Archives for March 2011

Autogeek’s Detail Fest supports Operation Comfort and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

This weekend in Stuart, Florida, held its 6th Annual Detail Fest & Car Show. The event raised money for both the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Operation Comfort’s Automotivation program.

All the vendors attending Detail Fest made contributions to the organizations. Blown Away Hair Salon gave haircuts at Detail Fest for $10, and all proceeds went to the charities as well. Additional donations were taken and raffle tickets were sold for a motorized scooter to support Operation Comfort and LLS.

Max, Autogeek’s founder and CEO, made a request for an additional $200 from the audience during the awards ceremony on Sunday and offered to match the full amount. Steven Spengler, VP of Sales at Aztec; Steve of Poorboy’s World; and Rick S., the winner of the Aztec hot water extractor raffle, all stepped forward to exceed Max’s request. The total amount raised for Operation Comfort and LLS at Detail Fest was $2500 and Max matched that with his own check for $2500, bringing the total to $5000. The money was divided equally between Operation Comfort and LLS.

On behalf of everyone at, Operation Comfort, and LLS, we thank our generous donors for all your support.

We would like to thank Ken Coe, Dick Hall and Jeannie Ferrara with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Operation Comfort volunteers Robert Rodriquez, Army Specialist Alicia Shackelford, and Jacob Staples from Layin’ Color in San Antonio, TX.

The Automotivation program teaches detailing and car restoration skills to veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars both as job training and as rehabilitation to wounded soldiers. Visit Autogeek’s Operation Comfort page or for more information.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raises money to support the fight against blood cancers and works to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Visit for more information.

Autogeek sponsored Bruno Massel Race Car at Detail Fest

The official race car will be at Detail Fest this weekend, March 26-27, at Autogeek headquarters in Stuart, Florida. We’re looking forward to seeing Bruno Massel, co-host of TRUCK U on SPEED TV and the head of Bruno Massel Racing. Maybe if we buy dinner, we’ll get to take a few laps in the car!

Bruno started the year off on the right foot by dominating the Pro Import division from start to finish by scoring the win from the pole position. He won with a 4.524 second run at 157.19 at the Palm Beach Shakedown, which was held at the newly renovated Palm Beach International Raceway.

Car Specs:
Body: 2009 Carbon fiber Chevrolet Cobalt
Chassis: Jerry Bickel Pro Stock Chassis modified by Bruno’s Automotive
Engine: Chevrolet ECOtec 2.2L DOHC 4-cylinder built by GM Powertrain in Wixom, MI
Engine block: Production Chevrolet ECOtec aluminum block
Cylinder head: Production cast aluminum ECOtec “SAAB” cylinder head
Power Adder: 76mm Precision Turbo billet turbocharger and intercooler
Fuel management: BigStuff3 ECU system
Fuel system: Aeromotive mechanical pump feeding Alcohol to 3-160lb. injectors per/cylinder
Transmission: Bruno’s BRT Converter drive & Liberty 4-speed clutchless transmission
Shocks: Penske electric nitrogen
Tires: Goodyear
Horsepower: 1400+ @ maximum boost
Weight: Minimum weight 2230lbs.
Performance: 6.86 @ 200 mph in the 1/4mile

Eco Touch Conscious Car Care

Who says car care products can’t be natural? Carnauba wax has been proving for decades that sometimes the best product for your car starts with Mother Nature.

Eco Touch Conscious Car Care

Eco Touch Conscious Car Care is a collection of detailing products made of plant-derived ingredients. Each cleaner contains natural surfactants to clean without hazardous chemicals. Essential fruit oils and, yes, carnauba wax round out the earth-friendly ingredients used to make these products.

But you’ll never know the difference. Try Eco Touch products and you’ll see that you can have a clean, well-kept vehicle without all the petroleum distillates and such. Eco Touch products do a great job; it just so happens that they are environmentally conscious.

All Eco Touch products are safe on your vehicle and safer for you to use. No harsh fumes or skin-irritating chemicals. Isn’t that refreshing?

Learn more about Eco Touch at

DP is now Detailer’s Pro Series

Detailer's Pro Series car care products

Detailer’s Pro Series is the next generation of professional detailing products.

DP, short for Detailer’s Pride, has a new name and a new look. Detailer’s Pro Series was unveiled today at With all new labels and updated formulas, Detailer’s Pro Series continues to represent the excellent value and performance that are the hallmarks of this complete line of car care products.

Detailer’s Pro Series is truly designed for the professional detailer in mind. All Detailer’s Pro Series products are designed for speed, effectiveness, and value. Several multi-surface products save users time while delivering outstanding results. Large 32 oz. and gallon bottles encourage bulk savings. Whether you are a professional detailer or a do-it-yourself hobbyist, you’ll find that Detailer’s Pro Series makes your detailing budget go further while still giving you results you can be proud of.

New to Detailer’s Pro Series

Detailer’s Pro Series includes all the same products you’ve enjoyed as DP with updated formulas. To complement our complete detailing collection, we introduce Detailer’s Pro Series Dual Action Odor Eliminator. This innovative air freshener and odor remover eliminates odors two ways: as a quick burst air freshener or as a complete release fogger. A proprietary counteractant agent in the formula breaks down odor at its source to permanently eliminate foul smells.

Detailer’s Pro Series Dual Action Odor Eliminator is available in:
French Vanilla
Just Detailed
Cool Mint Chocolate
Tropical Breeze
Cinnamon Stick
New Leather is coming soon.

