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Detailer's Dictionary



Detailer’s Dictionary
Professional detailer’s and car care - enthusiasts worldwide use often a kind of “slang” – language.
These are words and phrases used in and after certain jobs that’s being done while washing, decontaminating, paint correction and many more…
These words and phrases are often used on social – media like FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram which argument on photos, movies etc… etc…


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We hope you guys like this list and can use it usefully where – ever your detailing endeauvours may take you.

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Here we go;
50/50: A comparisation from a treated (detailed) component / part and a an untreated (not detailed) component / part.

Abrasive: Content in a compound or polish which intends to remove scratches and imperfections on paint and clear – coat.

Acrylic: Content in the formula of a PTFE (Teflon) – based product which is often called a sealant which provide gloss and durable protection on paint and clear – coat.

AIO: All – In – One, a product with multiple functions like cleaners (to clean surface), abrasives (to correct scratches), oil (to make dark colors deeper and warmer) and teflon (to bring shine and protection to paints and clear – coats)

APC: All – Purpose – Cleaner, a cleaner for multi surface which can be used inside and outside for many jobs like cleaning floormats, cleaning and degreasing tires and trims, cleaning dashboards etc.. etc…

Applicator: A foam or microfiber hand – pad which can be used to apply waxes, sealants, dressings etc… etc…

Backing Plate: A (detachable) plate to fit on the axl of a polisher which can hold polishing – pads with a velcro.

Beading: A water – repellant effect which shows that a surface is protected correctly.

Buffing: A technique which can be used to remove residu from an applied product like wax or sealant.

Carnauba: A base – ingredient often to be used in waxes to deliver shine and protection (beading) on paints and clear – coats.

Clay Bar: A gum – product which removes contamination on paint, clear – coats, glass and many more surfaces.
A Clay - Bar works together with a Clay - Lubricant to lubricate the surface.

Cleaner: A product with cleaning (and sometimes degreasing) – ability to prepare the surface for maximum adhesion from waxes or sealants.

Contamination: Pollution, particles and Oxidation that are bonded strong to any surface and give it a rough feeling when you touch it with your fingers. These often can be removed with a Clay - Bar and Clay - Lubricant

Compound: A polish with a powerful abrasive to remove large paint – defects.

Detailing: The English term for intensive cleaning and restoration of cars, bikes, trucks and many more...

Dry Aid: A spray drying – technique with a Detail – Spray to be used after rinsing the car and before drying to reduce friction from the drying towel and improve shine while drying.

Fillers: Ingredients in Glaze – kind of products which can mask swirls and micro scratches.

Foam Gun / Foam Lance: A composition of a reservoir and a spray – nozzle which is used as a pre – wash and soak off the largest particles and dirt.

Wash Mitt: A mitt (often made from microfiber) to be used for carwashing by hand.

Glaze: An oil – based product which delivers extra shine to (dark – colored) paint.

Grit Guard: A product to be used on the bottom of the bucket which keeps washed – off contamination separate from your washing solution.

Haze: A haze which arises after the curing of a wax or sealant.

Hologrammes: Micro – scratches caused by improper washing or after use of a powerful compound which are visible under a strong light.

Lubrication: A technique to reduce the friction between the paint and pad (with polisher) to avoid micro – scratches.

2 – Bucket – Method: A safe technique for washing. 1  Bucket for shampoo and 1  Bucket for rinsing.

Marring: Light clearcoat damage which arises sometimes while claying with a medium or heavy claybar.

Microfiber: An accessory (often towel – shaped) to wipe – off product – residu.

Neutral: A product – ability which doesn’t affect your layer of wax, sealant or coating.

HPW: High Pressure Washer

Orbital: A polisher which makes orbital movements to imitate the natural movement of your hand. These polishers create less heat and therefore bring less risks then rotary polishers.

Pad: An accessory in foam or microfiber to apply various products.

Orange Peel: the “grainy” effect of a (water – based) painted surface.

Polisher: a power – tool with a rotary or orbital “drive” to polish the paint.

Polish: An abrasive product with a chemical element to polish a surface.

PTG: Paint Thickness Gauge, measurement tool to determine the paint thickness (some types in multiple layers).

Rotary: A polishing – machine based on a circular movement.

Sealant: A synthetic “wax” kind – of – product based on polymers (PTFE / Teflon) for durable protection.

Shampoo: A product meant to wash the vehicle and remove oxidation and grime.

Sheeting: The discharge – time of water on a body – panel which is important for a good protection.

Waterspots: marks caused by drying of shampoo (wash – solution) on the surface,  in general caused by improper washing – techniques.

Swirls: Micro – scratches in a circular or V – shape.

Clear – Coat: A transparent and durable layer paint to protect against UV, heat and solvents.

Waffle – Weave: Microfiber with a dimpled surface to dry the surface with minimal contact.

Water Blade: An accessory for a quick drying – job on flat and clean surfaces.

Wet Sanding: Technique to sand paint with highly abrasive products. This technique is useful in case of large scratches or when refinishing paints.