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Old 11-15-2012, 05:23 AM   #1
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Detailing as therapy

I was wondering if anyone uses detailing their car as therapy or just a chance to forget the troubles of the day for awhile.

I needed to wash my car today as I took it on a road trip and got caught in some rain. I was just going to do a quick two bucket wash, but it was nice out and I just didn't want to leave my car and deal with work and kids and everything else. I ended up spending two hours on my car. I knew it was time to stop when I started to organize my glove box.

It was a good way to spend my morning.


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Old 11-15-2012, 06:15 AM   #2
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Detailing is my Zen. I get very stressed with my job, but when I start a detail, it's just me and the car.


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Old 11-15-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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I absolutely agree. When I am stressed, a waterless wash is a quick and easy way to remove the stress.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:51 AM   #4
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oh yea. 100%. bad day = washing the car.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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Right here! I've always said that detailing is my therapy.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:59 AM   #6
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Detailing is very relaxing for me. I mean it is like treating your baby to a nice evening on the town. She gets all beautified and then you take her out and drive her around town with a big smile on your face. It is very satisfying taking care of such an important piece of ourselves.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:21 AM   #7
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Therapeutic is how I always describe it to my wife. I can totally relate.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:38 AM   #8
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:16 AM   #9
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Detailing is always something that I use as therapy / meditation... put some music on and 'fix something'... its a good feeling to see your progress, your results, and get that instant gratification.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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Last week I took 3 vacation days from work to help wind down. On those 3 days I detailed my best friends 2005 Mercury Sable. It was a 3 day project as A LOT had to be done to it.

I would start at 12 each day and take my time and end at around 8:30 each night. During the entire process my buddy would say to me "Dude you don't have to do this, this is a lot of work!"

Yes it was a lot of work, but it was relaxing to me. Cleared my mind for 3 days and brought that beat up paint job back to close as perfection as possible over the course of 3 days.

Every time I would go around the car getting a panel back to a smooth look and compare it to the next scratched up panel, I could only smile. On top of that, I did it for free as a birthday gift to my friend.

The funny thing that started it was getting his windows clear again. About 4 years ago, he was working out of state tearing down plants. He and his crew parked their cars outside of the plant they were tearing down and some kind of fallout from a steam tower covered their vehicles. It etched/stained the paint and glass. Supposedly his company sent their vehicles to a "pro" detailer who couldn't even get the glass clean again. Once I was done his paint was glossy and his windows clear

After trying several thins himself he could never get the glass clean nor the paint so he literally gave up. The car had not been washed and detailed in 4 years until this past week. His company did replace the windshield so he could at least see forward. I was more happy than he was once I was done to be honest lol.

Not only his his car cleaned and shiney again, his glass is back to being clear and I can rest easier at night knowing that when he goes down the road with his wife and kids, he will be safer because he can actually see out all of his windows now.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #11
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Last week I took 3 vacation days from work to help wind down. On those 3 days I detailed my best friends 2005 Mercury Sable. It was a 3 day project as A LOT had to be done to it.

I would start at 12 each day and take my time and end at around 8:30 each night. During the entire process my buddy would say to me "Dude you don't have to do this, this is a lot of work!"

Yes it was a lot of work, but it was relaxing to me. Cleared my mind for 3 days and brought that beat up paint job back to close as perfection as possible over the course of 3 days.

Every time I would go around the car getting a panel back to a smooth look and compare it to the next scratched up panel, I could only smile. On top of that, I did it for free as a birthday gift to my friend.

The funny thing that started it was getting his windows clear again. About 4 years ago, he was working out of state tearing down plants. He and his crew parked their cars outside of the plant they were tearing down and some kind of fallout from a steam tower covered their vehicles. It etched/stained the paint and glass. Supposedly his company sent their vehicles to a "pro" detailer who couldn't even get the glass clean again. Once I was done his paint was glossy and his windows clear

After trying several thins himself he could never get the glass clean nor the paint so he literally gave up. The car had not been washed and detailed in 4 years until this passed week. His company did replace the windshield so he could at least see forward. I was more happy than he was once I was done to be honest lol.

Not only his his car cleaned and shiney again, his glass is back to being clear and I can rest easier at night knowing that when he goes down the road with his wife and kids, he will be safer because he can actually see out all of his windows now.
Great read! You're a good friend too!


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Old 11-15-2012, 12:11 PM   #12
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It's just something I love to do, definitely not because of stress or therapy
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:33 PM   #13
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It's more fun and relaxing when you detail nude,here I'll put up some pix
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:17 AM   #14
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I started my yearly paint correction yesterday, will have it completed by Sunday.

Yesterday - Wash and clay
Today - Adams SHR & FMP
Tomorrow - Adams MSS
Sunday - Glaze and Americana

Monday, sit back and admire the beauty
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:16 PM   #15
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My new Thursday morning routine is detailing my car. Prior to this it was golf.... 100 bucks spent on a frustrating morning filled with grief and dismay......
Now it’s me the car some tunes and genuine bliss from a job well done and time well spent.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:25 PM   #16
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Washing, waxing, detailing, vacuuming, changing the oil, small mods, any mods or time spent near, around or in the Camaro are all means to relax and unwind.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:12 AM   #17
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Therapy for sure. There is some satisfaction outside the garage or driveway when you take the car out and people ask if its new. I was having conversation with me neighbor yesterday and when I told him the car was 3 years old, he didn't believe me.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #18
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It is my stress relief. My wife thinks I am crazy. Spending quiet time in the garage is great


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Old 11-18-2012, 10:00 AM   #19
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absolutelly man, thats me all day
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #20
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It certainly can be. When it's your own car and you have all the time in the world to spend on it. When it's a job, it can be the opposite when your freaking clients want a 2 day job done in 8 hours.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:42 PM   #21
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So never do e a full detail I mean my old car I coated and waxed so no idea where to start. I'm gonna ask for a pc for holidays but I need to do it sooner so by hand. What's the best for me and where do I get. I wanna order tonight. Pm me please.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:40 PM   #22
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Number one stress release for me has always been washing, waxing, vacuuming anything to do with a car. Wife and kids know not to bother me.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:48 PM   #23
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Good to know I'm not alone! My friends would all rather pay someone to wash their cars. It's so relaxing and therapeutic to me.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:30 PM   #24
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I'm right there with you all. Detailing is a great relaxer. Not to mention some good mild exercise too.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #25
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I feel the same way. My wife says I am crazy. I tell her 'her bath is relaxing to her, washing the car is relaxing to me". I can block just about anything around me out when I am washing the cars.
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