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Old 03-22-2008, 12:01 PM   #21
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I have been spending quite a bit of time on autopia.org and I am looking to spend about $300 on some good pro quality materials, including a good buffer, polishes wax / sealant, pads, towels etc..

So far, this is what I have in my cart at autopia

Sonus SFX Ultimate Detailing Machine - $234.00
Sonus SFX Foam Pad Kit - $40.00
Sonus Der Wunder Drying Towel, Pkg/2 - $24.00
Sonus SFX Detail Clay Bundle - $15.00
Sonus Rim Bright - $14.00
Sonus SFX-3 Final Finish Polish$10.00
Sonus SFX-2 Enhance Swirl Remover - $10.00
Sonus Glass & Chrome Polish - $12.00

I can get all that with 20% off, shipped to my door for $309.57


I have had about ten people at work alone ask me to do up their cars for them in the last week, so I figure I charge a bit, and I can easily make my money back plus gain more experience. I would like to make some good money doing this and it would be a great side job, or someday business I am currently concentrating on only the outside for now, and will probably be getting more goodies for under hood and inside either later this summer or next spring. I know the quality and attention to detail of my work will speak for itself and I will pick up MUCH more work through word of mouth, especially at my price, and I will still be making money also, not much, but I am more after the experience and word of mouth right now

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Grimm, I would like to try the Menzerna out, as I have seen your results with it But the Sonus has about the same reviews and I can't get the Menzerna from Autopia. I will probably pick some up later though
How much do you charge?I detail cars on the side also.I got a used steam cleaner that has made me 1000'* over the last 10 years.I do it all,int.ext. wheel wells,engine and never had a compliant.Word of mouth is how I work and some business cards.I usually do around 15 to20 a year.
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How much do you charge?I detail cars on the side also.I got a used steam cleaner that has made me 1000'* over the last 10 years.I do it all,int.ext. wheel wells,engine and never had a compliant.Word of mouth is how I work and some business cards.I usually do around 15 to20 a year.
I am not going to be charging much this year, just enough to make a little bit of money and yet still pay for the supplies. I will probably do about $40 at my house or $50+ if I travel to do it. I am only charging so little because it is only for the outside, and I am mainly doing it right now for the experience. Also, I am mainly doing it for people I know right now, so I am not worried about making so much money. As time goes on, and I learn more, I will charge more, but for now, the experience is worth more to me then the money. I make enough money at work, this is more of a fun, relaxing, side job so I don't need to make a bunch of money with it right now

I have no idea what this is going to turn into to be honest with you... It might turn into something huge, or it might be only a few cars each summer. Right now, I am just seeing what happens.




As far as the Collonite goes, I will check that out and probably pick that up. I was looking at the Mothers stuff because it had great reviews at the autopia reviews section, but I trust your judgement more then the ratings they have.
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I can't say bad things about the synwax I just know that you won't find a wax that lasts longer than collinite. From my experience that is what customers are most interested in. They don't notice the difference in flake pop or wetness, but they know if it is still beading a few months from now.
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Do you guys think that I would be better off going with a sealant then an actual wax? Also, as far as that goes, is anything other then an actual carnuba wax technically considered a sealant?

I will probably end up using Zaino eventually, but I don't have the money to start out using it right away, so I am just looking for something that looks great and lasts. That said, I will probably be going with the Collonite, at least for now.
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Crash there are a lot of good sealants out there also, and cheaper than Zaino. Collinite is not a true Carnauba wax, I think it'* more a synthetic wax. Danase has a good sealant that I just got a sample of that I'll be trying, but I've heard it works really well. I have Poorboys EX-P sealant, but I'm not that impressed with it. I need to give it another chance on another car, but it only lasted a couple months on my wife'* SUV. Meguiars #21, Four Star Ultimate Paint Protection, Optimum Poli-Seal and Klasse Sealant Glaze are some of the most often recommended I've seen.

A good sealant should be able to last 5-6 months where waxes typically top out at two. EX-P is the only sealant I've used and haven't really been able to tell a big difference, but to most experienced detailers, sealants make the paint really shiny but they say it looks stale. Waxes make the paint look more wet and makes the color look warmer. Different waxes and sealants are also said to mute flake in the paint, so you'll have to experiment on that one.
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Maybe I am just blind but I haven't' seen anyone mention meguiars? Thoughts?
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The only thing I can add is Invisible Glass works REALLY well.

But I'm sure you all knew that.
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Maybe I am just blind but I haven't' seen anyone mention meguiars? Thoughts?
I have thought about picking up some of the pro stuff, but I am leaning towards the Menzerna. I have yet to hear anything bad about it.
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I haven't used Meguiars for polishing, but from what I've read it'* good stuff, it just has a bit of a learning curve compared to others. It also seems to be better suited for rotary work.
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i have been using Zaino now for a couple years and love it
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