Archives for 2010

Explanation of Forced Rotation of the FLEX XC 3401

FLEX XC 3401 VRG Orbital PolisherThe FLEX XC 3401 VRG is an orbital polisher with forced rotation. What is forced rotation? Let’s compare it to a polisher without forced rotation, like the Porter Cable 7424XP.

A Porter Cable 7424XP and the FLEX XC 3401 VRG are both described as orbital polishers, but there’s a noticable difference between these two machines. Both machines are constructed so that the pad rotates and orbits around the central spindle, but the FLEX features forced rotation.

To understand forced rotation, it’s helpful to think of a bicycle. The back wheel of a bicycle is connected to the chain and sprocket and it’s driven by the pedals. There’s a mechanism forcing the rotation of the back wheel. This is like the pad’s rotation on the FLEX XC 3401 Orbital Polisher. The front wheel of the bicycle is just along for the ride. It rotates when the bike is in motion but there’s no mechanism driving it. That describes the pad rotation on the Porter Cable 7424XP it rotates freely as it orbits because of a free spinning bearing assembly.

In practice, the forced rotation of the FLEX XC 3401 VRG and the free rotation of the Porter Cable 7424XP feel quite different. The FLEX pad completes full rotations and has a lot of power behind it to force that rotation. The FLEX XC 3401 VRG, even though it?s still an orbital machine, can remove a lot of imperfections. The Porter Cable?s motion is often described as jiggling, but it still achieves the dual action?that is, orbiting and rotating ? that will keep you from burning the paint. The Porter Cable 7424XP is great for minor defect removal, waxing, and general polishing.

Learn more about our entire selection of orbital polishers at

New at Autogeek! 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher

3M Electrical Variable Speed Rotary Polisher

You’ve relied on 3M polishes for years to give you professional results on auto finishes; now you can apply them with the new 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher! The 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher has a powerful 11 amp motor with 37.5% more power than 8 amp polishers. Superior construction and user-friendly features make the 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher a true professional grade polisher.

The 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher is a paint-correcting machine! It’s built for fast, effective removal of paint imperfections with the 11 amp motor and operating speeds of 1,000 – 3,000 rpm. The electronic variable speed control maintains speed and power even under load. The variable speed control trigger allows the operator to vary the speed below the selected maximum speed for greater control over polishing speed. Work at a slow speed for general polishing or speed it up for paint correction. A heavy duty trigger lock allows you to lock in your desired speed.

To make the 3M Electric Variable Speed Rotary Polisher more comfortable to use, 3M gave it an easy-grip flexible side handle that absorbs vibration. This reduces arm fatigue over the course of long detail jobs. There are three support handle positions to suit the job at hand. The polisher weighs just 7.9 lbs. but packs all the power of a much larger machine.

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Autogeek Gift Guide

If you’re counting down, it’s 5 weeks until Christmas. It will be here before you know it! Don’t worry – has you covered. Autogeek’s Gift Guide has a wide variety of gifts to suit detailing enthusiasts, car lovers, travelers, and any driver on your list. Here’s a list new items that will be a big hit this year!

Griot's Garage Water Resistant Trunk BagGriot’s Garage Water Resistant Trunk Bag Eleven Piece Screwdriver SetEleven Piece Precision Screwdriver Set Seven Piece Screwdriver SetSeven-In-One Screwdriver Set
Wrench MintsWrench Mints, Set of 3 Magnetic Finger GloveMagnetic Finger Glove Personal Alarm120 dB Personal Alarm
Executive ProtectorExecutive Protector Flashlight Tactical Blue Dot LED FlashlightTactical Blue Dot 2 Cell LED Flashlight Sheffield Folding KnifeSheffield Moab Folding Rescue Knife
Race Car Flash DriveRace Car 4GB Flash Drive Lightning Strike Personal Protection SystemLightning Strike Personal Protection System Opti-MittOpti-Mitt Foam Wash Mitt

Visit Autogeek’s Gift Guide for hundreds of gifts for every budget and recipient!

Mike Phillips To Host New TV Show! has teamed up with Masters TV to launch a new television series in 2011 called What’s In The Garage? The show will take host Mike Phillips, our very own Director of Training and dedicated car guy, into the garages of people all over the country to see their automotive treasures.

