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    Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

    Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th







    Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado

    Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 24th & 25th
    Time: 6:30am to 6:30pm

    Location
    Denver Auto Shield
    4211 South Natches Court Suite D
    Englewood, CO 80110



    Our Host

    Jeff McEachran, owner of Denver Auto Shield will be hosting our class at his shop in Englewood, Colorado.





    Hands-on - No chairs
    Our classes are unique in the industry as they are 100% on your feet, hands-on training. There simply are no chairs. If you learn better by sitting in a chair and listening to someone talk then you'll need to find a different class.




    How to sign-up?


    > Click here to sign-up online <



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    Call Andre and sign-up over the phone

    1-800-869-3011 x244



    Hope to see you there!


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    Re: Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

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    Jeff has a first class shop!











    He's also a good friend, incredibly smart and a very talented detailer!






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    Re: Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

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    Autogeek's Roadshow - Saturday & Sunday Class Outline


    Saturday - 6:30am to 6:30pm



    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.





    Sunday


    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
    • Machine sanding techniques
    • 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



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    Re: Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

    Mike Phillips Detail Training Credentials - Know and trust who's teaching your class


    Mike Phillips machine compounding after machine sanding a 1932 Ford 3-window coupe






    When choosing a detailing class to attend, the most important consideration is the instructor. Anyone can detail a car or even make a video on how they detail a car and post it to YouTube, but that does not automatically mean they are a great teacher. The most common comment you hear people say or share on social media about Mike Phillips is he is a great teacher. He makes learning how to detail cars and boats easy. And that's what you want. You don't want to attend a class where you're either bored out of your skull because the instructor simply cannot share information in a way anyone can grasp it or because you have to work at understanding what they are trying to teach.


    Academic Classes versus Hands-on Classes

    There are two general types of detailing classes.


    The academic class
    This is where you sit in a chair and wade through a power point presentation while the instructor talks. At some point there may be an actual demonstration by the instructor or their assistant. If you're lucky, you might actually get to use a tool or try out a product on a demo hood. Rarely do you actually get to train by detailing multiple real cars.


    The hands-on class
    This is Mike's teaching style. He always says, people learn by doing, not sitting in a chair. There is no PowerPoint. Oftentimes at offsite locations, there are no chairs but that's okay because he covers so many tools, products, topics and techniques that the only way to cover everything advertised is to be on your feet working on cars. And when it comes to training - you train on cars, not demo hoods but the real deal. It's only when you train on real cars that the training has impact so that you learn. And even better, because he teaches both high end paint correction as well as one-step production detailing, he will often times have incredible cars for you to work on plus normal daily drivers. As Mike says, I use real show cars to teach show car detailing.



    Below is some information that Mike typed up to share his background as both a detailer, an instructor and a writer and it is all three of these experiences that set him apart from any other instructor or detailing class.




    About your instructor, Mike Phillips

    I have been teaching classes on car detailing since 1987, that's 32 years as I type this in the year 2019.

    The picture below was taken in 1987 after I taught my first detailing class using student's cars as well as my 1970 Sanger Flat Bottom Drag Boat as demo panel for machine compounding and polishing techniques with rotary buffers.





    At this time I was a Trainer for Meguiar's for the territories of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. My primary job was to call on body shops, detail shops and dealerships and teach their staff how to use Meguiar's Professional Line to wetsand, cut and buff fresh paint or detail cars.






    Overcoming adversity
    In 1986, at the age of 26 I was in a boating accident involving my own boat. I never let this slow me down or hinder me from my passion for polishing paint and teaching others the craft of detailing cars and the art of polishing paint.





    Published Author
    To date I have five how-to books in print, iBook and ebook forms. I'm the only detailer and detailing instructor with how-to books written for car detailing in general, boat detailing and specific books for both FLEX and RUPES tools. All of the work shown in the books is performed by me as well as the majority of the photos.





    You can get your own copy of any of Mike's books here,

    Mike Phillips Detailing Books




    TV Show Host

    I've been the host for two of Autogeek's TV Shows including Competition Ready on Velocity channel with my beautiful co-host Adrienne "AJ" Janic.





