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Mike Phillips
07-22-2015, 11:12 AM
Next 3-Day Competition Ready Detail Class - September 23rd, 24th, 25th (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/sign-up-acr-detailing-classes-mike-phillips-3-day-class/98694-next-competition-ready-class-may-6th-7th-8th-9th.html)

This class is SOLD OUT!


Congratulations to everyone that signed up for this class! You're going to work on some amazing cars and work with ALL the COOL TOOL!

I'm finalizing the cars we'll be working on and you can see them here.

List of cars for our September Competition Ready 3-Day Class (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/information-competition-ready-3-day-detailing-classes-mike-phillips/104296-list-cars-our-september-competition-ready-3-day-class.html)

And our special guest will be Jeff Brown from Griot's Garage!


IDA SV Certification
If you want to become IDA Skills Validated Certified then you need to also schedule Monday, May 9th for the hands-on tests.

Call Andre to reserve your seat before the May class sells out.

1-800-869-3011 x244

These three day classes go over more tools, techniques and products than any other class available because I want you to be successful in all areas of car detailing. The classes are intense and incredibly hands-on. There is very little sitting time. After teaching detailing classes for 28+ years I know from experience,

People learn best by doing, not sitting in a chair.

So when you attend a detailing class at Autogeek you learn a lot because you do a lot. These classes are very comprehensive and cover everything from A to Z, inside and out and top to bottom.


Multiple-Step Paint Correction --> Show Car Detailing
Friday's topics focus on multiple tools and techniques from simple paint correction and polishing to the most advanced paint correction procedures.

Cool Cars
Historically I always bring in very special cars for the class to work on including, muscle cars, classics and streetrods. The majority of these cars have modern basecoat/clearcoat paint jobs so everything you learn on these cars carries over to working on any new or modern car. The primary difference is the unique and fun experience of working on typically show cars in dire need of paint restoration.

Entry level to the most advanced tools
We start with entry level tools and progressively work through all tool set to end with the rotary buffer. Each tool set gets it's own car, or cars so everyone gets plenty of hands-on time with each tool set.

Entry level DA Polishers
This class session goes over the proper techniques for how to use entry level dual action polishers like,

Porter Cable 7424XP (http://www.autogeek.net/porter-cable-7424xp.html)
Meguiar's MT300 (http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-mt300-dual-action-polisher.html)
Meguiar's G110v2 (http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-dual-action-polisher-g110.html)
Griot's Garage 6" DA (http://www.autogeek.net/new-griots-polisher.html)

Machine polishing starts with these easy to use polishers and then progresses to tools which offer more power and require more advanced techniques to use correctly. This class is a foundational class where we'll cover the basics of machine polishing. This will provide students with a strong foundation for proper machine polishing techniques and as more tools are covered students will build on this foundation.

Cyclo Dual Head Polishers
This class session goes the proper techniques for using the Cyclo Orbital Polisher Model 5 Pro (http://www.autogeek.net/cyclo-5-pro-polisher.html) as well as the Cyclo buffing pads. The Cyclo polisher is unique in that it offers two buffing heads with incredibly smooth, low vibration polishing. The Cyclo is versatile in that you can no only machine polish paint but you can also perform a variety of machine scrubbing procedures simply by attaching one of the four different brush offerings by Cyclo.

Griot's Garage BOSS Paint Polishing System
This class session covers the new Griot's Garage G21 (http://www.autogeek.net/griots-garage-g21-long-throw-polisher.html) and G15 (http://www.autogeek.net/griots-boss-g15-long-throw-polisher.html) long throw orbital polishers as well as the BOSS buffing pads (http://www.autogeek.net/griots-boss-foam-microfiber-pads-6-inch.html) and BOSS compounds, polishes and waxes (http://www.autogeek.net/griots-garage-boss-long-throw-orbital-polisher-system.html).

RUPES Orbital Polishers
This class session goes over the correct techniques for using multiple RUPES tools including,

BigFoot 21 (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-lhr-21es-big-foot-polisher.html)
BigFoot 15 (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-lhr-15es-big-foot-polisher.html)
Duetto 12 (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-12e-duetto.html)
Mini 12 (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-lhr-75e-polisher.html)
TA50 (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-ta50-air-sander.html)

Plus the complete RUPES paint polishing system including Rupes pads (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-foam-pads.html) and products (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-polishers.html). The RUPES company is one of the most innovative companies in the car detailing world with top notch tools, pads and products.

