How did you get your start?
I started when my kids were small. It was something I could do from home. It's something I enjoy doing it.
How did you train for the job?
A lot of trial and error. It's a lot of testing products and finding things that work. There is not just one thing I use on a vehicle.
What essential skills are required?
A lot of physical work and you have to be able to withstand the heat. When it is really hot, you get a much nicer wax finish. You have to be flexible to get inside a two-seat car and you have to be able to get to every square inch of the car. It all needs to be cleaned, even inside the trunk.
Describe a typical day.
I come in and look at the schedule. I could have one, two, or three cars to be done, but whatever it is, I can handle it and get them done. I get the buckets ready and get them going for the day.
What's the best part of the job?
The outcome. Someone can bring me the dirtiest car ever, I don't mind. That is what I am here for: to see what the product looks like when I get it done and see it look so nice.
What's the biggest challenge?
The different finishes that are out on the market today. To make the car look like it has a showroom finish you have to know what type of waxes to use to make it have a stand-up finish when it is done.
What advice would you offer someone looking to go into this field?
It's rewarding and it's fun, it's good exercise, it keeps you physical everyday. It's really good for you and it's not a hard thing to learn you once you get the basics. You always pick up new things to learn.
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