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Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:32 AM
Sign-up: January 25 & 26, 2014 Detailing Boot Camp Class (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/sign-up-detailing-bootcamp-class-2-day-class/73559-sign-up-january-25-26-2014-detailing-boot-camp-class.html)

First things first and that's after you arrive, park your car, stretch your legs, sign-in and get your name tag there's hot coffee and fresh donuts!

Hot Coffee and Fresh Donuts!

Then everyone takes their seat and the schedule for each day is gone over and the Power Point starts with the order of steps to detail a car. We always focus on learning the information side first and then back it up with hands-on training and experience.



Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:38 AM
This course will cover the following tools on multiple cars

The NEW Rupes Duetto 12 and Mini 12

The first opportunity to attend any class where you can get your hands on these brand new tools introduced at SEMA this year.

The Rupes Duetto 12
Here's my buddy Jay using the new Rupes Duetto 12 on my Silverado...




Rupes Mini 12
Here's my buddy Matt using the new Rupes Mini on thin panels...





Rupes LHR 15ES & LHR 21ES Random Orbital “Bigfoot" Polishers

Students will use both the Bigfoot 15 and 21 Polishers with the Rupes pads, compounds and polishes to learn Show Car Detailing. Mike always brings classics and streetrods to his classes for students to work on. Students will learn how to hold and use the Rupes polishers to remove swirls, scratches and water spots and then polish the paint to a high gloss finish. Afterwards, the paint will be sealed with a wax, paint sealant or coating using the newest technology currently introduced to the market.

Using the Rupes Bigfoot 15 to remove swirls from a 1959 Impala

Using the Rupes Bigfoot 21 to remove swirls out of a 1947 Buick Slantback Sedan


Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher
Students will use this tool set up with both 6.5" Hybrid Pads and 5" Hybrid Pads to do what Mike calls Show Car Detailing. Show car detailing is using a multiple step approach using dedicated compound and polishing steps to create a show car finish and then applying either a wax, sealant or coating to create a perfect shine. The choice of waxes, sealants or coatings will change as new products are introduced with the newest products on the market being showcased.

Using the Flex 3401 with a 5" Hybrid Pad on a 1940 Ford Coupe

Using the Flex 3401 with a 6.6" Hybrid Pad on a 1965 Mustang Convertible

Using the Flex 3401 with Nanoskin Autoscrub Pads on a 1963 Plymouth Fury Drag Racer


Rotary Buffers - Flex PE14 - DeWALT 849X - Makita 9227c
The rotary buffer is still the most powerful tool in the car detailing world and the tool able to remove the most serious of paint defects the fastest. It's also capable of polishing the paint and then jeweling the paint to a super high gloss finish.

Mike will take all the mystery out of using the rotary buffer as well as all of the risk associated with this favorite tool among professional detailers.

Each student will learn how to properly clean and spur wool pads plus how to use the 10 @ 10 Technique to pick up a bead of product. Correct technique for buffing out a car section by section will be learned for removing defects like sanding marks, water spots, swirls and scratches. Next students will learn to use foam pads to refine the results created by the wool pad step to a high gloss finish followed by learning to jewel the paint for a hologram-free finish. Afterwards, the car will be sealed using the latest technology in either a wax, sealant or coating.

Using the Flex PE14 to Jewel the paint to a high gloss on the original paint on a 1987 Corvette


Using the DeWALT 849X to remove sanding marks out of a 1963 Impala SS


Using the Makita Rotary Buffer to remove sanding marks from a 1987 K5 Blazer

Dual Action Polishers - Porter Cable 7424XP - Griot's Garage - Meguiar's G110v2

The dual action polishers is an amazing tool capable of incredible work when used correctly with the right pads, products and most important technique. Mike Phillips was working as a Trainer in the body shop industry when the Porter Cable polisher was first introduced to the paint polishing world. He has more articles, books, videos and hours as both a professional detailer and Instructor on how to use these versatile and capable tool.

Student will learn how to use these dual action polishers with both foam pads and microfiber pads to do both show car detailing and production detailing. They will also learn how to use these dual action polishers to machine wetsand to remove orange peel and other surface imperfections followed by how to use rotary buffers to remove sanding marks.

Using a Porter Cable 7424XP with Optimum Microfiber Pads to remove holograms from a 1954 Ford F100 http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/1290/54Ford73.jpg

Machine Wetsanding the roof on a 1963 Impala SS with a Porter Cable 7424XP

Using the Meguiar's G110v2 and the Griot's dual action polishers to remove swirls out of a 1936 Ford Roadster


Cyclo Polishers
The new Model 5 Pro Series is on the left with the blue grip...

The synchronized movement of the Cyclo Polisher's dual orbiting heads effectively mirrors the overlapping, circular motion of fine hand polishing. The result is perfectly balanced machine that produces less vibration and leaves a mirror-like finish without swirl marks or risk of damage to paint.



Cyclo Polishers are also very versatile in that they can be used with an assortment of brushes to clean all types of surfaces including, leather, vinyl, carpet and upholstery, even non-skid boat surfaces in boats.


Cyclo Polishers can also be used as a mechanical means of removing above surface bonded contaminants like overspray paint, tree sap mist, industrial fallout and other air borne contaminants.




Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:40 AM
Interior Cleaning

In some classes we use vehicles in other classes we use demonstration seats for learning how to use Extractors, it depends upon what vehicles I have at each class. Since the major focus of the class is exterior detailing, the demo seat enables the fastest and most efficient way to learn how to use the tools.

First up you learn to do dry extraction and I share the important reasons why in the class.


Of course you can use a hand brush but you can also machine brush using DA Polishers and also the Cyclo Polisher...











