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    Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes through the year 2022

    Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes through the year 2022

    Just went through the rest of the calendar year and after blocking out known events like our 3-day classes, Detail Fest, SEMA and normal holidays. If you receive an e-mail from me with the link to this thread, here are the dates that are currently open and available. As these dates get taken I will turn the text red. We're only scheduling 8 classes for this year so only 8 weekends are available, these are just the available weekends.

    It is our priority to work your schedule for your shop to find a date that works best for you. After looking over the dates, please be sure to reply to the e-mail or call me. Thank you!


    Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th

    Saturday, April 13th and Sunday April 14th --> Detail Fest takes place April 11th through Saturday, the 13th

    Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st

    Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th


    Friday, May 3rd, Sat 4th & Sun 5th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp at Autogeek

    Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th

    Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th

    Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th - Memorial Day Weekend


    Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd <-- Info and link to sign-up
    Pro Reflection Detail Shop
    501 W Powell Lane Unit 208
    Austin, Texas 78753
    Host Website - - Cosmin Chira

    Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th <-- Info and link to sign-up
    All in the Polish Detail Shop
    155 S Montezuma Castle HWY STE 5
    Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
    Host Website - - Rob Zubek

    Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd <-- Info and link to sign-up
    English Class – Guest Instructor Rigo Santana
    MiraCosta College
    1 Barnard Drive
    Oceanside, California 92056
    Host Website - - Paul Katson

    Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th (Link to sign-up coming soon) <-- Info and link to sign-up
    Spanish Class – Guest Translator Rigo Santana
    MiraCosta College
    1 Barnard Drive
    Oceanside, California 92056
    Host Website - - Paul Katson


    Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th - Thursday is July 4th and the start of the 4th of July weekend

    Saturday, 13th and Sunday, July 14th

    Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st <-- Info and link to sign-up
    Kruse Museum
    5634 Co Rd 11A
    Auburn, IN 46706
    Host Website - - Mike Liebing

    Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th - Private Function

    August Weekends

    Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th - No time to ship out for this date due to functions in July

    Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th - Available

    Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th

    Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th <-- Info and link to sign-up
    Denver Auto Shield
    4211 South Natches Court Suite D
    Englewood, CO 80110
    Host Website - - Jeff McEachran

    Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st - Labor Day Weekend

    September Weekends

    Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th

    Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th <-- Info and link to sign-up
    Detail Pro Shop
    6040 Glick Road
    Powell, OH 43065
    Host Website - - Mike Dilger

    Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd - No time for a class due to previous class and upcoming 3-day class

    Friday, Sept 27th, Sat 28th and Sun 29th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp at Autogeek

    October Weekends

    Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th

    Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th <-- Info and link to sign-up
    Immaculate Paint Protection
    4224 Greenfield Road
    Bethlehem, PA 18017
    Host Website - - Bill Fetter

    Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th - Available

    Saturday, October 26th, and Sunday, October 27th - Available

    End of year holiday months
    These weekends are available and if there is strong interest then we can schedule these dates but my experience is once we get into the November and December time frame everyone tends to get what I call, "Holiday Mindset".

    November Weekends

    Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd

    SEMA = Tuesday, November 5th through Friday, November 8th - Travel dates are the day before and after

    Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th - Available

    Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th - Available

    Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th - Available

    Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st - Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

    December Weekends

    Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th - Available

    Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th - Available

    Saturday, December 21st and Sunday, December 22nd

    Saturday, December 28th and Sunday, December 29th - Christmas Holiday Weekend


    Scheduling now for 2020

    January Weekends

    Saturday, January 4th and Sunday January 5th - Available

    Saturday, January 11th and Sunday January 12th - Available

    Saturday, January 18th and Sunday January 19th

    Friday, January 24th, Saturday, January 25th and Sunday January 26th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp at Autogeek

    Mobile Tech Expo is Thursday, January 30th through Saturday, February 1st

    February Weekends

    Saturday, February 1st and Sunday, February 2nd

    Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th - Marine 31 2-Day Boat Detailing Class

    Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th

    Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd - Available

    Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st - Available

    March Weekends

    Saturday, March 7th and Sunday March 8th - Available

    Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th - Available

    Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd - Available

    Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th - Available

    April Weekends

    Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th - Available

    Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th - Possibly Barrett-Jackson Dates - Easter Weekend

    Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th - Available

    Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th - Available

    May Weekends

    Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd - 3-Day Detailing Boot Camp Class here at Autogeek

    Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th

    Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th - Available

    Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th - Memorial Day Weekend

    Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st - Available

    June Weekends

    Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th - Available

    Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th - Available

    Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st - Available

    Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th - Available

    July Weekends

    Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th - 4th of July Holiday Weekend

    Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th - Available

    Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th - Available

    Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th - Available


    Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd - Available

    Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th - Available

    Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th - Available

    Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd - Available

    Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th - Available


    Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th - Labor Day Weekend

    Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th - Available

    Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th - Available

    Friday, September 25th, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp Class here at Autogeek


    Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th - Available

    Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th - Available

    Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th - Available

    Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th - Available


    Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st - Travel weekend before SEMA


    SEMA = Tuesday, November 3rd through Friday, November 6th

    Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th - Travel weekend home from SEMA

    Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th

    Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd

    Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend


    Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th

    Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th

    Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th

    Saturday, December 26th and Sunday, December 27th - Christmas Holiday Weekend



    Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd - Available

    Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 10th - Available

    Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th - Available

    Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th - Available

    Note: Mobile Tech Expo will likely be the last weekend of January


    Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th

    Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th - 2-Day Boat Detailing Class at Autogeek

    Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st

    Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp Class at Autogeek


    Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th - Available

    Saturday, March 13th and Sunday, March 14th - Available

    Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st - Available

    Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th - Available


    Saturday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 4th - Easter Weekend

    Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th - Available

    Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th - Available

    Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th


    Friday, April 30th, Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp Class at Autogeek

    Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th

    Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th - Available

    Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd - Available

    Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th - Memorial Day Holiday Weekend


    Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th - Available

    Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th - Available

    Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th - Available

    Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th - Available


    Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th - 4th of July Holiday Weekend

    Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th - Available

    Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th - Available

    Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th - Available


    Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st - Available


    Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th - Available

    Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th - Available

    Saturday, August 21st and Sunday, August 22nd - Available

    Saturday, August 28th and Sunday, August 29th - Available


    Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th - Labor Day Weekend

    Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th - Available

    Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th

    Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp Class at Autogeek


    Saturday October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd

    Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th - Available

    Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th - Available

    Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th - Available

    Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st - Travel weekend to SEMA


    SEMA = Tuesday, November 2nd through Friday, November 5th

    Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th - Post-SEMA Weekend - Travel weekend

    Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th - Available

    Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st

    Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th - Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend


    Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th - Available

    Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th - Available

    Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th

    Saturday, December 25th and Sunday, December 26th - Christmas Holiday Weekend



    Saturday, January 1st and Sunday, January 2nd - New Year's Eve Holiday Weekend

    Saturday, January 8th and Sunday, January 9th - Available

    Saturday, January 15th and Sunday, January 16th - Available

    Saturday, January 22nd and Sunday, January 23rd - Available

    Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th - Available

    Note: Mobile Tech Expo will likely be the last weekend of January


    Saturday, February 5th and Sunday, February 6th

    Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th - 2-Day Boat Detailing Class

    Saturday, February 19th and Sunday, February 20th

    Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp Class


    Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th

    Saturday, March 12th and Sunday, March 13th - Available

    Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th - Available

    Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th - Available


    Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd - Available

    Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th - Available

    Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th - Available

    Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th - Available

    Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st - 3-day class at Autogeek the next week


    Friday, May 6th, Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th - 3-Day Detailing Bootcamp class at Autogeek

    Saturday, May 14th and Sunday May 15th

    Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd - Available

    Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th - Available


    Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th - Available

    Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th

    Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th

    Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th


    Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd - 4th of July Holiday Weekend

    Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th

    Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th

    Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th

    Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st


    To be continued.

    Mike Phillips
    Director of Training Autogeek & Marine 31
    IDA Board Member - Certified Detailer - Skills Validated Detailer - IDA Recognized Trainer
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    Re: Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes


    Requirements to host an Autogeek's Roadshow Class

    I have been teaching roadshow classes since 2006 when I started the Meguiar's Roadshow Detailing Classes. I've taught classes all over America and other countries. While there's nothing wrong with a get-together at someone's house in their driveway or car garage, OUR classes are NOT casual get-togethers. These classes are the real-deal. They are intensely hands-on training as I know people learn by doing, not sitting in a chair listening to someone talk.