    I was also the host of Autogeek's first TV show - Autogeek's What's in the Garage







    Guest detailing expert

    I've been the guest detailing expert on multiple TV shows including,


    Chasing Classic Cars with Wayne Carini





    My Classic Car with Dennis Gage





    Truck U with Bruno Massel and Matt Steele

    Bruno Massel accepting his class certificate





    Matt Steele and Mike Phillips shooting a how-to DVD





    Two Guys Garage with Bryan Fuller





    Two Guys Garage with Kevin Byrd and Willie B.





    Motorhead Garage with Sam Memolo and Dave Bowman





    Ship Shape with John Greviskis





    Online Car Detailing Articles
    I have approximately 500 unique articles on all facets of car and boat detailing on AutogeekOnline.net Every topic is covered in full detail with step-by-step easy to follow directions and high resolution color pictures showing, before, during and after results.


    I'm a speed typist by nature and to prevent carpel tunnel I use ergonomic arm holders while typing.





    As a part of my job duties for Autogeek, I answer car and boat detailing questions on the AutogeekOnline.net detailing discussion forum.

    AutogeekOnline.net




    Professional Background


    Meguiar's Corporate Writer



    In 2002, I was hired by Barry Meguiar to be the Corporate Writer for Meguiar's. I took over all of the writing responsibilities for the company that Barry Meguiar' normally did himself.




    Meguiar's Internet Technical Specialist

    In 2004 I transitioned from the Corporate Write position to Meguiar's Internet Technical Specialist where I brought up from scratch, the MeguiarsOnline.com car detailing discussion forum and answered questions on Meguiar's products. I was also the primary instructor for all the car detailing classes at the corporate office in Irvine, California.





    Internet world to real-world training classes
    On July 31st, 2002, I organized a detailing class at Meguiar's Corporate Office for the members of the online Mercedes-Benz club through a Mercedes-Benz discussion forum. What I didn't know was that there were not only Mercedes-Benz club members at the class but there were also members from other car clubs at this first class, which was organized through a discussion forum. I took pictures and documented the class and shared them on the Mercedes-Benz forum because at the time, Meguiar's did not have a discussion forum.


    The next week students at this Mercedes-Benz class started calling and e-mailing me asking,

    When can our club have a class?

    That snowballed to become so popular that the first Saturday classes I taught back in 2002 continues to this day. Management at Meguiar's came to me and told me they loved the passion I was creating for the Meguiar's brand by teaching classes and sharing the pictures and the passion online. Not knowing how to classify what I was doing they asked me to write my own job description which I did and this included, being the online voice for Meguiar's as well as being the primary instructor for the Saturday Detailing 101 classes and the Saturday Advanced Classes. Down the road a few years I started the Thursday Night Classes known as TNOGS, and then the Meguiar's Roadshow Classes plus the Extreme Makeover Classes.


    Saturday Detailing 101





    Saturday Advanced Class
    Many people that attended the Detailing 101 classes wanted to take their skill and knowledge to a higher level and this led to the advanced class where the topics of hand wet sanding, machine sanding and using rotary buffers were taught.






    Meguiar's Online Car Detailing Discussion Forum
    Back in 2002 I started advocating to Meguiar's management to bring up their own forum. Because at that time, Meguiar's did not have a car detailing discussion forum and it would be years down the road before Facebook and other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Periscope would be invented and then taken public.

    I would share the pictures from the Saturday classes on my own forum ShowCarGarage.com and also on the Autopia.org car detailing forum. After detailing a 1954 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 and then posting the pictures and the how-to information to my own forum, I then printed out the write-up and gave it to the Vice President of Meguiar's (at the time), Atticus Firey. A month later Atticus said to me,

    I love these write-ups showing people how to use Meguiar's products but how come you're always posting them to your own forum?

    That's when I explained to Atticus that I shared them to my own forum (and the Autopia forum) because Meguiar's didn't have a forum.