New Mark II Series Polishers
This year at SEMA RUPES introduced the new Mark II BigFoot 15 and 21 orbital polishers. During our RUPES class students will get hands-on time with the new Mark II polishers.

The Flex 3401 gear-driven orbital polisher
This class session goes over the correct techniques for using the Flex 3401 (http://www.autogeek.net/flex-orbital-polisher.html) dual action polishers. The Flex 3401 offers both forced rotation and forced oscillation making it a beast of a tool. The Flex 3401 is specifically designed to do one thing only and that's polish paint.

If you don't already own a copy of my how to book you can pick up a copy at the class.

How to use the Flex XC3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher Paperback Book (http://www.autogeek.net/flex-polisher-book.html)

The Flex XCF 7 15mm Long Stroke Free Spinning Orbital Polisher
This is the brand new free spinning long stroke random orbital polisher introduced by Flex at SEMA 2015. Most of the techniques for using other orbital polishers will apply to this new offering by Flex. Students will learn how to mechanically decontaminate, correct, polish and seal using this new orbital polisher from Flex.

For each of the unique tool sets taught on Friday we also cover multiple brands of compounds and polishes including,


Students also learn how to use multiple brands for three different categories of paint protection including,

Car waxes
Synthetic paint sealants
Paint coatings

Students learn how to choose the best product according to the type of car and how it's used with special attention also paid to the owner's wishes. Students will learn how to educate their customer to match their services to the customer and how and when to upsell a coating instead of using a traditional car wax or synthetic paint sealant.

End of day Questions and Answers Session

Friday night catered dinner at 5:00pm

The class is officially over at 4:30pm and at approximately 5:00pm Autogeek will provide dinner served in the Show Car Garage catered by TooJay's. Here is the menu,

Chicken Marsala
Grilled London Broil Sirloin
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Caesar Salad
Rye Bread


Production Detailing - The meat and potatoes of the detailing industry
Production detailing inside and out is covered on Saturday including every step from start to finish to turn out a customer pleasing product. For the production detailing class I bring in modern vehicles that represent the type of cars you'll be working on in the real world. Friday is "fun day" learning paint polishing on cool cars but Saturday we dig in and really go to work experiencing what it will really be like to work as a detailer. For Saturday I bring in a selection of passenger cars, work truck, suvs and soccer mom vans.

Whether you're simply taking care of your own personal vehicles or you're detailing for money, it's vital to understand the importance of knowing when to use a multiple-step approach versus a one-step approach for the exterior paint. Besides paint correction we also cover all other aspects of car detailing including interior detailing, engine detailing, wheels and tires, glass, plastic trim restoration and also headlight restoration. I also teach the order to do all these step to save you steps and thus save you energy and time will still maintaining the highest levels of quality to crush your competition.

How to evaluate the customer and match your services to their needs.
How to set-up your service menu to offer 4 detailing packages.
How to evaluate the vehicle and fill out the VIF form.
How to set up your detailing bay for maximum efficiency.
How to make sure your shop is OSHA compliant.
How to set up your shop for personal safety.
Traditional engine detailing.
Cosmetic engine detailing.
Glass polishing.
Headlight correction.
Hand and machine scrubbing tires to prepare rubber for coatings and dressings.
Iron X (http://www.autogeek.net/carpro-iron-x-cleaner.html) to chemically decontaminate painted body panels.
Foam guns (http://www.autogeek.net/auhagafogun.html) and two bucket method (http://www.autogeek.net/grit-guard-wash-system.html) for washing cars.
Nanoskin Wash Mitts and Towels (http://www.autogeek.net/nanoskin-car-care-products.html) to mechanically decontaminate paint.
Dupray Hill Injection Steam Cleaner (http://www.autogeek.net/dupray-hill-injection-steam-cleaner.html) to steam cleaning interiors.
Mytee HP60 Spyder (http://www.autogeek.net/mytee-hp60-spyder-carpet-extractor.html) & Mytee Lite II 8070 (http://www.autogeek.net/mytee-hot-water-extractor.html) to extract interiors.
One-step exterior production detailing - Learning the correct way to use an AIO or Cleaner/Wax.

