worth it.
You are supposed to follow up the swirl remover with a high-grade wax – but that’s for another day – my back is a tad upset with me for the first two days of my car detailing frenzy.
I’d say I need another vacation, but it would just lead to another car cleaning. I know, car detailing isn’t my usual DIY blog post – but with my hamster brain in overdrive and such amazing results – I had to share.
I’m even willing to chalk a win to Hubby – “you were right dear” – no one could have cleaned it to my standards. (Savour the victory, they don’t happen often lol)
Have a great one!