Dry Extraction

After machine brushing to loosen dirt, we then did dry extraction using a Shop-Vac, here's Stephan removing loose dirt out of the weave of the fabric before we introduce any liquid cleaners.

Here's Tyler joining in the fun...


After we brushed and vacuumed the upholstery to remove all loose dirt then we sprayed the fabric down with the Detailer's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner.



Wet Extraction
Next up is working with Extractors, everyone has a chance to use an Extractor to deep-clean dirt out of upholstery.

Students will learn how to set-up two different Extractors, the Mytee Lite II and the Aztec Hotrod and then how to use them.

Adding fresh water to the Mytee Lite II

Cycling water through to heat up both the water and the water line...


I tape the handle so I can do something else while the water heats up...


IF you don't circulate the water before using the line will be cold and your initial water coming out of the extractor will be cold.


Filling up the Aztec...


Heating up the water...


Cycling the water to pre-heat the water line...



Before you start, re-circulate the water through the heating tank so that when you start extracting you'll have hot water coming out of the spray head. When you first start out it will take a few minutes to heat all the water line.



Here's Donovan using the Mytee Lite 8070

Here's Tyler using the Aztec HotRod...

Here's Tim using the Aztec Hotrod...


You can easily see the dirt being extracted out of the upholstery...

Making a follow-up pass shows the dirt has been removed...





Tornador Cleaning Guns

Here's Jon using the Tornador Black Car Cleaning Gun to clean vinyl




Here's Mackay using the Tornador Black Car Cleaning Gun...




Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:41 AM
Headlight Restoration

Next up is headlight polishing, for this we used the Meguiar's Heavy Duty Headlight Correction System with a twist, I demonstrated the Meguiar's backing pad for the 3" Sanding Discs but then shared how they also fit on the Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher and how working by machine takes all the work out of the project.

I also show how to use rotary buffers with wool pads to remove the sanding marks because it's the fastest way to get this job done so you can move on to the next segment of car detailing.

Wetting the face of the #1000 Unigrit Sanding Disc with plain water...

Hand sanding... (elbow grease)

Machine sanding (no elbow grease)

Everyone pretty much just wanted to work by machine... here's Jeff machine sanding a headlight lens...

Here's Stephan misting some water onto the face of the sanding disc...

Stephan machine sanding a headlight lens


Don machine sanding...


Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:41 AM
Glass Polishing

There's two types of glass polishing,

Removing topical water spots and road film.
Removing bellow surface scratches and pits.

Jeff using the Flex PE14 to machine polish glass...

Sean machine polishing glass...

Steve machine polishing glass...

Donovan machine polishing glass...

Our Detailing Book Camp classes are fast-paced and very busy all day, both days...

Tony machine polishing glass...

Don machine polishing glass...

Tyler machine polishing glass...


Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:42 AM
Cosmetic Engine Detailing

There are two types of engine detailing and in my class I teach cosmetic engine detailing because the safest, fastest, easiest and most profitable type of engine and engine compartment detailing to offer customers.

If you're wanting to detail your own engine compartment you'll learn everything you need to know to work safe and then you can take all the time you want on your own vehicles.

First we blew out all the loose debris using the Metro-Vac Sidekick and MasterBlaster...

Then we used Saran Wrap and Aluminum Tin Foil to cover and protect any water-sensitive components...



Next we used the Detailer's Rinseless Wash & Gloss (http://www.autogeek.net/dp-rinseless-four-in-one.html) to wet down the sides of the fenders and then the engine compartment...




Tony spraying down engine compartment...

Jeff spraying down engine compartment...

Steve spraying down engine compartment...

After wetting the engine we then sprayed in an APC and agitate it with a variety of brushes and then rinsed again. Then we used the MasterBlaster and the Sidekick to dry the engine compartment.



Blowing excess liquids into microfiber towles...



After drying the engine compartment we dress the engine compartment using the new Detailers Trim Detailer Aerosol spray.





Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:43 AM
Steam Cleaning

In the class we go over the benefits for cleaning using steam and tips and techniques for using steam cleaners.








Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:43 AM
Convertible Top Cleaning and Protecting

At all of my classes I bring in a car with a convertible, (canvas or vinyl), or a car with a vinyl top and we go over how to properly and safely clean a convertible top and then apply a protectant.

For this class we're using RaggTopp products to clean and protect a Canvas Top. The day before I washed the top carefully because it was dusty and had bug poo spots on it. To do this I used the RaggTopp Natural Horse Hair Convertible Top Brush and the RaggTopp Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner.

The horse hair brush has soft bristle so it wont' make your canvas top fuzzy looking by fraying the fibers. The RaggTopp Fabric Cleaner is safe so you're not using to harsh or strong a cleaner.

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After washing I blotted dry using Guzzler Waffle Weave drying towels. This was all done on Friday and then the top was allowed to FULLY DRY overnight and out in FULL SUN on Saturday until we pulled it into the garage for the protection step.

NOTE: Before you can apply the first application of a fabric protectant or any second or third applications of protectant, the top must be bone-dry in order for maximum bonding of the protection ingredients.

In the case of RaggTopp Fabric Protectant, this product uses Ciba Tinuvin UV Blockers, the most costly UV Blockers available for this application.

RaggTopp fabric cleaner and protectant are also endorsed and recommended by the Haartz Corporation as well as Rode & Schwalenber Gmbh. (Germany). Rode & Schwalenber have been manufacturing convertible top materials for 105 years and The Haartz Corporation manufactures the majority of convertible tops for auto manufactures world wide. Pretty good credentials.

In this shot I'm explaining how I cleaned the canvas top the day before and why not to use brushes with stiff, coarse bristles.

Using the aerosol RaggTopp Protectant is basically like using a can of spray paint

Hold the can about 12" away and use overlapping motions as you spray the protectant. Be sure to thoroughly spray any seams or stitching.

