Hello everybody, please let me introduce myself. My name is Alejandro Bonilla and I'm the owner operator of Eco Shine Costa Rica, a mobile waterless detailing service. You can find us on FB as @ecoshinecr
I started this business last year, we had just experienced a serious drought down here, and as a car enthusiast it just felt wrong to wash my car the traditional way when there were parts of the country that were without drinking water.
I've been a car nut all my life having owned a '65 Mustang since 1994, and that's how I got hooked on shine...
I've been in and around detailing since 2005, first becoming a member of Meguiar's on Line and the Autopia forums, I picked up a lot of info and tips from Mike Phillips who was still at Meguiar's back then.
After this I started my own mobile detailing business and actually did pretty well, back then here in Costa Rica detailing was not very well known, it was mostly performed by body shops... with body shop quality. I got to detail very cool cars, and got to meet a lot of car guys.
Meguiar's products were introduced in Costa Rica in late 2006, and because of the experience I gathered detailing my customers cars that I got offered a job working for Meguiar's Costa Rica as the Local Business Leader in 2007.
As a car enthusiast and a car wax nut this was a dream come true. I got to train with all the best pros in the business, Andrew Wilson, Jason Rose, Michael Stoops and Mike Pennington. We also had the privilege to host a Car Crazy episode with Barry Meguiar shot down here and also got to showcase a Costa Rican built hot rod for the International Showcase at SEMA. I stayed with the company for five years, learned a lot, developed the brand and helped to cement proper detailing for others that were just starting.
Hopefully you've read this far, and soon I will explain why I've shared all this with you.
From 2012 to 2015 I was somewhat out of the detailing circles because I went to help out in the family business and it was during this period that the local detailing scene exploded down here. The success we had with the brand in previous years set a new standard for enthusiasts and customers. Now there are more brands, more variety and (as you might expect) detailing shops on every corner and pro detailers as well. It was also during this time that coatings really started to take of in the US.
I've never really had a lot of hands on experience on coatings (except Meguiar's M188)
As of now the local market is really starting to pick up on the coatings business, with some shops charging up to $3000 for Modesta. That shop is even factory authorized installer.
I had lways shied away from coatings (I'm an old school #16 paste wax kinda guy) but ever since I came across Optimum Synergy podcast it's sparked my interest.
I've tried Gloss Coat and Opti Seal that I bought from Yvan at Detail Fest this year and it has blown me away. Needless to say I'm hooked!
Thank you very much for your time.
My FB business page: www.facebook.com/ecoshinecr