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Old 04-23-2013, 02:09 AM   #1
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Anyone get their car professionally detailed?

Does anyone have their car get professionally detailed versus cleaning it inside and out yourself? If so how much did they charge to have the work done? I had my Yukon detailed inside and out they did a fantastic job it almost look like new. A larger vehicle they charged me $250 but they claim they spent six hours with 2 people cleaning it inside and out.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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There is a local guy here in Milwaukee that my wife swears by. A lot guys where she works take their cars to him.

When I let her take the SS to work one day she pulled into his shop to show him the 2010. He was impressed.

For me it's more the therapy and for what I've spent on detailing supplies and tools, I probably could have only gotten the car done 2 or 3 times.
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An auto body shop by me charges $250 for an interior and exterior detail. I only know this because I went in to get an estimate on what it would cost me to wet sand some of the orange peel out out of the clear coat and I was told they just charge a full detail with out the interior.
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Does anyone have their car get professionally detailed versus cleaning it inside and out yourself? If so how much did they charge to have the work done? I had my Yukon detailed inside and out they did a fantastic job it almost look like new. A larger vehicle they charged me $250 but they claim they spent six hours with 2 people cleaning it inside and out.

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An auto body shop by me charges $250 for an interior and exterior detail. I only know this because I went in to get an estimate on what it would cost me to wet sand some of the orange peel out out of the clear coat and I was told they just charge a full detail with out the interior.
I'd be very, very cautious of that. That's way too cheap for proper wetsanding, which is a LOT of work and they are taking a lot of risk.


When you guys are comparing prices, be sure to note what it is you're actually getting. The term "detail" is very far from uniform. To some, a detail is just a wash and wax. To others, it's a very thorough cleaning. To still others (actual pros), it's paint correction on top of a thorough cleaning. So just because Joe Blow does his "details" for $80, doesn't mean you're getting a good deal. This stuff is very time intensive, and as such, we charge quite a bit.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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I'd be very, very cautious of that. That's way too cheap for proper wetsanding, which is a LOT of work and they are taking a lot of risk.
Totally agree. I have a friend that use to detail while he was in school. He charged $250 for a inside and out detailing with wax. That was just cleaning every nook and cranny. Anytime he started putting the pads to the paint, the cost went up. IMO, a good detailing includes correcting the paint/swirls. Anything other than that is just a good cleaning.
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I just had my Black ZL1 convertible detailed in/out for $250.00. That included, claying, multi-step polishing and removal of swirl marks, sealant and a coat of Americana.

All Adam's products. Car looked great too.
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I just had my Black ZL1 convertible detailed in/out for $250.00. That included, claying, multi-step polishing and removal of swirl marks, sealant and a coat of Americana.

All Adam's products. Car looked great too.
Did you leave it overnight?

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I just had my Black ZL1 convertible detailed in/out for $250.00. That included, claying, multi-step polishing and removal of swirl marks, sealant and a coat of Americana.

All Adam's products. Car looked great too.

Sounds way to cheap
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Sounds way to cheap
It also depends on where you live and how desperate the detailer is. I did a BMW recently for 225 and it was everything included. Some work is better than none.
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Agree with Roshan. Wittenburg is just that, a tiny burg in central WI. My guess is if the local body shop is doing the work, he's taking on detail business too.

All depends on your comfort level, skill level and results level.
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I'd be very, very cautious of that. That's way too cheap for proper wetsanding, which is a LOT of work and they are taking a lot of risk.


When you guys are comparing prices, be sure to note what it is you're actually getting. The term "detail" is very far from uniform. To some, a detail is just a wash and wax. To others, it's a very thorough cleaning. To still others (actual pros), it's paint correction on top of a thorough cleaning. So just because Joe Blow does his "details" for $80, doesn't mean you're getting a good deal. This stuff is very time intensive, and as such, we charge quite a bit.
Is wetsanding even required for orange peel? I thought with compounding or velvet pads you could buff it out pretty effectively unless it's very severe. Like Ferrari from the factory severe.
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Is wetsanding even required for orange peel? I thought with compounding or velvet pads you could buff it out pretty effectively unless it's very severe. Like Ferrari from the factory severe.
Not with compounding. I think those velvet and denim pads with a rotary buffer can remove it. I'm not sure, that's not something I have experience with.

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Sounds way to cheap
I think $250 sounds about right for inside and out and clay bar the car. That's 10 hours @ $25/hour. I don't think it would be a problem for 1 guy to get the car done in a day, especially since the car is pretty new and shouldn't be that full of crud.

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I think $250 sounds about right for inside and out and clay bar the car. That's 10 hours @ $25/hour. I don't think it would be a problem for 1 guy to get the car done in a day, especially since the car is pretty new and shouldn't be that full of crud.

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Hmm I must be super slow then lol. There's no way I can do a full detail exterior and interior in a day. No way. There are different levels of acceptable. For $250 inside and out, you get a certain level, and that just might be enough for you. Only you can decide.

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Hmm I must be super slow then lol. There's no way I can do a full detail exterior and interior in a day. No way. There are different levels of acceptable. For $250 inside and out, you get a certain level, and that just might be enough for you. Only you can decide.

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I guess I could be wrong because I never clay barred a car but I didn't think it would take more than 3-4 hours. How long does it take?
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I guess I could be wrong because I never clay barred a car but I didn't think it would take more than 3-4 hours. How long does it take?
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Have you seen pictures of this detailer's work? Many will have before and after shots, as well as the products they commonly use. This will let you know what kind of correction they get done on similar cars as well as if they are using fillers or actual paint correcting.
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10 hours for a complete exterior and interior? Completed a two and three step correction three weeks ago and that took 2 days. Interior only got a wipe down with some 303 protectant. That dude must work crazy fast.
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Hmm I must be super slow then lol. There's no way I can do a full detail exterior and interior in a day. No way. There are different levels of acceptable. For $250 inside and out, you get a certain level, and that just might be enough for you. Only you can decide.

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Agreed. my definition of a "full" detail is cleaning, decontaminating, polishing, shampooing, and protecting EVERY square inch of the car. You can't get it done in a day unless you short cut some area of the car as an individual. With a qualified team of professionals it could be done.
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