When you first bought your new 2016 Camry from our Columbus Toyota dealership, Germain Toyota of Columbus, it was perfect and still had that intoxicating “new car smell.” But even after a short while, your brand-new Camry will start to show inevitable signs of wear and tear.
Properly detailing your Camry not only keeps it looking sharp, but you’ll also save money on expensive professional detailing services, as well as feeling a sense of accomplishment when you step back and see how your handiwork has brought the luster back to your Camry (or any other vehicle, for that matter).
In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we’ll cover what materials and products you’ll need, how to clean your car’s interior, how to properly clean your car’s windows inside and out, how to clean your car’s wheels, and how to properly wash your car.
In next month’s Germain Toyota of Columbus’ exclusive DIY car-detailing installment, we’ll talk about more advanced techniques, such as how to deep-clean your vehicle’s exterior using a paint clay, proper use of a random orbital polisher, the difference between polishing and waxing, and how to give your tires a long-lasting shine.
We consulted car detailing guru Ian Civgin for some of his best car detailing advice which we share with you now. However, remember to check the cleaning and car care information in your Camry’s owner’s manual for any additional “do’s and don’ts” before you begin. Always follow the directions on each detailing product before use.
Before we get started, let’s talk about the materials and products you’ll need. The initial cost of purchasing a few simple detailing tools more than offsets this expense because you can use them over and over again. Some of the materials and equipment, easily obtained at your local auto parts or “big box” stores, include: