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Old 26-03-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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An Interview with Gleamingkleen

Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?
My name is Justin Lawrence, Im 32 year's old and live in Wiltshire. I am origianlly from Tampa, Florida and have lived here in UK for 6yrs now

How did you ‘get into’ detailing?
Many years ago whilst in Jnr High school back in Florida my football coach got me a job at a local car wash cleaning cars to try and keep me out of trouble. I enjoyed it so much I did it for 10 years working with different companys..

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

Gleaming Kleen has been going for just over 2 years now. It started as a valeting company here in UK and have slowing been making the transition over to Detailing over the past 12 months or so.

How did you learn to machine polish?
I was shown many year's the basic's but never fully grasped it, so mainly through trial and error and many many hour's practising. Still learning every day!

How many cars have detailed over the years?
A fair few, hard to say really as everyone has there own view on what a actual detail consists off.

What do you drive and how often is it detailed?
I recently sold my Lexus IS200 as it never got driven so only drive the work van which is a Renault Trafic or sometimes use the missus BMW 318. The van gets washed on a weekly basis, the beamer on the hand gets neglected and probably only gets done once or twice a month

What is your favourite car to detail and why?
I really like any thing with curves such as a Porsche, TVR or Lotus.

Do you prefer to detail a Supercar or everyday car?
Everyday cars as they are a bit more challenging.

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

What are your current favourite brands and why?
It would have to be Swissvax as they are so easy to use. Also like the menzerna range of polishes

What do you do when you’re not detailing?
I try to spend a bit of time with the other half and like to meet my mates for a good ole drink

A few quick fire questions
Ferrari or Lambo ? Lambo
Wax or Sealent ? wax
Fish and chips or bangers and mash ? bangor's & mash for me
McDonald's or Burger King? Burger King
Coffee or Tea? Tea
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Old 26-03-2008, 08:40 AM   #2
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Great read nice to see these coming back.
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Old 26-03-2008, 08:48 AM   #3
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An interesting read well done Jay.
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Old 26-03-2008, 08:49 AM   #4
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Old 26-03-2008, 09:44 AM   #6
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Yup, good stuff, I like these articles
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Old 26-03-2008, 03:33 PM   #7
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Good read Jay - how would you compare the detailing scene here to the states?
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Old 26-03-2008, 05:48 PM   #9
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Great read, interesting!

But why the hell did you come to the UK!?
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Old 26-03-2008, 08:31 PM   #10
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Now I understand the accent on the phone Jay, Wiltsmerican!
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