How long does car detailing take?

How long is a piece of string? All jokes aside this is a valid question, but one that you’ll find out is similar to the ”How long is a piece of string?” question. Car detailing can take as little or as long as you like, it really is user dependant. So whether you are personally detailing your car, or if you are paying someone for a service the timeline can vary from a few hours (let’s say 3) to a few days. It all depends on how far your willing to go/pay for.

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That’s the thing with car detailing. You can, if you want to, slowly step it up a notch from regular car washing. Let’s take a look at the following examples…

A regular car wash would consist of the following:

  • Rinse > Wash Wheels > Wash Paintwork > Dry.

You could, be getting into detailing and your routine might look like this;

  • Rinse > Wash Wheels > 2 Bucket Wash for Paintwork > Dry > Protect with Sealant

Right there, you’ve added two extra steps.

You could then go onto:

  • Rinse > Soak Wheels with Wheel Cleaner let them dwell > Scrub tyre walls > Rinse > 2 Bucket Wash for Paintwork > Dry > Protect Wheels with Sealant > Protect Bodywork with Sealant

This can continue to evolve. I am sure you’re getting the idea here.

So back to the question, how long does car detailing take?

Well it completely depends on how far you want to take it if you’re doing it yourself or how much you’re willing to pay a car detailer to detail your car.

That’s just the processes how about other factors, such as the size of the car? How dirty the car is? Are you detailing the interor and exterior or only one?

How long does car detailing take?

The thing is, many DIY car detailers find detailing the car to be a hobby, and quite a relaxing peaceful one at that. Forgetting about every day life, and spending a good few hours on a Sunday morning giving your pride and joy a thorough clean can actually feel quite rewarding and relaxing. Fully protecting your pride and joy with the latest sealant, and giving your interior carpets ‘valet’ stripes is really addictive – it’s also nice to hear a compliment from friends or family too.

If you really want to get an idea of how long it’ll take you personally you might want to take a look at this guide that I’ve written to see if helps you gauge it any more than ‘a couple of hours’. I’ve also written some articles on the best car drying towel, the best snow foam to use, Autoglym’s Polar Series and a traditional Autoglym Ultra HD Wax.

If you’re asking a local car detailer then perhaps you want to ask his/her average time for certain packages. Truth be told, it all depends. If you’re short for time I would suggest a regular car wash but I cannot recommend such a thing! If you must, and you’re pressed for time then go to a local station and purchase a few minutes on the pressure washer (usually £1 per minute) jet off the majority of the dirt and wait until the weekend when you know you can dedicate a good few hours. The last thing you want to do is damage your cars paintwork because you’re in a hurry.