Detailing Made Simple: Saving Time in the Prep Bay

Many professional detailers and novices as well are plagued by the amount of time spent just to prep a vehicle before performing a full detailing. Many spend 2, 3 and even 4 hours just to prepare a car for the detailing process!! I can’t help but to scratch my head when I read how in-depth a person feels they need to go just to prep a car for a detailing operation. Even though properly prepping a car is unarguably the most important step in the detail process, some are under the false notion that the vehicle has to be surgically clean prior to polishing the paint and/or cleaning the interior. And as a result they spend unnecessary amounts of time performing the wash prep process. Things that include and are not limited to would be using multiple wash buckets to sterilize their wash media after wiping down each panel. Dousing the car down with a thick & expensive layer of car wash soap foam thinking it is deeply cleaning the car’s surface. Using a barrage of tiny little brushes on every crack & crevice of a vehicle so they can justify that every nook and cranny is extra clean. Using expensive, slow working chemicals to clean & decontaminate a vehicle’s surfaces. Little do they realize that pretty much most of these extra steps actually cost them valuable time & money unnecessarily.  So, as a result, I’ve decided to come up with a simplistic approach to prepping your car for the detail process. This car be used in all detailing environments. From mobile to fixed location. High end to mass production. 1st we need to understand that there are certain factors that may or may not need to be considered when doing a prep detail. This would 1st and foremost directly depend on the agreements you’ve made with your client and to what extent you feel comfortable going in your details normally. Variable processes that can directly affect your overall times are as follows: **Extent to which you clean your wheels. (faces vs. barrels vs. behind spokes) Hands down, the extent to which you decide to clean a wheel can play a huge factor in the amount of time spent on a detail. Depending on the wheel AND the client’s expectations, dialing in on what is required can dramatically affect your total touch time. Some wheels, based on their design, don’t show off/expose their inner wheel barrel. As a result, this area of the wheel might not require extra cleaning steps for the specific job. Having this discussion with your customer before the onset of the detail to determine their expectations is critical. If a client is only anticipating a clean wheel face, it might not be...

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Simple Approach to Caring for Matte Paint Finishes

With all the hoopla swelling from companies marketing their product line exclusively to owners/detailers of Matte finished vehicles, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring with HD WASH. You will certainly find HD WASH to perform extremely well on not just standard clearcoat finishes (and single stage for that matter), but it does an even better job on Matte finishes too. No longer will detailers and enthusiast car owners need to search and feel compelled to purchase a specialty soap for their Matte paint finishes. HD WASH’s performance doesn’t discriminate on what kind of paint you have when it comes to cleaning power, delicateness & anti-streaking characteristics. Not only will you enjoy the pleasant scent of HD WASH, but you’ll like it’s super versatile performance even greater. Chemically PH Balanced means that it won’t strip existing protection, but with its outstanding water sheeting properties you can rest assured knowing that your paint will be less subjective to pesky water spots which can play a major role in the final appearance of not just standard paint finishes, but Matte ones too. Here’s some pictures I took on a recent mini-detail I did on a client’s $160,000 Mercedes G65 AMG with black Matte paint. Nothing too crazy, just a good quick wash. Only 1 ounce is needed with 3 gallons of water to produce insane amounts of luxurious later: 1st a good rinse down to remove all the topical abrasives. This will dramatically eliminate wash induced marring: I’ve been using Micro Fiber towels more and more as my go-to wash media with outstanding results. Let it dwell while on move onto the wheels. Spray with some HD TOTAL: Then a good rinse to get the soap off (you can tell WASH likes to sheet as soon as the water hits it): Flooding It: Notice the sheeting starting to begin: Getting there: The rest of the vehicle virtually dry which is exactly the desired end result of a proper wash: Now dry up all the left over water: All dried up awaiting some HD DRESS after. I think HD WASH produces a really nice even glow to the finish. HERE’S A LINK TO HD WASH:...

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HD Dress: Gloss Adjustable Exterior Dressing:

Introducing HD Dress. An exterior water based dressing designed to shine, darken & protect exterior non-painted porous surfaces including, tires, textured trim & engine compartments. This dressing doesn’t sling, is not greasy and is very easy to work with. 2 things that I love about HD Dress is the Bubble Gum scent and its ability to allow the user to alter the level of shine. From extra shiny to a satiny mat look. 1 uniform coat will deeply darken and give a great shine. 2 coats create a shiny high wet look. Gently wipe and with a towel and adjust the level of gloss. Apply to your choice of applicator. In this case I’m using the 3D dressing block. No need to over apply the product. Initially just enough to coat most of the key areas of the applicator. Once applied, add 3-4 more drops as needed. A little goes a long way. Here is what the shine is like after 2 full coats: Check out this 50/50: To alter the gloss, take a scrap cotton or Microfiber towel and lightly wipe: Here is the difference from Shiny (9 o’clock to 12 o’clock) to semi-matt (12 o’clock to 3 o’clock) Finished...

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3D Miami Grand Opening Party Pictures

A huge thanks is in order to Tunch Goren & the staff @ 3D Products of Miami for hosting such an incredible grand opening party. Many that came had a chance to learn about new products as well as unique processes of auto detailing. Extra special thanks to Gil Dezer for suppling a small portion of his 1000+ car collection (including this $1.5 Million Bugatti Veyron) for people to drool over and try new products on. Hosts included Barry Theal (PA), Garry Dean (FL) & myself David Fermani (MI). Enjoy my pictures: Barry Theal giving Tunch Goren a few of his secrets to paint correction: Barry Theal using the big stroke Rupes like it’s nothing: Eddy Fiuza showing how effortless the big stroke Rupes is to operate: Robert DiTerlizzi helping out making sure this wheel was looking perfect! Garry Dean & Eddy Fuiza (2 famous local S. Florida Detailers): From left to right: Garry Dean, Tunch Goren, Barry Theal, David Fermani & Gil Dezer After shots of the Bugatti. HD CUT followed by HD Speed with HD Nitro Seal...

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