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Old 04-30-2003, 07:15 AM
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I just want people to know i know very little about body work or suspension,and I know a little about older chevy engines. But I do know alot about detailing cars and trucks, and all of the good stuff about cleaning a car. so if you have a qeustion about that just ask. my job consist of detailing and all that other junk. i really do appriciate all of you guys helping me out,and taking your time just to help me. when i get older and have kids, ill tell them about this website, and ill tell them what fun it is here, and that there are very helpful people here. thatnks again.

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What is your favorite way of protecting alloy wheels, especially real magnesium?
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My heater core leaked antifreeze onto my brand new carpet. I'm going to remove it and take my garden hose and wash it down. What about drying it? Will it shrink if I put it in a dryer?

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willys: i have heard of people cleaning up there wheels, and spraying on a clear coat, i never thought this could be done, but i saw it, and it looked pretty good,"it shinned". but when i detail cars, i spray it with degresser, then i quikly take the pressure washer and wash them of, then after the whole car is clean I spray some wheel cleaner from "armorall" and spray that on there, it says to keep on there for 30 seconds but i keep it on there for about a minute so it gets into the groves more as in runs into the metal, then aftar that spray it off, then dry. "works great"

benji: i have done what you have done before, it depends on the type of carpet you have, if you have the really good carpet, then it will only shrink around the edges, but if is cheap and old then it will defintly shrink. here is what i done when we get a car in. i take out all the seatsand objects in my way, then i use cleans all from car brite and spray it on the carpey, "make sure the cap is on spray" then sray a lite coat on the whole carpet, then take a lite-brissled brush and go all over the carpet, "i do this twice, but you don't have to", and then i take a waterproof shop vac, and vacum everything up, what i do to let it dry is roll the windows down on a nice day and park it out side for an hour, then it should be safe, "make sure you have no mats on the carpet for awhile, so it can dry all the way" you can just take a hand towel to lay on the floor while your driving, and when your not just take it off. but if you can get ahold of a carpet cleaner, do it. " don't dry it in a dryer or anything, let it air dry"

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I want to start my own detailing business

I currently have a business plan but in your opinion How should I start?
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Old 09-02-2003, 05:23 PM
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The first thing I'd do before I go any further is to learn more than what you already know. You have a good start, but if you plan to be detailing others cars from everyday grocery getters to the high dollar billet barges you will need to learn much more that what you know at this point. You will need to learn about different paint types whats best for that particular finish. How to restore old paint, polished aluminum, chrome, magnesium, bare steel factory parts etc. Some products you absolutely do not use on certain paint types or colors. You have to understand the paints reaction to chemicals. The paints reaction to UV light, and of course its reaction to it own catalyst and how long you have to wait before you can detail a fresh/semi fresh skinned coos cruiser. If you don't learn these things you could potentially ruin someones pride and thats it.

Willy's, if you do use a chemical degreaser on those magnesium wheels make sure you rinse thoroughly and put some type of coating over it to protect it from corrosion. Magnesium doesn't like chemical degreasers and often 15 minutes after the application and rinsing of such degreasers they will start to develop a white dusty covering and before ou know it they will pit. Purple Power by castrol is one of the main ones that do this both to magnesium as well as aluminum. Clean those wheels once and either paint with clear or powder-coat, if your worried about them looking glossy you can tone it down with some satin powder coat or flattening agent in the clear. Do it once, clear it so you don't have to worry about it again.

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