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Old 04-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Talking Detailing is a full time job

Alright folks so here's the deal I never detailed a car in my life until today. And I'm still not finish. lol !! Started at 11am The sun was shining so I gave it a few minutes before starting(was waiting for a little shade). Started out washing the wheels, then I proceded to the two bucket wash,(believe I did it right according to adam), then I managed get the swirl and haze polish down and it is now 8:16. That alone took me 9hrs to do. Tomorrow I have the fine polish to do and the wax then I'm done. Wondering if that will take me another two days? lol !! I must say I truly enjoyed caring for my girl, and made a vow never to go to a wash again. Only handwash from now on for her. What a difference in looks from the way the carwash people do it. How long does it take you guys to get the job done, and do you follow Adams why throughout or you have shortcuts to the shine?
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Took about 10 min to get the bugs off after a todays drive with the top down.....
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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Took about 10 min to get the bugs off after a todays drive with the top down.....
Show-off !! lol !!
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from start to finish usually about 5-6 hours.
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from start to finish usually about 5-6 hours.
That sounds about right, but to be honest I make an event of it, radio, beverages, the whole nine. This is like therapy for the soul.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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That sounds about right, but to be honest I make an event of it, radio, beverages, the whole nine. This is like therapy for the soul.
I like that. lol !! I guess now that I've gotten the 1st timer out of me the next time I do it should and hopefully be in the 5-6 hour range.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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Yep. Detailing the Camaro is like therapy. Become 1 with the vehicle.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:30 PM   #8
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Took me an hour and a half just for wash and dry today, no polish, wax, etc... It does take time!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #9
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #10
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takes me about 20 to wash, 5 to dry. of course I pretty much wash it every week, or every 100 miles or so.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
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If you are OCD like me, then yeah it will take a long time. But I love taking my time cleaning her and waxing and detailing. making a whole or half day out of it. the more you maintain her the less you have to do in the long run. Like CAM2011 said, drinks, sun and relaxation. definitely Camaro Theropy
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I only do the full Porter Cable thing twice a year. With that, it's a full day starting around 8:00 AM.

Regular wash and dry is about two hours, but I have extra cleaning to do in the engine bay. About once a quarter, I'll do the Leather Cleaner and Leather Conditioner. For those times, about three hours.
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Alright folks so here's the deal I never detailed a car in my life until today. And I'm still not finish. lol !! Started at 11am The sun was shining so I gave it a few minutes before starting(was waiting for a little shade). Started out washing the wheels, then I proceded to the two bucket wash,(believe I did it right according to adam), then I managed get the swirl and haze polish down and it is now 8:16. That alone took me 9hrs to do. Tomorrow I have the fine polish to do and the wax then I'm done. Wondering if that will take me another two days? lol !! I must say I truly enjoyed caring for my girl, and made a vow never to go to a wash again. Only handwash from now on for her. What a difference in looks from the way the carwash people do it. How long does it take you guys to get the job done, and do you follow Adams why throughout or you have shortcuts to the shine?

Oh man, did you remember to clay first? Guess you'll have to start all over.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #15
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My wife, kids, and neighbors look at me funny, saying things like, "You'll wash the paint off." I love every minute. I even use an electric blower to get the water out of the panel gaps and such as a part of the drying process.

Like anything, if you keep up with it, it is not only easier but a pleasure to enjoy every day when you look at your nice, clean ride.

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Took me an hour and a half just for wash and dry today, no polish, wax, etc... It does take time!!
yeah patience is a virtue. I need to purchase that Adam's detailing cart that's movable. Cause sitting on a bucket then floor back to bucket threw my back out of wack.
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If you are OCD like me, then yeah it will take a long time. But I love taking my time cleaning her and waxing and detailing. making a whole or half day out of it. the more you maintain her the less you have to do in the long run. Like CAM2011 said, drinks, sun and relaxation. definitely Camaro Theropy
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yeah patience is a virtue. I need to purchase that Adam's detailing cart that's movable. Cause sitting on a bucket then floor back to bucket threw my back out of wack.
I have an old, cheap office rolling chair lowered to its base setting for rolling about the lower panels and wheels. It looks goofy, but I don't care. I'm doing a labor of love.



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Oh man, did you remember to clay first? Guess you'll have to start all over.
Come on man-why you trying to bust my balls (pause). I actually washed, then clayed, then washed the car again. I'm just new here, not forgetful. lol !!
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I have an old, cheap office rolling chair lowered to its base setting for rolling about the lower panels and wheels. It looks goofy, but I don't care. I'm doing a labor of love.



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5-6 hours here, black is a pain, doing my bro-n-laws mini cooper today, i hate washing brake dust specialy trying to get deep inside the rims and behind the spoke
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The heading says "General discussion" I thought this was general discussion about detailing. Guess I was wrong because it seemed like they moved my post now. Somebody must hate the new kid on the block. Don't worry eventually I'll get it right. lol !
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Don't forget the "Armor All" ....
Thought the wife had enough in her car so I took the can. When it was all said and done I went to go for the can....... Guess what nothing !! Dugh !!!! lol !! I see I can no longer share cleaning products with the wife. I need my own as she needs hers. lol !!
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Seven hours today just for a hand wash, clay, fine machine polish with Porter Cable, super sealant... I still have to glaze and Americana Wax tomorrow plus dress the tires and touch up the engine bay. It's beyond an obsession!!
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