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Mike Phillips
05-20-2013, 09:13 AM
Mike Phillips's Detailing Boot Camp September 28th & 29th (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/sign-up-detailing-bootcamp-class-2-day-class/61208-mike-phillips-s-detailing-boot-camp-may-4th-5th.html)

Learn how to detail your vehicle inside out
My Detailing Boot Camp is two days packed with proven techniques for creating a show car finish! I'll walk you through every step of the detailing process, from the interior to the exterior and under the hood. I'll cover everything you need to know to maintain your own vehicle or the vehicles of clients. If you plan to detail for profit, this class is a must!

The two day detailing bootcamp class is $750.00 and this includes a $200.00 merchandise credit at Autogeek.net

Click here to register online (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html)

The class size will be limited to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and practice the techniques. The class will be held in the fully equipped Autogeek Show Car Garage located at our headquarters in Stuart, Florida.

Saturday September 28th – 7:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday September 29th – 7:30am to 5:30pm

Autogeek.net Show Car Garage
7744 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL 34997

What to bring:
• Bring a pen and paper to take notes if you like. All chemicals and tools will be provided.
• Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning and pizza and cold drinks for lunch.

Please note: Each participant needs to register him/herself.

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.

About the Instructor:

Mike Phillips has over 34 years of experience in the field of auto detailing and reconditioning and a true passion for automobiles. Mike has over 500 articles to his credit and he has hosted six full-length instructional videos for Autogeek. Mike has taught countless detailing classes since 1988 and has been a guest speaker at numerous car club events and car shows around the country.

Prior to working at Autogeek, Mike worked at Meguiar's as a Sales Rep/Trainer for Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho training body shop and dealership technicians how to use Meguiar's professional detailing products. Later, he became the online administrator and instructor of Meguiar's detailing classes. In 2009, he joined Autogeek as our Director of Training.

Mike has appeared on Two Guys Garage, Motorhead Garage, My Classic Car, Truck U, and he is the host of What's in Autogeek's Garage on the Fox Sports Network.


Detailing Boot Camp Course Outline


7:00 to 7:30am – Donuts and Coffee – Name Tags – Meet and Greet

7:30am to 8:00am – Inspect & Evaluate the Car
• Receive copy of Mike’s Vehicle Inspection Form (VIF)
• The number one most important thing to do

8:00am to 8:30am – Machine Polishing Glass – Hand & Machine
• Pinnacle GlassWork Water Spot Remover
• Pinnacle GlassCoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent

8:30am to 9:00am – Headlight & Plastic Lens Repair
• How to machine sand headlights with Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher as an electric Dampsander

• How to remove sanding marks and restore clarity using both DeWALT and Flex Rotary Buffers with Diamondite Plastic Polishes.

9:00am to 9:30am – Morning Break

9:30am to 10:00 – Cosmetic Engine Cleaning and Detailing

• The 6 steps to a clean, dry and dress an engine fast for maximum profit and customer pleasing results.

Cleaners and Degreasers

Ready To Use (RTU)
• Detailer’s Pro Series Cleans-All APC
• Detailer’s Pro Series Engine Degreaser

Custom Dilution
• Meguiar’s D101 APC
• Meguiar’s D103 APC+
• Meguiar’s D108 Super Degreaser
Blowing-out and Drying
• Metro-Vac Sidekick
• Metro-Vac MasterBlaster
• Tornador Air Gun

• Detailer's Trim Detailer
• 303 Aerospace Protectant

10:00am to Noon – Car Washing – The Correct Order

Traditional Wash
• Autogeek Foam Gun
• DP Xtreme Foam
• IronX Snow Soap
• Detailer's Wheel & Tire Cleaner
• Wolfgang Uber Wheel Cleaner
• Multiple Car washing Mitts and Brushes

Maintenance Washing - 2-Bucket Method with Grit Guards
• Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo + Two Bucket Method

Aggressive Cleaning - Single Bucket Method with Grit Guards
• Pinnacle XMT Gel Shampoo followed by IronX Gel and Iron X Spray

Rinseless Wash
• DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss
• Optimum No Rinse

Waterless Auto Wash
• Detailer's Waterless Auto Wash

Noon to 1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm to 3:00pm – Interior Detailing

Machine: Cyclo & PC with brush options
Hand: Multiple Brushes options

• Aztec Hotrod
• Mytee Lite II 8070

Steam Cleaning
• Mytee Firebird VS1500 Vapor Steamer
• Vapamore MR-100 PRIMO Steam Cleaning System

