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Pints & Polishing Auto Detailing Podcast

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Welcome to the most influential and listened to podcast for the Car Care Industry. We are the #community that brings you fresh perspectives, real talks, motivational encouragement and we probably will be drinking some fine fermentations while we do it...but if you want to watch live then join in for the live feed on Facebook.com/hypercleanstore . Grab A Pint And Enjoy 🍻

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Welcome to the most influential and listened to podcast for the Car Care Industry. We are the #community that brings you fresh perspectives, real talks, motivational encouragement and we probably will be drinking some fine fermentations while we do it...but if you want to watch live then join in for the live feed on Facebook.com/hypercleanstore . Grab A Pint And Enjoy 🍻

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AMA #10-Ask Me Anything! Listeners and Detailers Questions Answered About the Auto Detailing Business and Auto Detailing Processes-Episode #841

6/22/2024
In this episode, Nick answers various questions from listeners. He discusses the importance of understanding customer preferences when driving their cars, the potential for diversifying revenue streams in the detailing industry, the viability of brick-and-mortar retail stores for detailing products, work-life balance for business owners, improving efficiency in detailing operations, and getting into paint protection film (PPF). He emphasizes the need for customer-centricity, strategic decision-making, and continuous learning and improvement. Takeaways Understanding and respecting customer preferences is crucial when driving their cars Diversifying revenue streams can be a viable strategy for detailers to increase their income Brick-and-mortar retail stores for detailing products can be successful if they offer unique and trusted brands Work-life balance may be challenging for business owners, especially those aiming for high levels of success Improving efficiency in detailing operations requires time management and eliminating unnecessary steps Getting into PPF requires significant investment, time commitment, and practice Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Ask Me Anything Format 02:07 Diversifying Revenue Streams in the Detailing Industry 05:01 The Viability of Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores for Detailing Products 10:12 Balancing Work and Personal Life as a Business Owner 14:30 Improving Efficiency in Detailing Operations 15:56 Getting into Paint Protection Film (PPF)

Duration:01:05:08

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Why Do People Go Out Of Business? Dealerships and How They Hide Money. Episode #840

6/18/2024
In this episode of the Pints and Polishing podcast, Marshall and Nick discuss their recent experiences and observations. They talk about their Father's Day celebrations, share funny stories, and engage in some buyer/seller banter. They also discuss the importance of proper car modifications and the lack of knowledge among car buyers. The conversation touches on the Ford Flex, Cadillac CTS, and the challenges of maintaining black wheels and aftermarket modifications. In this conversation, Nick and Marshall discuss the importance of being a 'put together' person in the automotive industry. They emphasize the need to focus on the basics and take things one step at a time, rather than trying to do too much at once. They also highlight the significance of accountability and being able to admit and rectify mistakes. They share personal experiences of dealing with shops and individuals who lack accountability and pass the buck, and how it affects their trust and willingness to do business with them. The conversation concludes with the importance of finding reliable and accountable people to work with in the automotive industry. Takeaways Proper car modifications are important to ensure a good track experience Many car buyers lack knowledge and don't seek advice from experts The Ford Flex and Cadillac CTS are unique vehicles with their own appeal Maintaining black wheels and aftermarket modifications can be challenging Dealerships often engage in questionable practices, such as selling warranties for non-existent issues Focus on the basics and take things one step at a time Be accountable for your mistakes and rectify them Lack of accountability can lead to a loss of trust and business Find reliable and accountable people to work with in the automotive industry Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Mother's Day Celebrations 03:08 The Importance of Proper Car Modifications 08:01 The Unique Appeal of the Ford Flex and Cadillac CTS 13:01 Challenges of Maintaining Black Wheels and Aftermarket Modifications 26:44 The Importance of Being 'Put Together' 30:28 Taking Things One Step at a Time 33:24 The Significance of Accountability 37:05 The Impact of Lack of Accountability on Trust and Business 46:57 Finding Reliable and Accountable People in the Automotive Industry

Duration:01:05:55

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How To Use STAK For Bug Season? Plus Fixing Damage With Compound and Polish. Episode #839

