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    Mike Phillips

    2020 Detailing Class Schedule - Dates & Locations - Mike Phillips Autogeek

    2020 Detailing Class Schedule - Dates & Locations - Mike Phillips Autogeek

    All hands-on - NO Chairs - No Sitting

    Our classes are unique
    Our 2-day Roadshow Car Detailing Classes, our 3-day Bootcamp classes and our 2-day boat detailing classes are the most hands-on detailing classes on Planet Earth.

    100% on-your-fee, hands-on
    Unlike other classes, we start at 6:30am working on cars or boats, depending upon the class, not sitting in chairs.

    Wide variety of tool brands, pads and products
    Unlike other classes you use a wide variety of tools, pads and products. Most other classes you are limited to one brand of tool and one brand of pads and products. The benefit to taking or class is you get full hands-on time with multiple brands and then you make up your own mind which tools and products are best for you.


    U.S. Event - Mecum Auctions in Orlando, Florida – Sponsored by 303 January 10th & 11th

    I will be at the Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida doing product demonstrations and answering detailing questions in the 303 Products booth. The show opens at 8:00am and ends at 6:00pm. If you're attending this auction, please stop by the 303 booth and say "hi".

    U.S. Event – Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando – January 30th & 31st + February 1st

    I am teaching 7 classes on Education Day, which is Thursday January 30th. This will be the first year I'm teaching a boat detailing class. This will be the nutshell version of my 2-day class in February each year. It's the first class of the day. It starts at 8:00am, so set your alarm or you will miss it.

    List of classes at Mobile Tech Expo


    Stuart, Florida - 2-day Boat Class – February 8th & 9th

    Stuart, Florida - 3-day Bootcamp Car Detailing Class – February 21st, 22nd and 23rd






    Stuart, Florida - 3-day Bootcamp Car Detailing Class – May 1st, 2nd and 3rd



    U.S. Roadshow Class – Lake Country Manufacturing – Wisconsin – Saturday, June 26th & Sunday, June 27th







    Stuart, Florida - 3-day Bootcamp Car Detailing Class – September 25th, 26th & 27th







    If you see a space that the timing works for you and would like to host one of our roadshow classes, then send me an e-mail.

  2. #2
    Mike Phillips

    Re: 2020 Detailing Class Schedule - Dates & Locations - Mike Phillips Autogeek


    Requirements to host an Autogeek's Roadshow Class

    I have been teaching roadshow classes since 2006 when I started the Meguiar's Roadshow Detailing Classes. I've taught classes all over America and other countries. While there's nothing wrong with a get-together at someone's house in their driveway or car garage, OUR classes are NOT casual get-togethers.

    These classes are the real-deal. They are intensely hands-on training. People, especially people that are into cars, learn by doing, not sitting in a chair listening to someone talk.

    First - what's in it for the hosting company?

    2 of your staff can attend the class - no charge
    2 of your staff are able to take the class at no charge. (That's a $1,800.00 savings) - These free tuitions go to whomever you the host chooses, this could be shop staff, the owner or friends of the owner that have always wanted to take their detailing knowledge and skills to a higher level.

    Our 3-day class here at Autogeek is $1,495.00 plus you have to budget for,

    • Travel costs/Airline tickets
    • Hotel
    • Rental car
    • Meals away from home

    We have companies send their employees to our 3-day class all the time but if the above kind of costs are not in your budget then this is a great option. Besides the free tuition for 2 of your staff, there's also great networking and public relations for your company's brand that naturally comes from hosting one of our classes.

    What does it cost the company that hosts a class?
    There is no charge to host one of our classes. I get asked this all the time and there is no charge. We are thankful for anyone that opens their doors so we can bring our class and the education and training that it provides to people across the United States and in other countries.

    Autogeek/Mike Phillips Training Certificate
    After attending a class, each person receives a signed Mike Phillips Roadshow Car Detailing Class Certificate signed by me personally. (my credentials)

    What does it take?

    In order to create a first class experience, we need a facility that offers the below minimum requirements.

    Need to have:

    Clean facility - A shop or garage with a large enough bay to hold two large passenger cars plus ample room for 10 people to work around each car at the same time. Cars can be situated side-by-side or end-to-end.

    Electrical power - 110v plug-ins in the facility to enable at least 10 polishers to be plugged-in and operated at the same time. Power for at least 10 tools is best.

    Good lighting - Overhead florescent lights are perfectly fine as long as there are enough to provide a well-lit working environment.

