The first step is always to inspect the bike. What type of bike is it? What materials are used on the bike? Are there any unpainted plastics? Are there matte surfaces? Is there an exposed air filter? Do other components need to be covered prior to starting detailing? All of these questions and more, need to be asked before you start the job. Give the bike a good look over and get familiar with the different parts of it - each bike is different, so get to know yours well.