looking for some advice

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by black 3g, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. black 3g

    black 3g Guest

    A buddy and I are starting up a small detailing business to make some extra spending cash. We have both been car enthusiasts for quite some time and love taking care of our cars. We have already done 2 cars. One being a 2004 Corvette Z06 and the other being a 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport(dont ask why, because I dont know). Both owners have loved what we have done and are spreading the word for us. Currently, we are charging $50 for a wash and wax, $25 additional to add clay bar and polish, and $25 additional for interior. We are starting off a little cheap, but we plan to raise the price a little bit once we get a decent client list. Here is a list of products that we are using:

    For exterior we are using Meguiars Gold Class Wash, Meguiars Clay Bar and QD, Meguiars #7 Show Car Glaze Polish, Meguiars NXT Tech Wax, Eagle One 20/20 Glass Cleaner, and Miracle Glaze(locally manufactured tire shine). For interior we are using Meguiars Gold Class Leather Conditioner, and Meguiars Interior Shine.

    We are pretty satisfied with Meguiars because they do a good job, are readily available, and for the most part, are pretty cost effective.

    If anyone has any suggestions about prices, products that are cost effective, or anything else you can think of, please post them.
     
  2. black 3g

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    Here are some pictures of the Z06. The sun wasnt out in full force, but it was out enough to get some decent quality pics out of it.

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  3. black 3g

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    Here are some pics of the Trans Sport. It was in pretty bad condition when we got it(no before pics, sorry) and we got it looking pretty damn good in my opinion. there was a lot of stuff that had bonded into the paint, which we couldnt remedy completely. There was also a pretty impressive collection of paint chips on just about every panel. The owners were thrilled with what we did though.

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  4. i dont know about products but what your doing can make alot of money. my close friend used to detail cars out of his civic and some days he would make 4-500. eventually he worked for a guy that had a compressor set up in a van and could do big washes, like for car shows and what not.. Its hard work but if you stick with you can make some big dough. Good luck !
     
  5. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    1. Raise your prices. Compete on quality, not price. Trust me on this one. Decide what you feel is a fair hourly wage (should be at least $30 an hour) and price accordingly. It is very hard to raise prices once people get used to them. In addition, cheap prices mean cheap customers with filthy, crappy cars.

    2. Find a local Meguiars distributor in your area. You can find a professional line retailer on Meguiars website at www.meguiars.com

    3. You will need more aggressive polishes and compounds along with a buffer. A Porter Cable 7424 or 7336 are excellent DA buffers and can handle light to moderate paint problems. The next step up is the Cyclo, which is a dual head DA buffer. A rotary is the most powerful and can remove serious defects. It can also remove paint completely from a fender or leave horrible buffing swirls. It takes a lot of practice to become proficient with one. It is best to go with a Porter Cable first. More information in the stickies.

    4. It looks like you did a great job on your own cars, but are you up to something like this?

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    And after a few hours, this is the best it is going to look?

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    You have to remember and be prepared for the fact that most people probably don't take as good care of their cars as you do.

    If you want a lot more information, register at www.autopia.org and read through the professional detailer's forum.

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  6. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Oh yeah, one more thing. Dress the wheel wells.

    As you can see with this Tundra, it really helps the overall appearance.

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    :werd: You wouldn't think so, but it makes a HUGE difference.
     
  8. black 3g

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    thanks for the advice. we are doing an infinity G35 sedan and an FX35 this weekend. ill post some pics when we are done.
     

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