Detailing a Jeep is difficult under the best of circumstances even for a professional like myself!
While many Jeep owners consider it a badge of honor to drive around in a Jeep covered in mud from their last off road excursion, there are many Jeep owners who still enjoy a clean Jeep.
But How to detail a Jeep does present unique challenges to even seasoned veterans like myself. Whether you are an off-road crusader or an asphalt poseur, learning a few critical techniques of detailing combined with the right products is your ticket to success of enjoying both sides of the Jeep culture.
Jeeps represent unique challenges when it comes to washing, waxing, and detailing in general. Because Jeeps come in endless configurations, the challenges presented will ultimately be on a case by case basis.
I could literally write a book on the endless tricks of detailing a jeep. The constraints of this page make that an impossible task.
With that said, I am not going to leave you hanging without offering what I consider the basic essentials that will educate you to products available, along with professional techniques that will help you get far better results when it comes to the cosmetics of your Jeep than you are currently getting.
Washing: The obvious place to start is with washing. If you and your Jeep play it safe and never venture off-road, then this part of the equation does not need to be over thought.
But if you like getting down and dirty with your Jeep and prefer the "Do-it-Yourself" route, then an electric pressure washer is a must have.
Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Joe 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer
Darren's Tips: Unless you are completely fanatical or find yourself with excess amounts of time on your hands, under normal conditions I prefer to find a local quality car wash that allows me to outsource the drudgery of car washing.
This allows me to maximize my efforts into jobs of detailing that are more critical, and personally more rewarding. The fact is that car washing is not rocket science, but until the superficial dirt is removed, then no other parts of the detailing process can take place.
The difference with Jeep owners is that many of them actually do take their Jeeps off-road and find themselves dealing with excessive amounts of dirt and mud that many car washes do not want to deal with....and this is where a quality and powerful pressure washer will help!
Darren's Tricks: I have a few tricks I use when it comes to excessively dirty cars/trucks/Jeeps.
Simple Green 73434010 14010 Industrial Cleaner & Degreaser, Concentrated, Lemon, 1 gal Bottle
Smith 190285 1-Gallon Bleach and Chemical Sprayer for Lawns and Gardens or Cleaning Decks, Siding, and Concrete
Waxing your Jeep for many will be the "fun" part...at least that is the foundation to many fantasies. But any Jeep owner can easily recognize the many mine-fields that waxing a Jeep can represent.
And any Jeep owner that has waxed their Jeep before can likely attest to the ripple effect of hasty wax applications with traditional wax products as time passes with unsightly stained black trim, or excess wax build-up that has now dried chalky white in every crevice, seam, or crack!
Darren's Tips: Modern day wax formulations now allow any car or Jeep owner the ability to get professional results by choosing the "right" type of wax from what I call hybrid wax blends that are formulated using both natural and synthetic ingredients for that winning combination of benefits and an excellent user experience.
See my top car wax picks at my best auto waxes page for what I consider the best in performance along with the best in user experience.
Look at most Jeeps with any level of scrutiny and you will likely see the signs of hasty wax applications by black trim that has been stained by traditional car waxes.
If you are dealing with the same problem do not be discouraged, as there is a permanent solution to this common problem.
Solution Finish - Black Plastic & Vinyl Restorer - Use for Car and Truck Detailing - 12 oz.
I know the founders of both of these California based companies. I carry both of these products with me professionally and continue to use them to deliver professional results to my picky customers.
Without delivering a discourse on the merits of each product at the molecular level, my simple answer between the two is this:
Windows remains a source of frustration for any car owner and professional detailer alike. Since most of you as Jeep owners are simply looking to take care of your own Jeep and not become a professional detailer, I am going to let you in on a couple little secrets into my professional world:
Meguiar's G8224 Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner - 24 oz.
Darren's Secret: If you want to see my secret tip for perfectly clean and streak free windows go to my clean car windows page.
[No Streak Freak] Microfiber Window and Mirror Waffle Towel (16"x16") White - 3 Pack
Darren's Tips: Windows represent a topic of frustration any professional detailer can relate to. So as a car or Jeep owner, you have likely experienced the same frustration. So follow what I do professionally for professional grade results:
Darren's Tip: You want your car windows to be essentially "clean" to about 80-90% before you even touch them with window cleaner. To do this, when you are ready to do the windows as your last step, take a clean micro-fiber cloth that is damp. Wet; but not dripping what so ever. Just damp.
Proceed to simply wipe the inside/outside of each window to remove any over-spray or unwanted dirt that may still be left on windows. Once you have done this, then proceed to follow the window cleaning steps just above.
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