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Old 19-05-2008, 08:39 AM   #1
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An Interview with Krystal Kleen
Krystal Kleen Detailing in Oxfordshire and Surrounding Areas

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Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?

My name is Marc Linekar, I am 42 and currently live in the village of Yarnton near Oxford. Originally from Birmingham but moved here in 1985. I have been married to Lorraine for 22 years and have a daughter aged 21.

What else can I tell you about me?

Most of my working life I have been in the motor trade including time served as a mechanic and also a short spell in a bodyshop re-shelling cars. Also been a fork lift driver as a fill in job and run a pub. But the motor trade beckons.

How did you ‘get into’ detailing?

I spent many years as the ‘Specialist Contracts Operations Manager’ for a large Valeting plc which saw me overseeing many import centres for vehicle manufacturers. On one occasion we had to give up part of our Valeting bay to house a manufacturers ‘detailers’ from Italy so that they could prep cars for the NEC Motor Show….The attention to detail was eye opening watching five guys work on two cars for five days solid….I was converted.

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

I had been subconsciously working towards this level for many years but only four years ago did I realise that there was a distinct market for this level of work so put my efforts into furthering the skills I had already gained so far to reach the level I am at now. But I can honestly say that each new day brings about a new learning curve of some description…no matter how small or insignificant.

How did you learn to machine polish?

I had seen machining done badly by valeters many times years ago and had always fancied giving it a go after years if dealership Valeting. At the time (1994) I was working at a Ford dealership and had just bought an ’86 black 3-door Sierra Cosworth. Off to the was bay with one bucket and a sponge and then bought the car dripping wet back into the workshop and applied G3 paste straight onto the wet paintwork……that was just the beginning and now its 14 years later I like to think ive learned a lot since those early days.

How many cars have detailed over the years?

An awful lot. Im afraid I couldn’t even begin to count but there are some memorable ones.

Tell me about your first detail

It was a Subaru Impreza that myself and a training manager that worked with me (Lawson jay) detailed as a Christmas present for a customer that spent an awful lot of money with our company at the time.

What do you drive and how often is it detailed?

At present the daily smoker is an e36 328i in cosmos black and I have to shamefully have to admit that it is neglected in terms of detailing as I never seem to find the time. I do try to give it a was and wax top up one a month though regardless.

What is your favourite car to detail and why?

It has to be a TVR. Those curves when polished and some of the colours are just superb

Do you prefer to detail a Supercar or everyday car?

Definitely a supercar. After all if you are going to do a job you enjoy then having a supercar as added eye candy is a benefit that cant be refused.

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

I think a good variety of brushes is an absolute must as without them the attention to detail would never be achieved in all those awkward hard to reach areas, whether it be on the interior vents, wheels, engines or badge areas.

Of course though a PTG is the obvious answer.

What are your current favourite brands and why?

For quite a while now I have been using a lot of Malco/presta products and have always been quite impressed on their ability to do what it says on the tin. But I am also starting to become quite swayed by the various mark V products that I have tried. And of course the Dodo Juice products which have also performed exactly as promised for me so far.

What do you do when you’re not detailing?

Unfortunately when detailing is your income there is an awful lot of work still to do even when you have locked up the van for the night. Paperwork, research, ordering supplies etc. So on an average night I get to rest about 9 and in bed by ten which doesn’t leave a lot of time for anything else…apart from DW of course. Weekends I meet up with friends and have a drink and generally spend time with my family.

A few quick fire questions
Ferrari or Lambo ? Lambo

Wax or Sealant? Wax

Fish and chips or bangers and mash ? Fish & Chips

McDonald's or Burger King? Maccy D but I could be swayed by a Meatball Subway

Coffee or Tea? Coffee
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Old 19-05-2008, 09:22 AM   #2
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A nice right up Marc and a good read.
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Old 19-05-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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Interesting read Marc - I trust the Scooby owner enjoyed his Christmas present?!
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Old 19-05-2008, 10:11 AM   #4
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Great to hear how people started out and agree on the Subway Meatballs Marc
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Old 19-05-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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Nice one Marc.
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Old 19-05-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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Old 23-05-2008, 03:42 PM   #7
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Very interesting read Marc

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Old 18-09-2008, 10:02 AM   #9
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Thankyou, some background stuff always make interesting reading
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