    First - what's in it for the hosting company?

    2 of your staff can attend the class - no charge
    2 of your staff are able to take the class at no charge. (That's a $2,000.00 savings) - These two free tuitions go to whomever you the host chooses, this could be shop staff, the owner or friends of the owner that have always wanted to take their detailing knowledge and skills to a higher level.

    Our 3-day class here at Autogeek is $1,795.00 plus you have to budget for,

    • Travel costs/Airline tickets
    • Hotel
    • Rental car
    • Meals away from home

    We have companies send their employees to our 3-day class all the time but if the above kind of costs are not in your budget then this is a great option. Besides the free tuition for 2 of your staff, there's also great networking and public relations for your company's brand that naturally comes from hosting one of our classes.

    What does it cost the company that hosts a class?
    There is no charge to host one of our classes. I get asked this all the time and there is no charge. We are thankful for anyone that opens their doors so we can bring our class and the education and training that it provides to people across the United States and in other countries.

    Autogeek/Mike Phillips Training Certificate
    After attending a class, each person receives a signed Competition Ready Certificate signed by me personally. (my credentials)

    What does it take?

    In order to put on a 5 Star class, we need a facility that offers the below minimum requirements.

    Need to have:

    Clean facility - A shop or garage with a large enough bay to hold two large passenger cars plus ample room for 10 people to work around each car at the same time.

    Electrical power - 110v plug-ins in the facility to enable at least 10 polishers to be plugged-in and operated at the same time, 20 plug-ins is best.

    Good lighting - Overhead florescent lights are perfectly fine as long as there are enough to provide a well-lit working environment.

    Space for 20 chairs - While these classes are the most hands-on training classes in the industry there is a brief Power Point Presentation so a nearby bay or room for the class to assemble.

    Bathroom facilities - These classes start at 7:30am and go to 5:30pm. We normally have both male and female attendees.

    Parking for students - 20 students typically means 20 parking space plus parking spaces for your normal business staff.

    15 people minimum - We aim for 20 people for each class and the minimum is 15. No worries though, historically all our classes SELL OUT! And as a result we end up turning people away until the next class.

    Nice to have:

    Tables, counter space or carts in the bay to hold tools, pads and products.

    A table or two for coffee and donuts in the morning and pizza and cold drinks in the afternoon.

    Right to cancel

    If at least 15 people have not signed up and paid for the class by 30 days before the date of the class, Autogeek reserves the right to cancel the class.

    The good news is historically all our classes sell out. So this is just a precaution as there are a lot of logistics involved with shipping and travel in order to put on a first class event.

    Other information needed

    Nearby airports
    Nearby hotels
    Nearby restaurants - On Saturday night we hold an casual Meet-n-Greet for everyone to share their car guy/girl story and what they thought of the first day of the class.

    Frequently asked questions?

    What does it cost to attend the class?

    A one day class is $495.00 with a $100.00 Autogeek store credit for signing up early.

    Each Autogeek Roadshow Car Detailing Class consists of 2 separate and unique days with the third day being option and offering IDA Skills Validation Testing. The classes are priced individually and each day covers different tools and topics.

    Of course a person can sign up and pay to take both days. People that sign up for both days and sign up early will get a $200.00 Autogeek store credit.

    What's in it for the hosting facility?
    Great question. I've been teaching these types of offsite classes for over 11 years and here's what I've seen. The hosting facility gets massive public relations out of the class with their local car enthusiast market. For detail shop owners you'll get an increase in high caliber customers.

    For car dealership owners you'll reach new customers for cars sales and for your in-house detail shop and even maintenance shop. All the response I've ever received from the people that have hosted one of our classes is always overwhelmingly positive.

    There is no downside except we come in and take over a portion of your facility for three days. (Friday is set-up day). We are also very respectful of your time and your property and we make sure to clean up afterwards to restore your facility to the condition it was in before the class and usually even cleaner, we are detailers...

    What to do next?

