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    Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp


    Learn how to detail your vehicle inside out!

    Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp is three days packed with proven techniques for creating a show car finish! Expert Mike Phillips walks you through every step of the detailing process, from the interior to the exterior and under the hood. He'll cover everything you need to know to maintain your own vehicle or the vehicles of clients. If you plan to detail for profit, this class is a must!



    Register for Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp






    Upon completing the course you'll receive an official Mike Phillips Detailing Boot Camp T-Shirt!




    In addition to 3 solid days of hands-on training, you will receive:

    $100 Autogeek.net gift certificate
    Your photo on Autogeek.net
    Certification by Mike Phillips
    Detailing Boot Camp T-Shirt (Select shirt size at bottom of screen)
    First glimpse at new products
    And you'll meet the Autogeek staff!
    The class size will be limited to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and practice the techniques. The class will be held in the fully equipped Autogeek Show Car Garage located at our headquarters in Stuart, Florida.


    The class size will be limited to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and practice the techniques. The class will be held in the fully equipped Autogeek Show Car Garage located at our headquarters in Stuart, Florida.


    May 2015 Class

    Friday May 1st
    Saturday May 2nd
    Sunday May 3rd

    Click here to sign-up for this class



    July 2015 Class
    Friday, July 17th
    Saturday, July 18th
    Sunday, July 19th

    Call 1-800-869-3011 to sign up for this class.



    September 2015 Class
    Friday, September 25th
    Saturday, September 26th
    Sunday, September 27th

    Call 1-800-869-3011 to sign up for this class.




    All classes always fill up so plan accordingly and get registered early.




    Where:
    Autogeek.net Show Car Garage
    7744 SW Jack James Drive
    Stuart, FL 34997
    Mapquest Driving Directions




    What to bring:
    • Bring a pen and paper to take notes if you like. All chemicals and tools will be provided.
    • Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning and pizza and drinks for lunch.
    Please note: each participant needs to register him/herself.

    By signing up for a class you agree to sign a Video Release Form upon arriving to the classroom for the possibility that these classes will be streamed live over the Internet and/or recorded for later use.




    About the Instructor:
    Mike Phillips has over 33 years of experience in the field of auto detailing and reconditioning and a true passion for automobiles. Mike has over 250 articles to his credit and he has hosted two full-length instructional videos for Autogeek. Mike has taught countless detailing classes since 1988 and has been a guest speaker at numerous car club events and car shows.

    Prior to working at Autogeek, Mike worked at Meguiar's as a sales rep/trainer for Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho training body shop and dealership technicians how to use Meguiar's professional detailing products. Later, he became the online administrator and instructor of Meguiar's detailing classes. In 2009, he joined Autogeek as our Director of Training. Mike has appeared on Two Guys Garage, Motorhead Garage, My Classic Car, and he is the host of Autogeek's What's in the Garage on the Fox Sports Network.

    Mike Phillips has also made a regular appearance on Wayne Carini's Chasing Classic Cars and My Classic Car with Dennis Gage, showcasing various products including Pinnacle Natural Brilliance - the exclusive line of products used at F40 Motorsports, Wayne Carini's shop in Connecticut.



    Detailing Course Outline

    Tools, tools....and more tools!


    Mike Phillips has a saying:

    "If it has paint, it gets polished!"

    Polishing by hand simply isn't effective (who wants to do it anyway?) with modern clear coat finishes, which is why we instruct our students to work by machine! When you finish Detailing Boot Camp, you'll be well versed with every dual action and rotary polisher available, including but not limited to:


    • FLEX XC3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher
    • FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher
    • Rupes LHR 15ES Random Orbital Polisher
    • Rupes LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher
    • Rupes LHR 12E Duetto Random Orbital Polisher
    • Rupes LHR 75E Mini 3 Inch Polisher
    • Rupes TA50 Mini Random Orbital Sander Polisher
    • Porter Cable 7424xp
    • Griot's Garage 6 Inch Random Orbital Polisher
    • Meguiars G110v2 Dual Action Polisher
    • DeWalt DWP 849X Rotary Polisher
    • Makita 9237CX2

    ....and a whole lot more!



    While machine polishing is a huge part of the Detailing Boot Camp, Mike Phillips also covers topics such as:



    • Steam cleaning (Mytee and Dupray)
    • Carpet extractors (Mytee)
    • Convertible top care
    • Proper washing & drying with Foam Guns and Nanoskin products
    • Machine applying a paste wax
    • Paint, wheel, and glass coatings
    • Leather cleaning & conditioning

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    This class was absolutely awesome. I learned more information and had plenty of opportunity to learn to use new equipment than I thought was possible during a two-day training. It was great to work with one of the top professionals in the industry.

