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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:54 am 

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Hello everyone,

I am starting my own detailing service and have been trying to do as much research as I can before ordering products and getting going.

I would like to ask the opinion of those here who have been running a detailing business as to what they think of my list of equipment, products and procedure etc. Of course I know a lot can be subjective but if there is anything major that stands out, please let me know.

Nilfisk Buddy II Wet and Dry Vac
Nilfisk C119 Power Washer

Wheel cleaner - Meguiars Hot Rims Cleaner
Bucket for wheels – Draper Bucket
Brushes for wheels - Mothers 155700 Cleaning Brush
Wash mitt – Kent Car Care Microfibre Wash Mitt

2. PRE CLEAN (for bugs/tar etc) – Spray on - wash off
Prewash - Valet pro Citrus Pre Wash

3. FOAM (break down dirt) (5-10 mins - wash off)
Snow Foam - Valet Pro Snow Foam
Power Washer – Nilfisk C110 Power Washer
Foam Lance - Autobrite Heavy Duty Snow Foam Lance (not sure what connector) – phone autobrite

Two buckets – Draper buckets
Shampoo - Meguiars NXT
Wash mitt - Meguiars Micro Fibre Wash Mitt

5. DECONTAMINATE - Then re-wash
A. Iron dissolver - Valet Pro Dragons Breath
Rinse and dry
B. Tar remover – Auto Finesse Obliterate Tar and Glue Remover
Rinse and dry

Clay bar – Meguiars Surface Clay Kit
Dry - Meguiars Microfibre Supreme Shine

A. Polish = Meguiars ultimate polish / Applicator = Meguiars soft foam pad
B. Buff = Meguiars Microfibre Supreme Shine

--- Do I need to Glaze??? ---

A. Wax = Meguiars 7 Show Car Glaze / Applicator = Meguiars Soft Foam Applicator
B. Buff = Meguiars Microfibre Supreme Shine

Meguiars Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner
Meguiars Quik Interior Detailer
Meguiars Gold Class Leather Cleaner
Nilfisk Buddy II Wet and Dry Vac
Meguiars Carpet and Interior Cleaner

What stage is best to clean the engine at?
Do you take hose with you?
Are there any other bits and pieces that you feel I need?

Many thanks in advance,

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:00 pm 
Wash Mitt God

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Location: Sheffield
You would be better with 5ltrs of Apc/dressings/foam/shampoo/iron remover/tar remover etc ,as your going to go through your products very quickly . I'd be tempted to contact your local Autosmart rep and buy in bulk . Or bulk 5ltrs from the Cyc shop .


PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:17 pm 
Waffle Weave Wonder

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Location: Chester
+1 on arranging to see an Autosmart rep.

May I also suggest booking yourself on an Autosmart training course; there is plenty to be learnt if you're doing it as a business and I think it is so important to first become really good at simply cleaning cars to a high standard before getting into the realms of paint correction and so on.

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