    If your facility fits the requirements described above, here's what you can do next,

    Call Mike Phillips at 1-800-869-3011 x206 or e-mail at

    I'm more than happy to hear from anyone that wants to hold one of our Autogeek Roadshow Classes in their home town and I can either e-mail you more information or even send you the complete information via U.S. Postal Mail, just let me know which form you would like the information.

    Mike Phillips
    Director of Training Autogeek & Marine 31
    IDA Board Member - Certified Detailer - Skills Validated Detailer - IDA Recognized Trainer
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    Re: Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes


    Autogeek's Roadshow - Saturday & Sunday Class Outline


    Morning Session - Multiple-Step Paint Correction

    1: Extreme Washing - This class session covers all the correct tools, products and techniques to thoroughly clean and prep a car for detailing when using a source of running water.

    This includes,

    • Foam Guns
    • 3-Bucket Wash Method
    • Wheel Woolie Wheel Brushes
    • Speedmaster Wheel Brushes
    • Brake-dust Removing Wheel Cleaners
    • Mechanical Decontamination using Nanoskin Mitts & Towels
    • Chemical Decontamination using Iron & Fallout Remover
    • Tools for machine scrubbing tires
    • Tools for air drying cars

    Also covered in the morning washing session are the non-washing procedures to do and the correct order to do them in.

    1. Wet Wash Engine Detailing
    2. Machine Glass Polishing
    3. Headlight Correction

    2: Car Inspection & Prep
    This class session covers everything you need to do to a car BEFORE you start machine polishing. This includes inspecting using an Vehicle Inspection Form, Paint Thickness Gauge, Swirl Finder Lights, Baggie Test. Plus what to tape-off and how to correctly tape-off and cover-up trim, comments, tops, etc.

    3: How, why and where to do a Test Spot
    One of the most important steps if not THE most important step everyone should be doing before detailing a car.

    4: 2-step paint correction and polishing
    This class session covers all the professional techniques to correctly compound and polish paint to perfection. Multiple-step paint correction is called, show car detailing because you're breaking the paint polishing process down into isolated and dedicated steps to maximize the end-results for a true show car quality finish. This session includes tools from,

    1. FLEX
    2. RUPES
    3. Griot's Garage
    4. Meguiar's
    5. Makita
    6. Porter Cable
    7. Cyclo

    Pads - Products
    The morning session includes a wide range of pro-grade compounds, polishes and buffing pads for a very well-rounded experience. You will learn how to know when to use a compound versus a medium, fine or ultra fine cut polish.

    Ceramic Coatings - Waxes - Sealants
    The morning session covers proper techniques for chemically stripping paint for the installation of ceramic coatings specifically. Techniques for applying and removing traditional carnauba waxes and synthetic sealants are also covered in the morning session.

    5: Final Steps
    The morning session covers coatings and dressings for; glass, tires, rims and plastic trim.

    >Lunch Break<
    Lunch and cold beverages are provided

    Afternoon Session - One-Step Detailing
    One step detailing is also called production detailing. In this session you will learn which types of cars and other projects are best suited for an AIO type product, (All-in-One), also called a cleaner/wax. The focus on this class is how to restore a neglected car's finish to like-new condition in only one step. Also called Speed Detailing. This type of detailing is great for enthusiasts taking care of their own daily drivers or for professional detailers for their budget package and also things like dealership work.

    1: Washing Techniques for Waterless Washes and Rinseless Washers
    The afternoon session covers how, where, when, why and what for using either a waterless or rinseless wash. Correct techniques for both types are covered and when to use one over the other. Also covered are the correct types of wash media and other tools needed to clean a car without running water safely.

    2: Mechanical decontamination - Why and how to use detailing clay and clay substitutes
    Students learn the proper technique for using detailing clay as well as clay substitutes.

    3: Taping-off and covering up to save time and marketing purposes
    Students will build on the foundation created in the morning session as well as learn the marketing side of taping-off and covering stain-sensitive surfaces.

