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    Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    What, are your thoughts on use of "Personal Protective Equipment" (PPE)? At least glasses, earplugs, when machine polishing, and perhaps hand protection. Do you guys use it? Do you require your employees to use it? Are there any particular types or brands that you prefer.

    I'm sure some have policies against wearing any jewelry, belt buckles, etc. but that is different. For the purpose of this question, lets stick to PPE.

    Separate question... does Autogeek offer this stuff? Just thought of that as I was writing this. If not, it might be another nice product offering for them!

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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    No and no and no.

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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    3M does a lot of different PPE. They offer just 1 set of glasses and earpluggs. But they have many more and also mouth protection for cleaning the air you breath. Nitrile gloves is the most common use I think. And it's a very good question as many products you use when detailing are quite hazardious. Maybe not from one exposure but useing it often you can damage your body in the longrun. There are warning signs for a reason on products that many just shrugg at. Then it's also products you dilute that the concentrate is what it's noted on the warning signs.

    All 3M Car Care Products

    Orange Heavy Duty Nitrile Gloves

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    Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    For liability itís essential however liability is boring sh1t that no one wants to bother with. So turn it into something useful that makes you money; branding.

    If you break down detailing to its core itís essentially caring more about something that most people donít or canít be bothered to. Oscar Wilde would say it better but letís keep it simple.

    Itís care, attention, respect and pride. If this is what resonates with you as a detailer and your brand, why wouldnít you apply the same rules to yourself?

    Not only does PPE represent the above points to your customers, it also instills the same in your employees and helps you find the right staff who care. Those that donít want to look after themselves sure as hell wonít be looking after a customers car.

    As a quick exercise, put yourself in the customerís shoes (your ideal customer that is) and write down what it is you would want to see in a detailer to part with triple what you charge now on your most desired, affordable car. Then do that.

    The importance is to repeat this on the regular to maintain the vision for your business.

    The bros that say no way are missing a trick because theyíre too cool to bother or understand the important of branding for their business.

    Whatís to say that your love for detail doesnít manifest in everything you appreciate and one of those appreciations is music. Brilliant side story for your brand but youíll be damned if youíre appreciating Bach with a decade of polisher noise burnt into your drums.

    P.s. Branding isnít having a website, a social media account and a YouTube channel. Thatís marketing. Branding is WHY you do something, not what you do.

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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    I only employ 2 items that you would consider PPE.... ear plugs and gloves.
    I won't even turn on my blower to blow water off a car without first having ear plugs in. The shrill, loud whistles that are made when the blower hits certain crevices and gaps is enough to damage your ears permanently.
    And as for gloves, well, I'm a firm believer in the "If it's on you, it's in you" credo. Considering the amount of chemicals I touch all day, every day, there's no reason to believe it can't and won't do permanent damage to my skin and/or cause muscle and tissue damage in the long run if I didn't protect my skin.
    One more thing I do to protect my feet from getting frostbite in the winter is, I wear shoes that are waterproof and keep up on keeping them coated with Camp Dry. It's impossible to do a regular full water washy without your feet getting wet and when it's cold outside, wet feet become painful quick. I didn't used to be that diligent about it and remember it taking hours to regain the feeling in my toes after working most of the day with wet, cold feet.




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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by WristyManchego View Post
    For liability itís essential however
    liability is boring sh1t that no one
    wants to bother with.
    So turn it into something useful
    that makes you money; branding.

    The bros that say no way are missing a
    trick because theyíre too cool to bother
    or understand the important of branding
    for their business.

    Brilliant side story for your brand but
    youíll be damned if youíre appreciating
    Bach with a decade of polisher noise
    burnt into your drums.

    P.s. Branding isnít having a website, a
    social media account and a YouTube
    channel. Thatís marketing.

    Branding is WHY you do something,
    not what you do.
    Careful...
    Branding: It is renowned for
    working both sides of the street.




    Bob
    "Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk."
    ~Joaquin de Setanti

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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    Great replies so far guys...thanks and keep them coming!

    I think that Safety, safe operating practices & PPE could be a useful and helpful section of the forum. Autogeek should consider launching a specific forum for this stuff.

    Another nice and helpful subject matter, again, for the professional detail business operator would be a Legal forum where professional detailers could discuss legal challenges and solutions associated with operating a successful business!

    These two forums (in addition to "How to make money detailing") would indeed complete a much more well-rounded and authoritative source for the professional detailing community. Once again making Autogeek the no-brainier, go-to source for reliable detailing information!

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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    I normally only wear earmuffs when im vacuuming or pressure washing. I wear headphones underneath while working. THe muffs mainly make it so i dont have to turn the volume up all the way. I have gloves but normally never take the time to wear them lol.

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    Re: Professional detailers, fixed base or mobil, PPE questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by FUNX650 View Post
    Careful...
    Branding: It is renowned for
    working both sides of the street.




    Bob
    Ey?

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