Here's Iain spraying on the RaggTopp Fabric Protectant...

Use an overlapping, sweeping motion...


In this shot, as I spray the leading edge I can't help but get a little overspray onto the glass but it's not a problem as the overspray will wipe off easily and if you get any on paint it's completely safe and won't cause any harm.

Here's Tony wiping overspray off the windshield using a clean, microfiber towel...


Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:44 AM
The Traditional Car Wash

First thing on Saturday morning we go over the traditional car wash approach where students get to learn and use all kinds of great products and tools including IronX, Foam Guns, Brushes of all types, Nanoskin Wash Mitts and a lot more...


Here's we're using Tornador Foam Guns to spray Detailers Wheel and Tire Cleaner...




Machine Scrubbing...




Wheel Woolies...


Mother's Fenderwell Brushes...




Iron X....


Rinsing - Note we did Wheels and Tires FIRST...


Now we move up and start at the roof and work our way down...








Boar's Hair Brushes...








Iron X Snow Soap in a Tornador Air Foam Gun...










Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:45 AM
Rinseless Washing

One of the demo cars is used to show tips and techniques for using a Rinseless Wash to clean a car safely without a hose and bucket.

Rinseless Wash and Waterless Wash
First up we need to get the exterior clean. For most classic and antique vehicles I never personally wash them and recommend to others to avoid washing them. The reason for this is to avoid getting water/moisture into places you cannot get to in order to dry completely thus potentially creating a rust problem. This is especially true for any body-off-frame restorations where someone has already invested a lot of time and money removing any rust.

Waterless and Rinseless Washing is the Trend
Waterless and Rinseless Washing has been the trend for years now and will continue to be the trend into the foreseeable future. Inf fact look for the term Blue Gold to be used more as it relates to clean water supplies.

To get the 1963 Chevy Impala clean we went over how to use both a Rinseless Wash and a Waterless Wash using products from the Detailer's Line. For this portion of the class I removed the Grit Guard Universal Pad Washer from the Pad Washer Cart and placed a graduated 5-gallon bucket in it's place. With this set-up you don't have to bend over and you have a place to set your supply of clean microfiber towels and drying towels.


Avoiding instilling swirls and scratches when doing a rinseless or waterless wash means using lots of microfiber towels. The idea being is after you get dirt particles onto a microfiber towel you either turn to a clean side, rinse in your rinseless wash bucket or switch to a clean towel. (Your choice)


Rinseless Wash
Quality microfiber towels are soft to your paint when you wipe polish and wax residue off the surface and in the same way are soft to your car's paint when used with a rinseless or waterless wash.


In this demonstration I'm showing the extreme anal retentive way to clean the surface and that is to make two wipes with one towel and then retire the towel and start a new with a clean towel.


Waterless Wash
The key to using a waterless wash is to use the product liberally, that means use a LOT of product to hyper lubricate the surface.


Hands-on Time
Everyone gets with the program and gets this car washed and wiped clean...





Took us only a few minutes to get the clean and dry.

Waterless Wash

We also go over how to use a waterless wash. I work on a lot of classics, antiques and streetrods and to prevent rust issues on cars like these I always use a waterless wash to clean them before any other steps. In my detailing classes we always go over how to correctly do a waterless wash.

Here's a tip for anyone that owns a classic muscle car for how to get your car clean without having to use a traditional car wash using a hose and bucket and that's by using a waterless wash.

Here's why...

Washing a classic muscle car, or any classic or antique car using a hose and bucket flushes the car with a lot of water. Here's the problem... the water gets everywhere and by this I mean into places you cannot reach to dry and this creates a potential rust issue.

As a professional courtesy and as a professional "Best Practice" I don't wash classic, antique or muscle cars and I don't even use rinseless washes on them, I use waterless washes.

Example: 1963 Plymouth Fury
Last night we had a classic muscle car that has been recently painted. The car has overspray paint all over the paint, glass, trim, bumpers and pretty much everything on the exterior. Before we clayed the car and used the Nanoskin Autoscrub pads to remove the overspray the first thing we did was use a waterless wash to remove all the loose surface dirt and we did this two ways.

The first way we used the waterless was was using the Mytee Big Boss Rechargeable Solution Sprayer (http://www.autogeek.net/mytee-big-boss-solution-sprayer.html). Now this isn't the type of tool the casual car owner buys to wash a couple of classic cars out in the garage. It is the type of tool a mobile detailer could use save their hands from getting carpel tunnel or repetitive motion injuries. It's a very cool tool that will lay down a waterless wash with the pull of a trigger.

Here's Andy using the Mytee Big Boss Rechargeable Solution Spray using Detailer's Waterless Auto Wash Concentrate mixed 1 to 3. The holding tank on the Big Boss holds 5 gallons so mixing this concentrate is a simple as adding one gallon of the concentrate to 3 gallons of water to create 4 gallons of ready to use waterless wash.

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The Big Boss comes with both a short nozzle sprayer for wetting down car exteriors or a wand sprayer for extended reach. In this shot Andy is using the short nozzle sprayer.

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After wetting the hood and front grill and bumper Andre moves in to spread the product around and wipe these areas clean.

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Andy tackles the bumper and front grill...

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Simple Method
The simple way to use a waterless wash is to simply use a spray bottle to wet the surface. Here's John using Detailer's Waterless Auto Wash to wipe the roof clean...

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Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:46 AM
Interior Detailing - Cleaning and Dressing Leather & Vinyl

Tips and techniques for cleaning and protecting leather and vinyl seats is covered including little tips like how to clean a grimy steering wheel using Microfiber Gloves...


