This Toyota Land Cruiser had been away from Brisbane and up in the Northern Territory for a month. With fishing and visiting various sites on the itinery the vehicle certainly lived up to it's reputation and had quite the adventure in the dusty outback. Combine this red dust infestation with the usual child-related grime and stains and you end up with a pretty extensive detailing task.
The exterior was washed 3 times in total in order to have removed all traces of the red dust from window gaps, trim, mudflaps and all of the other hard to find places. Detailing brushes and compressed air is your best friend when it comes to red dirt removal. Compressed air with a high air-flow rate makes it easy to ensure all of your cleaning residue is removed, limiting the risk of any staining from left-over chemicals, generally this isn't too much of an issue but chemicals used to clean red-dirt can be slightly more aggressive than the usual.
We then performed a one-stage paint correction to remove a number of "bush bashing" scratches along the length of the side panels, some small sections were too deep to be fully removed but you wouldn't be able to notice them if you didn't know they were there. A long-life paint sealant was then applied to provide deep gloss and lasting UV protection. We didn't get any before's of the outside due to time constraints but here's the after..
Onto the interior... wow. This was time-consuming! The floor mats were all deeply stained, our deep extraction shampooer sucked 4 tanks of dark, dark dirt out of them before they were ready to go back in. Every single inch of the interior needed to be soaked, scrubbed, dried and coated to restore the plastics to like new. Compressed air again was our best friend, allowing us to deep clean even the vents within the dashboard. The leather got a deep clean with a soft brush and conditioned. Windows were cleaned inside and out with the windscreen getting a razor-blade treatment to ensure a perfectly smooth surface. A few sprays of our deo-doriser and new car smell and she was ready to go!