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    I've been interested in detailing since I can remember! I kicked off cleaning cars at a used car dealership after school and Saturday mornings at age 12. Now I look back at it, I don't know that it could be classed as 'detailing'. Just a quick wash, vac and shampoo where required. Back then we used Kitten polish if I remember correctly.

    I moved onto a new car dealership and that was a bit more involved but then again the best product used there was Meguiar's. We had a paint bay out back so I got to dabble with prepsol and burnishing cream - under supervision as that's some nasty stuff to the untrained.

    I'm looking for advice and tips from the forum. I've owned a few new cars but got bored with them as they lack the challenge of a neglected vehicle to 'bring back to life'. My current ride is in need of some TLC and after getting a quote to do it the easy way and get someone else to do the hard yakka, I decided to finally get some training and buy some decent equipment and give it a go myself. If I fail, then I've learnt from my mistakes at least.

    I've purchased a DAS-6 Pro Kit. My car has been neglected even though it was claimed to have been parked undercover its whole life. Watermarks, swirls etc. It's going to be a challenge but I'm looking forward to the end result and to know that I did it myself I'll be even more chuffed. If I can get half the result I've seen on this site I'll be really impressed.

    Forgive me if I ask 'silly' questions.

    Thanks and chat soon.


  • #2
    Congrats and welcome

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    Specialising in high-end detailing for enthusiasts

    M: 0417 587 004


    • #3
      Welcome to DP mate
      Por que no los dos

      Originally posted by SMOKEY
      Cheers Dan - but I think you're half the problem - why can't my paint look like yours after I've finished it!?! Unobtainable perfection! Haha


      • #4
        Welcome mate..
        Like a blind man trying to find his swirl marks


        • #5
          Hi and welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy your time here
          Steve Woolmer
          Sanmer Detailing

          P: 0413 025 505
          A: Unit 18, 48 Lindon Crt, Tullamarine


          • #6
            Hey and welcome to DP
            Square 1 Automotive Detailing
            Correct - Refine - Protect - Maintain

            Instagram: square1detailing


            • #7
              Welcome scrub man
              Yeah I'm a Volvo driver.


              • #8
                Hi, Welcome, yes DAS-Pro 6 new for me too (still in the box) - Good choice to start with.


                • #9
                  You've taken the first step! It really is rewarding when you're done to sit back and admire your handy work, lol!

                  If you're unsure on anything, I'm sure we'll be able to help you out!

                  Good luck and welcome.
                  Diamond Cut Detailing

                  m: 0498 754 670


                  • #10
                    Thanks heaps for the tips guys. Really appreciate it.


                    • #11
                      Hi all. It's been a while as I've travelled with my job (FIFO) and a very intense schedule driven project for the past 18 months I've been working on I haven't had as much time as i'd like to get on board the forums.

                      So times are changing in every industry and i'm finding myself at a metaphorical fork in the road. My current job is not looking very safe and to be honest I'm surprised I'm still going considering everyone around me has been shown the door. So either my work ethic is being realized and appreciated or I'm the only one willing to stick it out when the going gets tough with a get it done attitude. Alas though I can see that the time is approaching where I will also be shown the door due to circumstances outside of my control.

                      This is where I see detailing filling my unhappy void. I feel a calm come over me when I revive a car from a neglected state. I love working with cars and in the auto industry in general. Cars are my poison and detailing is my passion.

                      So i'm embarking on starting up a detailing business for myself. I have been detailing for many years and picking up better techniques from the pros who have done my cars for me and also having done some myself I am picking up what works and what doesn't. So to transfer this into a career where I can enjoy getting up in the morning and tackling each day is what i'm looking to do.


                      1. What legislation is applicable to running a home based, mobile or workshop based car detailing business?
                      2. What training is available around the traps to pick up the more intricate details of the profession and some of the trade secrets to perform the service better, faster and achieve the results that customers are expecting?
                      3. Are there any associations in the detailing fraternity that are worth getting involved in?
                      4. What are some tips, you the professionals can offer?

                      I'm well aware this isn't a take a punt and have a crack and it will all be roses and no issues will ever arise and there will be plenty of money to be made. I'm a hard worker and it's about time I started working this hard for myself and my own satisfaction.

                      Appreciate any feedback be it positive or negative about entering the industry. I'm not looking to make a quick buck and perform a fast get in get out job. I come from a customer service background where building honest relationships with customers is the key to a business' success. I want to learn the correct methods of detailing and what peoples' experiences are of utilizing mobile payment gateways or eftpos machines etc. as i'm new to this type of transaction.

                      Thank you in advance.



                      • #12
                        I've taken the plunge and enjoying it and learning more and more along the way.

                        My business is Scruba's Detailing, based in Brisbane offering all services from wash/vac through to paint correction and Glass Coating Applications. I'm offering both mobile and in house services and will be growing my equipment folio to offer next level services such as infra red curing lamps, a hoist and other things as the need arises.

                        I'm sponsoring a local Car Club, have some great support from suppliers and customers and looking forward to pushing this business to a new level.

                        Looking forward to the future.




                        • #13
                          Congrats, website looks the goods


                          • #14
                            looks good indeed
                            The thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, early in the morning or late at night. The thing you read about, write about, think about, fantasize about. that thing you do alone and theres no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. Thats it, thats your thing, thats your heart , your guide, Thats the thing you must, must do.


                            • #15
                              I'm now into my 4th year and absolutely have learnt a lot along the way.
                              I'm loving it more and more and wish I had the support to take the plunge years earlier. But things happen for a reason and i'm looking forward to the future.