Leather Interiors
Note this car was restored and very low mileage since the restoration so the interior is still in excellent condition but you can see where the Pinnacle Leather Cleaner & Conditioner (http://www.pinnaclewax.com/fcopileclco.html) restored the richness of color to the black leather and vinyl surfaces.






Vinyl Interior

Lots of cars have vinyl seats and dirt and grime builds up on these surfaces over time so we go over tips and techniques for cleaning vinyl interiors.








Mike Phillips
11-26-2013, 11:56 AM
We'll also be going over the new additions to the Meguiar's Microfiber DA Correction System

The below is from a last class where my class took a trashed BLACK Cadillace and turned it into a show car using the Meguiar's MF System.

Meguiar's Microfiber DA Correction System


Swirls in full sun


Here's what the paint looks like in the studio under the florescent lights...










How to use the Meguiar's Microfiber DA Correction System (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/56172-how-use-meguiar-s-microfiber-da-correction-system.html)

Next up... we'll see how the class does using the Meguiar's Microfiber DA Correction System to remove the swirls and scratches out of a 2008 Cadillac with factory black basecoat/clearcoat paint.

Here's the system our students get to learn how to use in entirety...


Here's our victim... a trashed 2008 Cadillac CTS. Looks good in the shade huh?


Doesn't look as good in full sun...



Here's what the paint looks like in the studio under the florescent lights...


A clean approach
One of the benefits to the D300 and the D301 is you don't have to tape and cover everything off.

That said I have my students for 2 days so I like to share as many tips and techniques as possible and that includes the Beach Towel Tip to cover the wiper arms and the plastic surrounding the wiper arms common to new cars.

They can use this technique to cover these areas and avoid getting splatter on everywhere no matter what product line they're using, they can make this decision, my job is to just show the technique.


The Beach Towel Tip does come in hand for anytime you're using a rotary buffer to reduce clean-up of the windshield, fresh air grills, wipers and plastic around the wipers.


New to machine polishing
Since some of the people attending this class have never worked by machine before including a Meguiar's G110v2 Dual Action Polisher, one of the things I like to do is to show them in a very dramatic way how safe they actually are for your car's paint by turning the polisher on and then,

Holding the pad against my hand...

Actually holding the pad with my hand with the tool turned on...

Pressing it against my hand in the same way it would be pressed against paint - point being it's a completely safe tool even for a beginner.

After centering and placing the pad onto the matching backing plate, the next thing you want to do is prime your pad.


Apply some product directly to the face of the pad and then spread it over the face and work it in well to the microscopic fibers that make microfiber what it is...


You know your students are paying close attention to any topic with pictures like these...


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.

RIDS = Random Isolated Deeper Scratches - Not to worry...
In this picture I'm pointing out a random, deeper isolated scratch still remaining while pointing out the millions of swirls and scratches in the paint before we started are now completely removed. No matter what car you buff out you will always tend to have a few deeper scratches that remain and after removing the thousands of scratches that were surrounding them these remaining deeper scratches will tend to stick out like a Sore Thumb.


Second Step - D301 Finishing Wax
Although the results look great there is some light hazing which is really easy to see on black colored cars, but that's okay because the first step is the aggressive compounding step, the next step refines the results from the compounding step to produce a clear, swirl-free finish.

Finishing out...
For the D301 Finishing Wax you don't need to move as slow, use as much speed or as much downward pressure. The Finishing Wax offers light cleaning ability, just enough to remove any haze left by the D300 Correction Compound while leaving a layer of protection behind on the finish. So this step should go a lot quicker and you can tend to tackle a larger section. For speed setting, for the Meguiar's G110v2 set the variable speed dial to the 3 setting.

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

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
12-10-2013, 07:21 AM
First hand testimonies by people that have attended one of our classes...

Pictures: Detailing Boot Camp Class - September 28th & 29th 2013 (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/pictures-saturday-detailing-101/70875-pictures-detailing-boot-camp-class-september-28th-29th-2013-a.html)

Hey Mike thanks again,

Really appreciate your hands on approach as well the of passion for detailing that few posses.

Great class, great people, great host Best of luck to all.


thank you!!! for your expert advice. its very rare to have a place to experance all the tools that where there to try and on all the cool cARS. i gunna try and get a a few to come on down for the next class..
and thanks to da crew at autogeek wishing you all the best.. axel :)

Really enjoyed the class thanks for all the knowledge and hands on

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Awesome Weekend! I had high expectations before the class, but it was better than I could have ever imagined. Mike has a great approach to teaching by offering hands on training which makes everything even more interesting. It was great to try out all of the tools and different chemicals. If anyone is thinking about going to the next class I highly recommend it!

Thanks Mike, Nick and everyone at Autogeek!


The class was fantastic! I learned a lot of great things I can apply to my business and met a lot of really cool people.

Mike was great, as expected. And Nick really helped walk me through a lot of decisions on products and equipment. He's practically a walking catalog!

I hope to come down for a Thursday sometime, but the eight hour drive may delay that for a while. (Let me know when you do something in Georgia!)

I need to get back to my shopping now (thanks, Nick!:xyxthumbs:). I'll start posting some of my projects soon!

Thanks again!

I had a great time at boot camp! It met and exceeded all of my expectations. The hands-on training was great; we got to try out so many products and different pieces of equipment.

Many thanks to Mike, Nick, Brian, and Andre for putting on such a great event. I highly encourage anyone who is thinking about going to get signed up.

I am usually not up early on the weekends, but I was so excited to get to class Saturday and Sunday that I was up and out of bed as soon as the alarm went off.

Today was a different story, knowing that I just had to head to the airport to fly back home.

