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11 comments on Does Age Matter in Detailing?

  1. Ray Scott says:

    I will be 72 this month and have been seriously detailing cars for over 20 years. I detailed about 80 vehicles last year. I am retired so I try not to work every day. 2-3 per week is comfortable for me. I am fit due to cycling and weight training and that helps a lot. I also use a stool which can be lowered or raised. I have a race deck floor in my garage which is flexible and is better than standing on concrete. Rubber mats would help too. I wear a small wrist brace on my right hand which helps prevent carpel tunnel issues. I use a Flex polisher and like Kevin mentioned it does more of the work. I gained most of my experience from local shops and this website which is awesome for new detailers.

    • Kevin George says:

      Ray, thanks for sharing your experiences and I can only hope I am still able to do what I love at your age. My saying is “Work smarter, not harder” and having the right tools is what makes that possible. Thanks again and keep up the work!

    • Thomas Koenig Sr says:

      Retired Air Force Flight engineer and have my own Aviation business Inspecting/Restoring and Detailing single and twin engine aircraft ! Will be Seventy in a few days and do all the work myself as it is a sole proprietor business. A twin engine Cessna 340 will take me anywhere from 10 to 12 hours straight of Degreasing/Cleaning and Polishing … equivalent of surface area of 10 full size automobiles. Suppose it’s not for everyone, just have to love what your doing ! Have an FAA license of Airframe & Powerplant.

  2. Kevin D. Hannum says:

    Hi Kevin…Thanks for that very useful write up. It was very informative and I learned a lot from it. So I THANK YOU for that!!!

    I do have a couple of questions about your scissor lift and stool that you use.

    Which brand are they? And where did you purchase them (if you don’t mind)?

    THANKS AGAIN AND GREAT WRITE UP!!!

    • Kevin George says:

      Kevin, thanks and I am glad you enjoyed this blog. The lift I have is actually not a scissor lift, it is a Quickjack BL-5000 by Ranger. You can find them from multiple sources online. They are nice as they are portable and easy to move around. The seat is a Traxion 2-700 ProGear Mobile Gear Seat which I purchased from Amazon. I promise you won’t be disappointed with either of this items if you purchase them.

  3. Dave says:

    I’ll be 62 next month and I keep plugging along. Mostly a weekend thing during the summer and early fall. I have taken on a winter show car project though to keep me from getting bored. I’ve been detailing since I was 14 and even though you do it for years there is always something to learn or someone better than you. I don’t do it as a speed thing now more as a quality thing. I’m much more into correction and how much shine I can obtain.I use a cart and stool/creeper set up.

    • Kevin George says:

      Dave, thanks for reading and sharing your experiences. I do very little work other then corrections also as this is the type of work I truly enjoy doing. This is certainly an industry where there will always be something new to learn.

  4. Bruce says:

    Kevin, Thanx for your great write up, that hardly gets talked about. Very great points you mentioned & thanx to Smooth machines like the Rupes & Griots which makes it more comfortable to use. I’m looking at either a Rupes or a Griots 15mm throw machine. Any ideas or input on one or the other?

    • Kevin George says:

      The Rupes 15 is my favorite machine to use actually. I just sold my original 15ES to pick up one of the MarkII’s. While it is certainly personal preference, I prefer the Rupes over the Griots. That does not mean the Griot’s is not a great machine because it is, but I prefer my Rupes.

  5. Ron Ayotte says:

    I retired from the Fire Department a year ago and have been detailing for the since 1986, when I took my love for a clean car and turned it into a part time venture. Firefighting is strenuous work and as I progressed through the ranks, I got further from “the job”, from being a “hose jockey” and a “truckie” to command as a company officer to running the show as a Deputy Chief. As I got older, I noticed that at the end of a day of detailing my back would stiffen up and I would be sore all over. WhenI retired, I resolved to get into better shape… and lost 45 pounds. I feel more energetic, and at the end of a day of detailing I still have the energy to go to the gym, go out and take the dogs on what I call “dog treks”, going anywhere from2 to 5 miles. I use a small step to do roofs of cars, a small step stool for trucks and SUVs, a rolling stool when polishing the sides of a vehicle and a creeper for the rocker panel areas. I will reinvesting in a longer throw polisher in the near future. As you get older, remember that age is nothing but a number and an attitude!

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