What is the correct order of professionally detailing a car?
Wash, Clay, Polish, Sealant/Wax.
Wash, Polish, Clay, Sealant/Wax.
Wash, Clay, Polish, Wax/Sealant.
Wash, Polish, Sealant/Wax, Clay.
Which of the following processes are suitable when washing and drying microfiber towels?
Wash with or without mild detergent in warm water separate from other articles of clothing, tumble dry without dryer sheets on low heat, or air dry.
Wash only with water separate from other articles of clothing , and only air dry.
Wash with powder detergent in warm water, and only air dry.
None of these.
All of these.
Which of the following statements are true regarding the use of dryer sheets when drying microfiber towels?
Dryer sheets will cause the towels to loose absorption ability.
Dryer sheets will cause microfiber towels to streak, especially when working around glass.
Dryer sheets are safe to use when drying microfiber towels.
Dryer sheets should always be used to avoid static electricity; thus causing the microfiber towels to stick together.
Which of the following are terms describing paint conditions commonly seen in the detailing world?
Which of the following describes the most significant difference between a sealant and a wax?
A wax is more durable, so a wax should be applied before applying a sealant.
A sealant is more durable, so a sealant should be applied before applying a wax.
A sealant and a wax should not be used at the same time.
None of these are correct.
When using a DA polisher, why should the machine not be removed from the paint while the machine is still in motion?
To avoid product splatter.
To avoid possible buffer swirls.
None of these
To lengthen the life of the barring in the machine.
What does detailing clay accomplish in the detailing process?
It is a chemical only designed to thoroughly clean glass.
It is a product that is used to remove above surface bonded contaminants that washing wont remove. It can be used on paint, wheels, glass, and even plastic.
It is a product that is designed only for removing paint over spray. It can't be used on glass or wheels.
When applying paint correction chemicals, why should one not allow the chemical to dry?
When the product drys, there is a minimum amount of lubricity; which is a needed element to prevent paint damage.
When some correction chemicals dry, they are very tough to remove.
Both of these.
What is an example of a product that is a one step clean, polish, and protect?
Meguiar's Cleaner Wax
Meguiar's Ultimate Polish.
Meguair's Water Spot Remover.
From the following products, which would cut through severe oxidation, water spots, and swirl marks the fastest?
Meguiar's Swirl Remover 2.0
Meguiar's Swirl X Swirl Remover.
Chemical Guys V32
Chemical Guys V38
When cleaning glass, which one of the following works best to prevent "streak chasing?"
Final wipes should be horizontal for interior glass surfaces, and the final wipe should be vertical on exterior glass surfaces.
There are no actual ways to prevent "streak chasing."
What is the word/phrase that describes why Ultimate Compound cuts but finishes well.
There are no abrasive products that finishes well.
When detailing the engine bay of a vehicle, one should always______.
Put a rag or the like into the air intake so that no water gets in.
Cover the alternator with a plastic bag.
What is a way to test paint to tell rather it is single stage paint?
Use Cleaner Wax; if color transfers to the applicator pad, then this means it is single stage paint.
Rub the paint with your finger; if color transfers, then this means it is single stage paint.
What is the most efficient way to fold microfiber towels?
Folded in fourths.
Folded in half.
It is not desirable or necessary to fold the towel no more than twice.
Towels should be wadded up to add cushion.
Why should ammonia not be used on window tint?
Ammonia is an abrasive chemical that can scratch window tint.
Ammonia eats through the scratch resistant coating on window tint.
From the listed products below, which product cuts well and finishes almost flawless?
Before applying spray paint to the fender well, accessories, or the like; it is important to what?
Thoroughly clean the surface.
Thoroughly sand all the rust and old paint off.
Single stage paint most accurately refers to what?
Older cars that don't have a layer of clear coat over the paint.
Newer cars that have a layer of clear coat.
Which of the following best describes why swirls are easily seen in the sun on a clean car?
Clean cars allow more back-lighting; or how the light goes through the clear coat and bounce back off the color pigments in the paint.
Clean cars allow more light absorption.
None of these.
Which of the following pads are the most aggressive?
Orange light cutting foam pad.
Purple wool pad.
Yellow cutting foam pad.
White polishing foam pad.
From the following products listed, which one cuts well but typically finishes terrible?
Which of the following list shows a product list in order from most aggressive to least aggressive?
Ultimate Compound, Swirl Remover 2.0, Ultimate Polish.
Ultimate Compound, Ultimate Polish, Swirl Remover 2.0.
Swirl Remover 2.0, Ultimate Polish, Ultimate Compound.
Which of the following may result from improper use of a DA or Rotary buffer?
Burning through the paint.
Instilling buffer swirls.
Wash cloths are suitable replacements for a wash mitt.
When washing microfiber towels, one should always avoid washing them with other articles of clothing.
When applying a wax and a sealant, one should always apply the sealant first.
When drying microfiber towels, one should always use dryer sheets.
When removing above surface bonded contaminants from automotive paint with detailing clay, one should never use clay that has been dropped on the ground.
Any detailing chemical that can be used with a machine, also means that it can be used with any type of machine.
Hand application, DA, and rotary are the most common methods of applying detailing chemicals.
When using a rotary buffer or a DA polisher, one should never hold the machine in one place; it should be in constant motion.
When detailing a car, the car should always be in the shade.
When removing wax residue, one should always wipe in straight lines to avoid possible swirls from trapped particulate matter in the microfiber towel.
When applying a glaze, this should be done before applying a sealant/wax.
When using a DA polisher, one should spread the product out on the lowest speed setting.
When using a DA polisher, one should never pick the machine up off the paint while the machine is still running.
When correcting paint defects, one should always start with the most aggressive product.
When correcting paint defects, one should always start with the least aggressive product.
When correcting paint by machine or hand, one should work small areas at a time.
When applying paint correction chemicals, one should not allow the product to dry. Unlike some wax products.
When applying correction chemicals by hand or machine, one should use a lot of product.
When applying correction chemicals by hand or machine, one should never use a lot of product; five pea size dots maximum.
Before doing any paint correction, one should always clay before hand.
All waxes will fill in swirl marks.
When quick detailing a vehicle with a product such as Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer, it is essential to use plenty of product to avoid possible friction caused by dust and other particulate matter during the detail process.
When using a tire shine product, it is better to use a gel that is applied by applicator pad to assure a thin durable layer to resist sling when driving.
When removing painters tape, always remove very slowly and at an angle other than 90 degrees from the surface.
When detailing a vehicle, it is essential not to use microfiber towels that have been dropped on the ground, or washed improperly.
When detailing the interior, one should always apply a product such as armor all on the floor mats.
When using glass cleaning products to clean glass with window tint on it, they should not contain ammonia.
When using any machine with a cord on a vehicle, always drape the cord over your shoulder to prevent the cord from banging the vehicle.
All waxes require drying time before removal.
When cleaning the interior of a car, it is most efficient to clean the windows first.
When cleaning the interior of a car, it is most efficient to clean the windows last.
It is safe to use a chemical degreaser such as purple power citrus cleaner on interior floor mats.
Before applying a new product that has never been used before, it should be tested first in an inconspicuous area.
It is not necessary to test new products in an inconspicuous area.
In between the time one starts and stops polishing a car, it is essential to wash the pad multiple times to ensure a clean pad that has adequate lubricity.
Before storing foam polishing pads, one should: wash again, spray with conditioner, and then store in plastic bag.
A good rule of thumb when working with detailing products is: the more product the better.
While removing severe oxidation from automotive paint, it is best to run on the lowest speed setting when using a machine such as the porter cable 7424XP DA Polisher.
The biggest difference between a rotary polisher and a DA is that DA has less power; thus making it safer for a newbie to use the machine.
When using Meguiar's Quick Detailer on a moderately dusty car, one safe way is to use a snake pattern working from top to bottom; flipping the towel to a dry, clean portion for final wipe.
When using meguair's quick detailer on a moderately dusty car, one should apply a lot of pressure to the towel for initial wipe.
When using meguair's quick detailer on a moderately dusty car, one should apply little to no pressure to the towel for initial wipe.
It is safe to allow all detail products to freeze.
Microfiber towels should not be washed in a powder detergent because some particles may not dissolve and become lodged in the fibers; thus causing swirls and scratches when the towel is used again.
When washing a car, the wheels should ALWAYS be washed using a separate wash mitt.