What else can I say other than Mike :urtheman:

The class was great. It introduced all the fundamentals to the novice and taught new technologies and techniques that any seasoned veteran could use to improve their craft. Mike was the best instructor/teacher I have every had, he was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, concerned, and encouraging.

The perfect class if you want to make your cars look shiny the best and most efficient way. A must for guys getting into the detailing business and great for guys that love working on their own cars and boats...like me. Thanks for a great class Mike!

This class exceeded my expectations. I am now prepared to detail my own vehicles, but I think I will start with a neighbor's car first, LOL. Looking forward to putting to use the techniques and products.


This class was awesome! It completely exceeded all of my expectations. From the threads that I read before going to the class, I knew we would be working on some great cars and dealing with a lot of different tools and products, but I'm still amazed at how much I learned in just the two days of class. Now that I have been to the class, I really wish I had decided to go sooner as I am now comfortable with tackling removing the swirls on my black Challenger. Unfortunately, after I showed my wife some of the pictures of the cars that we worked on in class, she wants me to detail her car first.

Also, just want to say that it was great meeting Nick, Bryan, and Andre from Autogeek as well. Being that I'm just a hobbyist and plan on just detailing my vehicles, everyone went out of their way to make sure I fully understood the products and techniques that were taught in the class.

I guess this little icon says it all for you Mike. :urtheman:

Hey Mike, just got a minute to sit down and reflect on the boot camp I attended. Well I would have too say it was well worth the money. We met a lot of very cool guys . I learned a lot about the product side as well as the hands on. The atmosphere and attitudes were perfect . Your teaching style is just right making it easy for all to learn from beginner to seasoned vet. just FREAKIN AWESOME man . Cant wait till detailfest see u soon thanx.

Let me first start off by giving a big thanks to the Autogeek crew;
Mike, Nick, Andre and Bryan.. :applause: :applause: :goodjob2:

I just made it back up north earlier this morning from spending the weekend at Autogeek's Show Car Garage.
I was thrilled to be able to connect with such a great group of guys and participate in Mike Phillip's Detailing Boot Camp.

Mike, I am really taking over the top with the course outline that you have prepared for the boot camp and the way you navigated the class confidently through it.
When it comes down to finding someone to listen and learn from in this industry, your going to have to do your homework to find a reliable source.
I am honored to conclude that I have found the MOST CREDITABLE PERSON who has years of experience and a unlimited amount of knowledge in the detailing world.
And thats why I continue to come back and visit as much as I can to be in a passionate and positive atmosphere to further advance my set of skills.


First of all, I would like to thank everyone at Autogeek.net (Meghan, Nick, Andre, Bryan, and of course Mike) for the best time I have ever had in Florida (and I’m a golfer).

The Auto Detailing Boot Camp was even better than I imagined. New Products to try, new procedures to utilize and a hundred helpful tips were just part of the take away, from the weekend.

I have never been exposed to Auto Detailing before Boot Camp, except as a very uneducated consumer. I’m 58 years old and have never had a DA polisher in my hands, let alone safely utilizing this equipment on paint. Mike and his team had me polishing a 2002 Tahoe (headlights) in the first hour of the class.

Mike stated two things in his opening comments, and I will try to paraphrase;

(1) I cannot make you a detailing expert in two days, but I can give you the confidence to safely detail a car/vehicle paint.

(2) I will give you 100% effort for the next two days.

My comment, to those statements are done and done!

I would recommend this education to anyone that wants to keep their second most important investment in the best shape possible. The best way for me to describe this course is, if Autogeek.net will have me back, I would like to enroll in another Boot Camp Weekend next year! S

o, whether you are a novice like me, or have been detailing for profit, you will learn new techniques and test the latest products, during your next Auto Detailing Boot Camp experience.


Hello Mike,

Took a bit of time to get back to the computer to sign up for the forum, as we hit the ground running, after attending the Detailing Boot Camp last week. So I've decided to take the time for a few thoughts.

Firstly, I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to you and the rest of the Autogeek crew for an informative, professional, and encompassing program.

When we set out to resurrect our detailing department,which has been in-operational since hurricane Katrina, I knew we needed something that would give us the edge over our competitors.

Simply saying that you can detail a car is just not enough. Our clientele are high-end production autos, a number of high-dollar SIV's such as Ferrari, Porsche, etc, and a very demanding customer base. We actually have Bentley's come through our tunnel! So there is no room for error.

Our customers maintain high expectations and demand explicit attention to detail. Simply put, we have to be the best! And weeks of research led us to attending your class.

With expectations as high as ours, you would have expected some sort of disappointment. Quite the contrary, our expectations were surpassed!!

You have given us the tools, knowledge, and experience to return home with a program specifically constructed towards our customer base. We have no time wasted in attempting to provide services, or products that we don't need, or our customers don't want.

Probably the most important thing covered in your class, also something i have always preached:

Know your limitations, and match them to your customers expectations.

Instead of 30 or more products in our inventory we will never use, we now have about 6!! Coupled with a standardized procedure for evaluation, communication, and work-process, we are confident that we are launching the very best detailing service department this area has to offer!!

We have minimized risk, cut our process times, and will be able to deliver a product that will simply blow our customers away!!!

Thank you Mike, for sharing your passion and experience with us. It shall be carried on by us, with every car we put our hands on...

Many Thanks, and God Bless....

Tyron Benoit
Safari Car Wash


Mike Phillips
12-11-2013, 05:02 PM
More first hand testimonies...

Pictures: Detailing Boot Camp Class - May 4th & 5th, 2013 (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/pictures-saturday-detailing-101/64255-pictures-detailing-boot-camp-class-may-4th-5th-2013-a.html)

I think (WE) the team knocked it out of the park! The 71is amazing!

Mike, Nick

Haven't really had the time to figure out the web forum!
(Doing this from my phone)

Would again like to thank you, for the class!

