Mike Phillips’ Detailing Boot Camp

Learn how to detail your vehicle inside out!

< ahref="http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-boot-camp.html">Mike Phillips’ Detailing Boot Camp is two days packed with proven techniques for creating a show car finish! Expert Mike Phillips walks you through every step of the detailing process, from the interior to the exterior and under the hood. He’ll cover everything you need to know to maintain your own vehicle or the vehicles of clients. If you plan to detail for profit, this class is a must!

In addition to 2 solid days of hands-on training, you will receive:

  • $200 Autogeek.net gift certificate
  • Your photo on Autogeek.net
  • Possible cameo in Mike’s second season of What’s in the Garage? on Fox Sports Network
  • Certification by Mike Phillips
  • First glimpse at new products
  • And you’ll meet the Autogeek staff!

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


Saturday, January 28, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Time: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Time: 7:30am to 4:30pm


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

What to bring:

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

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

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

About the Instructor:

Mike Phillips has over 33 years of experience in the field of auto detailing and reconditioning and a true passion for automobiles. Mike has over 250 articles to his credit and he has hosted two full-length instructional videos for Autogeek. Mike has taught countless detailing classes since 1988 and has been a guest speaker at numerous car club events and car shows. Prior to working at Autogeek, Mike worked at Meguiar’s as a sales rep/trainer for Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho training body shop and dealership technicians how to use Meguiar’s professional detailing products. Later, he became the online administrator and instructor of Meguiar’s detailing classes. In 2009, he joined Autogeek as our Director of Training. Mike has appeared on Two Guys Garage, Motorhead Garage, My Classic Car, and he is the host of Autogeek’s What’s in the Garage? on the Fox Sports Network.

Detailing Course Outline


7:30 Donuts and Coffee – Sign-in – Name Tags – Meet and Greet

Slide show covering basics of detailing

Engine Detailing

  • How to clean an engine compartment with a pressure washer and degreasers
  • How to dress and engine compartment

Car Washing

  • How to safely wash wheels, tires and fenderwells
  • How to safely wash a car – Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo 2 Bucket Method
  • How to use Iron-X SPRAY to remove iron contaminants
  • How to safely dry a car – Guzzlers and Metro Master Blaster

Lunch Break

Interior Detailing

  • Quick Slide show covering basic tools and procedures
  • Remove floor mats
  • Vacuum interior with Metro
  • How to use the Tornador Car Cleaning Gun
  • How to use the Tornador Air Foamer
  • How to use a hot water extractor – Aztec Hot Rod and Mytee Lite

Afternoon Break

  • How to clean condition and protect leather surfaces
  • How to clean condition and protect vinyl surfaces
  • How to clean and dress plastic surfaces
  • How to clean interior glass and leave streak-free windows

Paint Inspection and Evaluation

  • How to inspect the paint for above surface bonded contaminants
  • How to inspect the paint for swirls and scratches
  • How to measure paint thickness – DeFelsko Paint Thickness Gage
  • How to do a “Walk Around” – A check-off sheet for detailers

Questions & Answers

Meet & Greet at the Marriot


7:30 Donuts and Coffee – Sign-in – Name Tags

Slideshow with basic overview of claying, machine polishing w/ DA


  • How to use detailing clay to cay paint – Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay

Tape-off and cover-up

  • How to tape-off and cover up a car – Painter’s Tape & Cover-up towel

Overview of tools

  • Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher
  • Porter Cable 7424XP DA Polisher
  • Griot’s Garage DA Polisher
  • Meguiar’s DA Polisher
  • Cyclo Polisher
  • Flex PE 14 Rotary Buffer

Paint Correction & Polishing
How to remove swirls and polish to high gloss using Pinnacle Polishes

Lunch Break


  • How to apply a wax by hand – Pinnacle Souveran
  • How to apply a paste and liquid wax by machine – Pinnacle Signature Series II
  • How to apply a coating – CQuartz and Opti-Coat II (hood only)

Wiping Techniques

  • How to carefully remove a wax by hand – Microfiber Wiping Techniques
  • How to carefully remove a wax by machine – DA Polishers – PC, Megs and Griot’s

Plastic, Rubber and Vinyl

  • How to dress exterior plastic trim – Wolfgang Exterior Trim Sealant

Wheels, Tires & Fender Wells

  • How to clean and dress wheel wells –
  • How to dress tires – DP Gloss Tire Gel
  • How to polish and seal wheels – DP Wheel Glaze


  • How to correctly use a spray detailer – Pinnacle Crystal Mist
  • How to correctly use a spray-on wax – Optimum Car Wax

Final inspection – Certificates

* During all breaks, you will have an opportunity to place orders at Autogeek.net.


 Courtyard by Marriott Stuart
7615 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, Florida 34997

Tell them you’re with Palm Beach Motoring and that our rate code is PBME. The room rate for the Courtyard Stuart with the Autogeek Corporate discount is $99.00 a night.

There is an in-house restaurant and the Cracker Barrel and McDonald’s are right next door. They offer free Wireless Internet in all their rooms.

Holiday Inn Express – Stuart Florida
7900 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, FL 34997

Wendy’s and Dunkin Donuts are right next door. They offer free Wireless Internet in all their rooms.


West Palm Beach – Airport Code: PBI
Approximately 30 minutes from Autogeek.net Corporate Offices <– Closest airport to Autogeek

Orlando – Airport Code: MCO
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Autogeek.net Corporate Offices

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