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Old 30-08-2017, 08:07 AM   #11
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Just doing the bonnet:

Wash (1min)
clay (5min)
re-wash (1min)
machine polish (let's say 30min)
wash (1min)
wax/seal (say 20min, for curing time and stuff)

~1hour.
I've already clayed the car yesterday so one less thing to do

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Old 30-08-2017, 08:08 AM   #12
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Looks like someone's had a good rubbing session still it shouldn't take that long to do, but if it's rock hard paint then a compound then a finishing polish would be needed what make is it anyway.
Yes and it stands out when the sun hits it at the right angle..
It's a BMW 1series so quite hard paint I believe..

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Old 30-08-2017, 10:10 AM   #13
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Yes and it stands out when the sun hits it at the right angle..
It's a BMW 1series so quite hard paint I believe..

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Compound and refine so if that's all he/she has to do is correct then you are looking at around about 1 hour but all depends on what machine and products they are using sometimes you'll find that if it is hard paint that a compound like Scholl S3goldXXL can finish down nearly LSP ready so that might save time but personally I always finish off with a refining polish

Who's doing the work bud?

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Old 30-08-2017, 06:02 PM   #14
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Compound and refine so if that's all he/she has to do is correct then you are looking at around about 1 hour but all depends on what machine and products they are using sometimes you'll find that if it is hard paint that a compound like Scholl S3goldXXL can finish down nearly LSP ready so that might save time but personally I always finish off with a refining polish

Who's doing the work bud?
Nice sounds good.. Bit out of my familiar zone don't know much about compounds or machine polishing never dare do anything like that myself hence why I've consulted a pro to do it for me rather than me try and mess it up which would be expensive! Does having paintwork corrected thin the paint much?
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Old 30-08-2017, 06:56 PM   #15
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Nice sounds good.. Bit out of my familiar zone don't know much about compounds or machine polishing never dare do anything like that myself hence why I've consulted a pro to do it for me rather than me try and mess it up which would be expensive! Does having paintwork corrected thin the paint much?
Your Detailer should take paint measurements to ensure the paint/clear has enough to remove the defects as safe as possible he will inform you anyway but ensure he does this anyway regardless if it's a new car

What you could ask him for is to write down what the paint measurements are just for future reference
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Your Detailer should take paint measurements to ensure the paint/clear has enough to remove the defects as safe as possible he will inform you anyway but ensure he does this anyway regardless if it's a new car

What you could ask him for is to write down what the paint measurements are just for future reference
On it will ask him to measure it. I assume all pro detailers have paint thickness measure tools?
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On it will ask him to measure it. I assume all pro detailers have paint thickness measure tools?
They all should if not then walk away
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:09 AM   #18
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Three hours is fair enough for say my time. Especially if I had to travel. Quick wash clay one stage compound then final finish polish.
Do this stuff day in day out at dealers $400.00.
$400 for 3 hours work?
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There's enthusiasts,cowboys and pro's,it's not unreasonable to correct a bonnet in 3 hours,to do a proper job it would require about that time span including an A2Z process,remember a pro has to guarantee his workmanship and can't afford to cut corners and do a quicky job,he/she has their reputation to think about.
Imho it is better to allow more time than needed than to let a customer down 1) by rushing the job, 2)putting unnecessary pressure on oneself to rush the job, 3)inconveniencing the customer by making unrealistic timespan to the job,that may turn the experience sour,better to be upfront and honest.
In my experience In the past I've corrected paint that's taken me hours to get right and other times it's been a doddle,so each vehicle has to be treated individually,that makes more common sense.
As for costings people forget overheads and wages and tax and NI payments,so a business has to be run at a profit otherwise what's the point.
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