Tire shine products should not be used on the tread of the tire, or on interior floor mats.
Claying a car will remove all pre-existing layers of wax.
After fully detailing the engine bay, it is a good idea to crank the vehicle to allow the water to dry off.
The engine bay should be done after the rest of the car is done.
When applying wax, sealants, polishes and compounds by hand or by machine, the best method is to use circular over lapping patterns.
It is safe to make modifications and bedazzle foam pads or other equipment.
When detailing the interior, one should always use microfiber towels to clean the dash cluster to prevent swirls.
A good remedy for restoring headlight lenses is to use Meguair's Scratch X 2.0
While removing severe oxidation from automotive paint, it is best to run on the highest speed setting when using a machine such as the porter cable 7424XP DA Polisher.
Mequiar's Machine Glaze may be used with a machine such as the Porter Cable 7424XP DA Polisher.
It is desirable to clean all tire shine residue off of the wheels because this causes brake and rail dust to stick.
Meguiar's Water Spot Remover will also remove existing layers of wax.
All of the different foam pads for machine polishers are identified by the color.
Which of the following statements are NOT true regarding foam pads. Mark all that apply.
A gray pad works well when applying sealants.
An orange cutting pad can be used with swirl X swirl remover.
One should always use an orange cutting pad with a wax.
A gray pad should be used with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound.
When applying wax, a thin layer is better than a thick layer.
Dark colors show up defects worse because darker colors absorb more light.
All microfiber towels are the same.
Depending on the paint condition, the polishing step can be skipped.
DA stands for Dual Action.
Before using a new foam pad with a machine polisher, what should always be done? Check all that apply.
Wash the pad thoroughly.
Spray a pad conditioner on the pad to lubricate it.
Bang the pad on your hand to knock out dust particles.
Spray two to three squirts of water to lubricate the pad in place of a pad conditioner.
Where on a car are inconspicuous areas? Mark all that apply.
In door Jam.
Under the hood.
Why is sheen better than shine on the dash of a vehicle? Check all that apply.
One is not better than the other.
Because a shiny surface causes the sun to heat it and draw it up, resulting in a smeared film on the windows.
Because a shiny surface traps heat under it; possibly resulting over time in the dash cracking and fading.
Which best describes the difference between sheen and shine? Mark all that apply.
Sheen is a natural look.
Shine is a visible film.
Sheen is a visible film
When detailing chrome surfaces, which of the following is true? Mark all that apply.
0000 Steel Wool will clean severe oxidation and restore it to it's original shine; but must be used with a lubricant, such as Quick Detail spray or glass cleaner.
Swirl marks sometimes can't be removed depending on the severity of the swirls, this due to how thin the chrome layer is on most accessories and body trim.
Chrome can be cleaned using Quick Detailer.
Which one of the following chemicals are designed to apply a layer of protection? Mark all that apply.
Meguair's Ultimate Liquid Wax.
Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Professional Yellow Wax.
Meguair's Ultimate Compound.
Nu Finish Scratch Doctor.
Nu Finish Car Polish.
Which of the following is a reasonable order for products to use on an exterior detail job? Check all that apply.
Car Wash Concentrate, Clay, Swirl X Swirl Remover, Speed Glaze, Polymer Sealant, Ultimate Liquid Wax.
Car Wash Concentrate, Clay, Ultimate Polish, Show Car Glaze, Polymer Sealant, and then Lava wax.
Car Wash Concentrate, Ultimate Polish, Show Car Glaze, Ultimate Liquid Wax, then finally a sealant.
Car Wash Concentrate, clay, Ultimate Compound, Ultimate Polish, Machine Glaze, Polymer Sealant, Yellow Wax.
Which of the following is true regarding washing a vehicle while instilling minimal swirls? Mark all that apply.
Wash mitt out before putting it back into wash bucket water.
Get a grit guard to put into bottom of wash bucket.
Never use the same mitt on the wheels as you do the paint.
Before using any paint correction chemical, one should always_________. Mark all that apply.
Check to see that the product is clear coat safe.
Check to see how the product should be applied.
Check the viscosity of the chemical.
Tire shine is safe to use on painted surfaces.
Wax should not be applied on a freshly painted car until the paint has cured.
