What’s in My Tool Kit? A Guide to Essential Equipment Needed for Professional Automotive Detailing

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In many ways, a professional automotive detailer is as good as the tools at their disposal. Whichever detailing project you may find yourself doing, having the best possible equipment is incredibly important.

Choosing industry standard auto detailing tools will be key to making a car look its absolute best, and also making sure you don’t damage the vehicle. Here are some of the most important things you’ll need in your toolkit during your automotive detailing career.

Detailing Brushes: For Places Both Easy and Hard to Reach

Whether you’re using a scrub brush, wheel woolie, or hand brush, detailing brushes can come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, coarseness, and varieties. You may need brushes for many different reasons, such as removing contaminants, cleaning wheels, removing dirt or debris, or even cleaning floor mats.

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Brushes are useful for both interior and exterior parts of the car

You can also use long-handled parts brushes to clean off heavy soil, or smaller brushes for crevices that may be harder to clean. Once you find brushes that serve the purposes you need them for, you can clean stubborn grime and dirt more easily than simply pouring a solution onto it.

Vacuums and Blowers: For Making the Vehicle Look Amazing on the Inside

Vacuums and blowers are some of the most essential pieces of auto detailing equipment. You’ll need to use them to clean the car’s interior of debris prior to wiping it down or washing it, as they will be able to access and clean tighter spaces within the car that a typical sweep may not get to.

While vacuums come in varying styles and shapes, different ones can meet different needs, such as hand vacuums or wet/dry vacuums. Having a vacuum with powerful suction and attachments that can access hard-to-reach areas can go a long way in making the car’s interior as neat as possible. Cleaning the car’s interior is just as important as its exterior, and having an excellent vacuum or blower around will help expedite the process.

A Hose Will Help Your Auto Detailing Project Look Squeaky Clean

Anyone in professional automotive detailing should also recognize that having professional-grade detailing water hoses around can help get rid of dirt particles that hinder your ability to do the best possible job.

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A hose can easily get dirt off the car’s various surfaces

However, try to avoid using high-pressure hoses, or at least use them with extreme caution. If you are using one, having a hose equipped with a high-pressure nozzle can help easily clean off caked dirt or mud on the car’s surfaces, including its under-chassis and tires.

Having said that, a commercial hose is probably the best option for an auto detailing job, particularly compared to consumer-grade garden hoses. This is because they are able to be used with pressure washers, are resistant to wear and tear, and not as vulnerable to leakages.

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