View Full Version : Hobby during summer

09-18-2006, 08:30 PM
Greetings ladies and gentlemen,

I finally have a bit of free time during this school year, and have absolutly nothing to do. I wish to share with you the cars that have come by me this summer, and let me tell you-- this learning process has been a long journey, but it has paid off. I'm going begin apprenticeing a gracious professional (who shall remain nameless), that is willing to take me through the process of polishing via a rotary, and learning how to complete jobs efficiently. I hope to be able to finish a car, inside and out with a lot more efficiency, and with perfect technique. I've done a couple more cars inbetween the one's I have hosted, but I personally don't like how the pictures came out. I've tried to borrow my uncle's camera as much as I can but unfortunaltly, it cannot always be arranged. (Mom's on a month vacation with her girlfriends*sad* )

It's been an absolute pleasure dealing with new people (Way more relaxing then having to deal with whiney parents and kids from the pool), and awsome to be able to earn their trust in a 17 y/o with their precious babies. Between the crazy weather, and sometimes tight deadlines, it's been such a pleasure to work some nice cars. You know those days of the summer where it was 40*c+?-- Yea, I was out buffering in the garage. This experience has helped me manage and organize my time immensely, and has boosted up my confidence greatly, in being able to turn around a horribly neglected car, to a brand new car. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite shots. [via a pocket point-and-shoot)

Acura RL
Interior cleaning, dressing, vacuuming, leather conditioning, shampoo removeable mats)
2-Step polish (This one kicked my ass, humidity= Dead menzerna polish, 1-stepped the lower grey panels, 3-4 steps on horizontal surfaces)
7 hours
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/9015/cimg0063jg7.th.jpg (http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg0063jg7.jpg)

Lexus ES300
Wash and wax
Same interior process as the RL
5 hours (Trecherous kids)
http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/5091/img4356xb1.th.jpg (http://img107.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4356xb1.jpg)

BMW 325i (Hopefully will buy-back this car when it reaches the end of the lease)
Wash and wax
Interior process as the RL
5 hours
http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/8617/cimg0194nb0.th.jpg (http://img172.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg0194nb0.jpg)

Mercedes C280
Wash and wax
Same Interior process as RL
6 hours (Darn dog)
http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/9884/cimg0149qx8.th.jpg (http://img242.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg0149qx8.jpg)

Honda Oddessy
Wash, clay, and sealant
3 hours
http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/1156/dsg1.th.jpg (http://img119.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsg1.jpg)

The process pics (Befores and afters) are hosted on the following site:

Afterthought: I've been getting really beat up cars, and the above cars have all been done as a discounted referral. They've dropped off the cars in the morning before work, carpooled, and came to retreive their car after work. I've given thought to going mobile in the summer, but we'll see how that goes.

Those of you who are thinking of buying a PC, or picking up this hobby, I highly recommend it. The initial purchase of products cost me ~$700, but after a couple of neighbour's cars, I have to say that this is one of my hobbies that will make me money, and not become a money pit.

I personally love sprucing up the car with a paint and wax during the week on evenings. After a bit of work, with the sun about to set, cruise off into the night for a bit, windows down, cell phone off, techno/song of the moment bumping in the car. This 'journey' is greatly rewarding, and truely a stress reliever.

As always, comments, and critique are greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading!