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Mike Phillips
Apr 26th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Meguiar's RoadShow in Tampa Florida! (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12567)

We're here and we're getting ready to roll!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Tampa001.jpg

Mike Phillips
Apr 29th, 2006, 01:28 AM
Here's a shot of the entire class after everyone arrived... the head count I was given was 45 people!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass003.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass001.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass005.jpg



Have to board the plane now... more pictures Monday! :bigups

carolinajoe
Apr 29th, 2006, 09:07 AM
Well I don't have much time to post as I have a wedding to go to. I had a great time and met a lot of nice guys. Mike is very informative and I picked up a few tricks while there.

Tyrone Porter the Manager at Tampa Hondaland was super nice and his staff were excellent there. He had every Meguiar product on hand. I hope the pics I posted aren't to Big if they are let me know and I can resize them for the Dial-up users.

The Gift Bag and Goodies were really cool. Barry Patascher aka snooter was on hand to get his prize the one picture is of him with Mike accepting his Brand New PC and bag of Goodies. The Donuts and Pizza were great.

http://www.whobilation.com/Megs/meg.JPG

http://www.whobilation.com/Megs/meg1.JPG

http://www.whobilation.com/Megs/meg2.JPG

http://www.whobilation.com/Megs/meg3.JPG

http://www.whobilation.com/Megs/meg4.JPG

Dwayne
Apr 29th, 2006, 01:00 PM
I just got back home and just wanted to thank Mike Phillips, Meguiars and all of the folks at Tampa Honda Land that made today's Detailing Class such a great learning experience.

I have been in the business of detailing cars for about 8 years and today I learned plenty of new techniques from Mike that I am looking forward to sharing with others. Mike's knowledge of polishing paint is quite impressive. You can tell by his enthusiasm that he truely loves helping others learn the art of paint care.

Meguiar's is very fortunate to have Mike Phillips on their team and we were very fortunate to learn from Mike at the Meguiar's Roadshow Detailing Class today in Tampa!

Thanks again Mike!

Marvinj
Apr 29th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Thanks again Mike for a very fun and informative class!!!

Joe

slonech
Apr 29th, 2006, 01:56 PM
yes mike.. you did an awsome job and absolutely love the products. I just wish i would have brought my black 96 chevy truck instead of my mustang so we could have had a vehicle that actually needed worked on instead of that practically flawless vett that Pat (i think was the name) graced us to see :)

TH0001
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the fun Mike! You need more pictures of me however :D

J. A. Michaels
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:07 PM
Great Class. Real informative. Liked the hands on demonstrations. Appreciated Mike taking the time to give you a formula to fix your particular problem. Mike is very knowledgeable. It was a pleasure meeting Mike and finding locally a place to get a full line of Meg's products. Once again, great class and I'm glad I attended and I learned a lot.

djerickd
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Thanks Mike for everything! My rear quarter panel NEVER looked so good :) You have taken the fear out of using the agressive steps to get a flawless finish and I loved the hands-on experience! You are truly an inspiration! :bow

I can't wait till tomorrow to wash and polish my paint (again). :xyxthumbs

BIG-UPS to Tyrone and the Hondaland crew, I'll be up soon to get some more products! :cool:

shineit
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:19 PM
I would like to thank Mike, Meguiar's, Tampa HondaLand, and all the guests who were very professional and listened to Mikes every word. I think everyone who attended walked away with a lot more knowledge of products and techniques than a lot of clinics I've gone to.

Mike has a very down to earth way of vocalizing his own experiences and keeps the audience attention. If anybody in any other location has a chance to attend one of these classes, do yourself a favor and go!

Thanks again
Dwight Sargent :bow

TH0001
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:30 PM
And to the man and wife who drove 600 miles to attend (from S.C.) all I can say is wow, thats gotta be a long ride back :D Hey Mike, whats your soft drink of choice? I know I owe you one.

djerickd
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Um, yeah 600 miles...you really are CAR CRAZY! (not a bad thing) :D

Monk
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:36 PM
I got into Tampa around 5:00 PM on Friday from West Palm Beach. I went directly to HondaLand. The place was buzzing. Mike is a legend. My cell phone didn't work in the Tampa area, although it was supposed to, and the guy at the parts desk from Honda Land got on the Internet and found where my closest service provider's store was located and they got the right codes in for me. All I did was ask if they knew where a MetroPCS store was--they could have just said "nope".

Met up with LAfyrfighter for dinner, a libation and a cigar in Ybor City. At Honda Land by 8:00 and was very glad I made the trip. Tyrone just opened his arms to everyone and his son is a real cute kid and hung in all day long. Mike is just as patient in person as he is on the forum and a great ambassador for Meguiar's.

For breakfast, lunch, the goodie bags and the products, $30.00 was a steal, and that's before you include a full day of instruction and unlimited qustion asking. And Honda Land had just about everything in the Meguiar's profession, consumer and Detailer line, and discounted it all.

:bow :bow :bow To Meguiar's for putting on the Road Show.

djerickd
Apr 29th, 2006, 03:43 PM
For those of you wondering what the #21 Synthetic Sealant was and neglected to ask Mike... I searched and I found that #21 was developed using the best qualities of each - Meguiar's #20 Polymer Sealant and NXT Tech Wax. There is a whole review forum on it, also read the sticky. I guess I'll be posting a review soon:

http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=89

krazykanuck
Apr 29th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Agreed. Thanks Meguiars for giving us Mike for a day here in Tampa! I had considered buying a G100 before, but now after seeing how easy and effective it is and using it on my own car I am calling Tyrone on Monday to get one and a few more products. :)

Mike has so many good tips to share. The people in Cali are lucky to have him all the time.

I'll post up my pics tomorrow after I resize them.

To you Mike: :cool: :xyxthumbs

tporter
Apr 29th, 2006, 04:13 PM
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You all! for one of best times I have had working at Tampa Hondaland. You all were great, the best group of people I have ever met. Mike you are the man with the plan, your knowledge of Meguiar's products is outstanding, maybe I should have took you up on the offer for a Sunday class too.

Thanks everyone for the purchases of all the products today, you all made this a great day and I can't say thank you enough, if you need help with getting anything you just let me know, my phone number is in the bag. Mike again and again you are the man.

grover
Apr 29th, 2006, 06:17 PM
Thank you to Mike, Meguiar's, Tyrone and Tampa Hondaland. Now that I know about the great selection Hondaland has, I know where to get my supplies and get gifts for other people.

It was a fun time and it was great to meet the people and hear the car care info first hand. Here's a couple of pictures:

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1175100_0671.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1175100_0668.jpg

farefax
Apr 30th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Wanted to thank Mike, Meguiar's, Tyrone and Tampa Hondaland for a great class lots and lots of great info. You can read, and look at all the pictures detailing how it's done but nothing like seeing in person to get the full effect. This is a must do class. So if you even want to have the confidence and technique this is a must attend class. Mike will make class fly with a blend of info and humor. lol Once again thanks to all who made this possible. :bounce :bounce :bounce :bounce :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :db: :db: :db: :db:

the3dwizard
Apr 30th, 2006, 02:44 AM
Looks like you had much better weather than we did in Dallas. However, I am sure we had as much fun!

Cheers!

coolchid
Apr 30th, 2006, 04:38 AM
Originally posted by tporter
. . . . if you need help with getting anything you just let me know, my phone number is in the bag.

Um, yeah, about that new Honda Fit Sport Auto @ invoice less 10% delivered to AZ, Tyrone? :LOLOL:

Seriously, it looks like another great Meguiar's event :bow :bow but what is with the picture showing several of you folks LEANING on the car??? :eek::LOLOL:

djerickd
Apr 30th, 2006, 04:59 AM
That pic was us LEANING was of the rental car that I practiced wetsanding on. :xyxthumbs

If it was my car I would have made everyone :bow

djerickd
Apr 30th, 2006, 05:55 AM
First before and after pics - orange peel:

before Mike & Meguiar's:

http://autopia.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10411

After Mike & Meguiar's (notice each blade of grass in the reflection):

Mike Phillips
Apr 30th, 2006, 06:10 AM
Hey everyone, thanks for all the kind words, it's the coolest thing to actually love your job and I always mean it sincerely when I tell people my favorite part of my job are the training classes with people passionate about their cars and passionate about doing the job right the first time.

A very big thank you to Tyrone at Tampa for setting this all up and hosting it... also to Mike, (the guy in the picture on the left), for all his help and to Tyrone' son for all his help too!



From left to right... Mike, Tyrone's son and Tyrone
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaTyroneMikeSon.jpg


More pictures on Monday, it's Sunday and I'm going to spend time with the family and push away from the keyboard...

TH0001
Apr 30th, 2006, 06:41 AM
Hey Mike, thanks for helping me with rotary (I won't tell anybody, I promise).

the3dwizard
Apr 30th, 2006, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by djerickd
That pic was us LEANING was of the rental car that I practiced wetsanding on. :xyxthumbs

If it was my car I would have made everyone :bow

Wetsanding?!?! We didn't get to do wetsanding!! :confused:

I am jealous! :wall:

djerickd
Apr 30th, 2006, 12:05 PM
you didn't ask!!! :wall: :D

krazykanuck
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Here are a couple of my pictures. Mine weren't all that great so I just posted a few highlights.

After wetsanding the rental car
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/5800Wetsanding_and_rotary_buffing.jpg

After Mike polished the wet sanded part, he turned over the rotary
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/5800After_buffing.jpg

Mike showing us the proper way to apply polish to a section of the Corvette's hood
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/5800Applying_wax_by_hand.jpg

CiscoKidZ3
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:53 PM
I want to say thanks to Tyrone for having the class at Tampa Hondaland. Grat job and I agree all of the great stuff for only $30.00 bucks. Hoooah !!!!!

To Mike and the Meguiars gang, awesome time and great info on the techniques for using the many products and items.

Try not to stay away for too long. I bet we could get enough interest for a 2 day class !!!!!

Ciscokidz3
JJs Mobile Detail Shoppe.

:bow

djerickd
Apr 30th, 2006, 02:24 PM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/5800After_buffing.jpg

Check out my sweet technique!! (yeah right)

FryeBaby
Apr 30th, 2006, 03:01 PM
I had a great time and it was more than worth the drive from Middle Georgia. I want to thank Mike for the class and all the wisdom he gave us. I have confidence now I will be using the correct technique with my PC and my new rotary. I will now actually try out my rotary now that I have seen its use. Thank you Meguiar's for the class and the great products. Thank you Honda Land for hosting our class. Thanks to Tyrone, Mike and David for their help and support. Everybody took real good care of us. Mike, Chad and I had a real good time eating pizza Friday night. Thanks Mike for the pizza. Windy City Pizza serves killer pizza if you every have a chance to eat there. This class was so great I would like to take it again. Maybe there will be one in Georgia some day. Wes

TH0001
Apr 30th, 2006, 03:11 PM
djerick, you look skeered...

Where we the only two that used the rotary?-

Monk
Apr 30th, 2006, 03:49 PM
And Mike P, I couldn't resist. I removed those marks on the roof of the black convertible with two passes of 83, then fine polished with 80. I feel like a Master Detailer! Ha!

Before going to the class, I believed that I had some of the technique dialed in (turns out I did)--but how long to work the product was still up in the air. I think I have got that down now. I also think I was using too much 80/83 product, and I know I was using too much Tech Wax.

My Kudos are in another thread. Just wanted to give an update.

David Pedre
Apr 30th, 2006, 04:17 PM
I just wanted to chime in and thank all of the attendees. I know it's hard to get up early on a Saturday morning.

I also want to thank the following people for providing the location and making this all possible:

Bill Long - Executive Vice President, Tampa Hondaland
Tony Swain -President/COO, Tampa Hondaland
Marty Otto - Parts & Service Director, Tampa Hondaland
Cookie Weyrauch - Parts Manager, Tampa Hondaland
Tyrone Porter - Wholesale Manager, Tampa Hondaland

In addition, Li'l T (Tyrone's son, what a trooper), Mike, Steve and Dave

Thank you all, now maybe we can get Mike Phillips to come back to FL later in the year. Mike don't forget you owe me a grit guard.

David

djerickd
Apr 30th, 2006, 04:18 PM
Originally posted by TH0001
djerick, you look skeered...

Where we the only two that used the rotary?-

I Ain't Skeered! :D

Yeah, I think we were the only one's who used it, did you see me use it on my car or did you leave by then?

Leo_108
Apr 30th, 2006, 04:37 PM
I'd like to thank Mike, and those at the Honda dealership in Tampa for what was one of the best classes ive taken. Mike, I honestly have to say that your one of the most knowlegdeable persons I know, and you are extremely good at what you do. Thanks for coming all the way to Tampa to share your knowlegde with us!!!!!!

I'd also like to say thanks for the goodie bags and the car crazy kit!!!!:D :D :D :D :D :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs

TH0001
Apr 30th, 2006, 06:45 PM
No, I had to leave, how did it come out on your car?!

djerickd
Apr 30th, 2006, 06:57 PM
From page 3...


Originally posted by djerickd
First before and after pics - orange peel:

before Mike & Meguiar's:

http://autopia.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10411

After Mike & Meguiar's (notice each blade of grass in the reflection):

EDIT: Arrg go look at page 3 for the attachment of the AFTER pic.

LAfirefytr
Apr 30th, 2006, 07:00 PM
His car turned out awesome. I was there to see the action and results. In the end, you could not even tell that there was an issue to begin with. The orange peel was gone and the paint was mirror-like. It was neat to see the wet-sanding application and see what the results can be if you know what you are doing.

I had never seen wet sanding it action so it freaked me out a little to see a car's paint job all sanded/scratched up like that. I just had to wait until all the steps were carried out....and I was impressed. DJERICKD did a great job using the rotary, he jumped in there and "took the bull by the horns". I was really impressed by Mike P's willingness to tackle the job after an already long day in the field. It just shows his PASSION for people and vehicles.

lionfish
May 1st, 2006, 03:18 AM
I am a weekend warrior new to the car detailing field. When I signed up for the class I was hoping to learn how to improve the appearance of my vehicles. Mike Phillips is an amazing communicator and teacher who used Meguiar’s product knowledge, paint experience and hands on demonstrations that helped me achieve results beyond my expectations.