Compressed Air Cleaning
• Tornador Car Cleaning Guns

Cleaning Solutions
• DP Carpet Extractor Pre Treatment
• Detailer’s Pro Series Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
• Meguiars D101 or D103+

• Pinnacle Leather, Vinyl & Rubber Products

Interior Glass Cleaning
• Diamonditeฎ Perfect Vision Glass Cleaner Aerosol
• Glass Master Pro

3:00pm to 3:30pm – Afternoon Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm – Exterior Rubber Plastic and Vinyl
• Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant

4:00pm to 5:00pm – Wheels, Tires & Fenderwells –Protect and Dress

• Meguiar’s Hot Rims Brake Dust Barrier

• DP Gloss Tire Gel
• Opti-Bond Tire Gel

• Detailer's Trim Detailer

5:00pm to 5:30pm – Condition & Protect Convertible Tops + Waterproof
• 303 Aerospace Protectant - Vinyl Tops
• RaggTopp Canvas Top Cleaner and Protectant - Cloth Tops

5:30pm to 6:00pm – Questions & Answers

7:00pm to 9:00pm – Meet & Greet at the Marriot


7:30 to 8:00am – Donuts and Coffee – Name Tags – Meet and Greet

8:00am to 8:30pm – Claying
• Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay & Pinnacle Clay Lube
• Speedy Prep Towel - Fine and Medium Grade
• Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads - Machine Decontaminating
• Nanoskin Autoscrub Wash Mitts

8:30am to 9:00am – Tape-off and cover-up
• Tips & Techniques for using Tape
• The Beach Towel Tip
• Wheel Maskers
• Plastic Drop Cloths
• Tinfoil, Socks and Plastic Bags

9:00am to 9:30am – Demonstrate Machine Techniques

9:30am to 10:30am – Correcting and Polishing Paint

DA Polishers
• Flex 3401
• Rupes Bigfoot 21
• Rupes Bigfoot 15
• Porter Cable 7424XP
• Meguiar's G110v2
• Griot's Garage DA Polisher

Rotary Buffers
• Flex PE14
• DeWALT 849X
• Makita 9227c
• 3M Rotary Buffer

• Lake Country Ultra Fiber Microfiber Pads
• Meguiar's Microfiber Pads
• Lake Country Foam Pads
• Lake Country Wool Pads

Compounds & Polishes
• Pinnacle – Advanced Swirl Remover & Finishing Polish
• Meguiar's Microfiber DA Correction System
• Meguiar’s – M101, M100 & M205
• Menzerna – FG 400 & SF 4500
• SONAX Fine Abrasive Paste & Nano Polish
• Rupes Compounds & Polishes

10:30am to 11:00am – Morning Break

11:00am to Noon – The Protection Step – Waxes, Paint Sealants & Coatings

• Pinnacle Souveran Paste Wax
• GTechniq C1 Crystal Lacquer
• GTechniq EXO
• Optimum Opti-Coat II
• CarPro CQuartz

Noon to 1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Handsanding & Dampsanding
• Defelsko Paint Thickness Gauge
• #2000 Meguiar's Unigrit Finishing Papers - Hand Sanding
• 3” & 6” Meguiar's Unigrit foam finishing discs - Machine Sanding
• 3M - #3000 and #5000 Sanding Discs
• Mirka Abralon Sanding Discs
• 3” Griot’s Mini Polisher
• Porter Cable
• Meguiar’s G110v2
• Griot’s DA Polishers
• 3M Orbital Air Sander
• Rupes Orbital Air Sander

2:00pm to 2:30pm – Afternoon

2:30 to 3:30pm – Compounding with Rotary Buffers
• Flex PE14 Rotary Buffer
• DeWALT 849X Rotary Buffer

3:30 to 4:30pm – Polishing and Jewelling with Rotary Buffers
• Flex PE14 Rotary Buffer
• DeWALT 849X Rotary Buffer

4:30pm to 5:00pm – One-Step Production Detailing with DA Polishers and Cleaner/Waxes
• Pinnacle XMT 360
• Meguiar’s D151
• Optimum GPS

DA Polishers
• Flex 3401
• Porter Cable
• Meguiar’s G110v2
• Griot’s

5:00pm to 5:30pm – Wrap-up & Questions Certificates

To register for this class call 1-800-869-3011

Pictures from past classes

Here's just a sample of the tools you'll learn how to use via hands-on experience on incredibly cool cars...