6/15/2024
In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss the importance of removing bugs from cars and the potential damage they can cause. They explore the acidity levels of bugs and how they can etch and damage paint. They also touch on the effectiveness of PPF (paint protection film) in protecting against bugs and the limitations of self-healing top coats. Overall, the conversation emphasizes the need to clean and maintain cars to prevent long-term damage regularly. In this conversation, Nick and Marshall discuss the importance of proper car maintenance with paint protection film (PPF), vinyl wraps, and ceramic coatings. They emphasize that the basics of car care, such as washing and removing contaminants, remain the same regardless of the type of protection on the car. They debunk the myth of set-it-and-forget-it protection and highlight the need for regular cleaning and maintenance. They also discuss the possibility of upselling bug splatter removal services and the benefits of using products like STAK to provide extra protection for road trips. Takeaways Bugs can be highly acidic and can etch and damage paint if left on the surface for too long. The acidity levels of bugs can vary, with some bugs being more acidic than others. PPF (paint protection film) can provide some protection against bugs, but it is not a set-it-and-forget-it solution. Regular cleaning and maintenance of cars is essential to prevent long-term damage from bugs and other contaminants. Regardless of the type of protection on a car (PPF, vinyl wrap, ceramic coating), the basics of car care remain the same. Regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary to keep the car in top condition, even with added protection. Bug splatter can be removed with proper cleaning techniques, and using products like Stack can provide extra protection. Upselling bug splatter removal services can be a valuable opportunity for detailers. Proper maintenance and protection can prevent future damage and keep the car looking great. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Enjoying Summer 02:30 Changes to Hyper Clean Store 08:17 The Varying Acidity Levels of Bugs and Their Effects on Paint 14:06 The Limitations of PPF in Protecting Against Bugs 21:42 The Importance of Regular Car Care 27:49 Upselling Bug Splatter Removal Services 41:42 Using Stack for Extra Protection 45:22 Preventing Future Damage with Proper Maintenance

Duration:00:48:46

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Is Your Polish or Compound Messing Up Your Ceramic Coating? Episode #838

6/11/2024
In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics including buying wine, enjoying pool season, dealing with bugs, and managing problems in business. They emphasize the importance of not overreacting to small issues and focusing on the root of the problem. They also highlight the need to prioritize and allocate time effectively in order to achieve success. In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss the dangers of going down rabbit holes and relying solely on online information. They emphasize the importance of developing relationships with trusted brands and seeking expert advice when troubleshooting issues. They also highlight the value of loyalty and supporting companies that have proven track records. The conversation concludes with a reminder that no single product can solve all problems, but building relationships and seeking guidance can lead to successful outcomes. Takeaways Don't overreact to small issues and focus on the root of the problem. Allocate time effectively and prioritize tasks to achieve success. Learn from mistakes and move on without dwelling on them. Avoid hyper-fixation on minor problems and focus on the bigger picture. Don't waste time and energy on things that don't contribute to your goals. Avoid going down rabbit holes and relying solely on online information Develop relationships with trusted brands and seek expert advice when troubleshooting Loyalty and support for companies can lead to successful outcomes No single product can solve all problems, but relationships and guidance can help Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Wine Buying 04:36 Enjoying Pool Season 10:13 Hyper-Fixation on Small Problems 13:13 Car Troubles and Overcoming Mistakes 19:16 Avoiding Hyper-Fixation on Small Issues 21:46 Understanding the Root of Problems 25:17 Learning from Mistakes and Moving On 27:41 Not Wasting Time on Minor Issues 36:42 The Value of Developing Relationships with Trusted Brands 49:22 The Importance of Loyalty and Support for Companies 55:29 No Single Product Can Solve All Problems

Duration:01:07:38

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YouTube Detailing Channels What is Going On Behind The Scenes That You Should Know? Episode #837

6/8/2024
In this episode, Marshall, Nick, and Brian discuss the importance of maintaining a specialized group focused on process, product, and procedures. They emphasize the need for clarity and simplicity in discussions, particularly when it comes to specific brands and products. The conversation then shifts to the topic of boat detailing, with Brian providing insights on how to remove streaks and stains from boats. They also discuss the importance of seeking advice from experts in the field and being cautious of influencers who may have ulterior motives. The episode concludes with a discussion on the realities of social media and the need for transparency in product endorsements. The conversation discusses the lack of awareness among consumers about the pay-to-play nature of review channels and the potential negative consequences of relying on them. The hosts share stories of customers who were misled by review channels and ended up with costly mistakes. They emphasize the importance of understanding the motives behind review channels and the need for transparency in disclosing paid partnerships. The conversation also touches on the challenges of balancing business and fatherhood, with each host sharing their perspective on the sacrifices and responsibilities involved. Takeaways Maintaining a specialized group focused on process, product, and procedures can provide clarity and simplicity in discussions. Seek advice from experts in the field when dealing with specific topics, such as boat detailing. Be cautious of influencers who may have ulterior motives and prioritize transparency in product endorsements. Consider the expertise and experience of content creators before relying on their recommendations. Recognize the realities of social media and the potential for misinformation and hidden agendas. Consumers should be aware that review channels often operate on a pay-to-play basis, where positive reviews are influenced by financial incentives. Relying solely on review channels can lead to costly mistakes, as some channels may promote products without disclosing their paid partnerships. Transparency is crucial in the review channel industry, and consumers should look for clear disclosures of paid partnerships to make informed decisions. Balancing business and fatherhood requires sacrifices, but setting a good example for children and providing for their future is a rewarding aspect of being a father. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Week Recap 07:33 Insights on Boat Detailing 12:23 Beware of Influencers with Ulterior Motives 29:24 Lack of Consumer Awareness 32:50 Transparency in Review Channels 39:20 The Sting of Misleading Products 44:25 Pay-to-Play Nature of Review Channels 48:03 Balancing Business and Fatherhood

Duration:00:50:25

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Ceramic Coating Maintenance and The Misconceptions. Episode #836

