It may seem counter-intuitive, but even brand-new cars purchased straight off the dealer lot are ripe for a detailing. Joseph from Chemical Guys brought his virtually-undriven 2018 Ford Mustang GT to the Chemical Guys shop for a detailing this month because, as he explains, “it’s been sitting at a port someplace for God-knows-how-long, right? It’s been sitting on the lot going through all the different weather… You’re getting a lot of contamination.”
Dealerships obviously spend some time detailing new cars after taking delivery, but as Chemical Guys’ Nick explains: “Not knocking anybody’s dealership, but they’re not exactly [as] in-depth as, say, they would be at a detail garage, or any real detail enthusiast, because they want to get these cars done as fast as possible… There’s gonna be fine scratches and swirls; there’s probably some contamination and other things that were overlooked.”
If you want the best look possible, all of that means stripping the car down to bare paint, using a product like Chemical Guys’ “Clean Slate” to take off any adhesives, grime, or old wax, and going from there. It’s an essential first step used by professional detailers before they install clear bras or vinyl wraps, or even apply fresh wax, as layers of old wax and sealant can prevent these things from applying directly to the underlying paintwork. Once the car has been taken down to clear paint, it’s time to polish and reseal the exterior finish for a clean, long-lasting shine.
We’ll have to wait for a future video to see those latter steps.
Joseph’s 2018 Ford Mustang GT is an Orange Fury example with the optional Performance Pack, which includes a more aggressive rear spoiler, black painted alloy wheels, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers, a Torsen limited-slip differential, tweaked suspension setup, and other goodies. The package costs $3,995 on its own, and it’s a required option to unlock the refreshed Mustang GT’s $1,695 MagneRide damper option.