The show will air on the FOX Sports Network at 11:30 on Sundays for 13 weeks during the second quarter of 2011. We’ll let you know the exact dates and times when it’s close to air time!

Mike starts taping episodes of Autogeek’s What’s In The Garage? in December. Want to be a part of it? Send an email to Masters Entertainment Group with a photo of your car and tell them a little bit about it.

Keep your ride clean! You just might receive a visit from Mike Phillips and the What’s In The Garage? production team!

Masters TV press release

New Products Introduced at SEMA 2010!

Specialty Equipment Manufacturer AssociationEvery year, manufacturers introduce new products for the coming year at SEMA. This year, Mothers, Meguiars, and FLEX all debuted their newest products. In fact, FLEX unveiled their latest polisher at the Autogeek booth!

These new products are due to arrive at Autogeek early next year, but you can read about them now at!

New Mothers for 2011:
Mothers Polished Aluminum Wheel Cleaner
Mothers VLR: Vinyl Leather Rubber Care
Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax

New FLEX for 2011:
FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher

New Meguiars for 2011:

Meguiars Ultimate Liquid Wax
Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax
Meguiars Ultimate Polish
Meguiars Convertible Top Cleaner
Meguiars Endurance Tire Dressing Aerosol
Meguiars Endurance Tire Dressing Spray
Meguiars Brilliant Solutions Wheel Polishing Kit
Meguiars Brilliant Solutions New Car Kit
Meguiars Heavy Duty Two Step Headlight Restoration Kit
Meguiars Brilliant Solutions Paint Restoration Kit
Meguiars Hot Rims All Metal Polish
Meguiars Engine Cleaner
Meguiars Gold Class Leather & Vinyl Cleaner Spray
Meguiars Gold Class Leather Conditioner Spray
Meguiars Ultimate Protectant Spray

Featured at Autogeek’s SEMA booth:

Lake Country 1-Pad Polishing System

SEMA News: New Meguiars for 2011!

New Meguiars for 2011Meguiars has released several new products for the coming year! Among them are Brilliant Solutions, complete car care kits that address common detailing jobs. If you have a new car, there’s a kit for you. If you want to polish wheels, there’s a kit for you. Meguiars Brilliant Solutions save you a lot of time and research and you’re sure to get good results because it’s Meguiars! The new lineup also includes new Ultimate Wax in paste and liquid form, Ultimate Polish to complement Ultimate Compound, a much-needed Convertible Top Cleaner, and several other products to fill up the Meguiars shelf in your garage (they’re certainly going to fill up ours!). These products will be coming to as soon as Meguiars releases them. For the time being, you can read all about them at Autogeek.

Meguiars new 2011 products.

Coming to in 2011- FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher

Breaking SEMA news! FLEX has just announced the release of the new FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher! The polisher is light, agile, ergonomic, quiet, and easy to control – everything you want in a polisher. It weighs just 5.6 lbs. and has the all the speed controls within easy reach. A rounded, rubberized grip offers excellent control and comfort. The spindle lock button is set back from the wrist rest to prevent accidental contact.

The president of FLEX North America, Bob Eichelberg visited Mike Phillips in the Show Car Garage to tell him about all the features and benefits of the FLEX PE14-2-150.

The new FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher will arrive at during the first quarter of 2011!

SEMA News! Matt Steele will be Autogeek's National Spokesperson

The Autogeek booth at the 2010 SEMA Show will be busting at the seams with some breaking industry news all week long! Since most of our forum members will not be in attendance, we are going to share some SEMA announcements here with you first!!!

So here is our first big SEMA Show announcement!? Matt Steele from Truck U on Speed TV has signed on to be be’s National Spokesperson!

Matt Steele joins Autogeek as spokesperson.

We are very excited to have Matt onboard with our Autogeek team to bring you the very best in car care! Matt will be teaming up with Mike Phillips on video projects, commercials, products information, and much more!

A little info about Matt Steele so you can see just how great of a colaboration this will be! Matt Steele is a co-host of TRUCK U along with Bruno Massel.

