Car Detailing History

Car Detailing History

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Auto Detailing History, Products, and The Inventors


In 1888 Friedrich Menzer founded a chemical factory in the city of Pforzheim, Germany, to manufacture fine polishing agents for gold and other precious metals. The company succeeded in producing Paris Reda, which was considered the best fine polish for gold, but otherwise, the polish company was slow to take off. Menzer then moved his company to nearby Karlsruhe in 1899 and systematically opened branches in foreign markets starting in 1921.

Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Windshield Wipers Inventor

Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Windshield Wipers Inventor

In 1905 Mary Anderson first decided that automobiles could use a wiper blade when she saw motorists emerging from their vehicles to clean their windshields by hand. It was November 1903. Her spring-loaded wiper arm was patented in 1905 and then replaced by a mechanical arm in 1913. Since then, the wiper blade has pretty much remained the same.

And in 1910 when the motor car was still somewhat of an oddity affordable only by the wealthy, that The Simoniz Company came into being. Its formation was made possible by George Simons, who developed a cleaner and a carnauba wax product for car finishes. Along with Elmer Rich of the Great Northern Railway, the two organized the Simons Manufacturing Company. The firm’s products were named Simons Cleaner and Simons Paste Wax.


Auto detailing is the act of performing a thorough cleaning, restoration, and finishing of a motor vehicle, to produce show-quality cleanliness and polish. Detailing can be performed on a vehicle’s exterior and/or interior.

Experts say detailing history is older than automobile history, when they were riding with horse-drawn carriages
Back in 1800 In the small German town of Bischofsheim a carriage maker developed a wax-based on animal fats to protect the black lacquer type paint that was applied to horse-drawn carriages.

Detailing is generally broken down into two categories: exterior and interior (or cabin). There are products and services that focus on these two areas specifically.

Exterior detailing which is really important for the look of our vehicle, and driving it with more confident
Exterior detailing involves cleaning, and either restoring or exceeding the original condition of the surface of the car’s finish (usually a paint with a glossy finish), chrome trim, windows, wheels, and tires, as well as other visible components on a vehicle’s exterior.
A wide array of detailing products and techniques is used, based on the vehicle’s surface type and condition, or the detailer’s preference. Products include, but are not limited to:

Detergents and acid-free degreasers or Shampoo and Soap (to break down dirt and soil),

Detail clay or Clay Bar with its special lubricant (to remove embedded contaminates),

Waxes, Protectants, shines, dressings, and polishes (to resurface and then improve reflectivity, or to give the tires a shine), as well as a variety of applicators, brushes, and drying towels or MicroFiber Towels.

Auto Detailing History

Interior detailing involves a deep cleaning of the whole interior cabin. Vehicle interiors of the last 50 years comprise a variety of materials, such as synthetic carpet upholstery, vinyl, leather, various natural fibers, carbon fiber composites, plastics, and others, which necessitates the use of a variety of cleaning techniques and products.
Vacuuming is standard, and upholstery stains may be removed using steam cleaning, liquid and foam chemicals, as well as brushes. Additionally, some nonporous surfaces may be polished.

As we said Exterior Detailing is really Important, As extensive as the detailing process is, it typically includes corrective action such as major body shop repairs but may be limited to some paint restoration via a dual-action or rotary polisher to eliminate swirl marks within the paint.

Part of this post and Picture copied from Wikipedia
By Cornelis Johan Hofker (1886-1936), Public Domain, 

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Amin Rezaei

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