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Old 22-02-2018, 03:16 AM   #21
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My neighbour has a mobility car. In the 3 years she's had it she has never washed it. Even though she has family that could do it I offered my help. It was terrible but took me 8 hours to do and she was really pleased with it. I wanted to do so much more.

When we detail we get intimate with the car, we know every mark, new marks we take personally but I feel there is something to be proud of here. I take a great pride in keeping a car nice. We had our last car 16 years and it was cleaner than any new car on the street so it is taking a pride in something for me that's important.

I do though always want to wrap the car in cling film when washed. Put a bouncy castle over it in car parks (when parked in the corner of it, 2 miles away) and fret over it when we're out which takes a little fun out of it for me. But it's a car that's supposed to be driven and enjoyed. As long as I enjoy cleaning it I will carry on because it is my thing and I love walking up to it when I come back being parked up and I stand and admire the work that's gone into it.
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Old 22-02-2018, 06:38 AM   #22
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Look clean but deep down YOU KNOW there not DON'T YOU
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Old 24-02-2018, 01:18 PM   #23
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I gave up trying to have a perfect condition car as a daily, had a 3 month old C63s that was unmarked and as new only done 1k miles.
Too many things out of your control no matter how careful you are.
For instance I was sat outside my lads school in the car minding my own business when a woman in a brand new rr sport come roaring in and hit the front of my car. Also was driving on a dual carriage way and had no option but to drive past a transit tipper dropping fine shingle/sand out the back at 60mph.
When I got home and checked it had basically sandblasted the nsf headlight and bumper. ****ed me off so much I sold the car.
Just have a 6 year old Volvo D5 now done 70k miles and has the odd minor mark but still keep it just as clean and if the odd small thing does happen to it then I don’t feel like I’m going to explode as at the end of the day accidents do happen and other people can be very careless.

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Old 24-02-2018, 08:11 PM   #24
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I genuinely had nightmares about them washing it despite my DW hanger, signs on the dash and them putting DO NOT WASH on the worksheet. I was ridiculously anxious until I got to pick it up (and thankfully it was unwashed!)
The naughty side of me would detail it, only tell you prior to seeing it
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Old 24-02-2018, 08:54 PM   #25
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I have a brand new Merc estate with just 1000 miles on it. Totally pristine, but I'm paranoid where I leave it and have a 06, 325i that I'm not too bothered about and it gets used far more. I'd like new wheels on it but I dont want it to become another car I'm scared of using.

My first Merc was absolutely pristine, and the first time I left it in Tescos an old bag banged her door hard on it denting the door and chipping the paint. I'm convinced it was jealousy and I think that a pristine clean car attracts such behaviour, may be better to leave the car dirty!

I agree us detailers are obsessive about many things, I cannot stand blunt kitchen knives and spend a lot of time seeking the perfect edge......
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Old 24-02-2018, 10:59 PM   #26
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I agree us detailers are obsessive about many things, I cannot stand blunt kitchen knives and spend a lot of time seeking the perfect edge......
I hope that doesn’t link to the poor dear who thoughtfully pranged your Merc.
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Old 25-02-2018, 01:08 PM   #27
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3 pages, i know i wasn't alone but this makes me feel better

makes me wonder if i'd enjoy a brand new car now i'm into detailing? (not that i could afford one lol)
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Old 25-02-2018, 07:42 PM   #28
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Trying to explain to the wife why I watching automatic touchless car washers on youtube
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Old 26-02-2018, 05:38 PM   #29
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Yes it very addictive, though due to buying a house and renovating it over the last few years , ive not had as much time for the car, and ive even managed to sell off some of my products . Stopped using the snow foam lance aswell now.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:58 AM   #30
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If you enjoy it, nothing else matters.

I spent about 5 hours doing the missus' Golf on Monday, it was snowing whilst I did the wheels. It was supposed to just be a maintenance wash but I ended up going over the whole car with AF Tripple and then AF Glisten just cos I've had them in the cupboard for ages and fancied trying them.

Close up, the paintwork on that car is atrocious (mainly from previous owners). It's scratched, swirled, chipped and has rust spots so I sometimes think 'what's the point of pre-wash and 2BM with this?' but I do it regardless.

Car looked class when I'd finished but the next day it looked like it hadn't been washed for a month.

I do sometimes think 'why bother?' but like I said above, if you enjoy it, f*ck it.

I'm so addicted. I spend far too much time watching stuff on YouTube and buying stuff but I have a mate that's just spent nearly £3k setting up a marine fish tank so that makes me feel better!
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