6/4/2024
On Todays podcast The conversation covers a range of topics including lane assist technology in cars, gardening, UFC, Tesla car modifications, paint spill cleanup, and business growth in the detailing industry. The conversation also highlights the importance of implementing advice and supporting local distributors. The conversation covers a wide range of topics related to car care, detailing, and customer interactions. It delves into the challenges of maintaining and restoring trim, the use of products like Revive, the importance of becoming a specialist in the car care industry, and the significance of clear communication with customers. The conversation also emphasizes the need for confidence, honesty, and a black-and-white approach in sales and customer interactions. Takeaways Lane assist technology in cars can be both helpful and frustrating, with varying experiences based on different vehicle models. Gardening can be a strategic and enjoyable activity, offering a sense of fulfillment and relaxation. The UFC and the world of mixed martial arts provide entertainment and engagement for enthusiasts. Tesla car owners often engage in unique and sometimes unconventional modifications to their vehicles. Dealing with paint spills requires specific cleanup methods based on the type of paint and surface. Business growth in the detailing industry is achievable through consistent effort and the implementation of valuable advice. Supporting local distributors and building business relationships can lead to mutual success and growth in the industry. The importance of proper maintenance and restoration of trim, especially in older vehicles, is highlighted. The use of products like Revive for car care and restoration is discussed, emphasizing the positive impact on interior and exterior surfaces. Becoming a specialist in the car care industry requires clear communication, honesty, and confidence in dealing with customers. The significance of a black-and-white approach in sales and customer interactions is emphasized, promoting transparency and trust. Role-playing and practice can help build confidence in customer interactions and sales, leading to better outcomes. Chapters 00:00 The Lane Assist Debate: Helpful or Frustrating Car Technology? 06:14 Strategic Gardening: Finding Fulfillment in the Yard 08:28 Inside the Octagon: Exploring the World of UFC 11:49 Unconventional Tesla Modifications: Personalizing Your Ride 24:13 Detailing Business Growth: Achieving Success in the Industry 28:44 Supporting Local Distributors: Building Business Relationships 34:21 The Power of Revive in Car Care 36:37 Becoming a Specialist in Car Care 53:36 The Black-and-White Approach in Sales

Duration:01:06:55

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When is Enough Enough With a Team Member? How Do I Learn To Use Ceramic Coating? Episode #835

6/1/2024
In this episode, Marshall and Nick discuss their Memorial Day experiences, share their favorite high noon drinks, and talk about the challenges of dealing with vendors. They also delve into the world of Subaru cars, the future of car companies, and the process of learning to use ceramic coatings. The conversation touches on topics such as car brands, car market trends, and the learning curve of ceramic coating. The conversation covers various topics related to business management, employee relationships, and personal boundaries. It delves into the challenges of managing a team, setting boundaries, and making tough decisions. The discussion also touches on the importance of leadership, employee loyalty, and the balance between being supportive and setting limits. Takeaways Memorial Day experiences and the impact on business operations The popularity of high noon drinks and favorite flavors Challenges of dealing with vendors and supply chain issues The significance of Subaru cars in the automotive market The future of car companies and the impact of collaborations The learning curve and process of ceramic coating cars The importance of setting boundaries and knowing when 'enough is enough' in business and employee relationships. The value of loyalty and hard work in team members, and the challenges of managing a team effectively. The balance between being supportive and setting limits, and the impact of personal boundaries on business decisions. Chapters 00:00 Memorial Day Reflections and Vendor Challenges 03:21 The Subaru Experience: A Family of Cars 10:17 The Future of Car Companies and Collaborations 20:56 Navigating Business Boundaries: Setting Limits and Making Tough Decisions 38:51 The Value of Loyalty: Managing a Team Effectively 43:00 Balancing Support and Boundaries: The Impact on Business Decisions

Duration:00:43:58

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Time to Talk About The Reason To Use Different Car Soaps. Also, Ceramic Snow 2.0 is Here and Major Improvements Announced. Episode #834

5/25/2024
In this episode of the Pints and Polishing Podcast, Marshall and Nick do a deep dive into soap. They discuss the different types of soap and their purposes, such as Cleanse for prepping a car for PPF or coating, Foam Wash for general maintenance, and Ceramic Snow for added protection. They also talk about the reformulation of Ceramic Snow 2.0 to improve its foam and protective qualities. The hosts emphasize the importance of constantly improving products based on customer feedback and the upcoming changes and updates in their product lineup. Takeaways Different types of soap serve different purposes in car detailing, such as Cleanse for prepping and Foam Wash for maintenance. Ceramic Snow 2.0 has been reformulated to improve its foam and protective qualities. Constantly listening to customer feedback and striving for improvement is important for any business. The hosts are working on new scents and other updates to their product lineup. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Purpose of the Deep Dive 03:01 Different Types of Soap for Different Purposes 05:41 The Reformulation of Ceramic Snow 2.0 10:34 The Importance of Customer Feedback and Continuous Improvement 15:42 Using Ceramic Snow 2.0 for Road Trips 22:14 The Excitement and Future of Ceramic Snow 2.0