Another key to my success was Tampa Honda Land’s huge inventory of Meguiar’s products and Tyrone Porter’s expertly packaged Meguiar’s Dual Action Polisher bundle and gift bag. Tampa Honda Land had all of the products that I needed. I was able to reinforce the knowledge gained in class by using the products and techniques when I got home. The Meguiar’s Dual Action Polisher saved me so much time and it produced incredible results.

This is an excellent format and partnership to learn about car detailing. I hope Meguiar’s Mike Phillips and Tampa Honda Land team up again to offer another class again soon.

tluebbe
May 1st, 2006, 03:22 AM
I just want to echo my gratitude for Meguiar’s sending Mike to Tampa. I had all the tools to work on my car, but like Mike kept stating in the class, over and over, I did not have the technique.

The WRX came out great. I stuck around to see the polishing after the wet sanding. Man, that was some soft paint.

I want to give extra kudos to Mike. I know that after a long day like that, he was one hurting unit. He stuck it out, and helped everyone that had a question.

Thanks to Tampa HondaLand as well. Excellent place to hold this, once they moved all that stuff upstairs.

I went home and taped off the hood of my black F-150 that the wife drives. She is now driving around with half the hood detailed and the other half looks sooo bad now.

Again, thanks to everyone that set this up. I think that Meguiar’s is doing the auto enthusiast a great service by sending Mike out. To see the tools used live and in person really give a person confidence to go home and polish on their pride and joy.

djerickd
May 1st, 2006, 03:22 AM
I should have picked up a G100 for my detailing project yesterday, today my right arm is killing me! :wall: In other news the #21 synthetic sealant is a nice LSP. :db:

tluebbe
May 1st, 2006, 04:27 AM
Yes, I am going to have to pick up a bigger bottle of 21! Sweet stuff. Thanks for the offer to drive my stuff back too.

TH0001
May 1st, 2006, 04:42 AM
+5 on 21, I have 2 bottles of Nxt just sitting on the shelf... 21 is all I use, on everything, though once in a while I'll top it with 26

djerickd
May 1st, 2006, 04:44 AM
Well Meg's only seems to sell #21 in HUGE 64 oz. qualtities. You can get smaller 12oz samples here:

autodetailingsolutions.com

djerickd
May 1st, 2006, 04:45 AM
Originally posted by TH0001
+5 on 21, I have 2 bottles of Nxt just sitting on the shelf... 21 is all I use, on everything, though once in a while I'll top it with 26

Wanna trade a bottle of NXT for some nearly new can of S100?

rtr0id
May 1st, 2006, 05:36 AM
600 mile round trip..gas................$110
Devil Ray's game..................$ 50
Meguiar's stuff......................$296
Clinic price ...........................$ 30
Knowledge learned
and time spent at Clinic........PRICELESS

For everything else there is MasterCard



I stayed with family in Tampa who own 2 restaurants so i got lucky with lodging and food. But I had to listen to "So do you know how to wash your car now?" all weekend. he he :D

Thanks Mike, David, Tyrone and Hondaland you guys made the trip well worth it.

Tony

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by rtr0id


--> 600 mile trip ..gas................$110 <--

Thanks Mike, David, Tyrone and Hondaland you guys made the trip well worth it.

Tony

Hi Tony,

At our Saturday classes here in Irvine I try to remember to hand out our "Long distance Driver" award, which is usually a 65 ounce jug of NXT Car Wash,

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2NXTCarWash.jpg


Because this class was important enough for you to step up to the plate and drive as far as you did I would like to send you and your wife black Meguiar's Polo shirts to wear after you're done detailing your car and you're cleaned-up and ready to cruise!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2PoloShirt.jpg


Send me your shirt size and shipping address when you get a moment... mphillips@meguiars.com

rtr0id
May 1st, 2006, 07:33 AM
oops ..I was unclear, sorry

I changed my post.

My trip was a total of about 600 miles, not one way. I think the nav unit in car said 264 miles door to door. Plus some in town driving.

I applaud the other couple that drove 600 miles one way.


I did receive a glove compartment organizer for driving a distance. I forgot to say thanks for that. Thank you.


Sometimes people bother me at work when I'm on the forums and I gotta cut my post short.
:D

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 07:35 AM
I'd also like to point out that Wes, aka FryeBaby and Chad, (Can't think of his forum name right now), both drove very long distances also,

Wes drove 380 miles
Chad drove 80 miles!

I think there were a few other guys that also drove very long distances to attend this class and Meguiar's and I thank you for considering this class important enough to drive such a great distance.

Thank you!

