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Old 29-10-2012, 07:07 PM   #21
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Old 29-10-2012, 07:22 PM   #22
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All depends on your training, skill, tools and products used.

As a relative novice using basic kit then beer money is about your limit IMO, this obviously changes if you have had some pro training and have the right gear.

It’s all well and good charging £100+ to machine polish a car, but have you also got the necessary insurance or very deep pockets in case you screw it up?
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Old 29-10-2012, 07:38 PM   #23
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Why does the machine, a training course and expensive products make a difference? Is a silverline rotary or a paltry das6 and off the shelf product not good enough to polish some cars?
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Old 29-10-2012, 08:28 PM   #24
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Old 29-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #25
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The emphasis is on the skill of the person, if its all self taught then the owner is the guinea pig and therefore should not be paying top whack.

The tools used per say are not an issue, but yes if they are using a £30 Silverline polisher coupled up with a bottle of T Cut and no paint depth cage it’s all going to be pretty much trial and error.

You can also get a pretty good idea of someones skill by looking at his tools, someone worth his salt will not be using a Silverline polisher or have a toolbox full of Hilka tools etc to make their living.

There will always be someone with ‘all the gear and no idea’ mind, so just because you have the ‘correct’ tools doesn’t mean you know how to use them!

There is a market for this sort of thing, but expect to pay £10’s of pounds rather than £100’s

Personally even after owning a half decent Makita polisher and having spent a day on a training course I would still not be charging hundreds for my work (pay for the products used and a drink for my time)

Just because the product you are using cost YOU nothing, they are still costing your boss, I will not go any further on that subject as it’s a different argument altogether that I do not want to get into.
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Old 29-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #26
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Self taught or not it's results that matter, there's a lot of self taught amateurs on here that would put some of the pros to shame, my old boss was oxford educated but was as much use as **** on a bull!
Tools do not make a good job, the person weilding the tools do, if I'd never held a polisher before and went out and bought a flex or festool then I take it I'd be ok?
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Old 29-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #27
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Well said i totally agree and to add further to that.
If you screw it up do you blame yourself , the paint, the tools , someone who previously did it?????
Its all in the person, you can have all the training in the world but still be useless.
Nothing wrong with a silverline same as a rupes or a flex or a makita its how its used not what it is, results matter.
The more expensive the tool the more comfortable it is to use.
I have recently had to update my old sealy due to not being able to get parts for it any more mind you after 20 years what do you expect, ( admittidlly i did "aquire" it as being the one i leant on lol) the new one took some getting used to but its technique also.

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Old 29-10-2012, 09:56 PM   #28
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No, as I pointed out with the ‘all the gear and no idea’ comment.

Self taught is fine… just don’t charge a pro’s price whilst you are doing your practise!
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Old 29-10-2012, 11:41 PM   #29
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I got a quote for mine to be machine polished at £45 but that was from some one we've given loads of work to in the past but if it's for a friend enough for the products? and a nice meal ha
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Do it for free or jsut get him round and have a laugh for the day. I had to to do six of my mates cars last week, all came round at the same time on each car, was a top laugh they chucked me a little bit of cash but was more for the banter and jsut being together with the motors, what we enjoy most
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