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I have worked as a valeter since 1991 at various garagesBeetle in Basingstoke, both on new and used vehicle preparation and in the past have valetted cars in a crash repair centre. In the following pages I hope to teach some of the tricks of the trade, and methods, that I have picked up over the years. Although you won't be able to do a job to the same standard as the proffesionals it will hopefully help you to make a better job of your car.

First of all there is certain materials and equipment that you will need to purchase.


You will need a small pressure washer to do the job correctly, these canVax be purchased in most d.i.y stores. You don't really need a hot steamer for use at home, although it makes the job a lot easier the extra expense is not really worth it unless you intend to clean cars for a living. You also will need a vacuum cleaner, or if you can afford it a vax (this would allow you to wash the car seats). you will also need some spray bottles to hold your materials. Finally you will need a sponge, a good quality leather chamois and of course a bucket.


You will need the following materials as a minimum requirement :-

Body polish

Window polish

Wash and wax shampoo

Interior cleaner

If you want to go the whole hog and do the full valet you will also need the following :-

Engine lacquer

Tar remover

P.V.C. sheen -- depending on if you like your dash to have a silicon shine.

Upholstery cleaner

Plastic conditioner -- for the bumpers

Tyre dressing

Alloy wheel cleaner

Wheel silver

One of the best producers of materials that I have found is aCar wash firm called Autoglym. There materials are readily available in all good car shops and the materials sold to the general public are just as good as the materials we use in the trade. To find out more about valeting please pick a subject from the menu at the top of the page.


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