End of day Questions and Answers Session

First thing Sunday morning we finish up any topics not covered on Friday or Saturday before going into rotary buffers and wet sanding. This includes,

Convertible top cleaning and protection
Students learn proper cleaning and protecting steps for both vinyl and cloth convertible tops.

Tire dressings & coatings
Students learn when to select a tire coating or a tire dressing for their customer's tires plus how and when to upsell a tire coating.

Rock chip and scratch repair
Students learn to use the Dr. Color Chip System for doing touch-up paint repair for scratches and rock chips.

Rotary Buffers
This class session goes over the correct techniques for using rotary buffers to do heavy correction work and polishing and how to finish out hologram free. For this class I tend to bring in large neglected work trucks or passenger cars.

Students have their choice of using,
Flex PE14 (http://www.autogeek.net/flex-pe14-2-150-rotary-polisher.html)
Flex PE8 (http://www.autogeek.net/flex-pe8-compact-rotary-polisher.html)
DeWALT 849X (http://www.autogeek.net/dewalt-dwp849x-polisher.html)
Makita 9237CX2 (http://www.autogeek.net/ma927po.html)
3M Rotary Buffers (http://www.autogeek.net/3m-rotary-polisher.html)

Wet sanding

Students learn what wet sanding is and when to use it. All the various products for both hand sanding and machine sanding are covered.

Wet sanding by hand using Nikken brand finishing papers
Wet sanding by machine using Meguiar's Unigrit, 3M Trizact and Mirka Abralon sanding discs.
How to remove sanding marks using a rotary buffer and polishing swirl free using a dual action polisher.

End of day Questions and Answers Session

Certificate awards ceremony
Each student is awarded their official certificate for attending and completely the class as well as their official Mike Phillips Detailing Boot Camp Class t-shirt.

The class is wrapped up, any remaining questions are answered and feedback is gathered.

Food and drinks
Each morning fresh donuts and coffee will be available in the classroom.

Lunch is provided and served at noon. There's a water cooler with cups in the garage as well as two vending machines, one with a great selection of cold drinks and the other with a great selection of snacks.


Mike Phillips
07-22-2015, 11:15 AM
Class price

Autogeek's 3-day detailing class is only $1,500.00

If you have questions or prefer to register with a real person over the phone then contact Andre at,

1-800-869-3011 x244

You can also sign-up online, just >>click<< (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html) on the detailing class graphic at the top of every page on the forum.

http://www.marine31online.com/gallery/data/526/AGO_HOMEPAGE.jpg (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html)

Autogeek's Competition Ready 3-Day Detailing Class with Mike Phillips (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html)


Mike Phillips
02-10-2016, 03:27 PM
Here's some testimonies from the recent January class...

I loved every minute of every day working side by side with you and my class mates, and Nick and Andre, it is always an unbelievable experience.

Thank you Autogeek from the bottom of my heart!

Wow what a amazing class, Mike was a Great teacher making sure that everyone was hands on, and very professional...

You will go away with better knowledge and ability, it is so much info it's hard to rap your mind around it, Mike was very thorough to make sure everyone understood..

I encourage everyone that if You have not gone through the class to Sign up, even if you think you have experience or not

I guarantee You will learn!!

HUGE thanks to Mike and the team at Autogeek. The class was action packed with tons of information.

Lots of hands on time with a variety of machines and products.

If you are on the fence on deciding to attend, do yourself a favor and sign up!


Great weekend detailing!

Picked up so much information, as you know Mike, I was at January 2015 class I'm amazed how much new information & hands-on skills I learned.

THANK You for bringing out your personal Rupes Mark ll for class to try ( what a machine).

Great group of guy's also.

Wet sanding was the best part. When you told us we were going to wet sand 2 complete cars, I was blown away & said to my self NO WAY.

We not only did it, but cars turned out great!

