Huge thank you to AJ
over at My Classic Car
for taking pictures with my trusty, dusty Canon Rebel, it's a bit on the worn-out side but a few pictures came out in focus...
Huge thank you to Max for all he's done for me since coming to Autogeek from Meguiar's. I have a passion for detailing cars and just a strong a passion for showing others and Max saw this in me when he flew me out to teach my Meguiar's class here at Autogeek in 2009 and then afterwards asked me to come work for Autogeek for which I took him up on his offer.
Because of Max I've been able to work with some of the biggest and best names in the TV Car World including one of the guys I admire the most, Dennis Gage. So thank you Max...
These are just random shots AJ took over the course of a full day of shooting 4 new segments for the 2013 season. We'll post the dates for these shows before they air as we get the schedule from My Classic Car.
All the years I buffed out cars, starting early in the morning, finishing late into the day and being dirty, sweaty and tired, I never thought it would lead to someday working with Dennis Gage...
I wrote this article backing 2010 and I think it's just as accurate today as it was when I wrote it... Do you want to have a career in the car industry?
Here's Dennis in the background helping to organize the display of Pinnacle products to look their best when the camera pans across them. He's the definition of a perfectionist.
The guy to the left holding the camera is AJ... (thanks AJ for all your help that day)
In this shot we're sciencing out where each person will be and then do a dry run for this segment...
Here's John opening the wing window for this segment, I wrote a little article about this here, Removing the Other Guy's Wax The guy in the left of this picture is Brian Clark, Cameraman #1 The guy in the back panning across products is John Gerard, Cameraman #2 During lunch break all the lights get turned off to allow them and the room to cool off... Here I'm showing Dennis the new Lake Country Ultra Microfiber Pads which we're going to use on Scott's 1966 Corvette... In-between shots it's fun to talk with Dennis as he's very personable, just like talking to a long time friend... The first time I demonstrated the "Cruel Master" aka the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light he thought it was pretty cool. When it came time to shoot this segment he used it to light up a patch of scratches so the camera guys could pick them up on camera. We walked through our lines and we're ready to go... Dennis has a really good eye for detail and pointed out a piece of lint on the Velcro hook-n-loop so I'm picking it off so it doesn't show up on camera when I switch pads... After removing the scratches using Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover with the Lake Country Ultra Microfiber Pad I switched over to a 4" white CCS foam polishing pad and Wolfgang Finishing Glaze to restore and maximize gloss to the affected area. After we finished this segment the film crew pushes the Corvette out just to avoid getting exhaust fumes inside the building... After lunch we moved in Bill's 1966 Nova with a blown Small Block Chevy, this engine was radical... Nice stance... The guy in the back adjusting the lights is Mike Seib and he's Grip #1, this guy can do anything and do it fast... Glass Care Segment
For this segment we shared how to machine polish glass using Pinnacle Glassworks Water Spot Remover
followed by Pinnacle Glasscoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent
We used a Porter Cable to apply the water spot remover but you can also use it by hand or with a rotary buffer. Afterwards we shared using Pinnacle Crystal Clear Glass Cleaner with Water Repellent
to maintain clear glass and the repellent coating.
This was the last segment of the day and afterwards we took this picture with my first how-to book. Here's what Dennis said about my book when I asked him for a recommendation... "Mike really knows his stuff when it comes to detailing and after you read this book, you will too!"
Since I'm e-mailing the link to this thread to Dennis... Thank you Dennis!
I had a great time working with you and look forward to working with you more into the future...