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      09-14-2021, 08:19 AM   #1
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Dry Ice Cleaning in Southeastern MA

Hello fellow BMW enthusiasts,

Some of you may recognize my username, as I've been a forum member for many years. The reason for this thread is that I'm looking to potentially start a dry ice cleaning business (for automobiles), in hopes of pursuing my passion and leaving behind a dead-end desk job.

As this is a relatively new process in the automotive space (been around in commercial/industrial cleaning for decades), I'm not sure what the level of familiarity is with this process, but, honestly, it's amazing. If you are curious about learning about it, check out the Youtube pages for Scott Ales (the Dryce man) and R20 motorsports...bunch of great footage highlighting what this can do for vehicles.

And so I'm reaching out to potentially start building relationships and gauging interest from potential clients. I've been in IT for just about 15 years and as I near age 40 (turned 38 in March), I decided it was time for me to make a change in my life. I've got 2 young boys at home (5 and 3) and a wife who fully supports me, so back in April I started off on this venture and am hoping to see it to fruition, where I am (hopefully) able to soon open my own dry ice cleaning business in southeastern MA. Got a few more steps in the process before that happens, but I'd like to see what the interest level is from you guys (and perhaps any other friends/connections you have that you could share with me).

While I don't have a website yet (still trying to come up with a business name), check out the drycenation site in the meantime! I can answer (or at the very least, try to) any question(s) that may come up in terms of the process and what is involved.

It's certainly not a cheap one, nor is this for everybody, I am fully aware of that. And there are naysayers, which I get. But I've trained in this process and done it firsthand and it's simply incredible. I believe there is a market for this service and am hoping that this business takes off and becomes full-time, so I can leave my current IT job, where I've been fairly unhappy for a few years now.

So, in summary, I'm simply trying to network and hopefully build up some interest in my potential business so I don't lose my wife and/or house if it goes belly up! haha (but seriously!).

Here are some examples of before/after shots from some other colleagues:











Reach out and PM me if you've got any interest, questions, leads, etc. Thank you very much for your time! And if you aren't interested, feel free to ignore and continue living your life. That's totally fine, too!

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Best of luck! Kudos to you for deciding to make the change rather than stick with something you don't like, and after 15 years I'm sure that's not an easy thing to take that leap.

Though I have no immediate need for this, how much is current market rate for a sedan such as what we own? Is it tiered pricing based on scope of work or is it basically just the undercarriage and/or engine bay? Also curious given we live in New England, is this something that is meant to protect against or turn back the clock on rust issues?

I've seen videos in the past, certainly looks like a painstaking process and quite dirty, so I imagine it can't be cheap.

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Best of luck! Kudos to you for deciding to make the change rather than stick with something you don't like, and after 15 years I'm sure that's not an easy thing to take that leap.

Though I have no immediate need for this, how much is current market rate for a sedan such as what we own? Is it tiered pricing based on scope of work or is it basically just the undercarriage and/or engine bay? Also curious given we live in New England, is this something that is meant to protect against or turn back the clock on rust issues?

I've seen videos in the past, certainly looks like a painstaking process and quite dirty, so I imagine it can't be cheap.

Dave
Thanks for the kind words, man! Been a stressful few months, but I'm really hoping all the hard work I've been putting into this pays off.

And you pretty much nailed it...there's no "set" price. Most guys in the country are charging anywhere from $250-300/hr, but in terms of the scope of the job, it really varies based on the condition of the vehicle in question. Obviously, something newer would theoretically be easier/quicker to clean. But was the car located near the ocean, driven in salt/snow, have any fluid leaks, etc etc. Lot of factors play into it.

Can definitely help with surface rust. Also, can literally take the salt off paint without marring it, so a good "waterless" option for our winters. And I'll be treating these newly cleaned, bare metals to prevent future corrosion. Win:win!

Again, thanks for reaching out and definitely spread the word if you know anyone else who might be interested. I plan on having an open house once my shop is up and running so people can see, firsthand, how truly remarkable dry ice cleaning is! Cheers!
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Good luck, friend!

The results are beautiful, I wish I could afford it, however, if I ever hear someone asking for a shop, I will forward their service your way!
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Good luck, friend!

The results are beautiful, I wish I could afford it, however, if I ever hear someone asking for a shop, I will forward their service your way!
Thank you for the kind words and that's all I can ask for! Much appreciated!
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Very cool (heh) the results are incredible! Best of luck to you. If you are looking for a potential fallback in IT, shoot me a PM.
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Very cool (heh) the results are incredible! Best of luck to you. If you are looking for a potential fallback in IT, shoot me a PM.
Thank you, sir!

Also, PM'd you.
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I'm looking forward to you opening Shaun and you know you have our full support @ Woodward Motorsport. we will be sending some projects your way.
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I'm looking forward to you opening Shaun and you know you have our full support @ Woodward Motorsport. we will be sending some projects your way.
Thank you, brother, that means a lot! And I'll absolutely be referring people your way, as well.
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An update for anyone interested/following along:

After months of waiting, we are finally in our building! Still lots of work ahead, but this was a huge step for @enticedgarage and Im still hoping to open up shop sometime in Q1. Stay tuned for more updates!
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eforty6_m3 One observation I've made when watching the various Dry Ice cleaning videos - such as from Ammo NYC etc. - is the vaporized dirt becomes a very fine dust that seems to get everywhere inside Dry Ice cleaning facilities. Have you thought about installing high volume air extractor fans and filtration systems as well as plastic screen drapes around the lifts to mitigate these issues? Ultimately, and since this is a new shop, fresh air extractor filtration vacuum type systems may go along way to mitigating any long term health issues from doing such work as well as make for a much cleaner shop environment not to mention a cleaner place for customers to visit.

Other questions I've had are about market size and customer profiles: 1) Do you expect retail car enthusiasts to make up the lion's share of your customers? 2) Or do you expect antique car restoration companies, and used car Dealers (commercial) to be the lion's share of your business?

I wish you well in this endeavor. In truth I've had a similar thought about starting such as business. See the threads on M3Post about Dry Ice Cleaning. Kudos to you for getting out of the rat race. Your health will thank you for doing that IMO. Spend time with your boys. They grow up quickly and then they are gone. Bringing up my own twin boys was the greatest privilege, gift from God and work I could have ever of had or done.

Edit: In order to keep this thread alive consider posting some videos of the shop interior, equipment, lifts etc. and update with videos of customer work.. Just a suggestion and my two cents.
https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1854637
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