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    http://www.detailedreflectionsct.com

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    Connecticut

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    Connecticut
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    Firefighter/Paramedic
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    2011
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    Lotus
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    Evora
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    Shane

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  1. One Step polish review.

    I agree with the above on one step products or all in ones. It’s a good way to produce a great visual effect without the time of polishing and laying down glaze followed by sealant. Those products have a place in our offerings, but with more time is more money. It’s really up to the client. We have been using another companies all in one product topped with a spray sealant for added longevity. Now that Adams has one out, we will give it a go and see how it compares. Use that and for a little extra protection, maybe top with a quick ceramic boost. Just thinking out loud.
  2. website and blog feedback?

    Thanks for the feedback. I updated the services offered tonight with more work to be done this weekend! Feel free to check it out, and as always feedback is appreciated and welcomed.
  3. Adam's Windshield Washer Fluid?

    I’m guessing it’s like adding glass boost to your windshield washer fluid. So when you use your windshield washer, you help maintain the properties of glass sealant.
  4. Protection Not Lasting

    Think of it this way...ceramic coatings are typically harder than clear coat (thus the improved scratch resistance). Correcting polish takes out very superficial surface damage such as swirls and spider webs. Even to remove scratches takes something more aggressive than correcting polish to do it efficiently. Some compound might unlock whatever is on the paint and let traditional products stick. Or allow you to prep properly to install a coating. Just thinking out loud.
  5. Protection Not Lasting

    A one step polish with correcting polish may not be enough to remove a properly installed coating. I’d start with a compound for that honestly. It’s more abrasive. That being said, a properly installed coating should bead water well. So I’m not sure what’s going on with it. I would attempt to figure it out before going the way of coatings. If not, you may put a kit of work in for little benefit.
  6. Ultra Foam Shampoo

    The items out of stock is just they they haven’t launched for ordering yet. Think of them as a teaser of what’s to come.
  7. Ultra Foam Shampoo

    I agree on the snow camo hoodie.
  8. website and blog feedback?

    You bring up some good points. A few people have mentioned pricing and putting it on the website. Part of the hesitation of putting pricing on it is that it makes it more difficult to give accurate pricing. By that I mean how do I provide pricing when it varies so widely? Vehicle size, condition, etc all come into play. Would you still be interested if it had a price range? It’s funny you bring that up, I actually have something that I had written detailing different services that covered a price range and an estimated time for the service. I felt that if people saw the pricing with a time, the perceived value may be greater? Monthly maintenance is an interesting concept. I can throw it out to my regular established clients and see how they’d feel. They’re usually pretty candid on expectations and what they’d consider. You folks all are awesome for taking the time to look and offer honest feedback! I can’t thank you all enough.
  9. website and blog feedback?

    I’ll definitely spend some time proofreading the wording of everything and make sure it’s polished. My idea was to use the blog for some before and after and write ups on how we accomplished the results. Your idea makes me wonder how difficult it is to have a clickable photo that would take you to the write up of a given project? Honestly, the icons were default template icons. When I started this project I was more concerned with the wording and flow. I never went back to create new ones. Changes will be coming this weekend! I can’t thank you guys enough for the feedback. It’s great having other eyes look at it and being candid about their thoughts. You guys are awesome. If I can ever help any of you out, please don’t hesitate to ask.
  10. What do I need?

    Adams has a bunch of kits that might fit the bill. I’d have to look at the current offerings. You can use Rinseless Wash for the wash which negates the need for a hose. You’ll want a clay bar and detail spray to decontaminate the paint. Wheel cleaner for the wheels with a boars hair brush. Tire & Rubber Cleaner with a tire brush if you want to get to that level. I’d pick up a polisher kit personally. The Adams SK15 and mini will fit the bill. I know there’s kits with pads and polishes. I like the kit that has all three steps since you never know if you’ll need that extra work of a compound. Paint sealant to seal it up. Glaze if you want to make it really pop. And some wax of your choice (buttery, Americana or patriot). Americana is a great “go to” wax. That should get you started. As for processes, feel free to ask questions you may have. A book could be written on the subject.
  11. website and blog feedback?

    Thanks for the feedback. I’ll have to see how difficult it is to break out each separate page. Admittedly, i went kind of with the default format. good point about license plates. I never really gave it a second thought about plates. I assumed that since anyone can read it when you’re driving around, there isn’t much difference. I’ll blur them in the interest of avoiding potential problems.
  12. website and blog feedback?

    Hey guys, I've been working on the website for my business a bit and was wondering if you guys would care to provide feedback (both good and bad). I'm new to this whole website thing, so some of it is trial and error. I also just added blog to it. I figured I'd put it here so I don't take anything away from the Adam's portion of the discussions. Anyway, the website is Detailed Reflections Thanks for taking a look if you do!
  13. Rug Doctor or Rent an Extractor

    I’m an extractor guy personally. We use ours all the time. With five cars, renting one might be your best bet. I don’t know what they cost to rent, but the return has to be there on five vehicles. We use a Mytee lite 8070 in our shop.
  14. Detailing Service

    A few thoughts come to mind in your plan. You mention grabbing select customers and wanting to show them the difference between your wash and a car wash. That could prove difficult on a few levels. The first is that you have to show the damage done by automatic or improper technique. You can point out damage, but unless you fix their damage, the end result isn’t drastically different. Sure, the jambs are clean, tires dressed. Those things are short lived, and many people won’t take notice. It’s an uphill battle to show why your wash is better than whatever they’ve been doing. Also, even if you could do that you’re faced with showing them the value BEFORE you’ve turned them into a client. Once you start working for free/reduced price, you’ve shown you can and will. If you don’t value your work/time/materials, then who will? Don’t train your clients to pay discounted rates. That being said, discounts have a time and place. A returning client, multiple vehicles, etc. Just don’t get into selling on price. Sell on value. The client who doesn’t see the value, isn’t one you want anyway. They’ll never be satisfied. You’ll also notice that I refer to clients as opposed to customers. This is part of our belief that the two are different people. A customer is a sale. Someone who buys a product or service and you won’t see or hear from them again. Clients are loyal, spread the word and your best source of consistent revenue. Just a philosophical point. Take it for what what you will.
  15. Best vacuum for interior?

    We use a regular shop vac in the shop along with a hot water extractor. Pet hair is always problematic and there's few great solutions. We use some rubber sponges to try to ball the hair up and move the bulk of it. There's a million different theories on the best way to handle it. We've found that ultimately it comes down to patience and effort. There are some different vacs out there, but the value for the dollar is best with the shop vac I think.
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