Tips for Detailers

7 Add-ons to Include in Your Auto Detailing Services Menu

2020-01-16T01:03:29+00:00January 13th, 2020|Business Tips, Tips for Detailers|

The services you choose to provide as an auto detailer can make all the difference when it comes to your bottom line – but which ones are worth your time to include?  I see many auto detailing companies create higher-tiered packages that include carpet cleaning and other add-on services, but offering certain services like headlight restoration as a stand-alone option can be a great way to make extra money. While packaging services together is a great idea, you may find that some customers simply [...]

How Exactly School Buses are Washed [Plus Cleaning Tips]

2020-01-06T03:48:21+00:00January 6th, 2020|Tips for Detailers|

Ever wondered what goes into washing a school bus? If you're a bus driver or just curious about how this process works, today I'll answer a few of the questions you may be asking about how to wash your bus or how school systems usually do this. I'll also include a few ways to properly wash and clean the interior and exterior of a school bus if you are a detailer looking to make extra money. How are school buses washed? Many school systems [...]

A Simple Guide to Generate and Collect Auto Detailing Leads

2020-01-03T02:30:39+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Business & Marketing, Business Tips, Tips for Detailers|

As an auto detailer you know that leads are undoubtedly the most important part of growing your small business. While a lot of internet marketing gurus will throw out a bunch of different strategies for generating leads, I thought it would be helpful to cover how to practically go about both generating and collecting them in your auto detailing business. Lead generation is obviously important, but it doesn't stop there. While advertising is usually the starting point for funneling traffic to a website (lead [...]

How to Clean, Polish, & Protect Dirty Exhaust Tips [4 Steps]

2019-12-25T05:48:49+00:00December 25th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips, Tips for Detailers|

If you have a sports car or truck like I do, you know how filthy your exhaust tips can be. Especially with any type of aftermarket exhaust, these tips get very hot, are exposed to flames, and can turn a cloudy gray to dark black color pretty quickly. The black soot (hydrocarbons) you may have noticed is substance that results from engine combustion and should be cleaned periodically. In this blog post, I'll break down how to clean, polish, and protect dirty exhaust tips [...]

7 Car Wash & Detailing Industry Trends [2020 & Beyond]

2019-12-19T02:44:30+00:00December 19th, 2019|Business & Marketing, Business Tips, Tips for Detailers|

After spending time analyzing the auto detailing industry over the past few years, I wanted to take the time to outline a few things I’ve noticed that may impact the industry in 2020 and the coming decade. So many things have changed if you think back to the pre-internet 1980s and even 1990s when many consumers preferred to wash their own vehicles, but mobile apps and the on-demand economy has changed things. According to Google Trends, the topic of ‘Auto Detailing” is twice as [...]

How to Remove Dried Grass Clippings or Stains On Car Paint

2019-11-26T02:04:46+00:00November 26th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips, Tips for Detailers|

My first vehicle I negotiated for was a pretty trashed Corvette with dried grass clippings stuck to the side of the car, so this one hits close to home. If you’ve got a bit of dried grass on your vehicle’s clear coat, you do have safe options to remove it. If you left your car beside the highway or had a lawnmower blow grass clippings on your car, it can be very difficult to remove these tiny particles if the sun begins to bake [...]

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

2019-11-12T06:21:06+00:00November 12th, 2019|Cleaning the Exterior, DIY Tips, Quick Tips, Tips for Detailers|

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

2019-10-27T21:41:53+00:00October 27th, 2019|DIY Tips, Products and Devices, Tips for Detailers|

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]

2019-12-31T01:01:34+00:00October 10th, 2019|Cleaning the Interior, Products and Devices, Recommended Products, Tips for Detailers|

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 hose reels, [...]

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

2019-09-06T04:36:23+00:00September 6th, 2019|Business & Marketing, Business Tips, Tips for Detailers|

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 [...]