    4: One-step high quality detailing
    Where the morning session goes over how to use a multiple-step approach for show car results, the afternoon session covers how to correctly use All-in-One products to compound, polish and protect the paint in one-step. This type of detailing is perfect for entry level detailing packages as well as daily drivers, budget details, RV's, and large vehicles like trucks and vans where the owner or customer does not want or need a ceramic coating. There are dos and don't when it comes to this type of detailing, which you will learn in the class. Everyone should have the skill set and knowledge to correctly perform one-step detailing jobs whether you're an enthusiast or you detail for money.

    Tools - Pads - Products
    I call this free-for-all. Students can choose and use any tool and pad combo they previously used in the morning session. This is your opportunity to spend more time with any tool that has attracted your interest and attention and you're thinking about investing in. You can even use multiple tools, it's your choice. The importance of abrasive technology is stressed in this class as well as how to under-promise and over-deliver exceptional results. You will learn how to get show car results in half the time.


    Morning session - Wetsanding an entire car from start to finish
    If you have ever wanted to know the art of wetsanding, here's your chance to learn from beginning to end, exactly what to do. This is a real-world class where you will work on real cars and this is the BEST way to learn the entire process from start to finish.

    This class includes,

    • How to prep a car for wetsanding
    • Hand sanding techniques using Nikken Finishing Sandpapers
    • Machine sanding techniques - Using 3M Trizact and Mirka Abralon sanding discs
    • How to correctly use a rotary buffer to remove 100% of the sanding marks
    • How to finish out 100% hologram and swirl free using any orbital polisher (your choice which orbital polisher to use)
    • How to seal the paint using a ceramic coating, carnauba wax or synthetic sealant, even the cheater technique of using an AIO.

    >Lunch Break<
    Lunch and cold beverages are provided

    Afternoon Session - Interior Detailing
    You will learn the difference between a hot water extractor and a steam machine and when and how to use one over the other.

    This includes,

    End of day

    Certificate Award Ceremony

    Class wrap-up

    Book signing

    Mike Phillips
    Director of Training Autogeek & Marine 31
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    Re: Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes


    Testimonies from past students from all our classes

    From John Lee who attended the 2018 New Jersey Roadshow Class

    Pictures & Comments - 2018 New Jersey Roadshow Detailing Class

    Post #10

    The Roadshow Detailing Class was absolutely fantastic. I've been waiting for one of these to come to my area, and within 15 minutes of getting the email that it was happening, I signed up for both days without hesitation.

    I have been an enthusiast detailer for a number of years, and have learned what I know about the detailing craft through various YouTube videos (many featuring Mike Phillips) and through these very forums (also, through Mike). While my skills have gotten better over time, I've had a great deal of trepidation when it came to abrasive detailing or anything that involved picking up an orbital machine spinning faster than my eye can see. Among my group of friends I am the "resident detailer" - they trust me with their cars, and I knew that I would have to expand my skill set at some point to make all of our cars better than ever.

    Before the class even started, I received roughly a half dozen emails from Mike himself about a week in advance, informing the class of everything we would need to be ready the first morning. I was about 5 minutes early on day one, and could already tell this was going to be serious because I was pretty much the last person to arrive. The garage setup was incredible, with beautifully laid out products that looked like a detailer's shop dream (at least my dreams, anyway!)

    Mike promised us from the get-go that we would get an incredible amount of hands-on time using tools and chemicals on cars. With approximately 22 hours of class time across both days, I can honestly say - when Mike says you get to be hands-on, he means you will get HANDS-ON!!! I learned more in the 2 days of this class than I have in the last 2 years of scouring the internet. Tips, tricks, methodology, fundamental skills, advanced techniques - Mike shares ALL of it with the class. He is 100% genuine, accessible, and open to any question. If you've seen Mike in his videos on YouTube or on Competition Ready, I can say that the guy you see online and on TV is the SAME guy you'll meet in person. The other class participants are also real enthusiasts - everyone is highly motivated and incredibly careful with the cars that are volunteered for the class. I would absolutely trust everyone with the surface of my car if another class were to come to my area!

    Ultimately I came away from the class with a plethora of new skills that I can't wait to try out. Now I feel confident that I know how to detect and identify issues on the surface of a car, the proper way to safely and effectively handle serious tools, how to work on a variety of surfaces and materials, and how to appropriately communicate these skills to perspective clientele.