    Bathroom facilities - These classes start at 6:30am and go to 5:30pm. We normally have both male and female attendees.

    Parking for students - 10 students typically means 10 parking space plus parking spaces for your normal business staff.

    10 people minimum - We aim for 10 people for each class. Historically all our classes SELL OUT!

    Nice to have:

    Tables, counter space or carts in the bay to hold tools, pads and products.

    A table or two for coffee and donuts in the morning and pizza and cold drinks in the afternoon.

    If you don't have tables or power, we're happy to rent tables and Honda 6,500 Watt Generators to supply the power.

    Right to cancel

    If at least 10 people have not signed up and paid for the class by 30 days before the date of the class, Autogeek reserves the right to cancel the class.

    The good news is historically all our classes sell out. So this is just a precaution as there are a lot of logistics involved with shipping and travel in order to put on a first class event.

    Other information needed

    Nearby airports
    Nearby hotels
    Nearby restaurants - On Saturday night we hold an casual Meet-n-Greet for everyone to share their car guy/girl story and what they thought of the first day of the class.

    Frequently asked questions?

    What does it cost to attend the class?

    The 2-day class is $895.00 with a $100.00 Autogeek store credit for signing up 30 days early.

    Each Autogeek Roadshow Car Detailing Class consists of 2 separate and unique days.

    Saturday Topics
    How to correctly install Ceramic Coatings, plush Washing - Chemical Decontamination - Mechanical Decontamination - Inspection - Short Stroke Polishers, which are Griot's G9, Griot's 6" ROP, Porter Cable, Meguiar's MT300, Long Stroke Polishers, which are ALL RUPES tool and Griot's BOSS polishers. FLEX Tools, all of them! Both corded and the cordless.

    Sunday Topics
    Sunday is wetsanding entire cars, by hand and machine and then learning to use a rotary buffer to remove your sanding marks. We also go over Hot Water Extractors and Steam Machines for interior detailing on Sunday.

    What's in it for the hosting facility?

    Great question. I've been teaching these types of offsite classes longer than anyone in our industry and here's what I've seen. The hosting facility gets massive public relations out of the class with their local car enthusiast market.

    For detail shop owners you'll get an increase in high caliber customers.

    For car dealership owners you'll reach new customers for cars sales and for your in-house detail shop and even maintenance shop. All the response I've ever received from the people that have hosted one of our classes is always overwhelmingly positive.

    There is no downside except we come in and take over a portion of your facility for three days. (Friday is set-up day). We are also very respectful of your time and your property and we make sure to clean up afterwards to restore your facility to the condition it was in before the class and usually even cleaner, we are detailers...

    What to do next?

    If your facility fits the requirements described above, here's what you can do next,

    Contact Mike Phillips at

    I'm more than happy to hear from anyone that wants to hold one of our Autogeek Roadshow Classes in their home town and I can either e-mail you more information or even send you the complete information via U.S. Postal Mail, just let me know which form you would like the information.

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    Mike Phillips

    Re: 2020 Detailing Class Schedule - Dates & Locations - Mike Phillips Autogeek


    Topics covered at the 2-day Roadshow Car Detailing Classes

    At these classes you will learn,

    • How to correctly install multiple brands of ceramic coatings including how to first chemically strip the paint.

    • Paint correction using RUPES, FLEX and Griot's tools.

    The people that take my class will detail 10 cars in 2 days. Besides learning how to install a ceramic coating and having tons of hands-on time with multiple tools, below in order the topics are covered are ALL of the other aspects of car detailing that you NEED to know how to do before you get to the paint of installing a ceramic coating.

    At our classes WE COVER IT ALL.

    No chairs = no sitting - instead you learn by DOING.

    No power point presentation. You learn by working on a car not looking at the wall.


    Morning Session

    Multiple-Step Paint Correction also known as Show Car Detailing

    1: Extreme Washing - This class session covers all the correct tools, products and techniques to thoroughly clean and prep a car for detailing when using a source of running water.

    This includes,

    • Foam Guns
    • 3-Bucket Wash Method
    • Wheel Woolie Wheel Brushes
    • Speedmaster Wheel Brushes
    • Brake-dust Removing Wheel Cleaners
    • Mechanical Decontamination using Nanoskin Mitts & Towels
    • Chemical Decontamination using Iron & Fallout Remover
    • Tools for machine scrubbing tires
    • Tools for air drying cars

    Also covered in the morning washing session are the non-washing procedures to do and the correct order to do them in.