    That's when the light bulb went off and it final sunk it. That's when Atticus understood what I had been talking about for almost 2 years when I kept was asking for the resources to bring up a Meguiar's discussion forum.

    Atticus then said,

    Make it happen


    On January 24th, 2004 the MeguiarsOnline.com car detailing discussion forum went LIVE and the first post was a write-up I created by documenting a Saturday Detailing 101 Class I taught for a local Mini Cooper Club. That's also when I first met Richard Lin and together we detailed Richard's popular Mini Cooper Lil'Octane replacing Zaino Z2 with Meguiar's NXT.


    Lil Octane


    (That was the start of the Zaino vs Meguiar's Wax Wars but that's another story for another time)



    TNOG's
    I also started the Thursday Night Open Garage Classes in 2006 and taught them until leaving Meguiar's to join Autogeek in 2009. Most people don't know this but I originally started these mid-week classes on Wednesday nights but due to schedule conflicts, I moved them to Thursday nights. These also continue to this day.






    The Meguiar's Roadshow Class
    The Meguiar's Saturday classes became incredibly popular. Because I shared pictures and documented the cars, the clubs, the fun and the passion online, people in other states asked if they could have a class in their hometown. With management's approval I started the Meguiar's Roadshow Classes conducting a total of 6 of these classes before leaving to work for Autogeek. This was another first in the industry.


    The below pictures are from the 2006 Tampa, Florida Roadshow Class of which Todd Helme (RUPES) and Dwayne McPeeks, (Poorboys) attended.





    That's Dwayne McPeeks in the baseball cap behind me





    Todd Helme is wearing a blue jersey shirt with white stripes around the sleeves and the number 6 on it









    Today - 2019

    Today I'm the Director of Training for Autogeek and Marine 31. I teach the 3-day Detailing Bootcamp Classes three times a year at Autogeek's Training Center in Stuart, Florida. I also teaches the only hands-on 2-day boat detailing classes in the United States (and probably the world), where students learn all aspects of boat detailing both inside and outside.



    Demonstrating technique at a 3-day class at Autogeek














    Showing how to use a rotary buffer in a boat detailing class






    Learn from the real deal...

    If you are looking to take your skills and knowledge to a higher level and you want to take a class from someone that has bonafide credentials then get signed-up for any of the classes I teach. I promise and guarantee you will not only learn a LOT but you will also have a lot of fun and make new friends.



    What to do?

    If you would like information about ANY of our classes, like prices, topics, dates and locations, click the link below.


    Click here for more information about all of Autogeek's detailing classes



    If you would like to host a Roadshow Class at your shop or facility, then give me a call or shoot me an e-mail

    Mike.Phillips@Autogeek.net

    Office: 1-800-869-3011 x206




    I'm happy to answer all your questions.


    Hope to see you at a future class!





    And here's how the car in the first picture of this thread came out...

    Little Deuce Coupe - Hotrod Detailing

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    Re: Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

    Hello Mike. i really want to do this class, but am waiting on confirmation that we are closing on our house in Wisconsin on Aug 16th. We are moving to Fort Collins Colorado. What should I do? Sign up? Is it refundable if we have a snag in the closing? Thank you in advance

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    Re: Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Baldone View Post
    Hello Mike. i really want to do this class, but am waiting on confirmation that we are closing on our house in Wisconsin on Aug 16th. We are moving to Fort Collins Colorado. What should I do? Sign up? Is it refundable if we have a snag in the closing? Thank you in advance
    Yes - you can get a refund if you have to cancel.

    Andre is the expert here - I don’t do sales. I think there is a 24 hour time frame before the date of the class.


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    Re: Roadshow Detailing Class in Englewood, Colorado - August 24th & 25th

    Wow! What a neat facility Jeff has there.

    I met Jeff briefly at Detail Fest, sure seems like a good guy & will be a fantastic host.

    Another outstanding class in a great location, get amongst it folks.


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    a DETAILS Blenheim New Zealand - IDA Member - C.Quartz Finest Authorized Installer

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