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Professional detailer or detail your own car?

Thursday, 13th November 2014

When it comes to our beloved vehicles, sometimes we are faced with a decision. Should I do my detailing or should pay someone to do it for me?

It can be a tough decision when you weigh up the costs, time constraints and the quality of the results. 

For most people, you car is the second most expensive asset you own. If you don't have a house, your car is probably number one. 

Here are some of the pro’s and con’s laid out for you. 



Pro's +

Hiring a professional saves you time. This means that you don’t have to set aside an hour or 5 of your time to get the work done yourself. And even more time if you don’t already have the tools and quality products for the job.


You will get a much more professional look. Car detailers use professional grade detailing products which will leave your car with a professional finish.  Sometimes a DIY job can look less than perfect, especially if it’s your first time. There is also that excitement of picking up your newly detailed car after a day’s work.


Safety first. You might hear some people saying that only a professional car detailer can make sure that the clear coat on your paint isn’t buffed off to far. This can be quite true! If you don’t have the right tools, clear coat safe products or aren’t confident with them, you may be better off hiring a professional.


Con's -

It can be quite costly! The costs of a professional detailing service can vary from $50 to a few hundred.  This usually comes down to labour costs and the products they choose to use. Unfortunately, you don’t get much say in the products they use on your car. If they only use a top shelf $200 imported rare bottle of wax, that’s what you’re going to have to pay for.

Luckily, many Australian detailers use professional waxes like the California Custom Products which won’t cost you an arm and a leg.


Pro's +

It can save you quite a bit of money. If you already have the tools, a good polish and wax session may only cost you the price of a bottle of polish! Which in our case, for M-Ron Glass Cleaner and Wax is only $24-$30 from our Australian car care product stockists.


Knowledge is power! You can easily learn about detailing compounds and techniques. There is a lot of information available on how to correctly apply polish and waxes. You can find some more information on how to use the California Custom Products here.


DIY activities are always good fun. Nothing better than that sense of accomplishment you get when you sit back and look at that perfect glossy finish on your paint.


Con's -

Time and energy. You will find it’s not always as simple as it sounds. It takes time and a little bit of elbow grease to get the results you want.

There are things you can do to make this process easier for you. Using quality waxes like California Custom Products over cheaper options will save you time and effort.

Our M-Ron Glass allows you to leave the wax on the vehicle to dry in the sun. The wax is then dusted off easily! Quick and easy. You won’t have to spend the whole afternoon trying to get the baked wax off.

It’s a learning process. It might take you a few times to get the perfect results you want. Polishing and waxing your own car is not a difficult process, but it can leave bad results if not done correctly. Make sure you read the bottle for directions before use.

So whether you decide to do it yourself or pay a professional, just remember to use quality products on your car. Using products like M-Ron Glass and Purple Metal Polish will make sure the job is done quickly, at a reasonable cost and you will always get that professional shine guaranteed!