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Old 04-16-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Detailing Question

Hello All,

So I had a question regarding pricing for a detail. My friend knows a person who owns a shop and just quoted me 148 (a discounted rate), to wash the car with foam gun clean wheels and windows inside and out and perform a dual stage polish and finish it off with carnuba wax . I have already clayed my car so they will not need to do that. I was told this will take 4 hours and they usually charge 225 for this service. My questions is, does this sound like a good deal?

Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about the prices in the LA area but that seems high. Really depends on the quality of work though. They probably won't be able to get all the imperfections and swirls out of your paint with a simple two stage compound and polish but if they are good enough they might. Detailing is very subjective and imo you really do get what you pay for. If your car is already in very good condition it will probably come out amazing but I would typically need to do at least three steps to get most cars perfect but there is also a difference between a basic polish and a paint correction.

Most people are very happy though with a simple compound and polish and the truth is a full on paint correction is usually a waste of money for a daily driver because you typically end up getting light swirls in your paint after a few washes.
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I'm not sure about the prices in the LA area but that seems high. Really depends on the quality of work though. They probably won't be able to get all the imperfections and swirls out of your paint with a simple two stage compound and polish but if they are good enough they might. Detailing is very subjective and imo you really do get what you pay for. If your car is already in very good condition it will probably come out amazing but I would typically need to do at least three steps to get most cars perfect but there is also a difference between a basic polish and a paint correction.

Most people are very happy though with a simple compound and polish and the truth is a full on paint correction is usually a waste of money for a daily driver because you typically end up getting light swirls in your paint after a few washes.
Thanks for the info. The paint is decent but needs work. I recently picked up the car and the previous owner most likely did the automatic car washes often.
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I've been trying a few different techniques and it is actually really hard to properly wash a car and not induce swirls back into the paint. I have been really liking the big microfiber towels and patting the car dry. I've completely given up on chamois.
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OP, the price is very reasonable. 4 hours might be a little quick, but it's very doable. You can ask what products do they use and what methods / processes will be used on your car to get an idea of the work involved.
Basic detailing prices in my area is $160 - $180 (starting price)

Use waffle weave towels to dry and a blower for the cracks / crevices / trim areas.


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OP, the price is very reasonable. 4 hours might be a little quick, but it's very doable. You can ask what products do they use and what methods / processes will be used on your car to get an idea of the work involved.
Basic detailing prices in my area is $160 - $180 (starting price)

Use waffle weave towels to dry and a blower for the cracks / crevices / trim areas.


Happy detailing !
Thanks man!!! I have been using microfiber towels to dry. Thank you for the tip! I'll be purchasing a waffle weave towel asap.
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