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has anybody had their tacoma professionally detailed?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by NWtacoma, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    NWtacoma

    NWtacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Im thinking about having mine done here pretty soon. its kinda pricey just wondering if its worth it.
     
  2. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    steve o 77

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    My grandpa had mine done right before I bought it (he is a used car salesman) and it was really really clean lol. I wish I had taken pics because it will never be that clean again.

    I personally don't think its worth it though, just clean it yourself.
     
  3. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    It was about One Hundred Dollars to shampoo the carpet and seats. The rest of the interior done as well. It's worth the Money.
     
  4. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM
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    jeff b

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    I just had mine done. $150.00 and worth every dime! It looks like he waxed the engine compartment and even touched up paint on frame and underside. Seems like a whole new truck inside and out.
     
  5. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    bjmoose

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    I'm not here to say those guys don't earn their money.

    But you're here on the Tacoma World enthusiasts site! We're here to look after our trucks. So, naturally, I'm going to tell you to take a weekend and do-it-yourself.

    Get some tips ahead of time by reading up on detailing, claybar, polishing, waxing, etc... as well as interior detailing techniques. But there's a whole subfolder dedicated to nothing but detailing.

    Some Tacothusiasts *install their own suspension systems!* Can't you at least *clean your own truck really really well?* :D
     
  6. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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    Nirvana

    Nirvana I don't need you to tell me how good my coffee is

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    I had mine professionally detailed a few months after I bought it just to give it a good baseline for me to work off of. Just kept it washed and waxed from there on. It was definitely worth the money though.
     
  7. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    NWtacoma

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    lol i dont want to spend all that time doing it myself. I DO want it to look like it just rolled off the showroom floor though!

    this is the place im thinking about taking it to, voted the best in washington state.

    http://www.northwestautosalon.com/

    prices are nuts
     
  8. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    steve o 77

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    Yeah one thing I wasn't happy with was the fact that they sprayed clear coat all over my radiator hoses and other engine parts as well as all over my frame rails in the rear wheel wells.
     
  9. Nov 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    I will have mine done in either winter or summer break. Its worth it to me because I do not know how to buff (to take out scratches) and I don't want to mess it up.
     
  10. Nov 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    Ive thought about getting mine done just so the seats will be clean again since we all know they attract dirt like a magnet. BUT I use my truck for dirty things like camping, wheeling, shooting, goin to the mud bog, the beach etc. I just live with the dirty seats and save my money LOL


     
  11. Nov 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    i get it done once every two months. I dont want to spend hours of my day clay-baring and waxing my truck 3 times along with steam cleaning my interior and removing all waterspots off windows and mirrors. to me its worth the 100 bucks every other month. in between I just wash it and vacuum every week. sometimes I pressure wash the engine bay and frame. my truck looks brand new. I tell my detailer not to use the tire shine crap or the armor-all interior like crap cuz it just makes dust and dirt stick to it and will look like crap within a couple days.
     
  12. Nov 12, 2010 at 7:38 PM
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    NW,

    If you like a clean truck and don't want to do it youself, then it is definitely worth it.
    Those prices seem kinda high, but they might be in the ballpark for your area.

    Take a look/search over at www.autopia.org. Its a detailing website/forum for detailing professionals and enthusiasts with tons of great info and helpful members.
    Read, ask questions, ask for a recomendations/references with before and after photos.
    The folks over there are OCD, anal, and extremely "detail" oriented. Similar to the folks here. ;)

    I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find a person to tune up your ride to a very high standard and for less $$.

    I detail as a sort of hobby, sometimes on the side for cash and I'd probably charge ~$300-400, possibly a bit more depending on the condition of your truck. That would include wash, clay, light compound, polish, wax, windows and interior cleaning. It would take 2 full days.

    My previous truck (2000 access cab) was BSP and it looked great after a thorough polish.
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  13. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    Tacomanator

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    i prefer doing mine myself also. its time consuming, but very well worth it.
     
  14. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    im gettin mine done in the am for $100
     
  15. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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    NW - if you check out that place in Ballard/Magnolia let me know how it goes. I have everything to do it myself, including a PC buffer and all the polishes/waxes etc, but I'm in an apt. in Ballard now and don't want to be detailing out in the street.
     
  16. Nov 20, 2010 at 12:20 AM
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    That shop seems like they do great work, however, I am not rich. I can't see spending all that money on my truck on something that is not permanent. It just doesn't add up for me. I would rather learn about detailing, and do it myself on a Sunday. It probably won't be as good as they can do it, but satisfactory.
     
  17. Nov 20, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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    yes almost every month. except im a professional detailer :p
     
  18. Nov 20, 2010 at 12:50 AM
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    every weekend I wash and wax mine.. it's really not that hard to do

    Wash out engine bay with high pressure hose
    Wheel Wash
    Body Wash is simple... everyone can do that
    ( Right here would be 45min total)
    Get small dish sponge and use detailer to detail off every small part i missed
    ( To here would be an hour and ten min total)
    Wax - I use a power buffer and usually just hit the open areas of the panels
    Everyone knows the term "wax on wax off"... it's simple as that
    Do it twice if you are really having fun!
    Then get a vaccume and vacume up the inside!
    Small dish of water and a paper towel and clean off interior

    All that takes about 2 hours max if you work dilligantly
    -----I do this every weekend! and I love doing it! It was also part of the deal on my parents getting me the truck
     
  19. Nov 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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    Take it to a pro that really knows what they are doing. I think you may be shocked at how much better it looks. Mine goes in once a year.
     
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