Detailing Guide

At The Driver’s Seat, we’ve always believed that educating our customers is an essential part of doing business in the automotive field. Because of technological advances, auto detailing has been rapidly changing to meet the standards of the future. As the development of new detailing products and supplies accelerates, old car detailing guides become quickly outdated. Information printed a year ago isn’t an accurate source for automotive maintenance – it is a piece of nostalgia. We don’t want our customers to be using yesterday’s techniques on the vehicles of tomorrow. Instead, we promote a marriage between education, the latest techniques and the use of cutting edge products.

Over time, we have had the honor of working with many professional detailers while writing these informative guides, and we have collected a wealth of knowledge along the way. We share this information with you not only to enhance your performance as a detailer, but also to provide you with information regarding the best tools and products available. Our guides are easy to access, frequently updated and packed full of useful tips to keep your skills at peak performance. Listed above you will find a list of subjects we’ve covered, and an accompanying picture. Read on and be enlightened, dear enthusiast!

Properly Wash & Dry

Proper Washing & Drying Washing your vehicle weekly is the best way to remove surface contaminants before they do serious damage to your vehicle’s paint finish. Did you also know that most of the swirls, or spider-webs, on your vehicle are caused by washing? It’s...

Natural Wax vs. Sealants

Carnauba or Synthetic? When you have made the decision to wax, you have ascended to a new level of vehicle appreciation. The amazing depth and quality of the reflections displayed by a delicately waxed vehicle is truly a sight to behold. A car without a fresh coat of...

Car Wax Application

Welcome to the world of automotive waxing. In this comprehensive guide we will discuss the quality products and expert techniques that will turn your paint job into a vivid, metallic reflection of the world around it. Though different products can create a multitude...

Trim & Molding Care

The very word "Trim" is often associated with a general state of neatness. For instance, we may describe something as being trim and proper or we may go to the barber for a trim. This association has been carried over to the automotive world, and the trim of any...

Glass Cleaning Tips

Glass Cleaning In this article we will equip you with the proper tools and knowledge to keep your glass sparkling with crystal clarity. Clear glass not only looks amazing next to a fine, waxed paint job, it also provides you with the highest level of visibility...

Tire & Wheel Detailing How To

Clean Wheels & Tires Tires are the most important part of your vehicle. Besides having to support the automobile’s weight, your tires struggle to provide pivotal braking friction to bring you to safe stops. Because of the massive amount of force constantly being...

Cockpit Care

The Inside Story We are a driving nation. Cars transport our law officers, our loved ones, public officials and a good majority of our citizens. They make all of our deadlines happen, take our children to school and us to work. With As much time as we all spend inside...

Leather Care

Precautionary Leather Education Leather seats do not need to be intimidating; proper leather care is easy! In this section, we will familiarize you with types of leather you will encounter, and what to expect from them. The types of leather you can purchase are...

Convertible Top Maintenance

Convertibles have always made a striking statement of freedom and individuality to the general public. But without proper care and treatment, a luxurious top can quickly deteriorate. In this article we will tell you how easy it is to maintain your convertible top...

Detailing Clay Guide

Making the decision to use clay In this article we will be discussing the practical applications of detailing clay bar. Today, over 90% of all factory finishes are clear coated, and thus, a need for detailing clay bar has risen. The clear coats, as beautiful as they...

Dual Action Polishing Guide

Dual Action Porter Cable 7424XP Polishing Guide Dual action polishers like the Porter Cable 7424XP, FLEX XC3401 VRG Orbital Polisher, and Griot's Garage 6 Inch Random Orbital Polisher can provide exceptional results in a reduced amount of time, making them ideal for...

Microfiber Products Care

Mitts, mops, dusters, gloves, pads and towels: It seems as though the majority of dry goods associated with auto care have become microfiber. As amazing as microfiber may be, some of its unusual properties can be diminished by improper washing. While the technology...