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Old 11-16-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Talking Motorcycle Detailing

Is there a need for this on MH?

Right out of college I had issues finding a job, so I detailed cars on the side to make money. I bought everything I needed, and a buddy and I would go to peoples' houses and detail their vehicles there. We did 2 cruisers for people, but just as last minute deals after we completed their primary vehicles.

I was wondering if anyone on here has ever had their bike professionally detailed? Further, Whats the going rate on something like this?

I'm thinking paint correction and protection, and small-part detailing.

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Old 11-16-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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I'm looking for ways to supplement my income. I have a good job now, but after 5PM and on weekends I have plenty of spare time to make money on the side

Plus, these idle hands are driving me mad
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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I'm looking for ways to supplement my income. I have a good job now, but after 5PM and on weekends I have plenty of spare time to make money on the side

Plus, these idle hands are driving me mad
same here.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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There's that point where I hit "diminising returns", and its just not as fun then
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:27 PM   #8
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I've had my bike for almost 1 1/2 years and I've only washed it twice since i've had it.
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how far will you travel and what's the going rate for full size truck? FJ Cruiser?
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:54 PM   #10
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how far will you travel and what's the going rate for full size truck? FJ Cruiser?
I've stayed above I-10 so far, but I'm not against going further- I may need to adjust the price if a vehicle is far out, though.

Cost depends on the amount of paint correction required. If you just want the contaminants removed (clay bar) and top it off with a couple coats of Zaino, I can do a vehicle the size of an FJ for about $175. This will not remove any scratches or swirl marks, but it will provide a good shine and (I've found) about 9 months worth of protection on a daily driver.

A full blown paint correction to remove fine scratches and swirl marks would run upwards of 400-500, depending on the size of the vehicle.

Both of these services include a basic interior detail.
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Whats the price on a bike? A minor paint correction is needed on the gas tank.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:43 PM   #12
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Not a bad idea. I have a story on that theme, but it is not for public discussion.

Counter idea: portable motorcycle maintenance: basic items like check fluids, adjust chain, change brake fluid, look for brake issues, etc. Key word: portable and competent. For me riding my bike to a truly outstanding shop means clear across Houston, and I don't feel safe doing that. The other option is Mancuso SW, and frankly they are an unknown to me. Yup: there is a market out there.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:46 AM   #13
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You know the portable maintenance idea is not a bad idea. I may have to look into that. I need a side gig to fund my motorcycle habit haha. I stay on the SW side too . Though I admit I may need a partner...I mean We are talking change fluids oil, bleed brake system, cooling system right. Chain Tension adjustment, lubrication? Nothing major right?
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You know the portable maintenance idea is not a bad idea. I may have to look into that. I need a side gig to fund my motorcycle habit haha. I stay on the SW side too . Though I admit I may need a partner...I mean We are talking change fluids oil, bleed brake system, cooling system right. Chain Tension adjustment, lubrication? Nothing major right?
You know who to call I just don't know how to do any of that . I'll learn
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Both sound like great ideas.. Although I'd probably use the professional detailing for my car vs bike. The mobile maint. sounds like a big win. The detailing thing I'd jump on if I had a show bike though... Food for thought. I say don't ask about it, just do it!
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Thayleal,

Yes, that is right: basic maintenance, by someone who knows his stuff and has the tools and time. My issue is lack of time. I would like to change out my brake fluid, but don't want to go up to Mancuso and wait. The idea of portable MC maintenance has value in a huge city like Houston. Make it convenient, be reliable, and know your stuff: $$$. Time is more valuable than money to some people.
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Ive had mine for 3 and havent washed it once. lol.
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Both good ideas and untapped markets. Better hurry you might have given someone else a goldmine.
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Whats the price on a bike? A minor paint correction is needed on the gas tank.
Bikes are easy, a quick paint correction and protection could be done for about $75.

If any scratches are through the clearcoat and/or paint though- that work is a little outside of my scope
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