Duration:00:24:05

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Detailing and Damaging Aftermarket Wheels. Lets Talk About The Reality of Aftermarket Wheels. Episode #833

5/21/2024
In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics related to car detailing and the automotive industry. They talk about the challenges of wrapping a Cybertruck and the importance of considering the final appearance of a vehicle before offering free wraps. They also discuss the aesthetics of different vehicles, including hot rods, low riders, and classic cars. The conversation touches on the importance of gloss and shine in car detailing and the different products and techniques that can enhance the appearance of a vehicle. They also discuss the prevalence of scams in the industry, such as fake mobile detailing services, and the need for consumers to be educated and informed. Finally, they talk about their own areas of expertise and the importance of staying within one's wheelhouse when offering advice or opinions. Then the conversation turns to aftermarket wheels and understanding their quality and maintenance requirements. We discuss the prevalence of cheap wheels in the market and the impact of manufacturing processes on their durability. They emphasize the need for regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent damage to the wheels. The conversation also touches on the cost of aftermarket wheels and the trade-offs between affordability and quality. The hosts recommend seeking out reputable powder coating facilities for wheel refinishing and highlight the importance of understanding the long-term costs and maintenance requirements of cheap wheels. Chapters 00:00 A New Era of Wheels 03:20 The Impact of Cheap Wheels 07:29 Manufacturing and Wheel Durability 11:33 Cost and Quality of Aftermarket Wheels 15:40 Powder Coating for Wheel Refinishing

Duration:01:08:22

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Facebook Groups Have WILD Questions Lets Answer Some Of Them! Episode #832

5/18/2024
In this Pints and Polishing podcast episode, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics related to detailing and answering questions from Facebook groups. They cover topics such as starting a detailing business, organizing towels, dealing with competitors, prepping a vehicle for ceramic coating, and more. The conversation highlights the importance of starting small, learning from experience, and using the right products and techniques. They also emphasize the need for clear customer communication and the importance of continuous learning and improvement in the detailing industry. In this conversation, Nick and Marshall discuss various car detailing and customer service topics. They address concerns about ceramic coatings, handling upset customers, removing scratches from motorcycle windshields, using quick detailers, and restoring plastic steps on vehicles. They emphasize the importance of setting expectations, being professional in difficult situations, and considering replacement options when necessary. Takeaways Starting small and gaining experience is important in the detailing business Clear communication with customers is crucial Using the right products and techniques can improve efficiency and results Continuous learning and improvement are essential in the detailing industry Ceramic coatings may cause etching on clear coats, but it can be fixed by polishing and reapplying the coating. When dealing with upset customers, it's important to remain calm, meet with both parties involved, and walk them through the work that was done. Refunding a customer may be necessary to resolve a difficult situation, but it's important to set expectations and be professional throughout the process. When trying to remove scratches from motorcycle windshields, it's best to replace the windshield if possible, as attempting to fix it may cause distortion. Using quick detailers on a car that has been previously washed and protected with a sealant is not recommended, as it may cause staining. When restoring plastic steps on vehicles, consider the cost of replacement parts before attempting to fix them, and if necessary, scuff the plastic and use trim paint for a better result. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Overview 02:31 Starting a Detailing Business 05:27 Charging for Detailing Services 08:27 Towel Organization and Care 13:47 Dealing with Competitors 24:58 Prepping for Ceramic Coating 29:14 Continuous Learning and Improvement 31:32 Addressing Concerns About Ceramic Coatings 41:22 Dealing with Difficult Customers 44:11 Replacing Parts Instead of Fixing 52:30 Restoring Plastic Steps on Vehicles

Duration:00:58:26

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Detailing Training The Reality of What is Going On. What Should We Pay? Episode #831

5/14/2024
In this episode of the Pints of Polishing podcast, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics, including buying and selling experiences, the importance of keeping opinions to oneself, positive interactions in the specialist group, and their love for the hyperClean products. They also talk about applying coatings, rinseless washing and drying aids, and the importance of paying attention to different paint systems. The conversation touches on shoulder surgery, the Jeep wave, and the challenges of maintaining convertible fabric tops. The conversation discusses the challenges of cleaning neglected fabric tops and the limited options for restoration. It emphasizes the importance of using the right products and techniques for fabric tops and highlights the two possible outcomes: either the top can be cleaned and restored or it needs to be replaced. The conversation also touches on the issue of car washes and the limitations of ceramic coatings in protecting against certain types of car washes. It concludes with a discussion on the cost and value of training in the detailing industry. Takeaways It's important to keep opinions to oneself, especially when they are outlandish or divisive. Positive interactions and encouragement within the specialist group are highly valued. When applying coatings, it's crucial to pay attention to different paint systems and adjust the application accordingly. Using a drying aid like Slick can provide additional protection and enhance the appearance of the paint. Fabric tops on convertibles require proper maintenance to prevent damage and ensure longevity. Neglected fabric tops can be challenging to clean and restore, and using the wrong products or techniques can cause further damage. Fabric tops typically have two outcomes: they can be cleaned and restored, or they need to be replaced. Ceramic coatings may not provide full protection against certain types of car washes, and touchless car washes are generally safer for coated vehicles. Training in the detailing industry can be expensive due to the expertise and time required, and the cost of training often reflects the value and return on investment. It's important to have realistic expectations about what training can provide and to consider the expertise and experience of the trainer. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Buying/Selling Experiences 02:06 Keeping Opinions to Yourself 07:10 Encouragement and Positivity in the Specialist Group 09:42 Coating Application: Considerations for Different Paint Systems 15:04 The Benefits of Using a Drying Aid 28:44 Challenges and Options for Cleaning Neglected Fabric Tops 31:38 The Two Possible Outcomes for Fabric Tops: Restoration or Replacement 36:13 The Limitations of Ceramic Coatings in Car Washes 53:04 The Cost and Value of Training in the Detailing Industry