    I was fortunate that Mike selected my friend's 2010 BMW 128i (white with black vinyl graphics) for one of the final 12 cars to be detailed over the weekend. The reception from the owner and his family has been outstanding - the car has gone quite some time since its last wash (much less wax or sealant). The owners and class participants were equally shocked upon seeing the car literally changing color after removing that heavy layer of road film!

    Big thanks to Pete, Christy, Axel, and Andre for helping me with literally every question I came up with across both days. Working side by side with these folks is seriously fantastic! I hope anyone who takes these classes in the future has the chance to work with them.

    Huge thanks to Autogeek, I'm loving the RUPES detailing belt and the swag from the #AGroadshowNJ contest. These tools are being put to the test this coming weekend!

    Finally, special thanks to Rahul at Shield & Sheen for opening the doors to us so we could use (and hopefully not abuse!) his shop for the weekend. It's a great facility and he has a wealth of knowledge.

    Looking forward to attending my next class, hopefully a 3-day class next time!

    - John Lee

    From the January 3-Day Detailing Boot Camp Class

    Pictures & Comments - January 2019 3-Day Detailing Class

    Post #24

    I am just about back home from taking this class! This was an awesome experience and was WAY more than I expected! To fully understand, I am going to post my review/ opinion as these pictures do not do justice of what happened at this class. As I am so proud of how these cars came out!

    First, I am a hobbyist at auto detailing before I signed up. I did not know what to expect, before signing up I searched for other classes closer to NJ (where I live) and there are some. I found a fairly reviewed class in Ohio, and my Dad knew a guy that gives classes in Virginia (but there is no review on that) and only thing that I kept coming back to was this class.

    Next Mike Phillips, for better words, is a legend in auto detailing when you search on information on him. This led to my next concern. Since he was so high profile, I was unsure if he was really going to teach the class or have an assistant do it and he just comes in and say hi. I will tell you, Mike is there 1st thing in the morning and NEVER leaves till the class is finished. The class is supposed to be from about 730 am until 430-5pm. There was not one day that we finished before 6pm!

    We only sat at our desks for about 45 minutes each day. 30 minutes for a few things that needs to be explained from a desk area and 15 minute lunch. The rest of the time is all hands on learning. Mike himself demonstrates and teaches all the techniques, not an assistant. Mike walks around to make sure you understand each procedure and shows you if you made a mistake. Even if you did not realize you made a mistake. He does not yell or act superior, he wants you to do everything right! He genuinely cares!

    On the cars, we worked on a couple cars that where worth 80K dollars each, some rental cars (nothing wrong with that!), and a few nice muscle cars still worth 30k or so each. You are not working on some rust bucket or just hoods from a junk yard. On these cars you learn proper polishing techniques, how to properly handle a buffer, and how to properly wax a car. This may sound stupid, but I was doing just about everything wrong and do not mind saying it! This is an issue for myself as a hobbyist learning from friends and YouTube. There is a ton of incorrect information out there! It's all internet hearsay.

    We got to use multiple tools, about 6 different buffers from short stroke to long stroke units that widely vary in price. We learned ceramic coatings and used several different brands so you can see the differences of how they apply and wipe off. This helps allow you to make the choice as to which products you like to use, and you did not have to buy them! I'm not sure if all classes get to work on 1 stage paint cars (as there getting rarer to find) but we did 2 of them!

    Mike also does his best to teach you how to apply your new knowledge in a business setting!

    I VERY much enjoyed this class! If I had a chance to do it all again, I would take the class a 2nd time without even having to think about it! The cost comes into play as this class is not cheap. To that comment you need to sit back and think about it, the knowledge you are learning is invaluable and will allow you to get your money back fast! I have not decided if I am going to pursue a business yet or remain a hobbyist, however, I have booked a ceramic coating for my uncles Challenger, a friends cars for paint correction on a C5 Vette, fox body mustang, and a Pontiac G8. This is just from showing them what I learned and seeing the results of the cars we worked on during class! My education is paid for already and the knowledge is now with me forever!

    All I can say is THANK YOU Mike!


