Automobile detailers specialize in providing a thorough cleaning of an automobile's interior and exterior. Polishing, waxing, and vacuuming are common techniques used by auto detailers in an attempt to make a vehicle look as close to new as possible. They must provide care for windows, wheels, paint, rims, and interior upholstery. Detailers must have a good understanding of the various waxes, polishes, detergents, and degreasers they may be required to use on the job. Clay bars are often used to get rid of any embedded particles that other products cannot touch. Interior cleaning is usually done with a vacuum, but steam cleaners and brushes can also be used.
Unlike mechanics, automobile detailers do not usually do any major work on the automobile. However, automobile detailers are often hired by automobile dealers or mechanics for detailing. Automobile detailers often work in teams of two or more in order to to the work more efficiently. Work hours and times may vary. Employers may ask detailers have previous experience detailing or cleaning automobiles.
Automobile Detailer Tasks
- Polish windshields, windows, lights, and exterior surfaces.
- Inflate tires, and refill fuel, oil, and antifreeze reservoirs.
- Wash, clean, and vacuum vehicles.
- Ensure that necessary identification stickers are attached to the vehicle.