Duration:01:10:38

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What is Going on In The Car World? Episode #830

5/11/2024
In this episode of the Pints & Polishing Podcast, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics related to driving and car manufacturers. They start by discussing sitting at stoplights and whether or not they follow the rules. They then discuss the trend of podcasts having numerous ad reads and the annoyance it can cause. The conversation shifts to the state of American automakers, particularly Chevy, and their struggles to compete with other brands. They also touch on the limitations of autonomous driving technology and the challenges of implementing it on a large scale. The episode concludes with discussing the future of car communication and the difficulties of getting different brands to work together. The conversation covers various topics related to the automotive industry, including the influence of social media on car reviews, the limitations of current car technology, the challenges of autonomous vehicles, and the appeal of luxury brands like Alpina. The hosts discuss the potential bias of automotive journalists who receive perks from car manufacturers, such as free trips and accommodations. They also question the advancement of infotainment systems in cars compared to smartphones. The conversation touches on the skepticism surrounding the timeline for fully autonomous vehicles and the difficulties in implementing the necessary infrastructure. The hosts express their preference for tried and true features in luxury vehicles and discuss the appeal of Alpina as a unique brand. The episode concludes with a reminder about Mother's Day. Takeaways Sitting at stoplights can be frustrating, and some people choose to ignore the rules and go through them when there is no traffic. Podcasts have an increasing number of ad reads, which can be annoying for listeners. American automakers, like Chevy, are struggling to compete with other brands and are facing challenges in terms of their brand identity and product offerings. The implementation of autonomous driving technology is limited by infrastructure and legal issues, and widespread adoption may still be a long way off. Car communication, where vehicles can talk to each other, is a possibility for the future, but it would require collaboration between different brands and technological advancements. Social media has influenced car reviews and the credibility of automotive journalists who receive perks from car manufacturers. Current car technology, including infotainment systems, is not as advanced as smartphones. The timeline for fully autonomous vehicles is uncertain, and the necessary infrastructure is lacking. Luxury brands like Alpina offer unique features and appeal to those seeking exclusivity. Mother's Day is approaching, and it's important not to forget to show appreciation for mothers. Chapters 00:00 The Frustration of Stoplights and Rule-Breaking 02:38 The Rise of Ad Reads in Podcasts 08:12 The Struggles of American Automakers 15:14 The Limitations of Autonomous Driving 24:53 The Influence of Social Media on Car Reviews 27:16 The Challenges of Autonomous Vehicles 31:28 The Appeal of Luxury Brands like Alpina 49:17 Don't Forget Mother's Day

Duration:00:49:45

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Should You Use Ceramic Coating on PPF? Also, Stop Overthinking Certain Stuff. Episode #829

5/7/2024
In this episode of the Pints of Polishing podcast, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics related to car care and detailing. They start by joking about technical difficulties with their microphones and then move on to talk about buying and selling different things. They also discuss the importance of properly coating windshields and the challenges of dealing with mold in cars. They share their thoughts on whether to coat all windows or just the windshield and discuss the issue of windshield washer fluid systems. They also talk about the benefits of using Infinite Shine for tire shine and other applications. The episode ends with a discussion about partial vs full hood PPF installations. In this conversation, Nick and Marshall discuss the importance of not overcomplicating the ceramic coating process and avoiding unnecessary speculation. They address the misconception that ceramic coating can cause damage to paint protection film (PPF) and emphasize the need for clear communication and accurate information when discussing coating options with customers. They also touch on the cure time and water behavior of ceramic coatings, as well as their suitability for different surfaces. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the dangers of overthinking and the value of problem-solving in running a successful detailing business. Takeaways Coating windshields is important for visibility and hydrophobicity, and it is recommended to coat all windows, not just the windshield. Dealing with mold in cars can be challenging and may require professional mold remediation services. The design of windshield washer fluid systems can vary, and some systems may not effectively distribute the fluid onto the windshield. Infinite Shine is a versatile product that can be used for tire shine and other applications, providing a matte finish and nourishment to surfaces. Partial hood PPF installations may result in visible lines and dirt staining, while full hood installations can provide better protection and a seamless appearance. Avoid overcomplicating the ceramic coating process and stick to the intended use of the product. Clear communication and accurate information are crucial when discussing coating options with customers. Ceramic coatings cure quicker than people think, especially in hot temperatures. Ceramic coatings can be applied to various surfaces, but their durability may vary. Overthinking can lead to unnecessary complications and mistakes in the detailing business. Problem-solving is essential for running a successful detailing business. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Buy/Sell 02:23 Sell Cell Phone Service in Arkansas 06:20 Expelling a Three-Year-Old from School 13:44 The Design of Windshield Washer Fluid Systems 21:55 Using Infinite Shine for Tire Shine and More 26:16 Partial vs Full Hood PPF Installations 31:08 Simplifying the Ceramic Coating Process 34:09 Clear Communication and Accurate Information 36:09 Cure Time and Water Behavior of Ceramic Coatings 46:10 The Dangers of Overthinking 49:21 The Value of Problem-Solving in the Detailing Business

