Tips for Detailers

How to Clean & Wash Microfiber, Foam, or Wool Pads [Guide]

Doing any paint correction type of detailing work? You need clean pads. A clean pad gives you a more consistent finish, less money spent on replacements, and more efficiency with your DA or rotary tool. But I will say, it does help to have numerous pads you can swap in and out on the job when they get dirty. It takes time to clean these things properly, and time is money. Using water and soap is really the best way to get your pads [...]

5 Simple Lighting Setups for Detailing Your Car

If you’re into advanced detailing or paint correction, you know lighting is everything when it comes to making swirl marks or scratches disappear. But if you’re just a car enthusiast, having a proper lighting setup can really make a difference when it comes to polishing, working on the interior, and many other areas of your vehicle. On a 90 degree summer day, those swirl marks are much more apparent, but with adequate lighting, you can remove those scratches that may go unnoticed outside in [...]

Hose Reels 101 for Detailers or Car Guys [Commercial & Consumer]

If you recently read my last post on Water Hoses 101 for Detailers, a follow up product to that is quality hose reel. In this post, I'll break down why it's a good idea to invest in a nice hose reel if you are going to be a full time detailer, and break down a few types, from retractable to hand crank models. If you are just a car enthusiast, I'll list a few budget options as well that should do the trick. With [...]

7 Best Car Wash and Detailing Trade Shows & Conventions [2020]

If you are in the car wash business in the United States any level –from a convenience store owner, car wash owner, or mobile detailer, I wanted to take the time today to list a few of the best trade shows and conventions to add to your calendar this year. Networking with other detailers and business owners is a great way to check out the latest technology and detailing products, and many don't cost that much. In this post, I'll break down these tradeshows [...]

Unhappy Customers or Negative Reviews in Auto Detailing? What to Do

If you run a mobile detailing business or even a traditional full-service car wash owner, you're bound to run into an unhappy customer from time to time. Some of these complaints may be warranted – maybe one of your guys was having a bad day. Lot's of things can happen. The best approach is to always reassure the customer and assure them that your top priority is their satisfaction. In this blog, I'll cover a few strategies I have heard in the detailing community [...]

Taxes 101 for Mobile Detailers: Mileage, Deductions, and Entities

So, you want to be a mobile auto detailer but you’re unsure of how to start your company, how to manage your books or do your taxes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today's post is brought to you by Shawn Dalton, a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio. Shawn has over 5 years of experience in tax accounting/preparation and business formation. Below, he shares a few tips for understanding taxes, deductions, and how to set up your business if you [...]

Water Containment Mats: DIY Options & Recommendations for Detailers

If you are new to detailing or have been in the game for very long at all, water containment mats are one of those products that are nice to have as a professional detailer. In this post, I'll explain why you may want to think about investing in one, and provide a few recommendations. Why Use a Water Containment Mat? If you are new to detailing or have been in the game for very long at all, you may have heard something about water [...]

3 Best Step Ladders & Platforms for Washing Cars, Trucks or SUV Roofs

While it's probably not the first product that comes to mind when you think about detailing, a step ladder or platform is one of those purchases you will be glad you made as a detailer or car enthusiast. Attention to detail especially on roofs is something that is difficult to do, especially if you don't want to use a brush (which can lead to scratching). In this blog post, I'll break own 3 solid platforms and ladders to help you wash a variety of [...]

Water Tanks for Mobile Detailing [Setup and Size Guide]

Even with many detailers using less water than they used to, a water tank is something that you really should think about as a mobile detailer. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and there are a few things to consider before purchasing one for detailing. Unless you plan to purchase a water tank from a detailing store (that usually includes a tank, pump, skid, etc.) it's really quite easy to replicate one of these setups and save you a ton of [...]

9 Essential RV Detailing Tips You Need to Know About

Whether you are a professional detailer looking to add RVs to your service menu, or just an RV owner needing some advice, there are a few things to keep in mind when washing an RV vs a car or truck. From the equipment to wash methods, to the actual surface of the RV, there are a few tips and tricks to know about that are slightly different than a car or truck. In this blog, I'll break down 9 of the most popular RV [...]