Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
Cold Air Inductions
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > Technical Camaro Topics > Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-02-2012, 09:02 AM   #15
Russo
Unofficial Glass Tech
 
Russo's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 Ford F150 FX2
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Raceland, LA
Posts: 1,376
Send a message via Yahoo to Russo
at least a hour to wash and get all the bugs off..
Russo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #16
camaro2ssblack
 
camaro2ssblack's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS - Black on Black
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Jackson, TN
Posts: 731
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.
__________________
camaro2ssblack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 11:21 AM   #17
Adam's Polishes



 
Adam's Polishes's Avatar
 
Drives: The shiny ones.
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: In the detail shop!
Posts: 4,931
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.
Adam's Polishes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #18
M3NTA7
 
Drives: 2012 Camaro 2SS Transformer Edition
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Seattle, Washington USA
Posts: 227
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).
M3NTA7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 12:52 PM   #19
Lightrider
 
Lightrider's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 2SS/RS M6 Hurst Convertible
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: PA
Posts: 602
~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.
Lightrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 03:57 PM   #20
AirManFL
Mid-Florida Camaro Club
 
AirManFL's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 2SS/RS/M6 COTW 10/7/13
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,176
Quote:
Originally Posted by XQIZT View Post
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.

Thanks,
Rob
AirManFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 04:09 PM   #21
XQIZT
Adam's Distributor
 
XQIZT's Avatar
 
Drives: 1988 Base Coupe, 1991 Z28
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 91
Call anytime and we'll see what we can work out...Always happy to get people moving in the right direction!
__________________

Florida's Distributor of Adam's Premium Car Care Products
Same Prices and Fast Delivery
Call or text at 407-257-9604 ~ Email at mike@xqizt-automotive.com ~ Facebook.com/XQIZTAUTO
XQIZT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 05:09 PM   #22
heRS
Raised by Wolves
 
heRS's Avatar
 
Drives: IBM 2010 2LT RS M6
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 5,978
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.
__________________
Tori
click the sig pic to view my build thread


heRS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2012, 02:36 PM   #23
HellOnWheels
 
HellOnWheels's Avatar
 
Drives: '12 AGM 1SS LS3 | '08 2500HD Dmax
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Boulder, CO
Posts: 16
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.
HellOnWheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2012, 11:16 PM   #24
third_shift|studios
Custom Car Emblems
 
third_shift|studios's Avatar
 
Drives: G8 GT aka: the Hot Redhead
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Cincinnati, NKY
Posts: 199
Quote:
Originally Posted by AirManFL View Post
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.
third_shift|studios is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #25
Fish-man
SS HWSE
 
Fish-man's Avatar
 
Drives: too many to say!
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 904
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
Fish-man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 11:36 PM   #26
CaryE1
 
CaryE1's Avatar
 
Drives: Black 2011 2LT
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 256
Quote:
Originally Posted by CamaroDreams07 View Post
Polishing=paint correction..

I'm new at this, but I thought that the Severe Swirl Remover and the Swirl and haze Remover were the actual paint correction, and that the Fine Machine Polish was to make the paint glossier. So does it hurt anything to use the FMP without using SSR/SHR first? Is it a waste of time?
__________________
CaryE1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2012, 01:01 AM   #27
CamaroDreams07


 
CamaroDreams07's Avatar
 
Drives: Slow V6
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Lansing, MI
Posts: 9,365
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaryE1 View Post
I'm new at this, but I thought that the Severe Swirl Remover and the Swirl and haze Remover were the actual paint correction, and that the Fine Machine Polish was to make the paint glossier. So does it hurt anything to use the FMP without using SSR/SHR first? Is it a waste of time?
It's all paint correction- that's where shine comes from. Think of it this way. The SSHR and the SHR knock down the clear to level out scratches, but to do so they have some larger abrasives in them. This leaves behind micro-marring which can leave you with a hazy or dull finish. The FMP corrects that by further polishing down what is left.

To answer your second part, no and no. Ideally, you want your wash process to be good enough that you only ever have to use FMP again. You should only need the SHR once- to do your initial correction (of course, life happens and you might need to break it out every once in awhile, but you get my point). After that, you should be able to maintain it with just FMP a few times a year as needed. If you find yourself needing SHR regularly, you've got a problem somewhere in your process where you're causing damage.
__________________
[B]
CamaroDreams07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2012, 06:23 PM   #28
jshaf
Montani Semper Liberi
 
jshaf's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 Black 2SS/RS w/ IOM stripes
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Masontown, WV
Posts: 4,473
if the car is just slightly dusty I can wash and dry in 30 minutes, that includes drying the rims and dressing the tires as well. got a system and over time have gotten it from an hour to 30 minutes with practice and experience. now if we are talking a full detail like I will probably do this weekend we are talking 5-7 hours depending on how I feel. will break it in to two days if need be.
__________________
jshaf is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What does everyone do for a living? RubyCamaro Off-topic Discussions 346 07-19-2010 08:58 PM
Bloom energy box enables off-grid living 2ndgenz28 Off-topic Discussions 13 02-24-2010 06:25 PM
Rob Zombie Living Dead Girl lyrics broncosman Off-topic Discussions 6 11-02-2009 08:26 PM
ITT you can ask me anything about being a German guy living in the US diddiyo Off-topic Discussions 39 03-12-2009 05:21 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.