Auto Detailing

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Complete Finish First® Auto DetailingStep 1:  Wash Vehicle with Finish First® Wash & Conditioner 

  1. Add 1 oz. (3 caps) per gallon of water.
  2. Wet entire surface of the vehicle with water; wash in sections followed by rinsing with water.
  3. Rinse entire vessel with water to allow any remaining suds to roll off the slick surface that remains.
  4. Immediately dry vehicle with cotton towel, synthetic chamois or compressed air.
  5. For maximum gloss and protection apply Finish First® Polish!

Step 2:  Prep Vehicle’s Painted Surfaces with Finish First® Finish Prep™ to Remove Oxidation and Surface Contaminates

  1. Wash and dry entire vehicle. We recommend using Finish First® Wash & Conditioner.
  2. Shake well prior to each application.
  3. Apply by hand with a clean cotton or micro fiber towel to a small area (approximately 1 sq. foot); mechanical action using a buffer may be used on low RPM. Tip:  Two half dollar sized drops will clean approximately 1 sq. foot.
  4. Using light pressure apply the product in a back and forth motion (no circles).Tip:  Pressure does not matter since this is not an abrasive so just massage it into the surface.
  5. Prior to the product drying, remove the residue with a second cotton or micro fiber towel. Tip:  Finish Prep™ only works in its liquid form so do not allow it to dry or it may be more difficult to remove.
  6. Repeat these steps as needed to the entire vehicle; problem spots may require several application to remove the surface contaminate.

Step 3:  Polish, Protect and Seal Vehicle’s Painted Surfaces with Finish First® Polish

  1. Surface should be cool to the touch before applying Finish First® DO NOT apply to porous surfaces such as vinyl, rubber, fabrics, etc.
  2. Shake well prior to each application.
  3. Apply approximately 2 drops (size of a dime) to clean cotton cloth or foam applicator pad; this will cover about 1 sq. ft. area. Apply to vehicle evenly with a straight back and forth motion (no circles). Note:  On older cars and trucks some oxidized paint may appear on the applicator; this is normal, but change clothes as they become soiled to avoid rubbing the lifted oxidation/grime into the finish.
  4. Finish First® Polish should dry to a haze; allow a minimum of a 15 – minute dry time to allow for proper curing/bonding. For ultimate results increase the curing time to maximize shine and protection (Do not worry it will not harden like a wax).
  5. Remove Finish First® Polish by wiping the surface clean with a clean cotton cloth.
  6. An initial two-coat application is recommended with at least a 60 minutes between coats to allow for proper curing. Additional coats will bond to the previous coat and aid in filling swirl marks and provide a deeper gloss and protection.

 Step 4:  Clean Interior Seats and Upholstery with Finish First® MPC 421™ (Multi-purpose Cleaner)

  1. Shake well prior to each application.
  2. If possible, do not apply to hot surfaces; this will promote excess evaporation, which could adversely affect product performance.
  3. MPC 421™ may be diluted 1:5 with water for maintenance cleaning or at full strength for jobs that require heavy lifting.
  4. For use on cloth, carpet, convertible tops and upholstery; mist MPC 421™ on pre-dampened surface. Work into target area with brush or cloth.  Rinse clean by blotting with a wet towel and allow to dry.

 Step 5:  Protect and Interior Seats and Dashboard with Finish First® LVR Protectant™

  1. Shake well prior to each application.
  2. Clean surface to be treated if heavily soiled or stained; we recommend using Finish First® MPC 421™.
  3. Apply evenly by misting directly onto the surface or into a clean cloth.
  4. Allow LVR Protectant™ to briefly penetrate the surface prior to buffing lightly for maximum gloss and protection.

Step 6:  Clean Windows with Finish First® Window Finish™

  1. If heavily soiled, we recommend using Finish First® Wash & Conditioner to clean the windows.
  2. The surface to be cleaned should be cool to the touch, if possible.
  3. Apply the Window Finish™ by misting on small areas; wipe off with a 100% cotton towel.
  4. Just before the window or mirror dries completely use a second towel to buff the surface leaving surface so clear it will pop!

Step 7:  Clean and Protect Chrome and Rims with Finish First® Metal Polish and Finish First® Metal Protector

7a. Finish First® Metal Polish

  1. Shake well prior to each application. Make sure surface is cool to the touch.
  2. Add a small amount to metal surface using a cotton/microfiber towel. Massage the crème into the surface; pressure is not needed. This allows the emulsifiers in the Metal Polish to dissolve the stained/oxidized areas.  Mechanical action can be used, but is not required. Tip:  Do not allow this product to dry.
  3. After applying, buff with a clean cotton cloth to a brilliant shine.
  4. Repeat as necessary
  5. To maintain and enhance the surface, we recommend using Finish First® Metal Protector.

7b. Finish First® Metal Protector

  1. Shake well prior to each application.
  2. The surface to be cleaned should be cool to the touch, if possible.
  3. Apply approximately 1 drops (size of a dime) to clean cotton cloth or foam applicator pad. This will cover about a 6 inch area. Apply to evenly with a straight back and forth motion (no circles).
  4. Finish First® Metal Protector should dry to a haze; allow a minimum of a 1 hour dry time to allow for proper curing/bonding.
  5. Remove by wiping the surface clean with a clean cotton cloth.
  6. Repeat the steps to build coats to maximize the durability and gloss.

Step 8:  For Quick Cleanups for that “Just Polished Look” Use Finish First® Finish Fast

  1. Shake well prior to each application.
  2. Clean surface to be treated if heavily soiled
  3. Surface should be dry.
  4. Apply evenly by misting Finish Fast directly onto the surface covering an approximate two square foot area.
  5. For best results, use two clean dry towels; first wipe treated area dry with one towel and then use the second to buff the surface to a brilliant shine.

Download these instructions as a PDF: Auto Detailing Instructions