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Mike Phillips
11-26-2010, 10:38 AM
Detailing 101 - Machine Polishing - Saturday January 29th (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/sign-up-saturday-detailing-101/30627-detailing-101-machine-polishing-saturday-january-29th.html)

Everything you need to know to create a show car shine! -Mike Phillips


Detailing 101 - Machine Polishing with DA Polishers - Sponsored by Wolfgang (http://www.wolfgangcarcare.com/)

Date: Saturday January 29th, 2011
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Autogeek's Show Car Garage & Studio
Street: 7744 SW Jack James Drive
City/State: Stuart, FL 34997
Mapquest Driving Directions (http://tinyurl.com/l5d6vf)

Class Registration Fee: $100.00

Click here to sign-up online (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-class-101.html)

Or you can call 1-800-869-3011 to register over the phone

Class will cover

Proper Washing Techniques - The Dual Bucket Wash Method using Grit Guards
How to evaluate the surface Condition of your car's paint
Proper Techniques for using Detailing Clay to remove Overspray, Tree Sap Mist and Industrial Fallout/Pollution
Removing Swirls, Scratches and Water Spots by Machine
How to do a "Test Spot" by machine
Polishing to a High Gloss by Machine
Applying Waxes and Paint Sealants by Machine
Maintenance - Spray-on Detailers and Spray-on Waxes
NEW - Dwayne McPeeks: Stain Removing Seminar with Extractor.

Tools Showcased

Porter Cable 7424XP
Meguiar's G110v2
Griot's Garage Random Orbital Polisher
Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher
Cyclo Polisher

7:30am to 8:00am - Meet & Greet with Coffee and Donuts
8:00am to 11:00am - Power Point Presentation on the Principals of Machine Polishing
11:00am to Noon - Hands on demonstrations and training
Noon to 1:00pm - Lunch Break - Pizza and Cold Drinks
1:00pm to 4:00pm - Hands on demonstrations and training
4:00pm - Certificates Awarded
5:00pm to 10:00pm Social Meet & Greet with Mike Phillips at the Lounge in the Stuart Marriott Courtyard (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbist-courtyard-stuart/)

Mike Phillips
Director of Training for Autogeek.net and AutogeekOnline.net
Host Autogeek's Show Car Garage How-To Videos
Host of What's in the Garage TV Show debuting in 2011
Primary Instructor for Detailing 101 and 102 Classes Meguiar's Inc. 2002-2009

How To Segments Featured on...

Two Guys Garage (http://www.twoguysgarage.com/)

Motorhead Garage (http://www.masterstv.com/MotorheadGaragetv.html)

Here's the link to the Advanced 102 Class if you plan on registering for this class. Seats for this class are limited and you must have completed Detailing 101.

Wetsanding, Cutting and Buffing for a Show Car Finish - Sunday January 30th, 2011 (http://www.autogeek.net)

Your chance to check out the new FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher (http://www.autogeek.net/flex-pe14-2-150-rotary-polisher.html)


Mike Phillips
11-26-2010, 10:39 AM
Before and After - What you learn to do in our Detailing 101 Class

Below are some pictures showing what you will learn how to do at Autogeek's Detailing 101 Classes...

You can use the skill you learn to restore a show car finish on your own cars or start a part time detailing business and earn a few dollars restoring a show car finish for fellow car enthusiasts...

Here's our demo car, Rob's 2006 Mustang GT Convertible

Rob purchased this from a local dealership withe the DISO already installed at no extra charge.

DISO = Dealer Installed Swirl Option

Here's a few shots taken in the sun. Note how the swirls in the paint closest to the windshield have an almost floating or 3D effect, this is where the term hologram comes from in the context of talking about swirls instilled by a rotary buffer.

Here's a section of the above photo cropped out and in full size...

Mustangs are beautiful cars but not when the paint shimmers with swirls... the paint is supposed to shimmer with shine....

Here's the same car but now were use the flash from our camera to reveal the horrendous swirls...

I don't think I've ever seen a car so swirled out by the mis-use of a rotary buffer...


The zillions of swirls in the clear layer make the paint look hazy and blocks your view of the black paint under the clear top coat.

In this shot we've actually only buffed out just the passenger side of the hood... after getting some before and after shots we then buffed out the driver's side.

Here are the end results...


And here's Rob, the happy owner in his swirl free black Mustang...


11-27-2010, 06:49 AM
Just looked and appears their were a few of you waiting to get in this class. Seats are already filling up, if you are interested in this class you need to sign up!

11-29-2010, 04:04 PM

Have several emails about the classes so I am bumping up these threads.

Audi X2
12-01-2010, 02:34 PM
I registered myself and my wife for the 101 class.
Very much looking forward to the road trip :cruisin:

12-01-2010, 04:00 PM
For those, "on the fence" about attending this class...I went to the last class it is was great. It is one place to try a variety of polishing tools (PC, Griot's, & Flex) and products (Meguiar's, Menzerna, Mother's, Optimum). The information Mike provided was good stuff, but trying the various machines & products was THE most helpful. To buy these things would cost a few bills, but at AutoGeek, it's all there. For you guys & girls up north, it's in Florida! ('nuff said). It's worth the $$.

12-01-2010, 04:21 PM
We also has some requests for interior cleaning training using a carpet extractor and Mike has allowed me to join in on the fun. Hope you guys are ready to get hands on!

12-01-2010, 04:43 PM
best suggestion for preventing these kinds of markings from a rotary? is a DA safer?

I watched Mike's videos saying to press about 50% and do 6 passes up and down and side to side for best reults

Mike Phillips
12-01-2010, 05:34 PM
best suggestion for preventing these kinds of markings from a rotary? is a DA safer?

I watched Mike's videos saying to press about 50% and do 6 passes up and down and side to side for best results

Best suggestion to prevent the rotary buffer induced swirls in the black Mustang is to get head knowledge and hands-on training and that's what we provide in our Detailing 102 Class.

Besides knowledge and training, then getting experience by practicing on cars that are not important to anyone until you increase your comfort level with the rotary buffer and your skill level so that you feel comfortable working on something that is important to someone.

The DA is safer but it's comparing apples to oranges.

This is a thread about the classes, for more questions on how-to use tools, maybe post them to the Auto Detailing 101 (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/auto-detailing-101/) forum group.

The pictures used in this thread came from this article

DISO = The Dealership Installed Swirl Option (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/hot-topics-frequently-asked-questions/28401-diso-dealership-installed-swirl-option.html)

The point I was trying to get across by including them in this thread is that if you attend the Detailing 101 Class you will learn,

How to not put those types of swirls into the paint in the first place.

If you have those types of swirls, we'll show you how to remove them.


Mike Phillips
12-03-2010, 05:02 PM
We'll also have the new 3M Rotary Buffer at both classes for people to check out... might even have a few more surprises...

NEW 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/new-car-care-products/30758-new-3m-electric-variable-speed-rotary-polisher.html)

The 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher balances speed and power with operator comfort. Remove scratches, swirls, oxidation and more with precision and control. The 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher has a powerful 11 amp motor with 37.5% more power than 8 amp polishers. Superior construction and user-friendly features make the 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher a true professional grade polisher.



12-03-2010, 05:42 PM
We'll also have the new 3M Rotary Buffer at both classes for people to check out... might even have a few more surprises...

:xyxthumbs:Like maybe the European 3M that weighs just over 4 pounds?

Sol on fire
01-01-2011, 07:08 PM
I just signed up for both classes! Im the MANDetailing 101 and Detailing 102!! :buffing:

01-01-2011, 07:54 PM
I just signed up for both classes! Im the MANDetailing 101 and Detailing 102!! :buffing:

:xyxthumbs:See u there!!

Mike Phillips
01-18-2011, 04:00 PM

Just a reminder that you must complete this class before you can sign-up for the advanced Detailing 102 class.

Thank you!