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    Hey guys, started offering coatings to my customers (gloss coat).

    Was wondering what's a good starting point for pricing? Before this I've only offered sealants but felt I am ready to step up to coatings now.

    Would like to hear how long it takes you to apply coatings, what size vehicles and pricing. Thanks very much.

  • #2
    Following with interest.
    Pete

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    • #3
      Depends what you charge an hour, largely.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Trewarin View Post
        Depends what you charge an hour, largely.
        I'm usually around $35-40 an hour.

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        • #5
          1) Products cost + 50%
          2) your upper hourly cost, charged at how long it takes to nearest hour.

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          • #6
            Sounds good. How long does it take you guys to apply a coating?

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            • #7
              Sounds like you better learn what you are doing before touching other people's cars. You are asking questions that you should really know yourself.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Matty View Post
                Sounds like you better learn what you are doing before touching other people's cars. You are asking questions that you should really know yourself.
                All I know is how I do things and I don't know how somebody else does it, how they price it, etc so I like to find out by asking fellow detailers.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Steadfastdetail View Post
                  All I know is how I do things and I don't know how somebody else does it, how they price it, etc so I like to find out by asking fellow detailers.
                  Again, you are asking questions you should really know yourself.

                  How long does it take you to apply a coating? Have you even applied a coating before?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Matty View Post
                    Again, you are asking questions you should really know yourself.

                    How long does it take you to apply a coating? Have you even applied a coating before?
                    It really depends the size of the vehicle and how much product you are putting on.
                    Time can always vary between each car and coating.

                    I usually spend more time concentrating on getting the coating even and layered properly so get the best results. Because you'll need to work in small sections at least 30x30 (size of a microfiber cloth)
                    Did a Madza MPS MY11 in Black, took me about 2-3 Hours to finish the whole car + rims then waiting it for to dry then applying cp reload on top to prevent any water-spots occurring.

                    If you haven't got proper training on coatings, you may need to research and learn key elements on 'how to do coating properly' or you might be in a knot. Coatings may seem and look very easy to apply but if one mistake goes wrong, you'll need to start compounding stage again.

                    As for pricing as tewwarin said
                    1) Products cost + 50%
                    2) your upper hourly cost, charged at how long it takes to nearest hour.

                    Hope this helps.

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                    • #11
                      yes Matty is right. research and google is your friend. watch plenty of videos. applying a coating is only part of the job and possibly the easiest part. good preparation is the key to any coatings success, as a coating can fail prematurely if the surface has not prepared correctly. Ensure that the surface is clean from polishes/oil/etc. all coatings have different flash off times and ambient temps can also make huge difference in curing times. from research myself most charge between $500-$1500 for coatings.
                      all of the below can effect what you charge:
                      1) warranty (what are the terms)
                      2) do you polish vehicle prior to coating
                      3) yearly maintenance checkups.
                      4) coating cost
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Steadfastdetail View Post
                        Sounds good. How long does it take you guys to apply a coating?
                        I only detail 2 cars a month, it's pretty much a hobby for me. I don't know how the pros do it day in and out and don't get burnt out. Depending on the car and the paint work, it usually takes me 20 - 35 hrs for full interior, decon, wash, clay, cut with PA master compound, refine with PA primer and lastly seal with PA cosmic - 1st layer by machine and 2nd, 3rd layers by hand.

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                        • #13
                          Efficiency is key to results and time. Most of that comes to practice and experience. Reducing steps as well as product knowledge can cut time in half.

                          Attacking a full interior and full paint protection is only what superman can do aka leading edge? 😄

                          Personally for me it's a two day event as interior can be time consuming if you are doing leather restoration or water extraction. That usually destroys me physically more than paint correction mainly due to footwells in coupes being a pain. If they were my personal cars I would remove the seats.

                          Practicing and physio/chiro is your friend. It's just like improving your golf game reducing your handicap or be handicapped 😁


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                          • #14
                            Any new service or product you offer will need a period of adjustment time with regard to pricing and procedure. You will not get the pricing right straight away. At a minimum cover your product cost and an approximate application time.

                            If you have settled on a coating to offer and you know the product cost and your hourly rate, the only thing you need to work out is how long it will take you to apply it to the standard you're working to. As alluded to above you will become more efficient the more you do it but don't expect huge time savings with coatings. There is still a certain level of care required with these products that is unavoidable if you want to turn out a quality finish (and you wouldn't be here if you didn't, let's face it). I've been applying Opti-Coat for a number of years now and, product changes aside, it takes me about the same amount of time now to apply a layer as it did back when I first started.

                            Also take into account the required cure time before it can be exposed to water (rain). All coatings will have this and you will need to know it to at the very least advise the owner accordingly (unless you enjoy re-doing work )





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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OCDLIFE View Post
                              Attacking a full interior and full paint protection is only what superman can do aka leading edge? ��
                              Hahahahahha I just read this! This forum needs a tag feature!

                              To be honest I'm getting exhausted to the point where I am glad my job tomorrow got postponed so I can have a day off for once!

                              On a serious note, ideally an external detail with paint protection should be a 2 day job and a full detail with interior and exterior detail should be a 3 day job so u don't run urself down.

                              In relation to coating prices, I find that its not what u charge to coat the car, its the cost of having the car prepared and coated i.e. paint corrected. Only you can work out what ur time is worth to you and what its worth to your customers.
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