    1. Wet Wash Engine Detailing
    2. Machine Glass Polishing
    3. Headlight Correction

    2: Car Inspection & Prep
    This class session covers everything you need to do to a car BEFORE you start machine polishing. This includes inspecting using an Vehicle Inspection Form, Paint Thickness Gauge, Swirl Finder Lights, Baggie Test. Plus what to tape-off and how to correctly tape-off and cover-up trim, comments, tops, etc.

    3: How, why and where to do a Test Spot
    One of the most important steps if not THE most important step everyone should be doing before detailing a car.

    4: 2-step paint correction and polishing
    This class session covers all the professional techniques to correctly compound and polish paint to perfection. Multiple-step paint correction is called, show car detailing because you're breaking the paint polishing process down into isolated and dedicated steps to maximize the end-results for a true show car quality finish. This session includes tools from,

    1. FLEX
    2. RUPES
    3. Griot's Garage
    4. Meguiar's
    5. Makita
    6. Porter Cable
    7. Cyclo

    Pads - Products
    The morning session includes a wide range of pro-grade compounds, polishes and buffing pads for a very well-rounded experience. You will learn how to know when to use a compound versus a medium, fine or ultra fine cut polish.

    How to install a Ceramic Paint Coating
    The morning session covers proper techniques for chemically stripping paint for the installation of ceramic coatings specifically. Techniques for applying and removing traditional carnauba waxes and synthetic sealants are also covered over the course of the 2 day class.

    5: Final Steps
    The morning session covers coatings and dressings for; glass, tires, rims and plastic trim.

    >Lunch Break<

    Lunch and cold beverages are provided

    Afternoon Session

    One-Step Detailing also known as Production Detailing

    One step detailing is also called production detailing. In this session you will learn which types of cars and other projects are best suited for an AIO type product, (All-in-One), also called a cleaner/wax. The focus on this class is how to restore a neglected car's finish to like-new condition in only one step.

    Also called Speed Detailing. This type of detailing is great for enthusiasts taking care of their own daily drivers or for professional detailers for their budget package and also things like dealership work.

    1: Washing Techniques for Waterless Washes and Rinseless Washers
    The afternoon session covers how, where, when, why and what for using either a waterless or rinseless wash. Correct techniques for both types are covered and when to use one over the other. Also covered are the correct types of wash media and other tools needed to clean a car without running water safely.

    2: Mechanical decontamination - Why and how to use detailing clay and clay substitutes
    Students learn the proper technique for using detailing clay as well as clay substitutes.

    3: Taping-off and covering up to save time and marketing purposes
    Students will build on the foundation created in the morning session as well as learn the marketing side of taping-off and covering stain-sensitive surfaces.

    4: One-step high quality detailing
    Where the morning session goes over how to use a multiple-step approach for show car results, the afternoon session covers how to correctly use All-in-One products to compound, polish and protect the paint in one-step. This type of detailing is perfect for entry level detailing packages as well as daily drivers, budget details, RV's, and large vehicles like trucks and vans where the owner or customer does not want or need a ceramic coating. There are dos and don't when it comes to this type of detailing, which you will learn in the class. Everyone should have the skill set and knowledge to correctly perform one-step detailing jobs whether you're an enthusiast or you detail for money.

    Tools - Pads - Products
    I call this free-for-all. Students can choose and use any tool and pad combo they previously used in the morning session. This is your opportunity to spend more time with any tool that has attracted your interest and attention and you're thinking about investing in. You can even use multiple tools, it's your choice. The importance of abrasive technology is stressed in this class as well as how to under-promise and over-deliver exceptional results. You will learn how to get show car results in half the time.


    Morning session

    Wetsanding by hand and machine

    If you have ever wanted to know the art of wetsanding, here's your chance to learn from beginning to end, exactly what to do. This is a real-world class where you will work on real cars and this is the BEST way to learn the entire process from start to finish.

    This class includes,

    • How to prep a car for wetsanding
    • Hand sanding techniques
    • Machine sanding techniques
    • How to correctly use a rotary buffer to remove 100% of the sanding marks
    • How to finish out 100% hologram and swirl free using any orbital polisher (your choice which orbital polisher to use)
    • How to seal the paint using a ceramic coating, carnauba wax or synthetic sealant, even the cheater technique of using an AIO.

    >Lunch Break<
    Lunch and cold beverages are provided

    Afternoon Session

    Interior Detailing

    You will learn the difference between a hot water extractor and a steam machine and when and how to use one over the other.

    This includes,

    End of day

    Certificate Award Ceremony

    Class wrap-up

    Book signing

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