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Old 04-01-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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I would STARVE if I did this for a living...

I just finished washing my Camaro and Volvo C30 (2 door hatchback) and it took me 6 long hours. I would never be able to do this for a living.

Cleaned wheels (including the barrels) and fender wells with Adams wheel cleaner, wheel brush, lug brush, and turbo stick.

2 Bucket Wash with Maguiars Gold Class car wash and Adams 9x9 pad.

Hand dried with Adams drying towels.
Hand dried wheels with generic microfiber towels.

Applied Adams VRT to tires.
Applied Invisible Glass with Rain Repellant to all glass.

Rinsed buckets, applicators, and put everything away.

The cars look great though.

How long does it typically take you to wash and dry your car?

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Old 04-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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When I wash my Camaro and wifes Mountaineer. It takes me at least 4-6 hours to just wash and dry.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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Probably about 3 hrs if I did both the Camaro and Silverado. I usually dont wash both back to back very often.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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i also have camaro and a silverado i do them a few days apart
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #7
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If I do a full detail inside and out 3-4 hours easy just to do my camaro..
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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Exterior wash and dry only, a little over an hour.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:48 PM   #9
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I just washed mine on Friday, and it took me about 4 hours. That includes tires, windows inside & out, vacuuming, cleaning the dash and seats, and a coat of Adams Quick Sealant all over the exterior at the end.

If I were to polish & wax too, that would make it about 6 hours. The paint correction turned into a 2 day deal.
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I just washed mine on Friday, and it took me about 4 hours. That includes tires, windows inside & out, vacuuming, cleaning the dash and seats, and a coat of Adams Quick Sealant all over the exterior at the end.

If I were to polish & wax too, that would make it about 6 hours. The paint correction turned into a 2 day deal.
Polishing=paint correction..
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:50 PM   #11
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I just finished washing my Camaro and Volvo C30 (2 door hatchback) and it took me 6 long hours. I would never be able to do this for a living.

Cleaned wheels (including the barrels) and fender wells with Adams wheel cleaner, wheel brush, lug brush, and turbo stick.

2 Bucket Wash with Maguiars Gold Class car wash and Adams 9x9 pad.

Hand dried with Adams drying towels.
Hand dried wheels with generic microfiber towels.

Applied Adams VRT to tires.
Applied Invisible Glass with Rain Repellant to all glass.

Rinsed buckets, applicators, and put everything away.

The cars look great though.

How long does it typically take you to wash and dry your car?

Rob
Six hours for two cars just exterior is pretty excessive. I mean, you can take as long as you want, but definitely a bit excessive, especially with such limited dressing afterwards (only tires and glass).
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:16 PM   #12
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about 1hr total from wash to dry but i have a system i go through
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #13
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Including getting out all the supplies, and filling buckets, etc, washing and drying the Corvette, including wheels and wheel wells, is under an hour. Treating the tires, glass and laying on a coat of Buttery wax, I can be done in 2 hours.

Claying, polishing and interior work add much more time.

If you need help with technique or getting things done faster, just let me know. I can't be more than 30 minutes from you.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #14
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Takes me about an hour-1.5 to do 1 car.

Last time I did it with 1 bucket, next time I'll do 2 buckets.

I figure, since I drive my cars every day, putting blood sweat and tears into the paint just to have some fat woman swing her door open into mine the next day and chip my paint isn't worth it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:02 AM   #15
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at least a hour to wash and get all the bugs off..
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #16
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2-2.5 hours to prep, wash, dry and apply all dressings, cleaners and detail spray including setup and cleanup time for all the accessories.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:21 AM   #17
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if its just washing, cleanup, and dressing 1-2 hours... if its a bigger detail then it can run anywhere from 6 hours to multiple days. Just depends on how crazy I wan to get.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #18
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For only exterior wash and dry, it's been taking me about 1.5 hours. Takes about 15-20 minutes of that time for the wheels. Two bucket grit guard (wash bucket / rinse bucket).
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:52 PM   #19
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~1.5 hours for exterior wash, dressing tires and opening doors/trunk/hood to wipe everything dry. That time also includes set-up and then putting everything away.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:57 PM   #20
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Including getting out all the supplies, and filling buckets, etc, washing and drying the Corvette, including wheels and wheel wells, is under an hour. Treating the tires, glass and laying on a coat of Buttery wax, I can be done in 2 hours.

Claying, polishing and interior work add much more time.

If you need help with technique or getting things done faster, just let me know. I can't be more than 30 minutes from you.
Mike,

I purchased quite a bit of product ($350ish) from you at the Camaro Rally. I'm in the West Altamonte Springs / East Apopka area near Bear Lake. I was with my wife at the Rally and had a gallon and a half of the Maguiar Gold Class I didn't want to waste.
I've been meaning to call you to get some grit guards, PC backing plate, small pads, a couple more towels, and some products for my interior. Maybe we can make that happen in the next couple of weeks.

I need to save some time or I'll never get passed the exterior.

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Old 04-02-2012, 05:09 PM   #22
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It's a good thing we do this for fun then, isn't it! Wash n dry usually 90 minutes including beer break. I'll set a weekend aside if I want to clay bar, polish, wax, vacuum, et al.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:36 PM   #23
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45 min to wash and dry my crew cab long bed silverado. 6+ hours to wax it with 2 coats of zaino (lot of surface area to cover).

Just got my camaro last week so we'll see how long that takes but it can't be any worse than my truck.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:16 PM   #24
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I just finished washing my Camaro and Volvo C30 (2 door hatchback) and it took me 6 long hours. I would never be able to do this for a living.

Cleaned wheels (including the barrels) and fender wells with Adams wheel cleaner, wheel brush, lug brush, and turbo stick.

2 Bucket Wash with Maguiars Gold Class car wash and Adams 9x9 pad.

Hand dried with Adams drying towels.
Hand dried wheels with generic microfiber towels.

Applied Adams VRT to tires.
Applied Invisible Glass with Rain Repellant to all glass.

Rinsed buckets, applicators, and put everything away.

The cars look great though.

How long does it typically take you to wash and dry your car?

Rob
i DO do this for a living and I'm fed quite well, so is my family =) What's annoying is when people ask me "how much for just a basic interior/exterior" and they scoff at my price. I don't do "basic," I do perfect.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #25
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For my vette's annual all-inclusive bath at the end of driving season...

3hours:
1-Put car up on jack stands
2-Remove wheels
3-apply diluted simple green (SG) to lower area/wheel wells/& nose -loosens bugs/brake dust/road grime, then hit it with the power washer... also the wheels that are laying on the driveway at this time
4-wash the car
5-rinse with a nice laminar flow of water (removes a lot of water)
6-dry with air pressure- gets into all the cracks/crevises
7-finish dry with mf towels
8-wash the tires/wheels (barrel too), this time with the a wash mit

And then... the following day usually: 3-hours
1-clay bar
2-wax
3-wax wheels
4-clean underside with SG and rag
5-vaccuum interior
6-apply vinyl protectant
7-clean windows (GM glass cleaner)
8-tire 'shine'
9-re-install wheels and lower the car and back into its spot
10-dust the engine compartment (never gets too dirty)
11-wet the leather with leather protector... let it sit overnight and then wipe
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