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    is anyone making any real money polishing? I am trying to, but it takes up so much time. I have a nine to five job and i polish on the weekends and at night. I love polishing but i have a baby coming and i need to make some real money. Any and all comments welcome on this one.

  • #2
    Re: making real money polishing?

    People might be interested in hearing how much you charge. Per job? Per hour?
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    • #3
      Re: making real money polishing?

      Good Suggestion Caswell,
      I am polishing sportbikes and i charge $1000.00 for a frame and swing arm fully polished. But there is no way i could open up a business with a couple of bike here and a couple of bikes there. Any thoughts?

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      • #4
        Re: making real money polishing?

        Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, but is very slow.

        Commercial advertising is more effective, but costs money.

        I guess it depends on how much you can afford to sink into a new business.
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        Mike Caswell
        Caswell Inc
        http://www.caswellplating.com
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        • #5
          Re: making real money polishing?

          I am making pretty good money on the side. The key for me was to diversify and get my name out there. I polish anything I can get my hands on. From semi trucks to sportbikes, the occasional auto, you name it. I'll figure out a way to shine it up, clean it up, and make it look better than it did! I just use word of mouth and the occasional flyer at truck/bike dealers. Best of luck to you. Is it a boy or girl?
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          • #6
            Re: making real money polishing?

            ITS A BOY (Noah Ryan Fleming)!!!! thanks for askin' crazieabe. I guess i just need more experience with this stuff. What do you charge , or how do you figure your rates? Thanks for your help.

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            • #7
              Re: making real money polishing?

              My rates:
              sportbike frame and swingarm-$500.00
              semi trucks-6 wheels & 2 fuel tanks-$175.00
              anything extra is as follows...
              chainbox-$10.00 Batt. box-$10.00
              air tank-$10.00 extra wheels-$20.00
              extra fuel/hydrolic tank-$25.00
              neadache rack-$40.00
              chome-$40.00-$60.00
              painted sufraces-$50.00, with sleeper-$80.00
              automotive bumber to bumber-$130.00
              Hope this helps you in your quest for knowledge!!!
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              • #8
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                WOW! you must be super fast at this to be able to charge rates so low. If you are in New Jersey I will send you all of my work. Where are you located, because the cheepest price around here for a frame and swingarm is $1000.00. The wheels usually cost about $400.00 each. Come to think of it. I have a set of wheels from a classic truck that need polishing. How much would you charge for a set of 15inch aluminum pickup truck wheels. I'll mail them to you if you want.

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                • #9
                  Re: making real money polishing?

                  I guess I am just good at it, LOL I have been polishing for about 10 years so...

                  I am based in Minnesota, I will do all your work if you can get it here...

                  About the wheels, I would at least need a picure or something first cause I can't give an estimate without knowing what I need to do to it first! In other words, I need to see it before I can tell how much work it involves...
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                  • #10
                    Re: making real money polishing?

                    i'll get you some pics as soon as possible.
                    thanks.

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                    • #11
                      Re: making real money polishing?

                      do you polish wheels that are already polished, giving them a mirror-like finish?

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                      • #12
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                        I can polish anything...
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                        • #13
                          Re: making real money polishing?

                          whats the trick? how can you get the job done so quickly to charge so little?

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                          • #14
                            most definitely,,,,how so cheap? How long to do a full peterbilt? I do trucks .I take 2 days to polish a Pete & charge about 750$ canadian,,,1500$for a dumpbox,wich takes me myself,1 week
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                            • #15
                              Heya all

                              Im from Sydney, Australia and i automotive metal polish full time.
                              Show cars, hot rods, bikes, concourse cars etc etc
                              Its do-able!!
                              Most polishers in Australia are industrial polishers, some do a fair bit of automotive work, but i think i would be the only fulltime automotive dedicated polisher in Australia!!

                              Mark!!
                              PS: For the longer members of this forum, is it a good idea if i throw up some pics of my work under my own thread, or is that not a good idea?!?! Im a newbie on this forum as you can see

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