How To Quick Detail Your Car - Detailing 101

How To Quick Detail Your Car - Detailing 101

How To Quick Detail Your Car - Detailing 101

Washing your car every week is a chore and can be very time consuming. Between our busy work schedules and family time it is difficult to find the time for things like washing our car.

If you are like most people, you hate to have a dirty car, so what do you do? The answer is quick detailing!

Quick Detailing is a simple solution that cuts down your regular washing routine by maintaining your car's paint when it is just lightly dusty. Just a few minutes a day or every other day will keep that just detailed look!

Quick Detailer Spray History 

The quick detail spray market was created in 1981 by Meguiar's who released a product called Meguair's Trigger Wash.  After realizing the name caused some confusion with consumers, Meguiar’s changed the product name to Meguiar's Quik Detailer. The product completely defined a new market and remains one of Meguiar’s top sellers.

Quick detailers, which are often called waterless washes, are commonly used by detailers and car enthusiasts to put the finishing touch on a freshly detailed vehicle. Quick Detail Spray products quickly and easily remove water spots, streaks, dust and other light contamination. The special formulations evaporate quickly to prevent further spotting, lubricate to prevent scratching and contain gloss enhancers to refresh your just waxed shine. Today, every major car care brand has a quick detailer or waterless wash type product in their line-up. For the car enthusiast, a quick detailer is more than just a convenience; it is a necessity and part of their car care routine.


With the use of a quick detailer you can drastically reduce washing to about every other week on your commuter car, and once a month for the weekend toys, depending on weather conditions of course. Time is only one factor in considering quick detailing. Water shortages, lack of facilities and bad weather are also things that make normal washing more difficult.

Done properly, quick detailing can reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your car. It also reduces the effects of harmful elements (road grime, bird droppings, bugs, etc.), and keeps your car looking sharp. Ten minutes every day or every other day is all it takes to maintain a great looking finish.


To properly Quick Detail your car you'll need a few high quality, plush microfiber buffing towels, and quick detailing spray. A car duster also works well at removing the top layer of dust prior to quick detailing, but is not necessary.

Quick Detailing is not just for the exterior of your car. There are detailing sprays for your car's interior as well. BLACKFIRE Interior Detailer or the multi-use DP Interior All-In-One are excellent interior detailers. They will remove dust, fingerprints and light soil from all non-fabric surfaces.


About three to four times per year you should clean and protect your interior, but that is simply not enough to keep your interior fresh and clean. A few years ago due to the popularity of the exterior quick detailer, a new interior quick detail emerged. The idea is about the same as the exterior quick detailer, just mist and wipe to maintain freshly detailed interior look.

To use an interior detailing spray, fold your microfiber detailing towel, spray it with a few shots of detailing spray, and wipe down the dashboard, console and leather seats, door panels and door jambs. The interior detailing spray was made more for dusting than cleaning, just as the exterior spray, it is a maintenance product and is not meant to replace interior cleaners or protectants.


The number one concern most people have with quick detailing is scratching or dulling the paint. This is a genuine concern and warrants discussion.

Quick detailing your paint is perfectly safe if you follow a few cautionary measures:

  • Use only high quality microfiber buffing towels with a thick, plush nap
  • Use plenty of quick detailing spray
  • If in doubt, if you think your car might be too dirty, don't quick detail, wash it instead.


Paint Condition: To prevent scratching and swirl marks, a Quick Detail Spray should not be used to clean large areas with heavy dirt. If in doubt or when heavy dirt is present, wash your vehicle with quality car wash shampoo.

  • Always use a high quality microfiber buffing towel and fold your towel into quarters.
  • Start at the top and work your way down to the lower surfaces of your car. Holding the Quick Detail Spray 12" to 15" away, lightly mist about a 2' by 2' area on the surface of your car with a Quick Detail Spray like the SONAX Brilliant Shine Detailer , DP Final Gloss Quick Detailer , Wolfgang Instant Detail Spritz, or Pinnacle Crystal Mist.
  • Gently wipe in a straight line back and forth , then flip the microfiber buffing towel and buff dry.
  • As the surface of the microfiber buffing towel gets dirty, flip it to a clean side.
  • If needed, when all sides of the towel start to look a little dirty, switch to a fresh microfiber buffing towel.

PRO TIP! For that flawless, just detailed look after washing your car, use a quick detailer to eliminate any streaks, spots and enhance the gloss.

Now that you are familiar with quick detailing your car, you can easily get the job done in as little as 5 to 10 minutes. Compare this to the 45 to 60 minutes it takes to wash and dry your car. If you did a quick detail on your car every day, or every other day, you would spend no more time than you would with a weekly wash, and your car will always have that freshly detailed look.

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