Originally Posted by freefallin2000
Thanks guys. Think I will pick up some more pads..but 5.5" seems to take forever lol. I will proba just get those because they are cheaper and use the 6.5" for customer and friends cars. I think I am going to start a little side thing if my apt. complex doesn't care. I actually am in the process of making a flyer to post up on some boards at local places. For the general public, if they saw what I could do, I think folks with nicer cars such as BMW's, Mercades, etc. I could get about $170 out of a full detail.
Don't take this the wrong way, but you are not ready to do this as a side money making gig. When did you start detailing? Is this the first time you have detailed your car?
I have been doing this for about a year now, and I am still learning things every single day. I JUST started doing jobs for customers. When you start working on other people's cars, you want to know exactly what you are doing and be able to tackle any problem. That means have a lot of products at your disposal and know what product combinations will get your the desired result.
For example, I had a 2007 Nissan Altima I just did. Silver Metallic paint. The best color IMO to HIDE problems. The customer (My fiancee) wanted the paint cleaned very well, a light polish, and a wax. I choose Opti-Seal for two reasons:
- Its a light polish that removes light scratchs and oxidation
- It added a coat of sealant at the same time
This meant I could clean, polish, and seal the paint in one pass. The customer was not after perfection.
Another was a 1960 Studebaker. The customer wanted a good removal of swirls and scratches, but not a full removal, and a wax. The intent was to sell the car. So I used M205 for its polishing capibilites and Blackfire Wet Diamond for its GREAT protection and shine additions.
So... I hope I am not rambling, but get some more time/details under your belt before you tackle customers. Because if your mess up, your responsible for that nice high-end car's paint.
Also, $170 is a good price for a One Step polish detail. For a FULL Detail (multi-step polish) I would suggest you charge much more than that. You would be cheating yourself with that price. Full details take a good bit of work. Estimate how many hours it would take you, figure out an hourly rate, and set a price based on that. I charge $250 for a multi-step detail, and $150 for a single-step.