May 26, 2023

You have probably heard these terms thrown around in your professional car wash or some YouTube Channel involving a pro in Auto care, but their meaning has always baffled you.

In this article we will look at the most common industry car care jargon that all car enthusiasts need to know, alongside recommended Meguiar’s products.

Here they are:


The process of thoroughly cleaning and restoring a vehicle to a like-new condition, both inside and out.


A process of cutting a thin layer of a car’s paint to remove defects such as scratches, oxidation, swirl marks and water spots (Use Meguiar’s Ultra-cut/Ultimate Compound.).


A process that involves the use of a machine and special polishing compound to remove minor imperfections and swirl marks from the paint surface of a car (Use Meguiar’s Ultra-Finishing/ Ultimate Polish).

Clay bar:

A special type of detailing clay that is used to remove contaminants from the paint surface of a car, such as dirt, tar, and tree sap (Use Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze Detailing Clay/Smooth Surface Clay Kit).


Applying a protective layer of wax to the paint surface of a car to protect it from the elements and give it a glossy finish (Use Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste Wax).

Ceramic coating:

An ultra-hard double-layer glass coating that provides excellent protection with the most powerful, durable water-repellency and an amazing deep gloss. (Use Meguiar’s Hybrid Paint Coating Kit) .

Engine detailing:

The process of cleaning and restoring the engine bay of a car, including the engine, hoses, and other components (Use Meguiar’s Engine Cleaner & Dressing).

Undercarriage wash:

A specialized car wash service that involves cleaning the underside of a car to remove dirt, mud, and other debris that can accumulate over time.

Interior cleaning:

The process of deep cleaning and protecting the interior of a car from harmful UV rays on surfaces such as: dashboards, center console, seats, carpets, headliners (car roof), and door panels (Use Meguiar’s All-Purpose/Multi-Purpose Cleaner).

With the above list you should be well on your way to mastering the terms (and many more to come). After all, languages are learned syllable by syllable and word by word.

Till next time, keep reflecting your passion!