I can't wait to get home next weekend tell everyone I know! Can't wait to get to work!

This is truly my passion! Will call soon...


It was truly an incredible experience, and an honor to work with not only Mike himself but with a group of talented individuals from all over the world. I think the results speak for themselves on this one!

Thanks to Mike and Nick for their awesome training during the Boot Camp. The level of knowledge Mike has and his willingness to share with anyone is superb. This class offers anyone to try out all levels of equipment from entry level to top of the line.

The ability to use products from many manufacturers is a plus for anyone taking this class to let them see the results themselves. There is no sales push etc. just 18 hrs of training and education from one of the best in the USA.

Enjoyed the hospitality, interaction with other people in the class, the chance to see, work and learn.

Anyone that is thinking of taking this class should not wait because you can learn so much from the class much less the forum.

If you have an interest in a product or equipment and have not already done so check out the forum, Mike has an article on it!!

It was a great pleasure working with the team, Mike and Nick this weekend. Thank you all for a great weekend.

It was awesome not only learning from our instructor Mike, but from everyone in the class as well. Indeed not to mention, all the different tools along with new products we got to experience with was great.

Now I know more about what really works when making future orders.

Mike is the real deal!
A genuine car-guy that cares about people and is ready to share his years of experience and passion for the art of detailing and paint correction.

The class was the best money I've spent in a long time. We not only learned a lot of paint correction techniques, but we were able to play with all of the different tools and machines.

Whether you're an experienced detailer, or a hobbyist wanting to learn some new skills, the class is well worth it. There's another one at the end of September, so sign up!

One thing to mention, I was a little worried we'd be bombarded with "available at Autogeek" at every turn with the hard sell. Neither Mike nor Nick did that, but were quick to answer product questions. I'm placing a big order (thanks in part to my $200 credit with the class), and glad to know what I need.

Thanks Mike and Nick!

Yes, Mike is the real deal. Having been to three weekends of training, I can heartily agree that he is a great instructor.

Anyone who has the opportunity to go to his classes should do whatever it takes to get there.

It is well worth the price. As far as the AutoGeek hard sell, not necessary. AutoGeek sells itself.

There is no detail company with better product selection, prices and the customer service is above everyone else. I keep hoping to get back to another class as they are always fun, hard work and informative.

I am privileged to call Mike and Nick friends. In this business, there are no better. Just IMHO.

Good day everyone,

Mel here - What's up!!

I would like to thank Mike, Nick, Autogeek.net and my classmates for an amazing weekend at the Boot Camp Class. I watched every youtube clip and read so much on the forums before the class, Mike makes it look so easy.

I learned so much hands on training that my confidence has boosted and I can work on any vehicle and it really is easy.

The training was great in so many ways: the information was current, the cars we worked on were awesome and the products we used were phenomenal and the people I met were so positive and very friendly.

As a woman, it was so nice to work with such a group of professionals who accepted me into the detailing industry with such supportive enthusiasm.

Mike is such a knowledgeable man and such a continuous learner. That he writes articles to share the information with us in his forum. It is always nice to go to a professionals as a reference.

I am confident that the information I learned and the book Mike has will make my detailing business easy and most importantly fun. I recommend this training for all types of car enthusiast young and old and mostly the ladies.

Thank you for listening and have a great day.

Mike, It was really fun to see you and seeing autogeek!

Wow - what a great weekend! As an enthusiast, having the opportunity to work and learn alongside the professionals – Mike, Nick, and the rest of the class was a fantastic opportunity.

I now have the confidence and skills (albeit still in their infancy) to take on more advanced paint correction projects.

Some pearls from the detailing boot camp: “smooth gives gloss”, “get organized”, “work clean”, “mark your backing plate”, “work cool”, “test spot”, “use the least aggressive product to get the job done”, “inspect your towel”, “creep out”.

I just placed an order with Autogeek for some Pinnacle products - can’t wait until they arrive to put my new knowledge to work!


It's better to get lost in your passion than to lose your passion

Wanted to thank Mike and Nick for a great time at the boot camp it was very informative, on the professional and personal level.

Cant wait till till next year keep on shining


Mike, Nick

I finally made it home from Florida!

I am ready to place an order, and get to detailing!

I am going to start with Dad's Buick, I'll take before and after Pictures and share them with you.

I think I will do a few practice cars first and then start to charge

Thank you again! I had the best time ever!

Mike, Nick...

I had a really great time at the boot camp -May 4&5. I'm really glad I was able to come all that way to be with you guys. This boot camp came at a time when I really needed some hands-on in auto detailing and some good training.

I'm still amazed at how those vehicle turned out after we worked on them.

The time spent was worth it.


Hi Mike, Nick and fellow from the bootcamp.

First of all, sorry for the delay on this feedback on the bootcamp, but I have just get back to Argentina from United States and honestly, every day I wanted to write to you but have not had time with my three nephews.

The truth is that this course has exceeded my expectations in every way. Watching Mike live, after watching his Autogeek Show Car Garage on the Internet, It is unbelievable being together learning your techniques.

Being you so recognized in the world of Car Detailing, it was unreachable to be there absorbing all the knowledge we impartiste through your experience of years of implementation on the detailing.

In addition to this, I want to let you know, everyone and especially Mike, who is an excellent person and, as I told him after finishing the bootcamp, when I've been for a ride in two of the cars that we detailed (the Brown car and the police car), Mike is an example of life.

One realizes when people are good by nature and this is Mike. As well as Nick, that turned out to be an excellent person and a very good coach.

And to be honest all my classmates have been excellent people. Some I met more than others but all turned out to be very good and has been an honor to have known and share this unique experience in life.

