The Greek wrote:
Um, don’t wax unless you claybar for one. If you can get the money up and have a truck, get a tank in the back of it and fill it with purified water so you don’t have to worry about it airdrying while you do the interior or have to waste time washing tons of clothes that you dry it with. Plus with tank you can get it pressurized and really get the washing part of the outside done in a heartbeat. Rinse quick, soap up and blast it off in under 5 minutes.
Anyway, q-tips work great for airvents.
Good shop vac
Scratchx is spectacular for small scratches, it removes an extremely small layer of clearcoat, generally speaking if you can’t catch your fingernail in a scratch, you can pull it out with that stuff. Um, also great for getting very old hardwater remenants off, though I wouldn’t recommend doing this often because it does eat away clear coat. When I first detail a car thouroughly I’ll go through a half bottle of this stuff to bring back a spectacular shine and remove surface imperfections after claybarring.
Anyway, try the scratch remover on your own car first, im talking about the stuff thats like a cream. Anyway, good luck, you expecting people to come to you or are you driving to their homes?
Thanks for the suggestions. When you say don’t wax unless you claybar, I suppose you are referring to the clay that is used to get out all the dirt and small particles that can’t be easily seen, right? Do you know where I can find some of that stuff? And to answer your question, we plan on driving to people’s homes.
yes that claybar. They sell small amounts at autozone and advance auto in that detailing section, walmart has some too. Look online for a bulk buy though because the stuff you buy there is only good for 1-2 washes and is relatively expensive. Also, if your in doubt if you should claybar or not, do the plastic bag test, get a plastic sandwhich bag, put your hand in it, and move slowly across the paint, and you will feel everything on it. No idea why, but it works.
Since your traveling you’ll probably use their water if you can’t afford the tank I mentioned earlier, do you and them a favor and bring your own hose, with a good spray nozzle on it. I honestly wouldn’t recommend mr clean autodry crap, because I think its shitty and doesn’t work very well, but some people like it. Anyway, the nozzle will give you pressure to wash, and keep you dry from not having to use your thumb on the end of the hose, and it will save them money for water which they will appreciate.
I’m tossing out some ideas for you, but a lot of this is going to depend on the customer base you can build and your prices, for example I wouldn’t claybar someones car for 20 bucks, because you’ll be losing money. However for a hundred or more I’d claybar and wax.
Um, after you get a decent customer base, invest in one of those little car/camping tents that fold up. Ideally you should never detail or wash a car in the sun, but I’m sure you don’t want to have a high startup cost either, but getting a tent will make you look a lot more professional show that you care about the customers car.
Anyway, just a few thoughts, I used to detail my old bmw biweekly and when I sold cars I picked up a few tricks of the trade by helping the guys detail cars for delivery. Well, good luck on your venture.
quick edit: On a note about up selling, you’ll eventually make a price list, and there will be a LOT of people who want to not get the claybar because they don’t know about the difference it makes, or the protection it offers over just waxing. At this point upsell the claybar. Read up on it for your knowledge, but claybarring will clean the paint up and prime it for waxing. You can correlate this to Painting a wall without primering it first, in the short term its fine but in the long term you are damaging your paint by not removing the pollutants and then sealing them in under a coat of wax.
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Wow thanks a lot for your advice. You’ve really helped me quite a bit. I appreciate it a ton.