Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wash And Wax Day

We had the rig washed and waxed in Isla Aguada a few weeks ago and I wanted to get at least one more coat on it before we left Mexico. Yesterday we asked Victor, the park handyman if he would be interested in doing a hand wash and wax job on the rig. He was quick to agree but said he would have to ask the park management if he could work a later shift the next morning and use their water. It all worked out and he said he would be here at 7:00 AM as his shift at the park started at noon.

Promptly at 7:15 this morning Victor was here. He spent a good hour washing the rig from the roof down. It went pretty easy because of the previous wax job. He then started hand waxing the rig. He did the whole thing and then added a second coat to the front and back at my request as that is where it gets the worst exposure to road grime. When he finished waxing he did all the windows and chrome.  It took him almost five hours of steady work and Norma paid him $520 pesos or about $40 CAN. It was a generous amount, at least twice what he would make for a full day's work here at the park. For Victor, his wife and 2 1/2 year old son it was a windfall and for us, we got a hard worker for about $8 per hour.

We thanked him for his hard work and a fine job and gave him a cold beer before he headed off for eight or ten hours of his regular work. He will be pretty tired when he gets home!

Feeling a little embarrassed about just sitting there while Victor worked his butt off, Norma cleaned the barbecue while I washed and waxed the Mazda. We will look pretty snazzy heading down the road when we finally decide to get out of here.


  1. Tobey wants to know what kind of wax you are using and did you get it here? We are in need of a wash and wax too!

  2. It was just plain liquid car wax we bought at a Mexican Walmart.The first wax job we got this year took a little over a bottle and the second took a little less. It looks great. Buy two bottles just in case. The wash liquid also came from a Mexican Walmart, just regular car wash liquid. We supplied the bucket, brushes and rags.

    Look around the park for a hard worker and make your pitch. He will have to have access to a ladder.

  3. I'm going to look hard so I don't have to do it! We will let you know how we come out.

  4. 7.15??? Where you and Norma still in bed while he was waxing???