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Old 12-03-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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An Interview with Beau Technique

Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?

My name is Scott “Beau” Brown. Born, raised and still residing in Loughborough, Leicestershire within the East Midlands.

What else can I tell you about me?

Ive always been fascinated in shiny cars. I guess this all started when I was a nipper due to my since deceased Father, Edward Derek Brown ( RIP Dad ) He was a fanatic with his cars and seldom rarely had a light or forgiving colour. The last vehicle being a 1983 A registered Audi 80 sport. Im sure if he could see me now he would be engrossed by what can be achieved in comparison to years ago. My journey with the car care sectors was at a the age of 17. I worked within the main dealership sides of things starting at the bottom washing cars on the forecourt for sale then progressing to valeting. Some time forward becoming a team leader, managing a business for someone and then becoming my own boss with my previous valeting company ( 21st Century Valeting ) with which had involvement with VW, Vauxhall, Peugeot. A larger national company came in and undercut costing’s by a large amount so I took time out and then the worst could of happened. My Mother took extremely ill. For those that already know me, you know the story but needless to say she was on life support and deemed dead. The fighter she has always been brought her back and she wakes every day with a smile even still after being paralyzed in 3 areas so deemed tetraplegic. I was head hunted by a large second hand car sales garage and worked there for a while though not enjoying it for one second. Then dangled a carrot to come onboard with a once wax friends car valeting company to aid in turning it round, which I did within 2 weeks. He then seemed to enjoy reducing hours, bonuses etc so it was time to rethink things through. A quick think over and Beau Technique was born. Best thing I ever did. Now in year 4 of trading plus undertaking mobile and now static services after taking the plunge of a workshop. Beau Technique offer a bespoke detailing service but still offer standardized car valeting services as the general public still wants this. Where there is muck there is money!

How did you ‘get into’ detailing?

I think ive always detailed cars if im honest. The terminology detailing came about only but a few years back yet paint correction has been around far longer. I still remember using a claybar for the first time some 15 years back and majority of car valeters looked at it like it was alien. I would say that my particular eye for detail started when I was around 18 so way over 10 years back. My personal car would always be spotless and I hated any forms of grime.

How long have you been detailing at ‘this’ level?

I go out and do what I do on a daily basis and give it my all. I could not say ive detailed at X level for X time as I don’t class myself at any level. Aiming for consistency and continuity is the key to being successful.

How did you learn to machine polish?

I started at the main dealerships and learned how not to polish paintwork. I started messing around with various combinations using mostly 3M and Farecla media. When detailing came about, I went on a course to help me be confident in what I could do then from there on in, practice, practice and more practice.

How many cars have detailed over the years?

Haven’t got the foggiest truth be know. I would anticipate a few hundred.

Tell me about your first detail

First memorable one was a Ford model B deuce coupe. Ive done some show car preparations many moons back along with a few Leicester city football club team members cars and one local celebs but the deuce coupe was fun as it was a total roof chop hot rod which are steaming cool.

What do you drive and how often is it detailed?

I have my VW caddy 2k which is washed once a week. Used as a test bed for new products and at the least, enhancement detail once a year. The other half has a Citroen C1 VTR+ which is still to have the works done to it. I have been known to be a Ford fan having previously owned 2 RS2000 4x4's, RS1800 and mondeo ST24 all highly modified and particularly shiny.

What is your favourite car to detail and why?

Love Porsche but do like working on Jaguar and Ferrari also.

Do you prefer to detail a Supercar or everyday car?

Its always cool to work on a super car or sports car but the saying goes…. A cars a car, paints paint. Its what you can achieve with it that counts.

What piece of detailing kit do you think every detailer should have in their arsenal? (excluding the obvious stuff like wash mitts etc.)

Not a piece of kit as such but experience. Without that brought to the table, your quite done for. Its easy to buy all the latest tech and material but its the understanding of how, when, where and why we use such media that counts.

What are your current favourite brands and why?

Scholl Concepts. Raceglaze. Mitchell and King. Carpro. Wolfs Chemicals, Chemical Guys.

Ive used so many different branded materials from all manner of manufacturer long before any of thses more fancier boutique brands but do like the above mentioned though will stand by Autosmart for there basic materials along with Autoglym and Instanfinish and Carbrite.

What do you do when you’re not detailing?

Hang out with My Mum and Finacee, Kelly and of course get terrorized by my eccentric cat Lilly. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

A few quick fire questions

Ferrari or Lambo? Ferrari.
Wax or Sealent? Got to be a nice quality wax.
Fish and chips or bangers and mash? Bangers and mash but has to be with Lincolnshire potatoes and Lincolnshire sauages.
McDonald's or Burger King? Burger King if it had to be one or the other. Far better quality.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee from an espresso machine.

Thanks for reading gang
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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That's a cool interview.

Seems a nice chap
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great reading about someone whose work youve seen.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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Great idea for a thread Whizzer .... Any plans to do another one ?
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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Some great insight, striving for perfection through adversity.

As another great man said, “I am easily satisfied with the very best " Winston Churchill.

Thanks, John Tht.
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Real world detailer in the real world. Nice work Scott
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You missed some stuff out, but I guess you don't want that to come out ..

Nice one Beaulicious..
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That's a cool interview.

Seems a nice chap
Cheers and yes I am

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great reading about someone whose work youve seen.
Thanks.

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Some great insight, striving for perfection through adversity.

As another great man said, “I am easily satisfied with the very best " Winston Churchill.

Thanks, John Tht.
Cheers John. Its been tough but no sacrifice, no victory.

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Real world detailer in the real world. Nice work Scott
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You missed some stuff out, but I guess you don't want that to come out ..

Nice one Beaulicious..
What like?
You mean me being a closet squirrel and calling everyone nutkin

Thanks and glad you enjoyed the read.
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Top bloke and a very thorough detailer, really knows his onions

Keep up the fantastic work mate both at home and out in the field
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