Duration:01:03:52

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Can You Make $100 per Hour? Are People Really Making That Much or Are They Making More? Episode #828

5/4/2024
In this conversation, Marshall, Nick, and Brian discuss the concept of charging $100 an hour in the detailing business. They emphasize the importance of understanding what it truly means to charge $100 an hour and the factors affecting the hourly rate. They also highlight the need for realistic expectations and the challenges of achieving a high hourly rate. The conversation touches on the importance of refining oneself, processes, and relationships to level up in business. They also discuss the need to let go of certain beliefs and practices that may hinder growth. In this conversation, Nick, Brian, and Marshall discuss the importance of understanding the financial aspects of running a detailing business. They emphasize the need to focus on making money and not getting caught up in chasing perfection. They stress the importance of knowing your numbers, including how much you make per hour and job. They also discuss the benefits of offering 30-day terms to customers and the importance of maintaining a 40-hour workweek to avoid burning out employees. The conversation concludes with the reminder that business is tough, but with the right mindset and understanding of financials, success is possible. Takeaways Charging $100 an hour in the detailing business requires a realistic understanding of what it truly means and the factors that affect the actual hourly rate. Achieving a high hourly rate requires refining oneself, processes, and relationships. It is important to let go of beliefs and practices that may hinder growth and success in business. Having a growth mindset and being open to learning and adapting is crucial for leveling up in business. Focus on making money and not getting caught up in chasing perfection. Know your numbers, including how much you're making per hour and per job. Offering 30-day terms to customers can lead to long-term relationships and increased revenue. Maintaining a 40-hour workweek is important to avoid burning out employees. Business is tough, but with the right mindset and understanding of financials, success is possible. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Neighbors 03:13 Understanding the Reality of Charging $100 an Hour in Detailing 07:52 The Importance of Refining Oneself, Processes, and Relationships 14:26 Letting Go of Beliefs and Practices that Hinder Growth 33:33 The Importance of Making Money 35:19 Chasing Perfection vs. Making Money 43:38 The Basics of Running a Business 45:21 The Importance of Consistent Income 46:47 Understanding the Math of Business 53:55 The Consequences of Ignoring Financials

Duration:00:57:08

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Ceramic Coating Launch STAK! Full Details and Discussion on Our Newest Product. Episode #827

4/30/2024
In this episode of the Pints of Polishing podcast, Marshall and Nick discuss their recent experiences and share some customer feedback. They also introduce their new product, STAK, a versatile ceramic coating. They highlight the simplicity of the application process and the long-lasting results it provides. They emphasize that Stack is not just a water-based sealant, but a true ceramic coating. They address common questions and concerns about the product, including its durability and the maintenance of the sprayer. Overall, they invite listeners to join the evolution of their product line and experience the benefits of STAK. Takeaways STAK is a versatile ceramic coating that offers simplicity in application and long-lasting results. It is suitable for both professional detailers and car enthusiasts who want to protect their vehicles. STAK can be used as a standalone protectant or to service existing coatings. It reinforces weak points in coatings and provides a real level of service. The application process is quick and easy, with no need for leveling or multiple towels. STAK is not a water-based sealant, but a true ceramic coating with enhanced durability and hydrophobic properties. The product comes in an 8-ounce bottle, which can cover approximately 10-15 cars of varying sizes. The sprayer should be cleaned with warm water and APC to prevent clogging and contamination. STAK fills a need in the market for a ceramic coating with a 6-12 month lifespan. It offers a higher level of protection and gloss compared to water-based sealants. STAK is part of the evolution of the hyperCLEAN product line, providing unique value to customers. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Updates 05:05 Nick's Experience at the Farmer's Market 13:35 Benefits of Stack for Professional Detailers 23:23 Maintaining the Sprayer and Preventing Contamination 27:38 Addressing Common Questions and Concerns about Stack 32:36 Join the Evolution with STAK: The Future of Ceramic Coatings

Duration:00:39:20

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Ceramic Coatings Why Is There So Much Confusion? Plus, New Product Dropping! Episode #826

