What do you guys charge to do a full detail? v.Guys that do it on the side

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  1. Grimey

    Grimey New Member

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    I'm going to be doing my first detail for $$ in a few weeks.

    This is not my profession, but I'm pretty good at it for just doing it on the side.

    I'll be doing a 2001 Jetta interior/exterior. It's for my gf's cousin, so I don't want to be too outlandish.

    I was thinking $110? :dunno:

    Suggestions?
     
  2. HorseDick

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    Full exterior only, not touching the interior minus doorjambs and windows...I get around $275-300.

    My process is usually:

    -wash
    -clay
    -swirl removal via M105 or some mild swirl remover like SIP if the paint isn't in bad shape
    -final polish with M205, Wolfgang Finishing Glaze / Menzerna 106, etc.
    -wax with Fuzion, or Duragloss if I feel the customer is better suited to a more durable wax

    Usually takes me about 6 hours.
     
  3. Labster

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    I try to estimate ~$50/hr but for friends and family I usually cut my rate down to ~$25-30/hr. For an interior and exterior on a car like say an Accord it'll be around $350 or so roughly.
     
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    Oh damn I was way off :eek3:
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Correction on a Jetta? I'd start at $300 but odds are it would end up more.
     
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    I had just planned on:

    -Wash
    -Clay
    -Polish/Swirl Removal
    -Glaze
    -Wax
    -Tire Dress
    -Interior clean/Vacuum

    What would be a fair price to charge her you think?
     
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    $225 plus if you wanted to make it swirl free.
     
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    If it's your GF's cousin, I'd probably charge half. I hate taking money from people I know, unless I don't really like them too much.
     
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    :werd:

    I have the same kind of conscience and they have 2 young kids :hs:

    However, point well taken on what I can expect to charge for people in the future.
     
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    Scott hit the nail on the head - it depends on the amount of correction and how easy the paint is to correct and his rate is taking that "work time" into consideration.

    Unless the paint is perfect, you're going to work your tail off correcting VW paint.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Have you polished VW paint? Fucking nightmare. Not quite solid black Cayenne paint but it is a bitch to get swirl free. You might end up spending several hours just doing the actual polishing, never mind washing, claying, waxing and interior detailing.

    I'd budget at least 8 hours, so what is your time worth to you?
     
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    oh boy :wtc:

    and no, i have not polished VW paint before. Is there a specific product you would recommend for it?

    I use Sonus Swirlbuster Polish and Sonus Final Finish Polish currently.
     
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    Megs 105 with opti-polish II to help increase the work time.

    Off topic but is newer 2005+ VW paint softer than the older VW paint?
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Yeah, a rotary.

    Otherwise, what Labster said.

    Here is what I did for a Passat I did a few weeks ago.

    I've detailed this 2003 VW Passat a couple times, last polished in April of last year if I remember right. The owner appears to be doing a really nice job washing it but unfortuntely, the dealer washed it too and jacked up the hood. Completely forgot to get befores. [​IMG]

    The hood and trunk lid took a couple passes with #105 with a yellow Meguiars polishing pad via rotary at 1200-1000 rpms. I followed with #105 using the G110 and KB method (as best I understand it) by misting the sections with water after the first pass and BAM! it took out all the holograms from #105/rotary. I then followed with #105/OC II as I did with the Audi TT over the entire car, then OCII and Poli-Seal. I also used Carnauba Moose to seal the paint. The car is 90-95% swirl free at this point. Really needs time and rotary to bring it close to 100% but the owner drives the car daily and lives at an apartment so in this case it probably isn't worth him spending the extra money. He is also considering having the hood reshot due to stone chips and some RIDS and the rear bumper has a minor scrape. Anyway, for a 6 year old daily driven black car, I think it looks quite good. :)

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    Nice work, Scott. :cool:

    I only use an UDM, so that option is out... not to mention I do not have experience with one.

    I will definately take this and what Labster said into consideration though, and will take pics... but it's not for a few weeks yet.
     
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    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    I wont touch anything for under $200 and they usually end up in the $300 to $400 range. MN is a bitch for getting those to realize that good details arent cheap as we have a ton of hack shops all over the place.
     
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    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Did a 2 step exterior, full interior and full engine bay on a 1998 BMW 528 and charged $360
     
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    My buddy wants me to just polish his 2004 TL this weekend, nothing else.

    I do a 2 step polish job and the paint is in pretty good condition. Having said that, what do you think is a fair price for a friend?
     
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    make it worth your time.
     
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    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Blow job and a prostate milking nothing else.
     
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    2 step on paint in decent shape? $125 sounds like a fair "friend" price.
     
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    i'd agree
     
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    I told him $90 before even saying what you guys mentioned and he STILL thought it was high.

    Herein lies the problem of what most people "think" a detail should cost.

    They see Meguiars 3-Step process at Autozone for $15 and automatically think this is all it takes, plus a lil labor.
     
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    Tell him to take a flying fuck then.
     
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    "well, buddy. Good luck with that Sears buffer and the terry cloth bonnets. You should see some good results. Maybe." :mamoru:
     

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