Everything you need to detail your car’s exterior like a pro (without breaking the bank)

Remember the day you first picked up your car from the dealership? How brilliant was that? Chances are, unless you’ve detailed it since then, it just doesn’t have the same sparkle anymore. And if you’ve ever considered having your car detailing, it can get very expensive, even for the exterior.

So instead of paying for a professional and expensive exterior retail, do it yourself! Here is everything you will need. To make it even better, all your further details will be even cheaper since you will have everything at your fingertips!

Car detailing kit (brushes, applicators, etc.)

16-piece automotive detailing kit EVBOYS, $ 32.99

16 Piece EVBOYS Car Retail Kit



$ 32.99

For any type of exterior detail project, no matter how deep you dive into the process, you’ll need an assortment of brushes and applicators. Of course, you can buy them all separately, but you’ll save money just by purchasing a car detailing kit that includes many different tools.

This 16 piece aesthetic kit from EVBOYS comes with everything you need to start detailing your car today. It includes 5 soft tip brushes of different sizes, steel wire brushes, mini dusters, scrubber accessories and more.

Car Wash Soap

Chemical Guys M. Pink Foaming Car Wash Soap, $ 14.99

M. Pink Foaming Car Wash, 64 oz, Candy Scent

Chemistry guys


If you were to ask someone on the street what they needed to clean the exterior of their car, I’d bet the most common answer is soap. And that’s exactly it! Before you can do anything else to detail the exterior, you need to make sure the car is clean and ready to go.

But you don’t want to just grab some dish soap from under the sink and throw it in a bucket. Instead, get a high-quality car wash soap made specifically for this purpose. With Foaming car soap Mr. Pink from Chemical Guys, you’ll be good to go. But there is an even better option than putting it in a bucket and filling it with a garden hose.

Foam blaster

Chemical Guys Torq Foam Blaster 6, $ 44.65

Torq Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun

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$ 44.65

This one goes with the soap from above, as a Foam Blaster is without a doubt the best way to apply a foaming car wash. True to the same brand, the Torq Foam Blaster 6 from Chemical Guys is the perfect tool to cover your car with soap in no time.

With this foaming car wash soap gun, you can enjoy the cleaning properties of foam soap without the risk of damaging the paint underneath. The vast majority of scratches and swirls seen in automotive paintwork are due to improper cleaning (usually from moving abrasive dirt with a brush or sponge).

Simply spray the foam all over, let it work it’s magic, then rinse. It is so easy!

Clay bar set

Mothers California Gold Clay Ingot System, $ 20.32

Mother California Gold Clay Bar System



$ 20.32

One of the best secrets to detailing your car’s exterior is to use what’s called a clay bar kit, like this one mothers. And yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like – rubbing a bar of clay on the exterior of your car. With the right kind of clay and the right spray for it, a clay bar is the perfect tool for removing encrusted foreign debris from your car’s paintwork.

A clay bar kit alone can give your car that showroom shine and leave the paint silky smooth, without even having to add a coat of wax. Keep in mind that you want to make sure the exterior is clean first, as you don’t want to scrub abrasive dirt and potentially scratch your paint!

Plastic / vinyl / rubber restorer

Carfidant Trim & Plastic Restorer, $ 16.99

Carfidant Trim & Plastic Restorer



$ 16.99

While we tend to focus on metal body panels more than anything else when detailing our cars, there’s also quite a bit of plastic, rubber, and vinyl. This usually comes in the form of black trim around doors, windows, wheel arches, etc.

Over time, this trim begins to fade and degrade naturally in the sun, but luckily it’s easy to restore with the right solution. Simply apply this restaurateur, wipe off the toppings and you’re done. They will look new again while being able to resist fading and degradation a bit more for now.

Car wax and wax applicator pad

Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax – 16 oz, $ 17.86

Meguiar’s G210516 Ultimate Liquid Wax, 16 oz



$ 17.86

Mothers Yellow Microfiber Applicator Pads (6-Pack), $ 7.99

Mothers Yellow Microfiber Ultra Soft Cleaning Applicator and Pads



$ 7.99

If you think back to the day you got your car back like I suggested at the start of this article, I’m willing to bet your car’s shine is what you have left. I remember seeing my new car for the first time while standing outside with the salesperson. Happiness. He hasn’t looked so bright since!

Well, you can give your car that look again with a coat of wax. Waxing your car is the best way to make it look like it just fell off the showroom floor. There are all kinds of waxes, but Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax is among the easiest to use. Just take a wax applicator pack, follow the instructions, and you will be in that happy state again.

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