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    Holidays & Vacations - Car Washing Terms

    Holidays & Vacations - Car Washing Terms



    Note the area missed when this car was washed, that's a Holiday





    Holidays & Vacations

    Above is a picture I took of a car at a stop light where you could easily tell where the owner missed a section when they washed their car.

    Back when I was in college one of my friends had a mobile car wash business and he used the terms, Holiday, and Vacation, to describe the area you missed when you wash a car and by accident that is, when you missed a section of paint.

    Usually the missed section doesn't show up when the car is wet, but stands out like a Sore Thumb after the car dries.

    If I or one of the other guys, or even my friend Dave the business owner missed a small spot, someone would say,

    "Hey... are you on a Holiday or something?


    If you miss a large section, they'll say...

    "Hey... are you on a Vacation or something?


    It's usually said in jest, but if you're training a new employee then it's also a gentle way to point out they need to focus on the task at hand because they're missing spots and there isn't time to go back and wash a car a second time as like most jobs in the general category of the car care industry, it's all about speed and production.



    Maybe I'm the only person that's heard this?


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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    i havent but thats funny lol. hows everything going mike?

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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    Yes, my mom use to use the term when painting. You missed a spot, its a vacation.
    'Cause there's just something women like about a pickup man.
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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by jamores23 View Post
    i haven't but thats funny LOL. hows everything going mike?
    Well since you asked... everything is great!

    In fact, "work" is like being on a Holiday or Vacation!

    • Our TV show debuts tomorrow!
    • Our how-to features on My Classic Car with Dennis Gage start tomorrow!
    • Monday we start a new TV project!
    • Working with Matt Steele and Bruno Massel is an opportunity of a life time and a lot of fun...
    • Working with Operation Comfort is always a rewarding experience...
    • Working with Bryan Fuller and Kevin Bird is yet another opportunity of a lifetime!
    • Working with Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman is yet another opportunity of a lifetime!
    • Working with Dennis Gage is... well an opportunity of a lifetime!
    • Our next 101 and 102 Detailing Classes are coming up in May and I really love teaching these classes and making new friends over the course of the weekend.
    • DetailFest was a HUGE success!
    • Working at DetailFest with Joe Fernandez and Renny Doyle is always a pleasure.
    • Meeting so many forum members at DetailFest and having a chance to put a face to an Avatar and a Forum Nickname is a favorite thing of mine to do.
    • We have more new products in the house to work with...
    • My son is turning out to be a pretty good guitar player and singer...
    • Everyone's healthy...


    Really couldn't ask for anything more...


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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    thats always a good thing mike. god bless you, your son, and your family. im looking forward to the tv show

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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    My Dad was a painter (houses not pictures) and he used the
    term holiday for a missed spot.

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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    I've used those terms for years but the curse I have is I'm always scrutinizing everyone else's car. Whether it's sitting in traffic or walking across a parking lot I'm always looking.


    • Poor or incomplete wash jobs
    • Swirls
    • Holograms
    • Wax on trim
    • Dirty wheels and tires
    • Gross interiors


    ..is there any hope for me?

    BobbyG - 2004 Millennium Yellow Z06 Corvette

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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek


    Anyone else ever hear these terms used like this?


    No, but I like 'em.

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    Re: Holiday & Vacation

    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Fuller View Post
    No, but I like 'em.

    Ha ha...

    As long as you're not the guy leaving them!



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