(Wes and Chad, e-mail me your shipping addresses also, I have something for you too!)

mphillips@meguiars.com

If anyone else drove over 250 miles to attend this class, send me you shipping address as I want to show you that Meguiar's appreciates your passion.

TH0001
May 1st, 2006, 07:39 AM
Mike, we need more pics! Stat!

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 07:49 AM
I'm going to try to feed some photos from the Tampa Class into this thread today, after being mostly offline since last Thursday evening there's a lot of catching-up to do...

First, one of the winners from last month's G100a Dual Action Polisher Drawing Contest was also a person that was attending the Tampa Class, so since I was going to meet him in person I bundled his polisher with a few extra pads and a Meguiar's G1000 Detailing Case.

It was kind of funny because Barry showed up after most of the class had arrived and been seated and a number of times I asked if there was a "Barry" in the crowd and everyone kept joking that if he didn't show up we would raffle is polisher off at the class! :D

Then when he did raise his hand to say he was present when I asked if there was a gentleman by the name of "Barry" in the class I didn't believe him at first as I thought he was joking to get the polisher! :)

Once he convinced me he was in fact Barry aka snooter on behalf of Meguiar's I presented the polisher kit to him. :xyxthumbs


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BarryReceivesPrize1.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2BarryReceivesPrize2.jpg

Barry was a great sport and we wish him the best with his new G100 Dual Action Polisher that he's going to use to maintain his Mini Cooper! ;)

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 08:15 AM
The next thing I would like to add to this thread is a sincere thank you to everyone that attended for really making this a great class.

Once in a while on our forum, the question will come up in a number of different form, for example,

How large of a class can we have?
How many people can your classroom hold?
How many people can attend?
How large of a class is too large of a class?

Or something along the above lines... The answer is this,

As long as everyone in the class is there to learn, and in so doing they are not talking a lot to their neighbors or interrupting or distracting the people in the class, then you have a very large class. It's only when a small group of people, or even just one or two people start talking to themselves during the classroom portion or the hands-on session that it becomes a problem because this tends to distract the people around them. It never really distracts myself as I can talk louder or talk past them but I usually don't, I'll usually stop and allow everyone to listen to the people talking.

I'm very pleased that everyone at this class was there to learn and for this reason we had a very large and successful class with little or no distractions by anyone!

Very cool.

I think the below photos kind of demonstrate the the focus of the class and that everyone that attended was polite and there to learn and have fun!


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass006.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass009.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass008.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass010.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass011.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaBackdoor2.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass013.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaFullClass012.jpg


And I really like the story this pictures tells...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2700_TampaFullClass001.jpg

J-rod
May 1st, 2006, 08:23 AM
Wow, what a great class.
Looked like a packed house.

good job Mike

LAfirefytr
May 1st, 2006, 10:33 AM
Hey Mike, I see where you wanted those of us that drove over 250 miles to post our shipping address. I was the guy that drove from Alabama, 623 miles X 2= 1246 miles TOTAL. It was worth every mile my friend. It was an incredible experience. I was fortunate to meet you, as well as some other real quality people that I otherwise never would have met if not for this class.

I appreciated your enthusiasm for your job and your desire to want to see other people succeed in their detailing endeavors. I enjoyed hearing about the history of how Meguiars came to be what it is today and the way the product line has evolved with the technological advances in the auto industry. I found it interesting though that some of the products that remain top sellers today are products that were created 20 to 30 years ago and are unaltered from their original formula. That is a testament of the quality of Meguiars products and the loyalty that it's product line creates. I was a 100% Meguiars user before the class, but the class just further served to reinforce the need to continue to be. I look forward to continuing to learn more daily from the online forums and hope that I will be able to help others in the future.

LAfirefytr
May 1st, 2006, 11:08 AM
Hey everyone, I just wanted to take this chance to encourage everyone that ever gets the opportunity to attend a RoadShow Class to DO IT. It is worth the time, $$$, and the drive if need be. You will learn more than you realize. We had a broad range of people in our class, from highly experienced detailers that have their own businesses to simple car enthusiasts to people that had never detailed a car before. I know that each person there walked away with a better understanding of how to handle defects their own vehicles as well helping others handle theres if neeed be. The classroom time covered the steps needed to determine what products to use, understanding clear and non-clear coats, a detailed explanation of each of THE 5 STEP PROCESSES- (WASHING, SURFACE PREP, POLISHING, WAX, MAIINTAINING.) and a variety of other areas.

The hands on demo put the classroom info into MOTION. We were able to APPLY the info...LITERALLY. Mike P demonstrated hand application of products and machine application as well. If you didn't already have a machine, the need was obvious afterwards!!!!