The course seemed a Conference around the world because had attendees from all over the world: United States, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Brazil, Argentina and I don’t know if I forget some.

Finally, I want to recommend to all fans of the car detailing, and those who make the detailing a business, undertaking this course, because it is a before and an after of course, in terms of knowledge, techniques and tools that can be used. All of this coupled with the experience and knowledge of Mike Phillips. As well as of his assistant Nick.

The dinner at the Marriot Hotel on Saturday turned out to be very good and fun. And to me it seemed that knew them from years ago when actually had known a few hours ago.

Thank you Mike for that gift that you gave me before I left. I'm going to put it on the walls of my study of car detailing. Thanks to all your knowledge I could learn everything you need to start my business of car detailing in Argentina. Hugs and greetings to all.

I hope we see again soon.

And I repeat, has been an HONOR to be with you, NICK and all my colleagues.

With the $200 discount I got, I was able to purchase several things at Autogeek to start my car detailing business.

I am very happy and satisfied having completed this course.


From Argentina

I attended one of Mike's detailing clinics as part of Meguiar's Road Show, and I can tell you he is an excellent teacher!

If you have the opportunity to attend one of his classes, don't pass it up!



Mike Phillips
12-12-2013, 05:07 PM
Pictures and Comments - January 26th & 27th 2013 Detailing Boot Camp Class (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/pictures-saturday-detailing-101/59908-pictures-comments-january-26th-27th-2013-detailing-boot-camp-class.html)

Demo Cars from our Detailing Boot Camp Class

This class was one of the best experiences I have had, it is so informative and Mike Phillips is the man when it comes to car detaling. He has a vast knowledge of all the aspects of detailing and does a great job of teaching and explaining.

He really does pour his heart and soul into everything he teaches. Mike is definitely a car guy with a passion for it.

We had the chance to use a wide variety of products, which many of them were new. I am glad I took the class and it is worth every penny.

Nick and Ray were a huge help and knowledgable as well, they were easy and friendly to talk to and always offering good tips. The whole crew at autogeek hands down is the best and know what they are doing at car detaling.

I signed up for this class because the last time I had my car detailed the paint was burned off my mirrors, and of course the detailer shop said it was like that when I brought it in.

This class was excellent it gave me the confidence to use these tools and not be afraid to use them. I will be detailing my cars from now on.

Two details will pay for the costs of the tools needed to perform an excellent job.

Thanks to Mike, Nick and Ray.

Without a doubt this was a priceless experience.

I got to work hands on with every tool and try products before buying. Mike, Nick and Ray worked their ass off and went above and beyond with making sure everyone got the experience they were looking for.

I really had a great time and would definitely take the class again.

I also attended the class over the weekend. I showed up real early on sat morning while Mike was still doing some final touches for the class, he immediately stopped what he was doing and welcomed me right in.

To me that shows a lot that not only does he care just about cars but he buts his heart into everything that surrounds him.

They say first impression is everything and he had my trust and attention right away i was ready to learn and see what this guy can do and I walked away with a lot of knowledge and confidence.

Thank you Mike, Nick, Ray and the autogeek crew

Just one more thing i would like to add about the Autogeek crew. I called and left a message to order supplies and within minutes I got a call back from Nick.

I had a list of things that i wanted purchased and I started out with the order and most companies would just let you order and try to upsell and give you a total.

But Nick actually went through each item I ordered one by one and explained a bit about it. Nick actually saved me some money and gave me knowledge on the items ive purchased.

Indeed, Nick rocks...

I mean the entire staff rocks, but Nick has kinda been my personal forum concierge, which has made a huge difference in my supply orders, my questions and my overall confidence with my ability to perform these tasks in the first place.

Credit where it's due, for sure!

Mike teaches an excellent class, 26 years of detailing knowledge scrammed into 2 days and it's a lot to soak up.

Mike starts the class by telling us that he will pour his heart and soul into the class and he does. Mike has such passion and skill for this work and it was a pleasure learning from him.

I would highly recommend this class!! Thanks Mike, sorry I missed the beers at the meet and greet but maybe I'll catch you at DetailFest.

Had a great time in class last weekend. Mike phillips is a good teacher and explains in great detail on getting a car to look great and keeping it that way


Little late but wanted to add my 2 cents. Been considering attending this class for a few years, once my son moved within 40 minutes I decided it was time……..and I am very happy I did, as Mike simplified many processes for me.

My main goal was to understand the entire polishing process as there are so many variables - type and brand polisher plus polish & pad aggressiveness. In addition, polishing time, machine speed and amount pressure, on and on…….

I’ve read about on my own, saw many forum posts (that sometimes confused the issue as many have their own processes and favorite products) but spending a day (and some) learning how to use DA and rotary polishers was key as I was able to see everything up-close and live.

That, in combination with a huge amount of information from Mike both days (in addition, Nick and Ray answering random questions) were all taken in and noted (gotta love iphone Notes). My reactions to everything else shown over the weekend were “oh yeah, never thought of that” or “whew, I am doing that right”.

For those that have been on the fence about attending I highly recommend the class as it certainly provides you with a visual of the whole detailing process, in addition, access to Mike, Nick and Ray for specific questions that have plagued you.

Like to thank Mike, Nick and Ray for spending their weekend with us, I cannot wait till Spring to try everything out!! Also, thanks to Florida as my family enjoyed the sunny mid-70’s weather the 3 days we were there.


Hands-on is an understatement! I can count on one hand the number of car guys who can teach, talk, write, educate and actually sand, cut, polish and wax a special car - Mike Phillips is at the top of the list.

This was a high energy, fast paced, information filled and experience packed workshop. We were in the shop and on the cars for over eleven hours on Saturday and nine hours on Sunday. We talked shop for an additional two hours on Saturday evening.