4/27/2024
The conversation revolves around the confusion and misconceptions surrounding ceramic coatings in the car care industry. We discuss the various factors contributing to the confusion, including the abundance of misinformation, misleading marketing, and the lack of education among professionals and consumers. They emphasize the importance of being knowledgeable and transparent when discussing ceramic coatings and debunk common misconceptions. We also highlight the need for industry professionals to take responsibility and provide accurate information to help customers make informed decisions. Takeaways There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding ceramic coatings in the car care industry. The abundance of misleading marketing and lack of education contribute to the confusion. Industry professionals and consumers need to be knowledgeable and transparent when discussing ceramic coatings. Debunking common misconceptions and providing accurate information is crucial for helping customers make informed decisions. The industry should focus on providing quality products and services rather than relying on exaggerated claims and marketing tactics. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Announcement of Launch 08:34 The Role of Education and Transparency in Clearing Up Misconceptions 25:20 The Problem with Constantly Shifting Trends and Claims 32:39 The Power of Shooting Straight and Providing Accurate Information

Duration:00:34:12

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When Has Paint Been Damaged Beyond Repair? Keeping Deposits From Customers Yes or No? Episode #825

4/23/2024
In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics related to car detailing and maintenance. They talk about their experiences at soccer tournaments, the emergence of battery-powered tools, the importance of maintaining tools, and the challenges of dealing with bugs and stains on car exteriors. They also touch on the use of sandpaper and the need for clear communication with customers about potential risks and outcomes. In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss the importance of being upfront with customers about the limitations of their services. They also talk about the trend of elaborate vehicle setups and the potential pitfalls of investing too much in the appearance of a vehicle. They touch on the topic of taking deposits for work and the need for clear communication and accountability. The conversation concludes with a discussion about the DIY culture and the risks involved in attempting complex tasks without the necessary expertise. Takeaways Maintaining tools is important for their longevity and optimal performance. Bugs and stains on car exteriors should be addressed promptly to prevent damage to the paint. Using sandpaper and compounds can be effective for removing scratches and stains, but it carries the risk of damaging the paint and may require professional repainting. Clear communication with customers about potential risks and outcomes is crucial in detailing projects. Battery-powered tools offer convenience but may not always provide the same level of ergonomics and performance as corded tools. Be upfront with customers about the limitations of your services Investing too much in the appearance of a vehicle may not always be worth it Clear communication and accountability are essential when taking deposits for work DIY tasks can be risky without the necessary expertise Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Soccer Tournament Experience 09:10 The Importance of Tool Maintenance 31:03 The Risks and Benefits of Using Sandpaper 39:02 Pros and Cons of Battery-Powered Tools 46:13 The Pitfalls of Elaborate Vehicle Setups 59:05 Taking Deposits for Work

Duration:01:08:30

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AMA #9-Ask Me Anything! Listeners and Detailers Questions Answered About the Auto Detailing Business and Auto Detailing Processes- Episode #824

4/20/2024
In this episode of the Pints and Polishing Podcast, Nick answers questions from listeners about various topics related to the car detailing industry. He discusses podcasts and YouTube channels that cover the new and used car markets, as well as the auction markets. He also shares his thoughts on the best approach for paint correction on a vintage car, the importance of offering both basic services and ceramic coating installs in a mobile business, and the significance of special teams and plays in sports. Nick also provides insights on washing cars too frequently, the development of new compound and polish products, and the maintenance of vented floor tiles in a shop. He concludes by addressing questions about glass coatings, uniforms for team members, and the expectations of high-end clients in a detailing shop. Takeaways There are limited podcasts and YouTube channels that cover the new and used car markets or the auction markets. Some recommended sources for information on the auction and used car business include Mannheim auction results, the Black Book, and industry publications. When it comes to paint correction on a vintage car, the approach depends on the condition of the paint and the desired level of correction. A one-step process can be sufficient for most classic vehicles, but a two-step process with a rotary and wool pad may be necessary for achieving a higher level of correction. In a mobile business, it is recommended to offer a combination of basic services, ceramic coating installs, paint protection film (PPF), and window tinting. Basic services not only generate income but also serve as an opportunity to upsell customers on higher-end services. Special teams and plays are important in sports and can make a significant impact on the outcome of a game. They add excitement and strategic elements to the sport. Washing a car too frequently can depend on the individual's washing process. If the process is well-executed, there is no such thing as washing a car too much. However, if there are flaws in the washing procedure, excessive washing can cause damage to the paint. Developing new compound and polish products requires a balance between cutting power and finishing ability. Many existing products on the market either cut too heavily or too little. The goal is to create products that provide versatility and can achieve both a good cut and a fine finish. When it comes to uniforms for team members, it is important to provide shirts and hats, but other clothing items such as pants, shorts, and shoes can be the responsibility of the employees. It is essential to be a good employer and create a positive work environment. High-end clients value convenience and efficiency. They want their car detailing experience to be hassle-free and expect the job to be done as promised. Providing excellent customer service and handling any issues that arise are key to satisfying high-end clients. The development of non-silica waterless rinseless products is an interesting concept, but it may require harsh chemicals to dislodge embedded contaminants. While it is possible to create such products, claying is still a reliable method for removing contamination from the paint. The effectiveness of products claiming to eliminate the need for claying is still uncertain. While advancements in chemistry are possible, it is important to approach such claims with skepticism and consider the limitations of these products. When hiring employees, it is crucial to be a good employer and create a positive work environment. This includes taking responsibility for mistakes, providing fair treatment, and maintaining a strong work ethic. Building a strong team requires effort and dedication from the owner.

