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How to Degrease the Outside of Your Vehicle

Difficulty: Easy


Degreasing is simply removing grease, oil and other forms of grime from the surface of your vehicle. Despite being so easy, it is the essential first step in any project on your exterior. But why is degreasing so important?


Why Do We Degrease?

In extreme cases, contaminants on the outside of your vehicle can cause an unattractive apperance, slipping hazards and corrosion, so we suggest degreasing your surfaces regularly. However, it is especially important to degrease before sanding, priming, painting, etc. This is because grease will inhibit cohesion, making your final product patchy and flaky, if it even adheres at all.


So degreasing is vital for the success and aesthetic of your outcome.


How To Degrease


Degreasers come in many different forms, most commonly aerosols, water-based liquids or gels and wipes.


If your degreaser is in the form of a wipe, simply use the wipe as normal on your surface until clean and clear.


If it’s an aerosol, spray it onto your area and wipe the excess off with a clean microfibre cloth.


If it’s liquid or gel, wipe it onto your area with a microfibre cloth and wipe the excess off with a new, clean microfibre cloth.


Even if your surface looks clean, repeat applying and removing your degreaser until no more dirt comes off onto your wipe or microfibre cloth.


When your surface is clean, you’re ready to continue with the rest of the product.


Products Used In This Tutorial


Octoral TD80 Ecobase Degreaser 5lt


3M Scuff-it Matt Gel, 700 g


Farecla G Wipe Degreasing Wipes


Microfibre Cloth

Farecla Finishing Cloth (Pack of 3)


3M Microfibre Detailing Cloth