B-Pilar swirls and scratches may be removed the same way as the rest of the paint.
Polishers should not be used with a backing plate that is larger than the pad.
Interior detail products such as armor all is safe to be used on steering wheels and brake pedals.
Leather seats can be cleaned using 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Purple Power Citrus Cleaner should not be used to clean leather seats or the like.
Aluminum wheels can be cleaned using pure purple power.
Leather cleaners should not be sprayed directly on the surface; instead, it should be sprayed on the microfiber towels and wiped on.
Fully saturating the headliner is safe while detailing.
Any type of steel wool can be used to thoroughly clean the windshield.
Meguiar's Ultimate Compound is a safe chemical to thoroughly clean exterior glass surfaces.
Microfiber towels work better than newspaper or paper towels when cleaning glass.
What products can be used to prevent the interior windows from fogging? Check all that apply.
Rain X Never Fog.
Vinegar and Water Solution.
Barbasol Shaving Cream.
All of the above.
None of the above.
Carpet and upholstery should ONLY be scrubbed with soft bristle brushes.
Waxes typically apply easier in colder temperatures.
Detail mist may be sprayed on the car while applying paste wax.
Moderately dirty vehicles may be detailed using a product such as Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer.
Holograms are paint defects that typically look like Christmas tree shaped swirl marks.
Which of the following pad/chemical combination is reasonable for glass polishing?
A Lake Country CCS Orange Light Cutting Pad with Meguiar's Water Spot Remover.
A Lake Country CCS White Polishing Pad with Meguiar's spray type Water Spot Remover.
Lake Country CCS Orange Light Cutting Pad with Meguiar's spray type Water Spot Remover.
When polishing diamond plate, which type pad works best?
Paint on different make cars may be harder or softer than the other.
When cleaning LCD screens or the like, one should always avoid spraying a cleaner directly on the surface.
Purple Power is safe to clean LCD screens.
Meguiar's Polymer Sealant takes up to twelve hours to completely bond to the surface through covalent bonding.
When using an aggressive product such as Chemical Guys V34 Optimal Grade Cutting Polish on soft B-Pillar paint, the product will cut through the defects but will often leave marring.
Which of the following from the list of Chemical Guys products are the MOST aggressive?
Which of the following products is designed to polish a plastic instrument cluster? Check all that apply.
Meguiar's Clear Plastic Cleaner.
Meguiar's Clear Plastic Polish.
Which pad/product combo will provide the most abrasive combination.
4 inch wool pad and Chemical Guys V32
6 inch wool pad and Ultimate Compound.
4 inch foam yellow cutting pad and Ultimate Compound.
6 inch Orange light cutting pad and Chemical Guys V34
Smaller pads are more aggressive than larger pads.
When working on glass with water spot remover using a DA polisher such as the porter cable 7424XP, it is more efficient to use the softest pad.
It is safe to use mild degreasers to detail the pedals.
Typically, which will remove spray paint gravity off of car paint?
Depending on the brand paint, a wax.
A mild swirl remover.
This picture contains a defect most commonly referred to as_________; which is caused primarily by improper___________.
Solvent Popping, Painting.
Buffer Swirls, Painting
This picture contains a defects oftentimes referred to as_____________; which is primarily caused by___________.
Swirl Marks, improper detailing techniques (including washing, waxing, etc.).
Solvent Popping, improper waxing.
Solvent Popping, improper quick detailing.
Water Spots, improper detailing.
From the following pictures, which illustrates solvent popping?
Which of the following promotes clear coat failure? Mark all that apply.
Not keeping the vehicle waxed and sealed.
Thinning the clear coat by compounding too much.
Waxing too often.
Water etching is primarily caused by allowing contaminants to remain on the paint surface for too long under certain conditions.
This picture illustrates a prime example of severe oxidation.
D114 is a ________ product
Which of the following are considered water-less wash products? Check all that apply.
Chemical Guys Eco-Smart
Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax Anywhere
Meguairs Ultimate Quick Detailer
Chemical Guys Hose Free Eco-Wash
In terms of chemistry, which is the safest degreaser product to use when detailing the engine bay to assure not harming the paint if there is any over spray?
Acid based products
Water based products
When detailing the engine bay, sprays work better than gels when trying to restore hoses, plastics, etc.