I would like to personaly thank Meguiars for allowing this class to take place. It is this type of event that, in my opinion, sets you further apart from other care car companies. Your products begin the seperation but the class takes it one step forward. You are putting your staff (Mike P and I assume others) out there in the field and passing on an incrdeible amount of knowledge and information to everyone from professional detailers to individuals that are car enthusiasts to ordinary car owners that want to care for their daily drivers. I was very impressed with Mike P's professionalism and his desire to see others aquire the passion that he has for car care and people in general. He represents your company very well. I was impressed with his desire to help anyone that was there with any issues they had with their vehicles in regard to paint care. After flying cross country, setting up the class, teaching the class, and presenting the hands on demo, he was still willing to inspect and correct or assist us in issues we had with our vehicles. The class was over at 3 pm but he was there to well after 5 pm.

My hats off to Tampa HondaLand as well. Thank you to the owner, general manager, staff, ect..... for opening up you facility to us and allowing us the opportunity to have this class. Thanks especially to Tyrone, Little T, and both Daves (one from HondaLand and one from Meguiars) for a job well done. I hope to be back in Tampa in the near future for a follow up class if possible.

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by
Hey Mike, I see where you wanted those of us that drove over 250 miles to post our shipping address. I was the guy that drove from Alabama, 623 miles X 2= 1246 miles TOTAL. It was worth every mile my friend. It was an incredible experience. I was fortunate to meet you, as well as some other real quality people that I otherwise never would have met if not for this class.


Hi Derek,

Thank you for the kind words and driving all that way! Unbelievable!

:bow :bow :bow

I've already placed an order for you into the system. I've been told our new black Polo shirts will be arriving this week so as soon as they arrive your order will ship.

Marvinj
May 1st, 2006, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by rtr0id
But i had to listen to "So do you know how to wash your car now?" all weekend.

Tony

LOL thats funny!!! When we got back to Ft. Myers thats all I heard for the rest of the weekend!!

Monk
May 1st, 2006, 12:35 PM
"If anyone else drove over 250 miles to attend this class, send me you shipping address as I want to show you that Meguiar's appreciates your passion."

Don't know if you mean one way or roundtrip, but Palm Beach Gardens to Honda Land - 197.57 miles X 2 = 395.14

Even longer if you get frustrated with I4 and wind up on something called "Scenic Highway".

15 Wyndham Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

dyamonde
May 1st, 2006, 01:21 PM
:D Hi everyone. Just wanted to also say that the Tampa class was very awesome. I attended with my HUSBAND (for Mike :D )! We traveled from South Carolina and it definitely was well worth the trip. I had such a great time with the guys. I learned a great deal and you best believe that he won't be the only one having all the "car crazy" fun.

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 01:44 PM
One of the guys in the class volunteered his black Corvette with the usual swirls and scratches for our demonstration vehicle. It worked perfect for demonstrating technique by both hand with ScratchX and by machine using the G100 Dual Action Polisher.


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA001.jpg

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 01:48 PM
The below car is a Cadillac and we sanded a small area where something impacted the paint and left high points and divets in the finish. After removing the sanding marks with the rotary buffer the owner used the G100 Dual Action Polisher to polish and wax the paint.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA004.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA005.jpg

Mike Phillips
May 1st, 2006, 01:56 PM
We used the G100 and a combination of M83, followed by M80, followed by NXT Tech Wax to remove the horrific swirls out of this PT Cruiser that had seen the ugly side of a Hurricane!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA006.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA007.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA009.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaDA010.jpg



Here's the before and after side-by-side results...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TampaPTCruiserAfterc.jpg

93ZF6
May 2nd, 2006, 03:54 PM
Thanks for the time and effort to all involved in creating this event.

Definitely the best training / hands on seminar I've been to.


I've been detailing cars for over 20 years and using the D/A for 8 years or so, or so I thought. Seeing Mike in action has opened my eyes to everything I've been missing out on from this tool.

The side by side black Z06 hood with scratch X ( I was using it wrong by hand and agreed with the it doesn't work camp prior to the class) was truly an eye opener.

The D/A with #80 SLOWLY with adequate 15# pressure was all I needed to see to make the trip a winner. Mike showed the proper progression to use with 3 hand applications of scratch X (Mildest method), Then did a taped off area with #80 speed glaze with the D/A a couple of times to show the next way to attack the problem area (slightly more aggressive). The results of both of these areas were 95% or better to my eye, only then did Mike mention, of stepping up to #83 if a perfectly blemish free finish was the goal.

This demo showed me Mike Loves what he's doing, and better yet wanted to teach everyone there the least nvasive way to prep paint. Think about it he could have hit the hood hard and fast and gotten a great pop, but we would be in trouble without his technique and experience and possibly damage the finish of our test subject.

By the way, the Z06 looked so good, I really couldn't believe this was our test bed, but a low flat hood on a black car with some defect was what we needed to see and we did see clear improvement.

