Originally Posted by dun4791
What is detailing?
Honestly, that is a great question.
If you go ask people what a car detailer does you will more than likely get many answers. Why? Well to most people, detailing, is just your car applied with products bought at Kmart, or the guy at the local car wash who does wax jobs by way of coupons.
Where I live, there ,are probably more mobile detailers working than in most big cities. When I started in 1992 working full time as a detailerfew knew what mobile detailing was at the time. There was no UTube,or internet either to learn from.
It has taken me many years, and hours of actual first hand work experience to learn my skills on doing more than just correcting swirl mark problems on cars that sit in a garage most of the time.
Most of these detailers have no idea how to do anything else. They are lost when it comes to detailing boats , aircraft , or tractor trucks which I have all done.
So, you ask what is detailing? Well, IMO, it is all about protecting whatever vehicle finish is important to you. Correction does not do that at all. Considering most detailers cannot accept,or do not care that wax offers no real protection against anything, but then constantly say what they use offers protection which is not true.
What most detailers call skill, I call a parlor trick you would see on a side show. Slapping coats of glazes, polishes ,and wax like makeup on a women face covering up flaws for awhile. Sure it looks awesome for a while but after a couple of washes thou?????
What detailing should be is about preserving the clear coat starting day one, and not with this silly ever changing complex influx of recycled waxes poly waxes, shampoos, polishes, compounds, and polishers that do the exact opposite things.
Here is a brown 89 cavalier I bought new, and this car 10 years later just before I sold it. It was never in a garage, and never waxed or corrected.One coat of the product I use each year, and washing the car with Dawn.