Matt Steele has been hosting motorsports events for the last 12 years?everything from local mud-bog races to Monster Jam events in front of sold out stadiums of 70,000 fans. In 2004, Matt Steele made the move to television as the Pit Reporter for SPEED’s Monster Jam. Over the years, Matt has worked closely with various production crews for live events and television, and released a full-length music CD in 2005.

Matt is also the host of the Trucks Gone Wild! Traveling the world to some of the great mud fest events!

So join us as we welcome Matt Steele to the family! We have some very exciting things in store for all of you, so as always keep your eye on us you never know what to expect next!

And for all of our loyal members you can see what a Matt Steele and the Autogeek union is going to look like!

Here is a Sneak Peak!

The Latest SEMA News

SEMA showThe Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) annual trade show in Las Vegas is next week, Nov. 2-5! The SEMA show is the auto industry’s premier trade show, where the biggest names in automotive care and aftermarket accessories come to introduce new products, see the newest trends in car care, and meet with the brightest minds in the business. The SEMA show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center every fall. Max and the Autogeek team have been preparing for months because this year will be our biggest-ever display. Autogeek has reserved 3 booths in the North Hall. Our SEMA schedule is packed with special guests and announcements.

High profile guests from the world of detailing and television will be joining us in the booths to talk detailing. The Speed Channel’s Matt Steele from TRUCK U and Trucks Gone Wild will be making a special announcement about his future plans with Autogeek.

SEMA show carMasters TV – the group behind Mothers Car Show, MotorHead Garage, Bidding Wars, Inside Drag Racing – will join us for their own big announcement concerning Autogeek!

Mike Phillips , host of Autogeek Show Car Garage, will be making his own announcement concerning his future with

Dennis Gage from My Classic Car will also be in our SEMA booth. Max is wearing a My Classic Car T-shirt today…wonder what he’s up to. We’ll find out at SEMA!

SEMA is where manufacturers debut new products to the rest of the industry and the world. We’re expecting exciting new product announcements from Meguiars and FLEX, among others.

Autogeek will have some news of our own to share. Be sure to follow us on, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates from SEMA! All of these announcements at SEMA will be filmed by Autogeek’s own production team at SEMA. If you can’t attend you will get all the news right after SEMA from the Autogeek Pay-Per-View channel.

Coming this week to Autogeek: Leather Master!

Leather Master Leather Care productsAutogeek is the first U.S. retailer to carry the entire Auto Care Master line! Autogeek has been named the master distributor for the Leather Master Auto Care line. Merchandise will be available for retail and wholesale customers at the end of the week.

Leather Master is a line of premium leather care products developed in Italy by world renown scientist Dr. Leo Tork. Dr. Tork is one of the world’s foremost research scientists in the field of leather and natural home care products. His research has led to more than 100 patents. Prior to becoming the lead researcher at Uniter’s Research Centre in Italy, Dr. Tork was the Director of Research for leather products at the European conglomerate Bayer AG.

Dr Tork Today, Dr. Tork leads a team of scientists at Uniter’s Research Centre in Italy. Uniters is the company behind such innovative products as Leather Master, Textile Master, and Wood Master. Now they can add to their list of accomplishments Auto Care Master. Auto Care Master includes the same products as Leather Master but they have been appropriately labeled for automotive use. The same formulas that have been used and recommended in the fine home furnishing industry are now packaged specifically for auto and motorcycle use.

Leather Master products offer unbeatable care and protection for high use leathers, like car seats and motorcycle seats. Plus, Leather Master includes specialty products to deal with unique leather conditions, like ink stained leather or overly dry leather.

All Leather Master products are developed in Italy and packaged and shipped all over the world. The worldwide success of Leather Master and the respected expertise of Dr. Tork are testament to the effectiveness of Leather Master products. They’re not only effective, they’re practical for every car owner to use.

Leather Master products are based on a thorough understanding of the different types of leather. You’ll see that each product or kit states what types of leather it can be used on: aniline/noncoated leather or protected/coated leather. Always use the appropriate products for your vehicle’s leather.

Try Leather Master in your own vehicle to see how easy it is to maintain the beauty of leather seats when you have the right products.