Finally, the 21 is awesome, I used it after claying my monther in laws Saturn (dark green) I can say it did a great job, the paint was glossy, super smooth and the metallic flakes poped like never before. From what I've read here this is a very durable synthetic,a perfect for a LSP going into summer in FL.

Make the new package 32 OZ and Tyrone has a sale, is stuff will be gone in 4 weeks or so.

There was lots more to learn, like wet sanding and roatry work for tough problems, don't miss this class if you can get in one.

Paulvr4
May 3rd, 2006, 04:39 AM
looks like a blast! Great birds eye view shots too!

skyace888
May 3rd, 2006, 05:57 AM
Seems like everyone had a great time! I wish I could have gone but I didn't have the time or desire to go up 200+ miles each way from where I live in South Florida. Maybe one day you guys can come to Rick Case Honda in Davie, Florida. It's one of the largest dealerships in the world and I know it would be a packed class with all the enthusiasts we have down here.

74 thing
May 3rd, 2006, 07:55 AM
What happened to the guy who posted online a few weeks ago that he purchased $300+ worth of merchandise from Meguiars but was having no luck with swirl removal. I forgot what his name was but he said he was going to attend the class-I was wondering if you assisted him in solving his problems?

lockz
May 4th, 2006, 07:04 AM
What a great day! Can't say thanks enough, to all who had input. Mike you're one of a kind, I to enjoy my work very much but don't get to help others with their passion like you! It wasn't a long drive for me, but it was for my black z06 (about 20 miles from Clearwater across the bay to Tampa) maybe I could have a black Meguiar"s shirt in XL! Thanks again!!

Mike Phillips
May 4th, 2006, 07:06 AM
Originally posted by lockz
What a great day! Can't say thanks enough, to all who had input. Mike you're one of a kind, I too enjoy my work very much but don't get to help others with their passion like you!

It wasn't a long drive for me, but it was for my black z06 (about 20 miles from Clearwater across the bay to Tampa) maybe I could have a black Meguiar"s shirt in XL! Thanks again!!

This Tampa class was defintitley a fun class for me as well. Thank you for letting me work on your car. :xyxthumbs

Mike Phillips
May 4th, 2006, 07:09 AM
Originally posted by skyace888
Seems like everyone had a great time! I wish I could have gone but I didn't have the time or desire to go up 200+ miles each way from where I live in South Florida.

David Pedre is going to look for a place to host the next class in the Fort Meyer's beach area. It has nothing to do with the fact that my Father-in-law lives there and owns a 31' Contender.


Captain Ron

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2CaptinRon2.jpg

nick1897
May 4th, 2006, 07:24 AM
Mike I'd like to have another class here in FL. I'm down for driving 200+ miles away to see you in action again.. Great class in Tampa! (My kudos was given to you in the thread you closed later that day)



-Nick

74 thing
May 4th, 2006, 07:30 AM
Here is the link for the guys that had the questions about the amount of pressure on the DA prior to attending the seminar (Monk & Lafirefytr)...http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=12056&perpage=10&highlight=20%20lbs&pagenumber=1

I was wondering if the seminar helped answer the questions you guys had previously, and if so what type of technique change was made to get better results-just trying to learn more-Thanks.

nick1897
May 4th, 2006, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by 74 thing


I was wondering if the seminar helped answer the questions you guys had previously, and if so what type of technique change was made to get better results-just trying to learn more-Thanks.

YES! :D I had the technique wrong and was applying way to much product in the wrong way. I learned how to apply the right amount of product in the correct way; how to CORRECTLY use the D/A and a ton of other information I didn't know. Well worth the 225 miles round trip. I'd be willing to go 200 miles out just to see another seminar done by Mike. :xyxthumbs

In fact, since I have a really good friend who works for an airline, I'm trying to get free airline tickets to come see Mike in Irvine...


-Nick

FryeBaby
May 4th, 2006, 11:30 AM
I sure learned a lot about using the DA and the rotary. How slow to move them and how long to work the product. Nothing beats being there in person and seeing these machines worked. I learned the correct technique for everything, like you can work the product longer than I thought, correct pressure on the machine and tons of helpful hints. Mike's a great teacher and a great ambassador for Meguiar's. Meguiar's should develop a new polish and name it after Mike. I wish there was another class this Saturday. Wes

nick1897
May 4th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by FryeBaby
I sure learned a lot about using the DA and the rotary. How slow to move them and how long to work the product. Nothing beats being there in person and seeing these machines worked. I learned the correct technique for everything, like you can work the product longer than I thought, correct pressure on the machine and tons of helpful hints. Mike's a great teacher and a great ambassador for Meguiar's. Meguiar's should develop a new polish and name it after Mike. I wish there was another class this Saturday. Wes

:iagree:

LAfirefytr
May 4th, 2006, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by 74 thing
Here is the link for the guys that had the questions about the amount of pressure on the DA prior to attending the seminar (Monk & Lafirefytr)...http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=12056&perpage=10&highlight=20%20lbs&pagenumber=1

I was wondering if the seminar helped answer the questions you guys had previously, and if so what type of technique change was made to get better results-just trying to learn more-Thanks.

