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    Wetsanding Training Class - Real CARS - 100% HANDS ON - Mike Phillips

    Wetsanding Training Class - Real CARS - 100% HANDS ON - Mike Phillips


    Here's one of the cars my February class will be wetsanding at the upcoming 3-day Car Detailing Bootcamp Class


    1939 Oldsmobile 2-Door Sedan Streetrod













    This is the real deal. This car is going to the paint shop next week to be re-painted. She'll probably come out of the paint booth sometime the last week of January, about the time of Mobile Tech Exp in Orlando.


    The paint will have 3-4 weeks to dry and shift. And then my class will learn the art of hand wetsanding and machine wetsanding on a REAL car. Actually, it's more than that, a LOT more than that, my class will learn how to wetsand a real custom streetrod like you see on all the "Car Guy TV Shows".

    It doesn't get any more real than this.


    There are no other classes on Planet Earth that you can attend where you get to learn on the real-deal. All the other classes, you work on a car hood or fender, or a cookie sheet. Nothing wrong with learning on demo hoods but I'm telling you straight-up, a demo hood, a fender or a cookie sheet will NEVER give you the full training experience that you'll get by learning how to approach the process from start to finish on how to wetsand a custom car with custom paint.



    Last I checked with Andre, there are now only 5 spaces available for the upcoming February class.

    Here's info,


    February - 3-Day Car Detailing Bootcamp Class at Autogeek

    Friday, February 21st
    Saturday, February 22nd
    Sunday, February 23rd

    Click here to sign-up for this class



    Or call Andre and get signed-up over the phone at

    1-800-869-3011 x1244


    See you here....


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    Re: Wetsanding Training Class - Real CARS - 100% HANDS ON - Mike Phillips

    For those that might not know just how many tools, products and techniques I cover in my 3-day class, here's the short list....


    First day - Friday
    We will start at 6:30am and go until 6:30pm and the class will detail 6 cars. We'll cover 3 types of tools, each tool set will get 2 cars.

    This first day we focus on paint correction and ceramic coatings using multiple types of tools


    First 2 cars - Short Stroke Random Orbital Polishers - Griot's/Porter Cable/Meguiar's - using BLACKFIRE Compounds and B&S Pads

    Second 2 cars - RUPES Tools/Pads/Compounds

    Third set of 2 cars - Griot's BOSS Tools/Pads/Compounds



    Misc topics covered as we work through the 6 cars


    1. Topical and sub-surface glass polishing
    2. Chrome polishing
    3. Plastic trim restoration
    4. Waterless wash
    5. Rineselss wash
    6. Detailing clay
    7. Clay towels, mitts and pads
    8. Cosmetic engine detailing



    Class wraps up. Meet & Greet at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel just a few blocks from Autogeek




    Second day - Saturday

    I go easy on the class and we start at 7:30am. Today we will detail 4 cars.


    Extreme washing - We cover a LOT of tools, topics and products.


    1. Traditional wet wash engine detailing with degreasers
    2. Topical glass polishing
    3. Headlight correction
    4. Wheels and tires including machine scrubbing tires and plastic claddding
    5. Iron removers
    6. Foam guns
    7. Nanoskin towels and mitts
    8. Proper cleaning of canvas convertible tops
    9. Proper cleaning of vinyl tops
    10. Car dryers



    After the above, we're back into the air conditioned garage


    First 2 cars - FLEX Tools with SONAX products and Lake Country Pads + Ceramic Coatings

    Second set of 2 cars - High quality production detailing.

    By now, you will have used over 16+ different tools. Now instead of doing multiple steps of paint correction followed by installing ceramic coatings, you'll learn how to correctly use a one-step or AIO product. For this I tend to bring in normal, abused daily drivers so you learn on the type of car you will probably be working when you return to your hometown, be it your own cars or customer's car.


    Besides the above, we'll fit in,


    1. Topical and sub-surface glass polishing
    2. Chrome polishing
    3. Plastic trim restoration
    4. Waterless wash
    5. Rineselss wash
    6. Detailing clay
    7. Clay towels, mitts and pads
    8. Cosmetic engine detailing





    Third day - Sunday

    By Sunday, everyone is tired. We start at 8:30am sharp.


    1. Wetsanding
    2. Panel prep
    3. Taping off
    4. Sanding theory
    5. Hand sanding techniques
    6. Machine sanding techniques
    7. How to use a rotary buffer to remove 100% of the sanding marks
    8. How to use any type or brand of orbital polisher to remove holograms
    9. Sealing the paint




    Then we move onto,

    1. Hot water extractors
    2. Steam machines
    3. Finishing steps
    4. Any topic or technique that we didn't cover on Friday and Saturday



    Class is over at 5:00pm



    • Certificate Awards
    • Book signing




    By the end of the 3-day class, you will have just survived the most hands-on experience you will find on Planet Earth.

    By the end of Sunday, the class will have detailed anywhere from 12 to 15 cars.

    There are NO other classes on Planet Earth where you will work on this many cars and learn this many tools, products, techniques and procedures.


    I guarantee it. -Mike Phillips



    The above is a snapshot of what our NORMAL 3-day class looks like.


    AND - as I shared in the first post of this thread, I bring in real custom cars for my students to learn wetsanding.



    Below are the dates for our normal boat and car detailing classes here at Autogeek.


    February – 2-day Boat Detailing Class

    Saturday, February 8th
    Sunday, February 9th

    Click here to sign-up for this class




    February - 3-Day Car Detailing Bootcamp Class at Autogeek

    Friday, February 21st
    Saturday, February 22nd
    Sunday, February 23rd

    Click here to sign-up for this class




    May - 3-Day Car Detailing Bootcamp Class here at Autogeek

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

    Click here to sign-up for this class




    September - 3-Day Car Detailing Bootcamp Class at Autogeek

    Friday, September 25th
    Saturday the 26th
    Sunday the 27th

    Click here to sign-up for this class




    NOTE: We normally hold the first 3-day car detailing Bootcamp class the last weekend of January but because we'll be at Mobile Tech Expo we've moved it to February after the boat detailing class.



    Questions? Need help getting signed-up?


    Call Andre at,

    1-800-869-3011 x1244




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    Re: Wetsanding Training Class - Real CARS - 100% HANDS ON - Mike Phillips

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    There is a LOT of confusion over the topic and process of wetsanding car paint.

    Here's the deal, 99% of all wetsanding is performed to CUSTOM PAINT JOBS. It is NOT done to the factory paint on the car in your driveway. The reason for this is custom paint jobs are THICKER so there's more paint to sand and buff without the risk of sanding or buffing through the paint.

    Most people have seen my article here about how thin FACTORY paint is,


    Clearcoats are thin by Mike Phillips







    If you really want to dive deep into the topic of wetsanding, then read this article I wrote on the topic back in 2009 - 11 years ago. Way before anyone on Facebook or YouTube ever thought about wetsanding a car.


    Wetsanding - Fresh Paint vs Factory Paint

    And yes, this is yours truly sanding down the 1956 Lincoln Titanic in 1999 - just a few years after the Internet was invented or at least was introduced to the unwashed masses. That's 21 years ago.





    My article fully explains everything you need to know about the DIFFERENCE when it comes to wetsanding FACTORY paint and CUSTOM paint. I recommend you read it before you take the advice from ANYONE and wetsand the factory paint on your car.

    Wetsanding - Fresh Paint vs Factory Paint



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