    I had two goals in mind I wanted to take away from this class. The first was to introduce myself to different polishers. Currently, I use the Porter Cable and want to purchase a second, more advanced polisher, and with so many on the market, I was unsure of which one. My new polisher will be the Flex. My second goal was exactly how Mike Phillips stated, and that was to bring my comfort level up with paint correction.

    I detail for a living. Beyond the above, I learned some new information that can improve my business skills, assess a potential client's needs, and realistically - from both my client's perspective and mine - meet those needs. I was also introduced to new compounds, polishes, and waxes that I can add to or replace what is currently in my arsenal.

    In Ken Robinson's book, "The Element," he writes about doing your passion and being in your "tribe," and how this helps create a successful and satisfying life. It was great to spend a weekend with both enthusiasts and other detailers doing this work for a living. Thanks for recognizing our passion Nick, and thank you for all of your guidance too! -OnsiteDetailing








    I'm a new member of the forum and this is my first post. I've been researching and reading so much about detailing since I decided to pursue this art. Part of that research was looking for schools to attend. I found Mike's approaches, responses in forums that I read and his willingness to help others interesting. So, I focused on his company. I missed the cutoff for the September class and didn't want to wait so I emailed him about availability and was able to get into the class (last spot). Now about the staff and class.

    Mike and Nick are professional, highly skilled but also extremely genuine folks. There's no doubt they are there to give their best to all in the class and answer all questions. Also at this class were two outstanding folks from Flex who were there in support and to learn. Bob and Chris are equally genuine and supportive. I was there to learn everything as this art is new to me but was welcomed by staff and the other great folks in attendance. A non competitive environment, everyone was willing to help, talk, share, etc. I won't go into the course outline as you can view it yourself. I will say that I learned so much about the art, the tools, products, the folks at Autogeek, my awesome classmates and myself. If you have not attended, not only do I highly recommend it for those thinking about attending but also to those who have been in the business for sometime as technology changes. I'd also recommend it as a life experience as the folks at Autogeek are interesting, your classmate experiences and lives will enrich you and you will grow if you allow it. Stop thinking about it, just do it.

    Jeff "JP"






    Mike Phillips and his team were awesome this past weekend. I walked in to the Detailer's Boot Camp with an expectation of long lecture and a little hands on but boy was I wrong. Each one of us had plenty of hands on with a multitude of tools and cars. Getting the chance to learn how to use the different polishers before purchasing is a huge plus. Working on daily drivers as well as show cars is a huge confidence booster. Mike Phillips is a genuine instructor. Mike, Nick, and Jesse, thanks for a tremendously valuable weekend.

    Bob and Chris from Flex also attended and were hands-on right with the class and were also very resourceful. It was really good to have industry leaders sharing their knowledge with the class. Thanks for being there.

    If anyone is on the fence about registering, do yourself a favor get registered. Tyler




    More real testimonies by people that have attended these classes....

    Testimonies for Autogeek's Detailing Boot Camp Classes



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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    I see everything except for the price.

    It's $450 per person. But after food, drinks, and the $200 AG gift certificate they are paying you to come. I'm sure that barely covers expenses for the day.

    If I could have paid only $450 to know what Mike Phillips knows about detailing back when I started out I would have done it in a second. Would have saved me that 10 fold in no time.

    Jump on this people!

    It's a small price to pay for "the right way" to detail. You will make that money back in a heartbeat.
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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    DUDE! Now that's a detailing seminar!

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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    Well said Garry and I agree 100%. And for you northern folks there is a "NO-SNOW" guarantee!
    ED aka Porsche Pilot

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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    What a great opportunity. That is the best hands on training for about $100 a day. What a deal.

    Props to AG for putting this together.
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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche Pilot View Post
    Well said Garry and I agree 100%. And for you northern folks there is a "NO-SNOW" guarantee!
    Just because you said that, there will be a foot of snow in Stuart on January 27, shutting down roads, airports, and infrastructure for the first time in history.
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    This is a great opportunity. I wish I could do it but work just doesn't let me off in January

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Lil Detlr View Post
    Just because you said that, there will be a foot of snow in Stuart on January 27, shutting down roads, airports, and infrastructure for the first time in history.
    You may be right Charlie! Maybe that would shut Al Gore up for a day or two. I am crossing fingers and toes that it is at least rain free. I will at the Rolex 24 at Daytona cheering on my home team. If the weather is nice there odds are good that the sun will be shining at AG.
    ED aka Porsche Pilot

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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    2 things I want to learn is how to properly use a rotary. I know it takes lots of practice but I need to know the basics and how to sand scratches without breaking through the clear coat. I have read a lot about sanding and think I could do it, just don't have the confidence.

    This is not to say that I know how to do everything else, I don't.

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    Re: Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp

    For those guys unsure about going, I went to the detailing seminars last year. First, great weather. Second, it was incredible having the various tools available. You can get a feel for things, helping you decide what you need. AND, a $200 gift certificate? Wow!!

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