Learn more about Detailer’s Pride at

New Meguiars DA microfiber Correction System


The DA Microfiber Correction System is comprised of the following:
2 Liquid Components

DA Microfiber Correction Compound – D300
No swirls – guaranteed (keep in mind we’re talking about the fact that this system will not leave buffer swirls like a rotary usually does during compounding)
Super-micro abrasive technology (SMAT) quickly removes moderate defects with a high gloss
No mess, no sling, low dusting for superior clean up
Rich concentrated formula delivers lower cost per car
16 ounce – (D30016)
32 ounce – (D30032)
1 gallon (D30001)

DA Microfiber Finishing Wax – D301

One-pass fast, dust free wipe off
Rich blend of polymers, silicones & carnauba for high gloss protection
Specially formulated to optimize surface after applying DA Microfiber Correction Compound
Designed for use with DA Microfiber Finishing Disc
16 ounce – (D30116)
32 ounce – (D30132)
1 gallon – (D30101)

2 Disc Components

  • Cutting Disc – New microfiber disc technology cuts through moderate surface defects with no swirls – guaranteed
  • Cutting disc optimized for use with DA Correction Compound D300
  • Finishing Disc – New microfiber disc technology refines surface to a high gloss finish
  • Finishing disc optimized for use with DA Finishing Wax D301
  • Engineered foam interface for optimal cutting efficiency and controlled conformability
  • Machine washable

Sizes, pricing, part numbers:

  • DA Microfiber Cutting Disc
    • 3.37″ diameter –  2-pack (DMC3)
    • 5.5″ diameter –  2-pack (DMC5) or  12-pack (DMC5B)
    • 6.25″ diameter – 2-pack (DMC6) or  12-pack (DMC6B)
  • DA Microfiber Finishing Disc
    • 3.37″ diameter – 2-pack (DMF3)
    • 5.5″ diameter – 2-pack (DMF5) or  12-pack (DMF5B)
    • 6.25″ diameter –  2-pack (DMF6) or  12-pack (DMF6B)

Palm Beach Motoring Accessories announces aggressive expansion for 2011

Stuart, FL (February 21 2011) – Palm Beach Motoring Accessories, the parent company of car care retail website, has entered into an agreement to from David Ostroff. is one of eight ecommerce websites now under the PBMA umbrella.

In addition, PBMA has acquired the Detail City forum at from Dwayne McPeeks. Both and will continue to operate as separate entities from PBMA and maintain their own personnel. Detail City will become the official forum of with Autopia being the exclusive sponsor of Detail City. This symbiotic relationship will allow Autopia customers to use Detail City as an additional source of information and reviews on the products found at

With PBMA’s acquisition of, enthusiasts can still shop at the familiar online store, but with a greater selection. “By acquiring AutopiaCar Care and Detail City, we can provide another avenue for enthusiasts to find the products and information they need,” said Bob “Max” McKee, founder and CEO of PBMA. “PBMA is an ever-growing company. Autopia will benefit from PBMA logistics, technology, capital and knowledge, to bringAutopia to its fullest potential.”’s rich history dates back to the 1990s when it was established as the retail arm of its car care forum. The website offers auto detailing products and how-to articles. The articles and the formerly associated forum established as a popular online store and information resource. and their forum had a significant impact on the car care industry in the 1990s. According to Max, it is his vision to reinstate Autopia history.

 Max studied the acquisition of Meguiar’s by 3M and he adopted the successful policy used by 3M that allowed Meguiar’s to continue operating as an independent company. According to Max, there is room in the market for multiple websites to operate on different platforms and cater to the needs of different customers. The Autopia and Detail City audience will be different from the Autogeek audience. Therefore Autopia and Detail City will maintain their own identities to continue to serve the needs of their customers and forum members. By allowing Autopia to maintain its autonomy, Max is confident that Autopia will experience the same success Meguiar’s has since joining 3M. Associating Detail City to a revived Autopiawill bring renewed interest to both websites.

 PBMA’s family of websites includes,, PBMA’s, and now PBMA stocks thousands of car care products on site by more than 80 manufacturers and manufactures its own successful brands: Pinnacle Natural Brilliance, Wolfgang Concours Series, Diamondite, and DP.  The company exports products to customers and distributors in 20 countries. In addition to providing quality products to detailing enthusiasts and professionals worldwide, PBMA websites are a leading source of instructional detailing guides and videos. PBMA will soon be launching Premium Boat Care. 

Autopia Car Care exclusive forum sponsor of

Autopia Car Care has become the exclusive sponsor of Detail City is a open detailing forum and will remain that way. is a perfect place to find out what is hot in the detailing world and all the help tips and techniques to help you on any detailing project.

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Do I need to use detailing clay?

If you’re asking yourself this question, most likely you do need to use detailing clay. If your vehicle has never been clayed or hasn’t been clayed in a year or more, it’s time to use detailing clay. If you need more evidence, try the  bag test:

Wash and dry your vehicle, put a plastic sandwich bag over your hand and lightly rub your fingertips over the paint. The plastic bag increases your tactile sensitivity so can feel things you might otherwise miss. If the paint feels gritty or rough, your paint is contaminated.

Vehicles can accumulate industrial fallout, brake dust, rail dust, and other contaminants any time. Maintaining a coat of wax or paint sealant helps protect the paint, but these persistent little particles can still get through the wax barrier. To maintain smooth, silky paint, use detailing clay twice a year. You can clay more often if you have Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay, our ultra fine clay bar.

For more info on detailing clay and clay lubricants, read our Detailing Clay How-To.