Has there been 1 car that’s stood out for you?
There’s been a good amount. I love it when it’s something a bit lairy. You hear it humming up the lane then it rolls into the yard where the unit is and you think “cool”. You wash it down etc, get it inside get your head around the condition and think damn I’d love to own one of these. I suppose the one that really stood out was a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera LP 570-4 in pearl yellow and a truck load of carbon fibre. It was just stunning, I had Lambo’s on my bedroom wall as did thousands of other kids when I was young so the Lambo’s the dream man. When the owner arrived we went through the car and the detail we’d already agreed on, general chit chat, a really nice down to earth guy.
As he gave me the keys to his Lambo he said “you know I love this car more than my own children”. I laughed, looked at him in the eyes and he wasn’t joking at all. He meant it. Save the car, forget the offspring haha! I remember not sleeping a lot that week while that was in. But, it came out awesome and he was really pleased with it. Plenty of wine after that one roared off into the night. A lot of hours of went into that detail. I remember feeling very humble that he picked me to work on his pride and joy. Hey, he could have used anyone, someone more well known but he picked me having seen my work.
It’s also great having people come in with their brand new cars that have six miles on the clock, all the factory wraps on, cost nearly as much as your home and then they come back the following year having traded in for something more mental, more expensive and they trust you. That’s really humbling and builds your confidence.
What’s your biggest challenge as a detailer?
I always find the brand new ones interesting, how dealerships can really mess up a brand new car and their complete lack of care and attention. That’s a pretty straight forward fix though. Also cars that have been to different paint shops throughout their lives and not being finished properly, or recently out of the paint shop and left with real bad wet sand marks, holograms by rotary polishing etc, or even a previous detailer cutting corners and not doing their job correctly. I think “damn his is gonna take a while”.
What advice would you offer to anyone looking to become a detailer?
Practice man, don’t expect to go in there and perform miracles on a car straight away. Patience too is a massive thing to have when you’re detailing. Get settled in and be prepared for some long hours, and plan ahead, organise yourself, time management and quadruple check everything every time.. Good music too, no generic radio friendly pop shit. Keep it heavy.
Quote from Daryl
I’d say stay away from negativity and the guys that spew it out. People are so quick to bash someone, a new product line, your own success even, it’s ridiculous. Having haters isn’t a bad thing, they’re hating on you because you’re doing something productive and positive, so keep at it.
“The best revenge is success” yes, but staying humble and not trying to be ‘the be all and end all’ be it detailing, any sort of hobby/business, the car scene, or any other scene it’s easy to get caught up in it all and it never ends well for you and others. Stay motivated even if it’s not going how you want it to, things iron out and things happen for a reason, go with your own gut feelings not what someone else is saying. Don’t get suckered into all the glitzy setups you see online, or all the flash motors sitting about. Sometimes what you imagine it to be isn’t what it is at all. Do your own thing and carve your own path. When that customer returns again and again and new customers come in it’s extremely rewarding. Most importantly enjoy what your doing. If you’re doing that then you’re on the right path already.