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Autogeek Detail Fest 2012 & Car Show

Come to Detail Fest 2012!
It’s that time of year again! Autogeek’s 7th Annual
Detail Fest is coming up on March 24-25, 2012.

Autogeek Expose Detail Fest ContestWe like to celebrate the arrival of Spring in our own unique way
here at Autogeek: by hosting a detailing expo and car show! Every year since
2006 we’ve hosted a gathering of leading manufacturers, enthusiasts and, of
course, their cars for a day of education, detailing, and fun.
Detail Fest 2012 is being held on March 24-25 at our Stuart, Florida
There’s no better way to get your vehicle ready for
spring than to learn from the pros and from fellow hobbyists about the latest
techniques and products. Meet your favorite manufacturers and see their products
in action. Detail Fest is also a great opportunity to meet fellow forum members
face to face and see their handiwork up close.
Detail Fest is open to anyone wanting to walk around and check out the
products and demos. For a small registration fee, you can enter your car into
our Detail Fest Car Show!
Detail Fest is 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.
What’s happening:
  • sponsors Bruno Massel Racing! Bruno, co-host
    of TruckU on SPEED TV, will be at Detail Fest with his Autogeek race
    car. Come check it out!
  • Matt Steele, co-host of TruckU and host of Trucks Gone
    Wild, will be signing autographs.
  • Fox Sports TV will be filming Detail Fest to make a TV
  • UPS is our title sponsor of Detail Fest! The famous emblazoned brown
    truck will be on display.
  • Live music by Tommy Winch.
  • Food vendors.
  • Mini detailing classes taught by Mike Phillips (pre-registration required)
    and demonstrations.
  • Dennis Gage of My Classic Car will host two-hour autograph sessions
    on Saturday and he will interact with vendors during the filming of his show for
    the SPEED Channel.

    Max, Dennis Gage, and Mike.
  • Mike Phillips will be signing his book, The Art of Detailing, and
    talking with vendors as FOX Sports Florida films for an episode of Autogeek’s
    What In The Garage?
  • Meet the manufacturers and learn about their products
    firsthand. You’ll see live demonstrations and you can ask questions.
  • Covercraft
  • Dodo Juice
  • Einszett
  • Flex
  • Griots Garage
  • Grit Guard
  • Lake Country
  • Pinnacle
  • Detailer’s Pro Series
  • Shop Vac
  • Solution Finish
  • Menzerna
  • Mobile Tech Expo
  • Optimum
  • P21s
  • Poorboys
  • Premium Finish Care
  • Wolfgang
  • Diamondite
  • Four Star
  • Sonus
  • Ultima
  • Raggtopp
  • Flitz
  • Metro
  • Mothers
  • Meguiars
  • Sonax
  • 3M
  • Blackfire
  • More to come!

This year, we’re pleased to have two fantastic charities involved with Detail
Fest. A portion of the proceeds from Detail Fest 2012 will go to:
The Humane Society is
the nation’s largest animal protection organization. They protect animals by
advocating for better laws, conducting campaigns to reform industries, providing
animal rescue and emergency response, investigating cases of animal cruelty, and
caring for animals through sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers,
clinics, and emergency shelters.
The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society
is the world’s largest voluntary health
organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient
All the vendors that will be present at Detail Fest have
made donations to these two great organizations!
We’ll be taking
donations at Detail Fest as well. We look forward to seeing you at Detail Fest!
Join us for refinishing system demonstrations, polisher demos,
facility tours, sanding demos, dent and ding removal demos, hands-on training,
food, live music, and much more! Autogeek’s 7th Annual Detail Fest & Car
Show is on March 24-25 in Stuart, Florida.

1st Annual Detail Fest Truck Show!The Detail Fest Car Show will be held on Saturday, March

Car Show trophies will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in
5 different categories (total of 15 trophies)! Register

If you are not entering a vehicle, there is no need to
register! Detail Fest is free to attend as a spectator. All registered
participants must have a car to show.
Extra T-shirts will be available
for purchase.
Detail Fest tv shootOn Sunday, the Car Club Show will feature groups like the Miata Club,
Corvette Club, and the Camaro Club. Autogeek will also be giving company tours
throughout the weekend through their newly expanded facility.
We are located at:
7744 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
Look for the Autogeek sign along the Florida Turnpike!

We have reserved a block of rooms for special rate at a new Courtyard by
Marriott less than a mile from us. Please call 1-800-869-3011 ext. 207 or email us for room rate discount information.
Courtyard by Marriott
7615 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, Florida
34997 USA
Phone: 1-772-781-3344
Airport: West Palm
Airport (PBI) is 30 minutes south of us, Orlando (MCO) is about 2 hours north
and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) is about an hour and a half south.
will announce more information on events and travel as it becomes available in
our newsletter and on
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Detail Fest 2011 at
Please call 1-800-869-3011 if you have any questions.

Register for the Autogeek Detail Fest 2012 Car Show
on Saturday, March

Registered participants will receive:
Detail Fest Shirt
Autographed Mike Phillips DVD
Dash Plaque
Discount Code valid during Detail Fest weekend

Car show winners will
receive a trophy and gift certificates!
If you
are not entering a vehicle, there is no need to register.

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Carrand 4-piece kitOur latest shipment from Carrand includes some unique finds. The Carrand Tuf-Spot Wash Mitt has a built-in plastic blade for removing sap, bugs, and tar. The Clean-Seam Microfiber Polishing Towel has an integreated tool for cleaning wax out of body seams. These items are more are available in the Carrand Sof-Tools 4-piece Total-Care Detailing Pack.

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Mike Phillips’ Detailing Boot Camp

Learn how to detail your vehicle inside out!

< ahref="">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 gift certificate
  • Your photo on
  • 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

Where: 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


 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 Corporate Offices <– Closest airport to Autogeek

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

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