Rupes Bigfoot 21 & 15 Polishers + LHR75 on a 1959 Chevrolet Impala!

Next up, the guys are going to get some hands-on time behind the pneumatic 15 and pneumatic Mini Polishers (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-polishers.html).


Rupes 21
Giving Mike a little hands-on training on arm speed, pattern and downward pressure, this is the first time Mike had ever used the Rupes 21 polisher...


Rupes 15
Working with Derek and the Rupes 15 Polisher...






For getting the thin panel between the hood and the stainless steel trim we used the Rupes LHR75 3 Inch Pneumatic Random Orbital Polisher (http://www.autogeek.net/rupes-lhr75-pneumatic-polisher.html)





Flex 3401 with 6.5" and 5" Hybrid Pads on a 1940 Ford Hotrod










Rotary Buffers on a 1966 Corvette Sting Ray









Meguiar's Microfiber Correction System on a 2008 Cadillac CTS

Here's Audry removing swirls and scratches out of the passenger side fender using the D300 Correction Compound

After priming the pad and thoroughly working the D300 Correction Compound over and into the fibers then add 3 small drops of product to the face of the pad and you're ready to start removing swirls and scratches.


Speed Setting 4
Meguiar's recommends 4800 OPM's for removing defects and on the Meguiar's G110v2 you would put the speed setting on the 4 on the variable dial. Hold the pad flat to the surface, this is done best by using your forward hand to apply pressure directly over the top of the head of the polisher.


Make slow overlapping passes
Then make slow, overlapping passes working a small section of paint at one time. a two foot squared section is usually too large to tackle at one time, especially for a finish with as many swirls and scratches as this Cadillac had, so use good judgment and divide each panel up into smaller sections and then work one section at a time.

When you finish with one section, inspect your results and if the results look good move onto a new section and overlap a little into the previous section.


Inspect Results
After demonstrating how slow to move the polisher over the surface, the size of a section to tackle at one time and what "Section Passes" are and how to do them we turned the polisher off and inspected the results from the compounding step.

Here's Erik removing swirls and scratches out of the hood, note how he places his hand inside the D-Handle to position his hand directly onto the head of the polisher.




Mike Phillips
05-20-2013, 09:17 AM
More pictures of the tools you'll learn to use...

Hand Sanding and Machine Sanding

Not on a rental car, demo hood or a cookie sheet but the real deal... this is a 1971 GTO Muscle Car!


And there's Sergio! I don't think I've seen this guy without a smile on his face.


Tavares wet sanding the roof by hand.


These guys did an excellent job. Sanding by hand is a delicate process that requires perfect technique, and these guys pulled it off successfully.


Mike going over the areas sanded by hand with the class.


Time to show the guys how it's done with the 3M Pneumatic Air Sander.


Mike tackling the small areas with the Griot's Garage 3" Polisher, Meguiar's 3" interface and 1500 grit sanding disc.



And then it was time to break out the trusty PC 7424XP.


Looks like two professionals in the making right there!



Sergio and Tavares tackle the roof with the G110v2 and PC 7424XP.


And again the Griot's 3" comes to the rescue!


Mike gets to work with Tavares and Daniel to finish the passenger side.



It's no coincidence that we had Tavares sanding the roof. He could easily reach the center of the roof with no sweat.


Mike sanding the intricate areas with the Griot's 3"


Look at all that clear!


Almost finished!


After wet sanding Mike shows the class how to properly remove sanding marks using a rotary polisher and a wool pad, the guys don't waste any time and get to work.










08-27-2013, 03:49 AM
hi Mike,

There is 2 empty seats yet?


Mike Phillips
09-03-2013, 09:24 AM
hi Mike,

There is 2 empty seats yet?


I checked with Nick this morning and he said the class is full and back ordered.

My next detailing boot camp classes are the same time every year, that way people can make their plans and adjust their schedules.

Last weekend of January

First weekend in May

Last weekend of September

You can ALWAYS click on the picture at the top of each forum webpage to get registered. This one...

http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/722/SeptemberBootCampClass03.jpg (http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html)

And you never know who will be in your class...

VIP Guest Marco D'Inca from Rupes at Autogeek's Detailing Boot Camp Class (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/ask-expert-featuring-mike-phillips/69635-vip-guest-marco-d-inca-rupes-autogeek-s-detailing-boot-camp-class.html)