As a former franchisor of mobile auto detailing trailers and mobile car wash trucks throughout North America, I worked hard to turn my once small business and one-man operation into a business that would make the E-Myth author Michael Gerber quite proud. I created manuals to do the work, and a franchise-able concept.
At that time I read every book on auto detailing I could find. Including one, which I’d very much like to recommend in case you are considering starting such a business of your own someday – the name of the book I want to recommend to you, and one I have long enjoyed myself is:
“Auto Detailing for Show and Profit,” by David H. Jacobs, Jr., Motorbooks International Publishers and Wholesalers Inc., Osceola, WI, (1986), pp. 84, ISBN: 0-87938-216-3.
The book has chapters on the “detailing basics” and supplies needed, and even tools of the trade required. Learn how to clean engine areas, car interiors, exterior, and types of paint. Learn about the types of waxes, applying hand wax or using a buffer. Learn how to finish the job to perfection, and even painting inside the engine compartment. This book is perfect for the auto detailer just starting out or for a classic car buff, who likes to buy and sell, or just win at car shows.
Now then, most auto detailers learn from doing, or they shadow another expert auto detailing individual for many weeks to get the hang of it. Then, they may go off on their own, or work as a continued apprenticed. In my many years in the business, I’ve often watched new auto detailers destroy several customer’s cars over the course of 4 to 6 months, and ruin the paint.
It’s very important that those in the profession do the best they can, so they don’t give auto detailing a bad name. Sometimes that requires both street smart, and book reading. There are very few really good auto detailing instruction manuals out there, although there are a few on the Internet. This particular book is more than adequate, and it is one I would highly recommend to anybody who is serious about the car detailing industry.
Once you learn the tricks of the trade so to speak, what works, and won’t, then you can begin to get a feel for which types of products you like the best, and fit your particular style of detailing. And this book is a very good place to start. Please consider all this.