Amassing how much confidence you have in your students, I guess that is a tribute to your knowledge and your ability to get the information out to the class.

THANK YOU & your associates.

See you at February boat detailing class.

I was at Autogeek Monday when the owner of GTO convertible picked up his car, I went out side to introduce myself & tell him how nice his car is.

We chitchated a bit, he told me GTO NEVER LOOKED this good. He was ecstatic.

Just thought other class members would like to know that.

I would just like to start out by giving a big thanks to Mike and Autogeek for putting on such an incredible detailing class!

It was such a pleasure to spend time hands on with you and meet such an amazing group of passionate detailers that I am happy to call new friends.

Every moment of this class was fun and educational but I definitely enjoyed all of the paint correction, wet sanding, and glass coating applications most of all.

Whether you are a new enthusiast or an experienced professional this class will have something for you!

Mike is a phenomenal teacher and knows just how to deliver information to you so it is absorbed like water in a sponge.

With so many tricks as well as insight to every aspect of detailing and paint restoration you will only find yourself trying to figure out how fast you can get into his next class!

Hey Mike, just expressing sincere thanks and appreciation to you, Nick, Andre and Bob for such an amazing experience at your Competition Ready Classes.

After reading so much about you and hearing about the positive impact you bring to the Detailing Industry, I fully understand why you have achieved and deserve the level of respectability and admiration of your peers.

Your expertise and knowledge is second to none and the fact that you share your wisdom with us speaks volumes.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the classes and it was an awesome treat to get to use the latest and greatest in tools, equipment and products.

Moreover, the opportunity to meet other Detailers and car enthusiast's from local areas as well as other parts of the country was awesome!

Not to mention the cars we worked on.. Simply stated, WOW!!

Your classes were extremely inspiring and motivational and I know we all left there anxious to implement what we learned...

Please keep up your great work and positive energy Mike!!

Much Thanks:

Boss Detailer

Big thanks to Autogeek, Nick, Andre and Mike for putting on an awesome learning and networking experience. Mike, your passion for helping others learn and pursue detailing really shows.

Great overall experience. This class helped reinforce my paint correction skills.

Also was able to take a great deal from wet sanding, glass correction, headlight restoration, as well as the overall business and market that is detailing.

I've been putting what I learned into play the first day back. Also learning more as I explore the forums that Autogeek offers.

Now it's time to learn how to work on some boats! See you Saturday at your boat detailing class!

To Mike and rest of supporting staff at Autogeek it was an honor, pleasure and great experience to attend the January CR class.

Your 3 day class was totally top shelf. Not only was it challenging but also alot of fun.

Sometimes you have to let stuff sink in before you can comment with a sound mind.

I'm hear to tell you that I've had a chance to attend another Detailing class out in California which was good, however your course blew that one out of the water due to the learn by doing method that's used which was very effective.

There were many great highlights during the class, however the one that stuck out most was the early morning when we started to correct the paint on the black 64 Corvette Coupe and watching you work through the process of wet sanding, compounding, polishing the front passenger side headlight of the car was truly a master piece exhibition.

There are times when cost is a determining factor in many things that we are trying to accomplish and if what we trying to do is cost prohibitive many times we let that be the determining factor on if we will purchase or not. I'm hear to tell you that your course gave us way more in knowledge, instruction and experience than what I paid to attend the course.

For those that are serious about becoming a top detailer your course is a must.

Your positive energy and passion for detailing was very infectious and attending your course will not only help me at becoming the best detailer in the area but also will help me to propel my detailing business to the next level.

I also would like to say thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to ensure that I got the stuff that I left at the class which you got to me at turbo speed and thanks for all that you shared with us are you are truly the definition of sharing and caring.

Lastly, to all the guys I broke bread with and rubbed elbows with during the class, I must say that all of you are at the top of you game and it was nice to intermingle with the best and will be in touch.

Thanks to Mike, Nick, Andre, and Autogeek for a great class.

It really reinforces the skills you know, and the new ones that you learn. As others have mentioned, Mike takes time to answer any and all questions, plus really cares about what he does and it shows.

I know for me, I always strive for perfection, so sometimes I need to pull back and give the customer what there paying for, without doing major correction work when its not really needed.

