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#3211626 - 12/09/13 07:20 PM Does this sound like a good deal?
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Registered: 04/13/13
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I am thinking about getting my cars paint cleaned up and detailed, professionally. Here is the website....http://precisionautospa.com/. I emailed them and got a price for a wash/clay/sealant. I asked about what products they used and she said they use a soft car wash soap, pinnacle clay, then meguiars synthetic sealant. For that process it would be $110-120 for my car, the Accord in my sig. Does this seem like a good deal? Is there any chance of damaging the paint? They said the sealant will be machine applied, I dont want any more swirls of damage as a result of this. Just simply want the paint cleaned (Im guessing clay will do this) then I can keep it up from there.
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#3211631 - 12/09/13 07:25 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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Sounds cheap to me...id rather do it myself. You could always swing by and watch them work to get an idea how they do it and see if they are careful.
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#3211634 - 12/09/13 07:26 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: Rolla07]
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Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Sounds cheap to me...id rather do it myself. You could always swing by and watch them work to get an idea how they do it and see if they are careful.
They are a mobile detailing service.
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#3211645 - 12/09/13 07:44 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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Ahh. It sounds like a good price. They say 1.5-2hrs..that doesnt seem like a thorough job..i suppose you can try it out..if someone else has some feedback to give you about mobile detailing that could help. I have been tempted to get my car complete detailed inside and out..but i think it was 3-4 hundred. If you do have it done, let us know the results.
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#3211660 - 12/09/13 08:00 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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Your in FL. I've seen a lot of detailers on many of the forums i visit and they all do stuff in the $150 range out of their home and they are good. They have photos of their work before and after. Maybe that is another route to consider.

But $100-150 seems to be the norm for a "quick buff" which is what this is pretty much. It will make the paint better/smoother.
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#3211664 - 12/09/13 08:09 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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Up north we do not talk much about "detailing" when its 20F out.
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#3211712 - 12/09/13 08:56 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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If you like your car, then do it yourself. Why offer someone the chance to mess it up?

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#3211717 - 12/09/13 09:01 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: Tosh]
gregk24 Offline


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Originally Posted By: Tosh
If you like your car, then do it yourself. Why offer someone the chance to mess it up?


Of course I like my car, but Ive heard it takes about 5 hours to clay your car by yourself. And I dont have a machine to polish and what not, and I dont want to cause more swirls.
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#3211757 - 12/09/13 09:50 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: Donald]
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Up north we do not talk much about "detailing" when its 20F out.

0 here shocked2
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#3211859 - 12/09/13 11:53 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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I would look for someone that will do all above + polish swirls
Its kinda waste to seal all the swirls

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#3211881 - 12/10/13 12:14 AM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
FastEddie Offline


Registered: 06/15/08
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Originally Posted By: gregk24
Originally Posted By: Tosh
If you like your car, then do it yourself. Why offer someone the chance to mess it up?


Of course I like my car, but Ive heard it takes about 5 hours to clay your car by yourself. And I dont have a machine to polish and what not, and I dont want to cause more swirls.

Just make sure they are licensed, insured and references are a good thing. I'm licensed, insured and bonded and it gives customers peace of mind for the "just in case" situations. I see many people that come in my shop with the mindset that they will "just do it themselves", and they end up doing more damage then good if they don't know what they are doing, don't have the right products, tools and equipment....and end up having to have it fixed by an auto detailer.
FYI, I have spend 5 hours claying a car before, but only once and it had a massive amount of overspray/fallout on it, claying usually, even for a weekend warrior, doesn't take anywhere near that long.
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#3211928 - 12/10/13 02:47 AM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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That price sounds about right for a wash/clay/seal. I would check the forums for a detailer in your area.

It should not take 5 hours to clay a Honda Accord, especially with the newest decontamination products available today.

For instance, yesterday, I worked on a friend's Civic that was fairly contaminated. I had the car washed, decontaminated and "clayed" in about an hour.

Here's how I did it: After washing, I soak up most of the water on the surface and apply Iron-X Paste. This removes a majority of the contamination within 5 minutes. Then I rinse the car, and spray down the car with ONR at QD strength. Lastly, I usea Nanoskin Med-Grade Wash mitt and the remaining contaminants are gone with 2-3 passes.

If you have a few cars in your family fleet, you may want to consider investing in some products and doing it yourself. Yes, claying will always induce some amount of marring (especially on softer paints), but if your paint is not already perfect -- it may be a mute point.
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#3212279 - 12/10/13 12:02 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: The Critic]
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Originally Posted By: The Critic
Lastly, I usea Nanoskin Med-Grade Wash mitt and the remaining contaminants are gone with 2-3 passes.


I think I remember you mentioning that you also purchased the fine grade sponge. Do you think that's too mild?
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#3212286 - 12/10/13 12:14 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
gofast182 Offline


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As long as you're using a proper lube like Nanoskin Glide, ONR, etc there is no Autoscrub product that will have an adverse effect on your finish, that said, my guess is you'd want medium.
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#3212306 - 12/10/13 12:35 PM Re: Does this sound like a good deal? [Re: gregk24]
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What? To those who take 5 hours, are they also claying the engine compartment and undercarriage? There's no way it would take over an hour to clay. You should be able to wash and clay your car in about 90 min. Figure another hour for applying/removing sealant (IF you use a quality sealant). Or, take your chances, and pay someone.
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