Mike, Nick, and Ray were well prepared and the shop was loaded with hundreds of towels and pads, dozens of polishes, compounds, waxes, coatings, chemicals and what seemed to be unlimited equipment/tools.

Each topic was introduced with a brief slide show reviewing the process, objectives and pitfalls and then we were turned loose on the cars.

This was not play-time but real serious work on someone's classic ride. If you were edging with a buffer, Mike would grab your hands on the machine and level you out and if you we're moving to fast he would slow you down. We then had a brief recap of the topic with questions and discussion.

Mike loves, lives and talks cars and paint polishing. "Cars" are the classics that deserve a three stage polish and a show car finish. With over twenty two hours of instructor contact time and unlimited tools, equipment and supplies, this workshop is easily under priced and over delivers.

It was a fun and rewarding weekend and I recommend it to anyone interested in the art, science and application of auto detailing.

Well I have settled back into my day job and I am missing hanging with the boys at the bootcamp getting our hands dirty.

Not only was this a great experience for a newbie but I think it was very beneficial to those of us with some experience. It gave me a chance to get all those burning questions answered and get my hands on some new stuff.

Mike, Ray and Nick dropped a ton of knowledge on us and worked very hard. They orchestrated the weekend to allow exposure to a number of different product lines. Heck, I learned a lot from the other guys in the course. Everyone brought something to the table.

My son Sam and I had a great time. It was definitely worth the investment and I would highly recommend signing up. The pearl to coin ratio was very high at this one!

Hi everyone!

I have to say that I really enjoyed the class, I had such a great time with Mike, Ray, Nick and all the guys that attended the class, specially with Alan and Jeff that where sitting right next to me.

I felt really comfortable using all the great machines and products, the DA'S are so easy to work with, the Nanoskin Autoscrub pads are awesome, I think that they really replace the clay bars in such an easy way.

As I said in the class, the Tornador guns, they rock the interior so great, specially the Black one, I was impressed by how the interior of the van changed from a darked and dirty upholstery to clear, good looking and also non smelly, because it smelled a lot like someone really smokes. I hope that the owner appreciates the job we all did on the interior and the exterior. I found funny that the front-right tire was made in Argentina!

I found very useful the microfiber pads, they are easy to clean and work with. I also liked the Sonax products, they worked excellent over the van, we where able to remove those swirls and water spots and bring back that smooth, glossy and shiny paint finish that used to have a long time ago.

I loved the sedan delivery how it turned to have that wet look and swirl free paint finish, specially those red parts, they turned so glossy and smooth.

The white Impala, as far as the paint finish allowed, we made a great improvement wet sanding it and removing those holograms and scratches, we gave back that shiny and smooth finish.

Hey Mike, did your fiance thank you for what we did to her lovely Accord?? ha ha

I would like to thank all the Autogeek stuff and all the guys that attended the class, for making me feel so comfortable and happy.

Mike, you are THE instructor.

I think you have such an excellent knowledge and you demonstrate and transmit that passion for polishing and taking care of cars and give them that show car finish we all want.

You encourage everyone to go and do something to make a car look the best we can. I learned so many tips and tricks that I will never forget.

I absolutely enjoyed talking to you on Monday at your office, thank you for all of your time, I really appreciate it. I'm reading over all of your write up's on the forum.

Imagine that I flew 4500 miles from Buenos Aires to Miami, and it was definitely worth the investment and I would highly recommend signing up.

If someone ever flies to Buenos Aires, Argentina, feel free to contact me and will take you out for some nice dinner places and make you feel comfortable the same way everybody did during my stay.

Mike / Nick / Ray / Autogeek:

Thank you for a great weekend of learning how to detail cars! I would, without reservation, recommend your Detailing Boot Camp Class because there is no substitute for hands-on experience with knowledgeable (and patient!) instructors.

The Class gives you two whole days using a wide variety of detailing tools and processes with the Autogeek team guiding you on which tool / process to select (and why) for a particular job, and then helping you to master the correct technique for applying that tool / process.

The detailing tools and processes are constantly advancing with new products becoming available all the time - the Boot Class Camp exposes you, with no bias, to a broad range of the very latest products so that you can quickly determine the most efficient and effective tool / process to achieve your detailing goals.

As very much a detailing beginner, I was so grateful to Mike, Nick and Ray for their clear instructions, tolerance of my errors and patience in helping me develop the correct techniques whilst at the same time ensuring that even professional detailers were always learning new approaches, tips and ways to provide the best detailing services for their customers.

And above all, I am grateful for the incredible energy, commitment and passion for detailing and for education that Mike and his team gave, unreservedly, for 20 straight hours so that we could all create show car perfect results!

Thank you all,


Great write up and photos Mike, love the results on the 1964 delivery sedan, this being a large vehicle enabled a lot of your students the opportunity to work on it at the same time, and to learn by doing.

The finished result looks amazing, I can't wait to see the Impala

I just completed Mike's detailing camp and it was a great experience. It is amazing how much you can learn in 2 days from someone who really knows the business inside and out and who can convey that information in a logical, easy to understand manner.

Mike, Nick and Ray are all extremely professional and unbelievably helpful--they really want you to learn and to excel in the class. T

he best advice I can give is to get involved in the class and don't watch everyone else learn. You have to jump in and get the experience or you might as well sit home and watch videos.

I honestly believe that the things I learned in this class will make my detailing jobs better and quicker. The time savings on each job will easily pay for this class with increased productivity.

Whether you are serious about detailing as a full time job, as a second source of income or just for the enjoyment of having your personal car looking awesome don't miss this chance to learn from one of the best.

Take the class as quickly as you can and GET INVOLVED in the learning.