- Sep 27, 2005
I remember those days as well! I grew up in a filling station/car lot. I also agree about 3M. My dad had that special touch with a buffer. Something I just couldn't master. It is truly a skill or talent. I remember him making me practice on an old car. Ol cd was a villian to clear coat!Back when I worked at my grandfathers gas station, we hand waxed cars with Simonize paste wax. Hard as could be, and took plenty of elbow grease, but the cars really looked nice. We started with Simonize polish/cleaner, and if I remember correctly we charged $15 (mid-1960's). It took two of us about two or three hours - wash, chamois, vacuum, clean interior, glass, dress tires and floorboards if had rubber ones. Almost always had white sidewalls to clean too. Ever now and then we got a tip.
I do however touch my vehicles up with Zymol between the 3M jobs.