how long is your average detailing job?

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  1. Offender

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    i read noxens to be 9 hours. i've started my little detailing business for teh summer as well.. and i've been doing good jobs in about 4 hours, and every customer has been pleased.. (so far ive done family 4 doors, as im sure suvs, minivans, etc,, will take longer)

    how about you?
     
  2. mc technik

    mc technik your purrty...

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    takes me 6-8 hours to do a compelte car wash/polish/wax/interior clean.
     
  3. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I depends on the vehicle. I can knock out the average sedan in decent shape in 3-4 hours, and SUVs about 4-6 hours.
     
  4. n2_space

    n2_space Space > *.*

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    normal wash and clean about 3 hours, waxing, about 5.
     
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  6. NoXeN

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    almost looks black :bigthumb:

    I took someones advice and started with the interior. I conditioned the leather (dont do that very often), vacuumed (havent dont that in a while) as well as dress up the plastic parts with meguiars.

    Then I had to scrub the shit out of the running boards(been very wet in NE lately so alot of old leaves, etc get kicked up and dry on it)with simple green, works well. What really took long was the polishing (Meg Swirl Free Polish) because I let it sit too long sometimes and it was a PITA to remove. Claying also took a while since its an SUV.

    What really helped me do that through 9 hours was: take a supper break after one of the polish/seal steps, and listening to a good radio station that doesnt repeat songs ;)

    I just did this little truck:
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    which was a trainwreck, 50k miles, never seen wax, inch of dust in the interior. I used Meguiars Cleaner Wax that I got at Autozone, suprised it worked so well. It took me ~4 hours total. 15 bucks an hour, cant go wrong :bigthumb: Guy couldnt believe it when he saw it :bigthumb:
     
  7. Offender

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    looks good.. and that pic reminds me.. what are you guys using to polish the metal?
     
  8. NoXeN

    NoXeN You can find me up on one

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    if theres crap on it..i scrub with simple green then hose off

    once vehicle is dry i use meguiars mag polish..i think thats what it is, comes in a round little container, sold at autozone..its white so be careful when youre using it around trim
     
  9. Tobal

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    scottwax,
    3-4 hour for a good detail is pretty quick, what is included in your steps and how long do you usually spend on each step.
     
  10. Jackhole

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    I think his speed comes from experience. The more you detail, the quicker you get at it. Practice makes perfect, I guess. :dunno:
     
  11. NoXeN

    NoXeN You can find me up on one

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    scott also uses a rotary i would assume

    I like doing everything by hand
     
  12. n2_space

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    Actually I think from reading on autopia he does stuff by hand ;)
     
  13. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I've been doing this for a living for more than 9 years now. You just get fast. Show prep, heavy swirl or oxidation removal will add to my time.
     
  14. E Sgum

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    a crappy job in 1 hour (just outside)
    2 hours not including rims and inside
    3 hours including rims no inside
    4 hours to do full car but can get closer to 5
     
  15. Jackhole

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    I replied to this thread, but never said how long it takes!

    About 2 hours for a full detail (wash, vacuum, armor-all, etc)
    Probably around 5 or 6 for polish and wax.

    Keep in mind I do all my detailing at the Fire Department, so my times are fucked up because I spend a lot of time bullshitting with people up there.
     

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