    From the 2019 Boat Detailing Class

    Pictures & Comments 2019 Boat Detailing Class at Autogeek with Mike Phillips

    Post #4

    Mike and Andre,

    This was my second class with you and Autogeek. I’ve been detailing for years, as a hobbyist. Since my retirement last year, I have been encouraged to get into the business full-time. Before I would even consider it, I wanted to better prepared and equipped. I don’t post much on the forum but read and watch videos.

    I was always afraid to wet sand and using a rotary buffer. I believe if I was going to do anything, I better do it right!

    So with that said, I’d like to share some thoughts and observations, especially for those who have been on the fence about taking any of these great classes.

    1. Learning how to wet sand.
    One of my biggest fears! You can watch all the YouTube videos you want but their is no substitute for “Hands-On.”

    2. Refining techniques.
    I have sat in classes before and watched the instructor do it but had very little, if any opportunity to do it under the guidance of an instructor. With these classes, you will get all the hands-on you want. In our 3 day class, we had 13 cars and the boat class two very large vessels. I was able to see where I was either doing things wrong or just not efficiently.

    3. Having at our disposal so many great products that I have wanted to try but feasibly only have room for so much.

    4. Using various tools.
    I know it’s seems a bit redundant considering above. With that said, I was able to use polishers that I had read about and watched videos on. The Griots 6” was a butt kicker as was the 3” polisher of the same name. I had always heard that they were but finally was able to use them both.

    Also, being able to use the various Flex and Rupes machines. I was able to compare them and see the capabilities of each tool first-hand. It was like Christmas morning!

    Mike doesn’t play favorites and encouraged us to try different tools. He didn’t favor one line over another. Even if we asked to use something that was sitting on the side, he gladly allowed us. Talk about being a kid in a candy store.

    Mike and Andre are constantly walking around and helping us with our techniques and skills. In the boat class, we took the windshields off the boats. What we thought would be a one-step situation to clean up some scratches didn’t work out that way. So we stepped back and Mike encouraged us to us our experiences and think about what we may have done in the past that might help.

    In the end, after some testing, we used a two-step process with various products to achieve the results. We didn’t throw in the towel and accept it’s good enough. Mike pushed us to think and try.

    Be ready for hard work!
    We started earlier and finished a tad later but the day flew by since it was labor of love.

    Another aspect of class that may not be mentioned is the friendships that are built during those classes. Both times I stayed at the Courtyard Marriot nearby. Each Saturday night, Mike has an informal Meet & Greet where we have some dinner and just hang out. Then Mike goes around the table and will have introduce ourselves and will ask what was your favorite thing about the class or what toys do you have in your garage.

    After he had left, most of just stayed and chatted. That to me was a great networking and learning experience too.

    Sorry for the long post but I just can’t Thank Mike, Andre, Autogeek, and my fellow students for an absolutely awesome time and learning experience.


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    Re: Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes

    Wow, this is cool Mike.

    Port Jefferson, NY is exactly one hour from me.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Just confirmed Austin, Texas for June 1st and 2nd

    This will be at my long time friend's Cosmin's shop. Also long time forum member here on AGO. Cosmin attended a GTG I held at Nick Chapman's shop back in 2009,

    Pictures from Autogeek's Roadshow Class in Dallas, Texas - November 14th, 2009

    As well as one I held at Ron Harris and Anthony Orosco shop back in 2010 in San Antonio. friends at their shop,

    GTG in San Antonio, Texas Thursday, October 14th

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    Could someone please assist me with signing up for a roadshow class please! I keep clicking everywhere but I cant seem to get the Austin class to open!

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    Re: Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    Wow, this is cool Mike.

    Port Jefferson, NY is exactly one hour from me.
    I will be passing your house on the way Paulie. We may be going to this class together.

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    Re: Available dates for 2019 Roadshow Classes

    Quote Originally Posted by stlbluecard View Post

    Could someone please assist me with signing up for a roadshow class please!

    I keep clicking everywhere but I cant seem to get the Austin class to open!
    I'm sending the dates for all approved classes for addition to the store. I'm sure they will have the info up this week.

    Until then you can call Andre at



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    Any chance your coming to northwest?

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