Opinion: Product Standardization 

By: Israel Galan, Owner of Black Belt Auto Detailing
My name is Israel Galan Owner of Black Belt Auto detailing Indianapolis, I was born in Mexico city, moved to Indianapolis, IN when I was 17, I’m a 5th degree Black belt in Karate, been doing it since I was 10, been teaching for over 11 years, I have an amazing wife and 4 kids, […]

My name is Israel Galan Owner of Black Belt Auto detailing Indianapolis, I was born in Mexico city, moved to Indianapolis, IN when I was 17, I’m a 5th degree Black belt in Karate, been doing it since I was 10, been teaching for over 11 years, I have an amazing wife and 4 kids, 2 dogs. 

I’ve been around detailing my whole life, my Father loved muscle cars and love to keep them looking great, he showed me at a young age how to polish and wax by hand, how to wash a car, etc.

So when I started to have my own cars I followed my Father’s footsteps and did my best to keep my cars looking their best even though they weren’t fancy, sporty, or anything like that, the first time I heard the word “detailing” was from my neighbor when I was 19 I didn’t know there was a word for what we do, he asked me if I could detail his car and for many years I detailed cars for friends and family as a way to earn extra money or as a thank you for letting me borrow their car or as a favor, then when the karate school wasn’t doing great financially a few years back I had to figure out a plan B so I started to detail as a full-time business and it took off like crazy, I wish I did it sooner but I’m glad I did it, change my life in so many ways. 

My favorite part of detailing is seeing the customers’ reactions when they picked their vehicles up, the before and afters, I surprise myself at times when the results are better than expected, the fact that we can bring life back to a vehicle is amazing, is like we give vehicles a second chance. 

Paint correction can be scary at times and there’s always a fear that something could go wrong is like performing surgery on the car’s paint, that’s why it is important to take our time and be patient while doing that. 

Is always scary trying new products, I remember when ceramic coating just start coming out, seeing all the videos of water beading and sliding right off I thought it was a gimmick but I educated myself and started to use it, and wow how amazing ceramic is, now you see it everywhere, the problem is that there are subpar products that advertise that they have ceramic but is such a small percentage in it that it won’t perform as well and as long as a true ceramic-like Owner’s pride, Avalon King, IGL, etc…, the problem is that the uneducated think that the spray bottle at the retail store is the same thing, I’ve seen cases when new detailers charge customers for a Ceramic coating and just sprayed their car, it hurts the business and our credibility, we need to do a better job at educating our customers and new detailers alike.

I would like to see a more standardized system when it comes to detailing products like buffing pads every brand has its own color system I think it’ll be easier especially for a newer detailer if there was a standard color system so it’ll be easier to learn and perform a better job, also to have more options when it comes to cordless polishers, more affordable tools, more all in one detailing products so we don’t have to carry 20 bottles to a job, would like to see companies tour around training and showing detailers how to properly use their products and tools. 

Written By: Israel Galan, Owner of Black Belt Auto Detailing

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