What is the most important thing you need to detail?

View Poll Results: I need THIS to do a A+ detail job

Voters
60. You may not vote on this poll
  • Proper tools

    0 0%
  • Product

    1 1.67%
  • Knowlage

    18 30.00%
  • Time

    6 10.00%
  • Space

    0 0%
  • All of the above

    35 58.33%
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

          
  1. #1
    Registered Member THE BIG BUFFER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    347
    Rep Power
    17

    What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    I was thinking about this today and the one thing I can't get non-detailers to understand is the amount of time required to accomplish a A+ detail their car.
    Most say they could do it if they just had the tools. Well what about knowlage? Products? or????
    Professional Automotive Reconditioning Services
    "You scuff it-I buff it!"

  2. #2
    Corvette Crazy Detailer RDVT4ME's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Yorba Linda, Ca
    Posts
    1,093
    Rep Power
    26

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    Patience.
    -Bob
    NXTti graduate, Meguiars Ford/SEMA Team

    "All Corvette's are red, the rest are mistakes" - John Heinricy (Corvette Engineer)

  3. #3
    BMW Nut smack's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Belleville Ill
    Posts
    963
    Rep Power
    19

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    You should have all of the above but IMO, the last two are not as important as the first three.

  4. #4
    aka: 23jam J. A. Michaels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    14,242
    Rep Power
    537

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    You do need all that you have listed. Some, obviously are needed more then others.
    quality creates its own demand

  5. #5
    Sr. Global Product & Training Spec Michael Stoops's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Irvine, CA
    Posts
    21,401
    Rep Power
    1138

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    While we firmly believe that the answer is "All of the above", you can probably still do an outstanding job if you lack any one of the items listed. Probably. The definite exception to that is if you lack knowledge. The best products and best tools in the world can't do the job on their own - they need to be used by someone who knows what they're doing.

    Even then, you need to be able to think on your feet and respond when things don't go the way you planned. We often say that of all the tools available to a detailer - liquids, pads, towels, buffers, lights, your hands even - the most important is that lump of gray matter between your ears. And that often seems to be the tool people stop using first.
    Michael Stoops
    Senior Global Product & Training Specialist | Meguiar's Inc.

    Remember, this hobby is supposed to be your therapy, not the reason you need therapy.

  6. #6
    Registered Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Ocala Florida
    Posts
    162
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    You can have the right products, tools, time, and space but I have seen guys who have all of those things but are lacking knowledge just butcher a finish.
    IMO, knowledge is the most powerful tool.
    ChrisThompsonsCustom@gmail.com
    www.ChrisThompsonsCustom.webs.com
    (352) 897-0050

  7. #7
    Registered Member THE BIG BUFFER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    347
    Rep Power
    17

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    Well I still stand by "time". I 've done some amazing work even after running out of certain produts or having a tool break in the middle of a detail. On the other hand think of it this way. Here detail this car, you got one hr! NOW time becomes important eh?
    Professional Automotive Reconditioning Services
    "You scuff it-I buff it!"

  8. #8
    Sr. Global Product & Training Spec Michael Stoops's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Irvine, CA
    Posts
    21,401
    Rep Power
    1138

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    Quote Originally Posted by THE BIG BUFFER View Post
    Well I still stand by "time". I 've done some amazing work even after running out of certain produts or having a tool break in the middle of a detail. On the other hand think of it this way. Here detail this car, you got one hr! NOW time becomes important eh?
    You do realize that without proper knowledge, without being able to think on your feet, running out of product and/or having a tool break would mean you'd be hopelessly stymied, right? But you had the knowledge, experience and brain power to overcome those obstacles. Good for you!
    Michael Stoops
    Senior Global Product & Training Specialist | Meguiar's Inc.

    Remember, this hobby is supposed to be your therapy, not the reason you need therapy.

  9. #9
    is more old fashioned Tuck91's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    New Lenox, Illinois
    Posts
    10,362
    Rep Power
    300

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    Real detailing takes time.
    Nick
    Tucker's Detailing Services
    815-954-0773
    2012 Ford Transit Connect

  10. #10
    Registered Member THE BIG BUFFER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    347
    Rep Power
    17

    Re: What is the most important thing you need to detail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuck91 View Post
    Real detailing takes time.
    Exactly! Thank you.
    Professional Automotive Reconditioning Services
    "You scuff it-I buff it!"

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Ferrari F355- Full Correction Detail with my fellow detailing fanatic, KC.
    By seech in forum Extreme Makeover Before & After Pictures
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: Nov 4th, 2009, 07:20 PM
  2. Ford Racing Puma - Exterior Correction Detail
    By Kickin Griffin in forum Show Off Your Latest Detail Work
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Oct 25th, 2009, 09:55 AM
  3. Meguiars Detail Center - What to do?
    By herb in forum Detailing 101
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Jun 9th, 2005, 07:31 PM
  4. 10th Anniversary Mustang Cobra interior detail and product/accessory review
    By 1 Clean WS6 in forum Consumer Line - Product Reviews
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: May 5th, 2005, 10:51 AM
  5. The Slide Lock Detail Brush and a "Cute Little Rascal"
    By tguil in forum Consumer Line - Product Reviews
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Apr 20th, 2005, 05:04 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •