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Nick McKees37
05-17-2011, 04:09 PM
Sign-up for July 9th - Machine Polishing 101 (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-class-101.html)

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


Machine Polishing 101
Do you want to learn how to properly use a dual action polisher to remove swirls & water spots from your car? What about the proper techniques to use with detailing clay, and being able to determine when your vehicle needs to be clayed? All of your questions and more will be answered by Mike Phillips as he teaches you how to properly machine polish and maintain a vehicle in our Detailing 101 Class!

Date: Saturday July 9th, 2011
Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm
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.

Live Broadcast
By signing up for a class you agree to sign a Video Release Form upon arriving to the classroom for the possibility that these classes will be streamed live over the Internet and/or recorded for later use.

Class Description
Learn how to remove swirls, scratches and water spots by machine and then machine polish to a high gloss finish in our Machine Polishing 101 Class on Saturday, July 9th.

With almost 30 years experience in machine polishing and 23 years of experience teaching others how to machine polish, Mike makes it easy to get professional results the first time and every time.

In this class you'll get hands-on training with the following tools;

Flex PE14 Lightweight Rotary Buffer

Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher

Griot's Garage 6" Random Orbital Polisher

Porter Cable 7424XP Dual Action Polisher

Meguiar's G110v2 Dual Action Polisher

Cyclo Mark 5 Variable Speed Orbital Polisher

Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher

Fast Track to Professional Results
Mike will show you how to remove swirls, scratches and water spots quickly and easily and just as important safely. He'll teach you how to create a show car finish while avoiding common mistakes most people make when learning how to machine polish.

Turn your hobby into cash!
Learn to machine polish for fun or profit with tips and techniques for starting a part-time, or full time detailing business. Turn your passion and your hobby into extra money on weekends machine polishing cars for family, friends and co-workers.

Machine Polishing is the only way to go...
Working on clear coats to remove swirls and scratches by hand is slow and hard work, learn how to save time while getting better results faster.

7:30am to 8:00am - Meet & Greet with Coffee and Donuts
8:00am to 9:00am – Power Point Presentation
9:00am to 9:30am – Morning Break
9:30am to 10:30am – Paint Inspection & Claying Techniques
10:30am to 11:30 - Proper Machine Polishing Techniques - Instructor Led Demonstrations
11:30am to 12:00 noon – Break for lunch - Pizza and Cold Drinks
12:00pm to 3:00pm – Hands-On Training - Students use ALL Polishers to Remove Swirls & Scratches
3:00pm to 3:45pm - Hands-On Training - Students Machine Apply & Remove Waxes and Sealants
3:45pm - 4:00pm - Instructor Grades Results
4:00pm to 4:30pm - Class ends – Questions – Certificates
6:00pm to 10:00pm – Social Meet & Greet with Mike Phillips at the 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? (http://www.masterstv.com/AutoGeekWhatsInTheGaragetv.html) TV Show on Sunday's at 11:30am and Monday's at 4:30pm EST on Fox Sports Network
Primary Instructor for Detailing 101 and 102 Classes Meguiar's Inc. 2002-2009
Guest Detailing Expert on,

Two Guys Garage with Bryan Fuller My Classic Car with Dennis Gage Motorhead Garage with Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman

Detailing 102 - Wetsanding, Cutting and Buffing for a Show Car Finish - Sunday July 10th, 2011 (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-class-102.html)

In order to go to the Detailing 102 Class you must first attend this class.

Learn to Machine Polish For Show Car Results
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suqI_BtSLaU&hd=1]YouTube - Learn to Machine Polish For Show Car Results - Machine Polishing Classes at Autogeek.net[/video]


05-18-2011, 03:16 PM
I'm signed up for both. Who will be joining me??:buffing:

05-18-2011, 03:39 PM
I'm signed up for both. Who will be joining me??:buffing:

I'm trying.....I need to save up about a grand so I can attend. Need to line up some side work.:xyxthumbs:


05-18-2011, 10:05 PM
I'm trying.....I need to save up about a grand so I can attend. Need to line up some side work.:xyxthumbs:

Nice, get busy!

05-19-2011, 02:22 PM
Nice, get busy!

Saw your sign up... you are traveling a long way to come see us! We are looking forward too it! :buffing:

Mike Phillips
05-23-2011, 11:22 AM
I'm signed up for both. Who will be joining me??:buffing:

Looking forward to meeting you!


05-28-2011, 05:46 PM
What would be recommended airport to fly in as well as place to stay? Would it be more cost effective to rent a car or take a taxi?

05-28-2011, 07:37 PM
FWIW i'm flying in to West Palm Beach Int. Airport(PBI) and staying at the Marriot. If i remember correctly Auto Geek is about a 25 minute drive or less from there. Have a look at this sticky..


Elite Pro
05-30-2011, 10:55 PM
I'm signed up for both. Who will be joining me??:buffing:

I'll see ya there :props:
Signed up for both

Nick McKees37
06-03-2011, 09:15 AM
Be ready to absorb Mike's years of knowledge and experience on how to properly polish, protect, and maintain your vehicle using a machine polisher. You will not be able to learn this much knowledge in one day anywhere else. If you're after the best finish possible, let the expert show you how it's done - the correct way.

Mike Phillips
06-04-2011, 10:42 AM
First Class Training Facilities... :xyxthumbs:

Richard let us use his car for our demo car, it had plenty of above surface bonded contaminants and swirls to remove.


Here's a great example of Cobweb Swirls

The Baggie Test to check for Above Surface Bonded Contaminant

The Baggie Test - How to inspect for above surface bonded contaminants (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/27967-baggie-test-how-inspect-above-surface-bonded-contaminants.html)


When there are above surface bonded contaminants present you can also "hear" them by rubbing your hand over the finish...

To enable people to feel the difference between before and after claying, I only clayed a thin long section down the middle of the hood and then everyone could run their hand over the clayed section and the un-clayed section and feel and hear the difference.


There were a number of people that had never used detailing clay before so in Detailing 101 everyone has a chance to learn how to properly use detailing clay.




Using the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light to show how to inspect for swirls...


Thorough and detailed instruction...

Showing how to use the PC Wrench to hold the Free Rotating Spindle Assembly to attach a backing plate.

Attach your foam pad so that it's centered on the backing plate

To demonstrated how safe the DA style polishers are I turned the Porter Cable 7424XP on the 5.0 speed setting and pressed it against the back of my hand as hard as I could.... results... no pain... no problems...



Mike Phillips
06-04-2011, 10:42 AM
Everyone gets a chance to test out all the popular electric polishers including the new Flex PE14 Rotary Buffer...

Here's a couple of ladies showing all the big strong guys how to use the rotary buffer...


Cyclo Mark 5 Polisher

Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher

Flex 3401, focus on what you're doing, pay no attention to the camera man...

Griot's Garage DA Polisher

Porter Cable DA Polisher

Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher

Here's Cory testing out the Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher

Meguiar's G110v2 and the Porter Cable 7424XP

Here's Astrid with the PC and Jeff running the Griot's Garage DA Polisher

Mike Phillips
06-04-2011, 02:47 PM
Here's Paul aka Paulie12ATT running the Cyclo Polisher...

Here's Andris testing out the Griot's Garage 6" Random Orbital Polisher with a 6.5" CCS Polishing Pad

For most people, it actually helps to remove the stick handle off a Porter Cable DA Polisher as it allows them to apply pressure directly to the head of the polisher which results in keeping the pad flat to the surface for maximum pad rotation.

Jeff really got into it and I think I saw him testing out every polisher on all the different panels on our demo car...

Here's Bill aka theamcguy putting the Cyclo to the test...


Using the Griot's Garage Polisher with a 5.5" Cyan Foam Cutting pad with an Indigo Bonnet to remove Pinnacle Liquid Souveran



06-27-2011, 08:45 PM
Class is coming up in a couple weeks, sign up now while you still can. I am excited, I plan to be there for this set of classes!

06-27-2011, 09:50 PM
I'm signed up for both. Who will be joining me??:buffing:

I will be there both days. Looking forward to meeting everyone and learning from the best.