High End Car Care Supplies | 2,300+ Products | 83 Brands| 12,000+ Reviews | 1,550+ Ask-a-Pro Blog Posts
Close Menu

Ask a Pro Categories

Pro Detailer Authors

Other Authors



Clean Shine Protect

Ask a Pro Categories

Pro Detailer Authors

Other Authors



Cookies are disabled in your web browser. To shop with Detailed Image, please turn cookies on and then refresh the page.

Reason to carry more than one product…


Just a little something that I believe that pro detailers, weekend warriors, and DIY details all should understand…that there is a necessity to carry more than one specific product for each step.

Just the other day, while working on a 2008 Range Rover, I came across a situation which luckily I was able to overcome.  I have been in this same situation a couple of times, but this time it was a little more serious.

After compounding the car for heavy defect removal with Meguiars 105 compound, I moved onto the next mid level polishing step.  Usually, my go to product for this step is menzerna 203 on a white LC polishing pad.  However, based on the cool/damp climate conditions in the warehouse I was working in, and the soft paint, my go to combo wasnt working out.  It was very sticky and leaving the finish VERY hazy, worse than 105 did!  Luckily, I had Meguiars 205 on hand, and just by switching to that product, I was able to finish the second step with ease!  Without a different mid level polish, I would not have been able to get the car finished with the conditions at hand, which would have led to an unhappy client, something I would never want! After the 205 step, I followed with Menzerna 85rd on a black lc pad for more gloss and wetness!

Moral of the story: be prepared to tackle any situation with an assortment of products just in case you find yourself in a sticky situation!

Eric Schuster Envious Detailing
Eric Schuster
Envious Detailing
Orange County, CA

7 comments on Reason to carry more than one product…

  1. Very good points Eric! You can have “go-to” products, but you also need to have others available and know how/when to use them depending on the situation. Unfortunately there are no miracle polishes that work for every vehicle, every time.

    Even if you “know” the paint on a particular vehicle, be sure to prepare yourself for “what-if” scenarios. I recently travelled for a Porsche job, and was glad that I came fully prepared. Typically speaking Porsche paint is soft and easy to correct. This particular car however was quite hard, and if I didn’t have backup polishes and pads with me, I wouldn’t have been able to do the work.

  2. David Patterson says:

    This is a good article. Some customers wonder why i bring so many different marterials, compounds, pads, and various tools. I always feel like I need to be prepared for stiuatuons like this. Like Todd said, It helps to know the paint, but it isnt always what you expect. I have a medium polish and fine polish i don’t normally use but never leave home without.

  3. Danny R. says:


    Great article and good advice.

    Danny R.

  4. every single time a client looks into my bin of products its always the same comment…”why so many products?” I then get to explain about no two paints are the same even if they are on the same make and model and color of car. (especially if a black bmw has been repainted! soft—>hard from fender to door = a need for a different product!)

  5. Ivan Rajic says:

    Good info Eric. Definitely a must to have/bring a variety of pads and polishes for a detail job. I know exactly what you mean with the BMW black where some panels are repainted. Hood is hard as a rock and the rest of the car won’t respond well to anything but FPII/black pad.

  6. DJ Mayo says:

    Excellent article, Eric. This is just another reason why it makes it a bit difficult at times to offer high quality mobile detailing. Not saying it can’t be done, just saying it’s easer when you are in a set location and can work in your controlled environment. It’s not like I could ask the customer for an extra Surbuf pad or some Optimum quick detailer…

  7. Tim Buxton says:

    Good info, I enjoyed reading that. Definitely makes me really want to broaden my arsenal of supplies …

    When I was starting out I would get myself into situations where I needed a backup plan and I wasn’t fully prepared. It would cost me a lot of time and unnecessary stress. Everything about detailing started to improve for me when I started to plan in everything in advance and avoid stressing out

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Commenting Rules

  • Try to keep your comments as relevant as possible.
  • Don't be abusive: no personal attacks or any other nastiness.
  • Feel free to express your opinion, but do so in an eloquent way.

If you do not respect these rules your comments may be edited or even deleted.

Detailed Image Footer Border
My Offers
20 Off Gtechniq or 15 Off Entire Order
Free Stuff
Quantity Discounts - Buy More, Save More!
Every Day Free Shipping over $149 coupon DIFree or $4.99 Shipping over $49 coupon DI499 - DI Ship and Save
Close overlay