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Old 19-09-2008, 09:28 AM   #1
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An interview with Envy Valeting


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Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?

My name is Tim Bomford. I'm 36, happily married to Mrs Bomford and have 3 children (all boys) aged 13, 8 and 14 months.

What else can I tell you about me?

Born in Oxford, did pretty well at school and left after my 'A' levels. Moved to Bucks and worked for a large healthcare company for 5 years as a lab technician, then moved into nuclear health and safety for 12 years as a Senior Health Physics Technician

How did you ‘get into’ detailing?

During my teens I used to work at the garages my Dad worked at on Saturdays, cleaning cars in the morning and cleaning the petrol pumps for the afternoon. I used to love that as he worked for Fiat, Lancia and Daihatsu so got to play with some fast everyday cars of that period. Integrales, Uno turbos and the little Charade GTTi! I have always been into fast cars, progressed through a fair few (always got bored with each one pretty quickly!) and after many years of wanting one I finally got a 1994 Subaru WRX wagon. I imported it from Japan and it was my pride and joy and I wanted the best for it. It was around this point that I discovered "high end" products and waxes and the 1st one I used was ***** believe it or not. After a good few years of being amazed by the end results, but struggling to get them I discovered Swissvax and couldn't believe the difference. I have always been fastidious about my cars appearance and it’s all spiralled from there.

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

Been waxing since 1999, and been doing it for a living since 2005 and at "this" level I'd say since early 2007. There is so much to learn and to keep up with its never ending!

How did you learn to machine polish?

Trial and error, self taught with pointers along the way from the likes of Gary (Refined Reflections) and Dave KG has had me bending his ear on the phone a few times! Luckily there are Pro's who are happy to share information and it’s what makes it fun, the networking aspect.

How many cars have detailed over the years?

Hard to say but it runs into 100's

Tell me about your first detail

1st paid detail was a new BMW 5 series and it would not stop raining! Was supposed to be a 1 day job, but I had to ring the owner and apologise profusely, beg for more time and got it finished the next day. A nerve racking start but he's still a customer today and that’s what counts to me.

What do you drive and how often is it detailed?

Since I sold my last Subaru (Sti 5 wagon in blue) it’s just me and my Vito van, and I detail it as often as I possibly can. It’s at least once a week, and often more as it’s a mobile advert for my services. It gets all the testers and new products 1st before they get used in anger.

What is your favourite car to detail and why?

Lamborghini Gallardo. Love the sound as it whines before it starts, the engine catches and it roars. Then you get to move it around the place as you work on it, and I could just stare at them all day. The lines to the panels, the feel of the steering wheel, the look of the engine below the glass cover, the huge brakes and the easy to clean wheels! Love it and will have one myself one day...

Do you prefer to detail a Supercar or everyday car?

I'm going to go with Supercar as spend much of my time with everyday cars but I'm not complaining.

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

Too many to choose just one but EZ Detail brush, PTG, PC (as its got so many uses from paint correction to cleaner fluid to wet sander), and my Brinkmann to name a few.

What are your current favourite brands and why?

Swissvax, good products. Dodo Juice, innovative, friendly and remarkably priced plus Dom’s great.

What do you do when you’re not detailing?

Work wise I also another string to my bow in that I have a telehandler license so can go slumming it if I don’t have many cars booked, but I prefer to spend time with the family. I love holidays but since I've been detailing and don’t get 32 paid for days off these have reduced!

A few quick fire questions

Ferrari or Lambo ? Lambo
Wax or Sealent ? Wax
Fish and chips or bangers and mash ? Neither, sorry!
McDonald's or Burger King? Neither, KFC
Coffee or Tea Tesco's French ground coffee...snobby but I love it.
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Old 19-09-2008, 09:31 AM   #2
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Another great interview, its great seeing what folks backgrounds where into getting into detailing
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Old 19-09-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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Great interview Tim, bit thick of me, whats a telehandler?
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Old 19-09-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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Great interview Tim, bit thick of me, whats a telehandler?
Means he works in a call centre

Nice read there mate

Telehandler is on of those JCB things with a telescopic arm on the front they use them on building sites and farms, i have a licence for one as well
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Old 19-09-2008, 05:14 PM   #5
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Nice one tim. Old man. lol
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Old 19-09-2008, 05:14 PM   #6
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Great read Tim
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Old 19-09-2008, 05:28 PM   #7
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i thought he meant he delivered tv's?

nice one Tim
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Old 19-09-2008, 06:32 PM   #8
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Ooop wrong post. Soz

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Old 19-09-2008, 06:37 PM   #9
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Sorry Simon I know you guys been hectic the past week. Any idea when I can expect some news ?

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Good read, it`s always nice to get a bit of background info, makes it interesting
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