This class really helped me learn how to do this effectively, while also maintaining the speed/quality/time management, we all strive for.

The group of guys was great, I felt like we all got along great, pulled each other up, and really worked as a team. I know that I definitely made a bunch of new friends and new networking partners.

Really had a great time and highly recommend it to anyone.

Thanks again Mike

Jared Greenway

I want to thank Mike Phillips and the January 2016 Competition Ready Detail Class for the UNBELIEVABLE paint and carriage top restoration miracle they performed on my 1997 Lincoln Town Car.

To aid in the appreciation of what Mike and the class was able to achieve, you should know that the Lincoln has spent most of it's life in Wisconsin and the external portion (shell) of the car was not well cared for.

I am partially disabled and purchased the Lincoln about 12 years ago, making the Lincoln the workhorse of my family.

Not being physically capable of maintaining the exterior, I depended on carwashes to keep it as clean as possible, especially because of the severe winters that the car went through in Wisconsin (frigid temps, ice, snow, road salt, etc).

It’s AMAZING how the Class was able to bring it back to life under Mike’s direction. Looking at these results, there is no question about the high quality of Autogeeks’ products and Mike’s knowledge & training capabilities.

I would like to thank EVERYONE involved with beautifying my Lincoln. I’m so ecstatic with the results that I can’t get the smile off my face!! When I first saw the car after they were done, I said “Wow!” And I haven’t stopped saying “Wow” yet!

Some people have asked if I recently had the car repainted and the carriage top replaced. After I tell them it’s still all original and that Autogeek is responsible for the AMAZING look of my car, these people are now saying “Wow” too!

I’d also like to commend Mr. Bob McKee, Owner of Autogeek, for staffing his operation with such dedicated and professional personnel who are always willing to help and share their knowledge of car care as well as for the workshops and training programs they provide.

Thanks so much again,

Gerd Lippmann (Mitch Lippmann’s Brother)

Well it's been some weeks since this class and I have finally found a moment to sit down and download some photos and write a little something about this class.

I traveled from Utah to attend (which was really hard to do leaving the 10 degree weather :laughing:).

I was very impressed by it all; Mike is a Class-A top-notch guy that really knows his trade and I personally feel honored to have dipped a few days into his mind and learn some of the many things he taught us.

The staff at A.G. are top-notch as well.

The facility was outstanding and the food they supplied was amazing as well. If I had to rate the experience overall, it would best be said that it totally exceeded my expectations!

We did spend some time learning via classroom presentations, but the majority of the class was hands-on, and boy did we spend some time on the cars!

I certainly slept very well those first two nights!

There was a LOT of material we covered. I was very thankful that I brought a notebook and wrote many things down.

Anyone attending future classes I would suggest you do the same (especially if you're over 40 like me ;- )

While I only do some specialized detailing on the side (and also for my personal vehicles), I felt this class was a great shot in the arm that has given me the confidence to hop into other tasks. I also learned to become much more efficient (doing a better job in less time).

Let's face it, detailing is hard work, the more efficient you can accomplish things, the better off you'll be.

All in all, I had a wonderful time. I learned a lot and made many new friends that share the same passion. I would wholeheartedly recommend the class to anyone thinking about it. Money well spent.

My only criticism would be the class needed more Adrienne Janic (aka "AJ"), but then again, she would have just distracted me! :p

Johnny in cold Utah


Mike Phillips
05-25-2016, 11:23 AM
Training Cars for this class

1968 Camaro Convertible Rally Sport





Click here to sign-up for this class (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html)

Or call Andre

1-800-869-3011 x244


07-01-2016, 04:21 PM
Mike, My wife and I just signed up!!!! We can't wait! So you'll have a husband & wife team in September!
What else do you do in your 20th year of marriage??? Sign up for Competition Ready Classes with Mike Phillips!

07-01-2016, 05:35 PM
I'll most likely sign up, how many seats are left?

07-01-2016, 06:42 PM
count me in mike cant wait !!!!! :)

07-13-2016, 08:39 PM
Well I've signed up during the no exclusion sale

Do you get lime a ticket or something in the mail or something or just the typical thank you fyouryou purchase email?

