Where can I learn how to detail cars?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by dirteemac, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Ever since I got a new car six months ago I've gotten really into waxes and polishes and stuff. I want to learn how to buff and wax it like a pro now using rubing and polishing compunds and that electric buffing wheel. What's the best way to do this?
     
  2. XPX

    XPX New Member

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    here, read the stickies :)
     
  3. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    I'm more of a "hands-on" type of person.
     
  4. TomBrady

    TomBrady New Member

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    UH HUH :ugh:
    start reading online
     
  5. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    I started out by reading the excellent info posted here, then put it into practice. By reading first, I saved myself time and effort from making mistakes. I'd love to learn from working side by side with a pro, and reading what the pros are writing down for me to do, is the next best thing!

    Good luck!
     
  6. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    The stickies here have a ton of information. You can also register at http://autopia.org and download the detailing e-book.
     
  7. SouLchild

    SouLchild DIME PIECE GREASE OT Supporter

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    you mean.. you're lazy and you want someone to hold your hand?
     
  8. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    I like to learn by doing. There's too much conflicting info.
     
  9. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Thanks for the link.
     
  10. NightyNight

    NightyNight OT Supporter

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    e-how.com dude, e-how.com
     
  11. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    read read read, some many opinons and products. Figure out what u need first and whats easy to use then build up ur arsenal from there. Get a good starter package from somewhere like autogeek that includes MF, PC and some Polishes and Wax/Sealent. But a junk panel if u want to practice different techniques or start off on ur car.
     
  12. skolen

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    I see where he's coming from. You can explain all the intracacies of detailing to me till you're blue in the face. But unless I see it done before me so I can study the technique or see how much product is applied, I'll probably end up doing it wrong somewhere.
     
  13. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Not much else we can do here. It isn't like I can fly all over the country and give hands on detailing instruction.

    I learned by watching my Dad wax the family truckster, then started taking care of my own car when I got one using Rain Dance. I picked up a book about detailing and realized that I should be using a seperate polish and a pure wax instead of a one-step product and just kind of built on that knowledge. I learned a shitload more reading through threads on Autopia.org and by then I'd already been detailing professionally for 8 years!
     
  14. skolen

    skolen Guest

    I did find some how-to videos on Autopia a while back. Those helped greatly.

    Probably should've mentioned that.
     

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