Duration:00:44:44

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Let's talk Compounding and Polishing. Plus, Taking Your Business Idea and Executing. Episode #823

4/16/2024
In this episode, Marshall and Nick discuss various topics including their recent purchases, their experiences at live events, the use of OEM and non-OEM parts in car maintenance, and the proper process for compounding and polishing. They also touch on the importance of open-mindedness and communication in the car care community. In this conversation, Marshall and Nick discuss the importance of executing ideas in business and the value of opinions. They emphasize the need for detailers to focus on sales and marketing, as well as being open to changing their ideas and strategies. They also highlight the significance of putting in the time and effort required for business success, and the need to find where one fits in the marketplace. The conversation concludes with a reminder to stay adaptable and not get too attached to ideas that may not be working. Takeaways Marshall and Nick share their recent purchases and experiences, highlighting the enjoyment they find in simple pleasures like eating naan and drinking coffee while doing a rinseless wash on their cars. They discuss the use of OEM and non-OEM parts in car maintenance, noting that the choice depends on factors such as the age of the car, the presence of advanced technology, and personal preferences. The conversation also delves into the proper process for compounding and polishing, with Marshall and Nick discussing the importance of working the compound thoroughly before applying polish. They emphasize the value of open-mindedness and communication in the car care community, encouraging people to engage in discussions and share knowledge without judgment. Overall, the conversation highlights the diverse interests and perspectives within the car care community and the importance of finding what works best for each individual. Executing ideas is crucial for business success Sales and marketing are essential for detailers Being open to changing ideas and strategies is important Putting in the time and effort is necessary for growth Finding where one fits in the marketplace is key Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Enjoying Simple Pleasures 08:08 OEM vs. Non-OEM Parts 15:08 The Proper Process for Compounding and Polishing 31:07 Trash, right? 44:29 Execution, execution, execution 53:11 Finding your place in the marketplace

Duration:01:08:31

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The Ever-Changing Car Industry and The Fun Redesigns Announced This Week. Why Do People Buy 4Runners At This Point? Episode #822

4/13/2024
In this episode, Marshall and Nick discuss various car-related news and trends. They talk about the release of the new ZR1 Corvette after six years, Kia's announcement of their first truck called the Tasmanian, the decline of mini trucks in the market, the race for the fastest electric vehicle, the drop in resale value of electric cars, and the changing models of the Toyota 4Runner. They also touch on inflation and the increasing prices of goods. In this conversation, Nick and Marshall discuss the current state of the car market, focusing on the Toyota 4Runner and the pricing and value of new vehicles. They explore the cramped interior of the 4Runner, the high price point of Toyota SUVs, and the comparison between Toyota and Lexus. They also touch on the trend of overlanding vehicles and the misconception that many owners actually take their vehicles off-road. The conversation concludes with a discussion on why people are buying fewer new cars, including issues with redesigns, high prices, and a disconnect between car manufacturers and car enthusiasts. Takeaways Chevy is releasing the new ZR1 Corvette after six years, creating excitement among Corvette enthusiasts. Kia is entering the truck market with their first truck called the Tasmanian. The mini truck market is making a comeback, especially in Texas, where many trucks from Asian countries are now legally importable. The race for the fastest electric vehicle is ongoing, with Porsche claiming to have the fastest EV with their new model. The resale value of electric cars is dropping, making them a good value for used car buyers. The Toyota 4Runner has undergone many changes and now offers nine different trim packages, confusing potential buyers. Inflation is causing the prices of goods, including gas, to increase. The car industry is constantly evolving, with new models and trends emerging. The Toyota 4Runner has a cramped interior and a high price point, making it less appealing to taller individuals and those seeking a more luxurious experience. Toyota SUVs are priced similarly to Lexus models, making it more advantageous to purchase a used Lexus with low mileage for a better overall experience. The trend of overlanding vehicles is often overhyped, as most owners do not actually take their vehicles off-road. Car manufacturers are losing touch with car enthusiasts and are prioritizing their brand image over the needs and desires of their customers. The high prices of new cars, coupled with issues with redesigns and a lack of significant improvements, are leading consumers to hold onto their current vehicles or seek alternatives. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Overview 07:26 The Race for the Fastest Electric Vehicle 16:30 The Confusing Array of Toyota 4Runner Trim Packages 32:29 Car Manufacturers Losing Touch with Car Enthusiasts 39:10 The High Prices and Lack of Significant Improvements in New Cars

Duration:00:48:51