AZ Mike
07-13-2016, 10:28 PM
Mike, My wife and I just signed up!!!! We can't wait! So you'll have a husband & wife team in September!
What else do you do in your 20th year of marriage??? Sign up for Competition Ready Classes with Mike Phillips!

You will love the class. I have attended one of the 2 day Boot Camps and it was fantastic. Great people, unusual cars and lots of hands on with the tools. Mike and Nick are the best.

08-13-2016, 07:13 PM
How often are these classes? I live on Long Island, NY and would love to attend this class. Unfortunately, I can't make the one in September. If there is another in the spring, I'll certainly do everything I can to make it.

08-13-2016, 09:21 PM
They're every year
Next one should be around feb

Mike Phillips
08-23-2016, 08:18 AM
How often are these classes?

I live on Long Island, NY and would love to attend this class. Unfortunately, I can't make the one in September.

If there is another in the spring, I'll certainly do everything I can to make it.

Hi Blackdevil77,

We hold our classes three times a year. We hold them the same general time each year because we have a lot of people that fly in from,

Around the country

Around the world

And it's only natural for people making flight, hotel and rental car arrangements to need dates ahead of time in order to arrange their schedule.

So for the last 5 years and moving forward for the next 10 years, (I might retire after 10 more years of teaching classes), here's the normal schedule.

Stating each new year,

Last weekend of January -
This year due to too many other projects in January we've moved the date to February. So that would be, February 17th to the 19th, that's a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. and then Monday is OPTIONAL for anyone that wants to get their IDA Skills Validation Certification.

First weekend of May
In 2017 this will be May 6th through May 7th, that's a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. and then Monday is OPTIONAL for anyone that wants to get their IDA Skills Validation Certification.

Last weekend of September
In 2017 this will be September 23 to September 25., that's a Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then Monday is OPTIONAL for anyone that wants to get their IDA Skills Validation Certification.

Our boat detailing class will be Saturday February 4th

Marine 31 Boat Detailing Class - Saturday February 4th, 2017 (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/marine-31-boat-detailing-classes/104252-marine-31-boat-detailing-class-february-4th-2017-most-hands-class-available-u-s.html)

Our classes have always been and will always be the MOST hands-on classes you can attend.

We also always have the coolest cars to train on for the class day dedicated to Show Car Detailing. And of course we bring in mundane daily drivers to teach Production Detailing. It's important to know both types of detailing so you can tackle any project that comes your way and after attending our class you'll have the skills and the knowledge to be successfully.

Hope that helps...


Mike Phillips
08-23-2016, 08:32 AM
Well I've signed up during the no exclusion sale

You know... I LOVE it when we have ACTIVE forum members attend our class.


Because they tend to be our best advertising for our class.

So many of the hundreds of people that have attended our classes over the years love the class but they are not active on our forum. So there's no interaction that takes place.

I'm super happy that they go on to be very successful in their business as that's what's really important but for what it's worth... I love it when we have active forum members attend our class and I'm really looking forward to you attending the September class, (which is almost full), and I can guarantee you you're not only going to learn a LOT you're also going to have a LOT of fun!

Besides the Superbird coming in I'm working behind the scenes to get a few more really cool cars here for the class to train on.

Do you get a ticket or something in the mail or something or just the typical thank you for your purchase email?


I think the way it's set up is you get the thank you e-mail after your purchase has processed.

In the next few weeks you'll be getting a couple of e-mails from me personally with information about the class. I always send out these e-mails to make sure everyone is up to speed with how the classes will flow.

Plus I make sure everyone knows about the option to become IDA SV Certified on the Monday following the class but a person has to already taken the online written tests and be CD or Certified Detailer in order to take the SV tests.


08-23-2016, 08:58 AM
Mike, I definitely want to take this class, unfortunately I can't make the one in September, I wish I could. Do you know the dates of the next one yet?

Mike Phillips
08-23-2016, 09:40 AM
Mike, I definitely want to take this class, unfortunately I can't make the one in September, I wish I could. Do you know the dates of the next one yet?

Look at post 12 of this thread.

Just above the post you just made.