Archived Blog Posts for August, 2012

Having the right tool for the job is essential when you’re trying the build a successful auto detailing business. You might be tempted to say it’s not worth putting the money out for fancy equipment when you can do just as well by hand. But what’s missing in that justification is the fact that by using the proper auto detailing equipment, you can cut your labor time in half and also save you on product — and that means more money for you and your business.

The tools and equipment listed below — Orbital Polisher, Rotary Buffer, Pressure Washer, and Tornador Foam Gun — are what we here at Detail King consider some of the “must-have” equipment in order to get your professional auto detailing business off to a successful start. In particular, these must-have items relate specifically detailing the exterior of your client’s automobile.

And by the way…this is just the first in a two-part series on “must-have” auto detailing equipment (stay tuned for Part II in this spot in a week or two, when we’ll cover the top must-haves for cleaning the interior of your customers automobiles). For now, check out these four exterior cleaning must-have items every auto detailer should have in their toolkit:

Orbital Polisher: Orbital polishers are great for applying and removing waxes and sealants, and yes, they will cut your labor time in half. That’s because when applying waxes or sealants by hand you tend to use way more product than necessary. An orbital polisher will help to apply an even coat of product on your client’s vehicle without overdoing it.

The polishers we most highly recommend are the Porter Cable 7424XP, Cyclo Polisher and the Flex XC3401VGR Dual-Action Polisher. And if you don’t have any experience in using an orbital polisher and are afraid you’re going to ruin somebody’s paint job, no worries. An orbital polisher is designed to do slight paint correction without leaving any swirl marks or harming the paint.

Rotary Buffer: As an auto detailer you’re going to come across vehicles that need paint correction — a task that can’t be accomplished with an orbital polisher. That’s why God created rotary buffers. They’re designed to level any imperfections in the paint to assist in removing nasty scratches or swirls marks.

But a rotary buffer — unlike the orbital polisher described above — isn’t a Continue reading…

Bio-Zyme Enzyme Automotive Interior Cleaner

Bio-Zyme Enzyme Automotive Interior Cleaner

From blind spot monitoring and parking assist systems to telescoping steering wheels and adjustable pedals, there’s no lack of innovation in today’s automobiles. Still, one of the disadvantages of owning an automobile is not having a clue as to when a passenger, pet or even yourself might inadvertently foul the interior of your ride. We’re talking about coffee spills, erupting soda cans, hamburger sauce leaks and worse yet, the surprise release of bodily fluids onto your customers seats or floors.

Urine, feces, blood, and vomit are among the distasteful results of an “accident” in a client’s automobile, and as you know, if these liquid bombshells are not removed immediately, they can leave permanent stains. Worse yet, they can create foul odors and even mold — adding insult to this interior injustice.

When such a disruption occurs in an automobile, most of your customers will immediately reach for a simple carpet shampoo product. This may clean up the area temporarily, but what these well-intentioned folks don’t realize is carpet shampoos often fail to rid the interior of harmful bacteria, which prompts an odor to unpack its luggage and stick around.

Here at Detail King, we sell Bio-Zyme Enzyme Automotive Interior Cleaner — a synergistic blend of bacterial enzymes that breaks down organic stains, grease and oils, thus eliminating odors naturally. This highly concentrated solution contains between 150 and 200 billion  Continue reading…

When it comes to cleaning that virtual herd of auto detailing towels you use on a daily basis in your auto detailing business, there are really only four things you need to remember:

  • Sort your towels
  • Don’t use fabric softener
  • Don’t use bleach
  • Skip the heat

Remember what your mother said about sorting laundry — whites with whites, colors with colors? While that’s fine and dandy with clothing, sheets and bath towels, auto-detailing professionals need to sort their towels by task.

Wash your microfibers together. Wash your window towels together, and keep your cleaning towels together. By segregating your towels, you ensure that dirt, grime, lint, etc., won’t comingle and contaminate other towels that are used to clean windows or polish or remove wax.

Here at Detail King, our microfiber towels are machine washable. But with all of the waxes, polishes, oils and chemicals that are applied and then removed with these high-quality towels, regular household detergent isn’t going to do the trick. No how, no way. Laundry soap doesn’t come close to cleaning and restoring these most-important tools of the auto detailing trade. One of the reasons microfibers work so efficiently is because each of the millions of individual fibers is microscopically split to allow for extraordinary absorption. And what they’re absorbing is dirt, grease and grime.

And to emphasize our edict at the outset of this post: Never use bleach or any detergents with bleach alternatives or fabric softeners in them.  Using bleach when washing any towel will  Continue reading…

Bill Bruno - Vice President of Sales, Detail King

Sandwiched between semesters, Bill Bruno spent his summers working part-time at Detail King. By the time he’d graduated from college with a degree in business administration, he pretty much knew all the ropes when it came to the auto detailing business. So it was no surprise at all that he eventually joined DK fulltime and is now our vice president of sales.

Meet Bill Bruno:

Detail King: What is it exactly that you do here at Detail King?

Bill: I work in sales and customer service, and also as a trainer for our training institute.

Detail King: What did you do prior to coming to work for Detail King?

Bill: Prior to working at Detail King I was a fulltime college student. I worked at a local car dealership as a lot attendant/detailer in high school. I was also employed with the university I attended as a Student Ambassador.

Detail King: What attracted you to work for Detail King?

Bill: I originally came to Detail King looking for a part-time summer work during school. As the years went on I found myself in a full-time position. What I enjoy the most is helping our customers better their detailing business. A lot of our customers run full-time detailing companies and I enjoy helping them grow and run a successful operation with professional products, support and training.

Detail King: Where did you go to college and what did you major in? And how did that prepare you for the job you have today?

Bill: I attended California University of Pennsylvania. My major was  Continue reading…

EX Con Concrete, Rust, Tree Sap & Scale Remover

EX Con Concrete, Rust, Tree Sap & Scale Remover

Four things you never want to see on the shiny exterior of a car or boat are concrete — especially hardened concrete — as well as rust, tree sap and white scales from the minerals left behind by water. These substances are not an automobile’s best friends. That’s why it’s imperative to use the proper chemicals to safely keep these foreign objects from ruining your paying customer’s paint job.

Adding to the frustration of working with substances that bind to the surface of a vehicle is the fact that they’re difficult to remove without scratching, staining or marring the finish of the automobile. Specifically, here’s more information on the challenges facing the professional auto detailer:

Concrete — Not only is this rock and sand combination difficult to remove, but concrete features an element called alkaline that can be very harmful to the vehicle’s paint by eating the clear coat and paint away.

Rust — Water left on a car not only encourages rust, but once rust occurs, additional water only adds to the problem, creating rivers of rusty stains on the paint job, which requires additional time to remove.

Tree Sap — Here’s another substance that becomes more difficult to remove the longer it remains on the surface. And if it’s left cooking in the sun, it can leave a stain, resulting in discoloration to the paint job.

Scales —Boats are exposed and vulnerable to elements  in the water that can leave behind mineral deposits called lime scale. Chemically, these deposits are  Continue reading…