I can only speak for myself (but I know Monk personally and believe he would agree with me) when I say that 99.9 % of it was ME. When I got involved in the thread you are referring to above I was very frustrated the detailing process w/ my G100. I had to apologize later in the thread as I'm sure you read. I decided to make the trip to Tampa (600 miles one way) and get it figured out. It all came together once I was there and finished the seminar. I was making all the ROOKIE mistakes: working too big of an area, moving to fast, too much product, pressing down too hard at times, and expecting that it would be perfect in one pass! Well it AIN"T GONNA HAPPEN LIKE THAT MY FRIEND!
I SAW the correct "TECHNIQUE" displayed via Mike P. I learned the correct amount of product (1 full circle on outside edge of pad 1st time, the 1/2 circle pretty much after that) work an area about the size of Meguiars MF towel, slow steady arm movement, listening to the sound the machine made when the correct amount of pressure was applied /watching the rotation of the pad and then figuring out how hard I had to press to achieve both of these, and realizing that it may take multiple passes. I saw Mike have to make multiple passes and sometimes even go w/ a little more aggressive product. He also, on a few occasions, had to go from the G100 to the rotary as there are limitations to the G100. The rotary is not an option for me.
Everything I learned, I had pretty much read on here, but for me reading about something just didn't cut it. The old saying "seeing is believing" would apply here. Everything was reinforced in the class and you are able to see it and then actually do it in the presence of Mike where he can correct your "technique" if need be.
I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the class and highly recommend it. It was definately worth the trip and effort. I would do it again anytime. I regret that I ever had doubts to begin with but it took the bad experience to get me to take the class and that I grateful for.

Marvinj
May 5th, 2006, 12:24 AM
Originally posted by LAfirefytr

I SAW the correct "TECHNIQUE" displayed via Mike P. I learned the correct amount of product (1 full circle on outside edge of pad 1st time, the 1/2 circle pretty much after that) work an area about the size of Meguiars MF towel, slow steady arm movement, listening to the sound the machine made when the correct amount of pressure was applied /watching the rotation of the pad and then figuring out how hard I had to press to achieve both of these, and realizing that it may take multiple passes. I saw Mike have to make multiple passes and sometimes even go w/ a little more aggressive product. He also, on a few occasions, had to go from the G100 to the rotary as there are limitations to the G100. The rotary is not an option for me.
Everything I learned, I had pretty much read on here, but for me reading about something just didn't cut it. The old saying "seeing is believing" would apply here. Everything was reinforced in the class and you are able to see it and then actually do it in the presence of Mike where he can correct your "technique" if need be.
I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the class and highly recommend it. It was definately worth the trip and effort. I would do it again anytime. I regret that I ever had doubts to begin with but it took the bad experience to get me to take the class and that I grateful for.

:iagree: 100%

Monk
May 5th, 2006, 06:01 AM
Originally posted by LAfirefytr
I can only speak for myself (but I know Monk personally and believe he would agree with me) when I say that 99.9 % of it was ME. When I got involved in the thread you are referring to above I was very frustrated the detailing process w/ my G100. I had to apologize later in the thread as I'm sure you read. I decided to make the trip to Tampa (600 miles one way) and get it figured out. It all came together once I was there and finished the seminar. I was making all the ROOKIE mistakes: working too big of an area, moving to fast, too much product, pressing down too hard at times, and expecting that it would be perfect in one pass! Well it AIN"T GONNA HAPPEN LIKE THAT MY FRIEND!
I SAW the correct "TECHNIQUE" displayed via Mike P. I learned the correct amount of product (1 full circle on outside edge of pad 1st time, the 1/2 circle pretty much after that) work an area about the size of Meguiars MF towel, slow steady arm movement, listening to the sound the machine made when the correct amount of pressure was applied /watching the rotation of the pad and then figuring out how hard I had to press to achieve both of these, and realizing that it may take multiple passes. I saw Mike have to make multiple passes and sometimes even go w/ a little more aggressive product. He also, on a few occasions, had to go from the G100 to the rotary as there are limitations to the G100. The rotary is not an option for me.
Everything I learned, I had pretty much read on here, but for me reading about something just didn't cut it. The old saying "seeing is believing" would apply here. Everything was reinforced in the class and you are able to see it and then actually do it in the presence of Mike where he can correct your "technique" if need be.
I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the class and highly recommend it. It was definately worth the trip and effort. I would do it again anytime. I regret that I ever had doubts to begin with but it took the bad experience to get me to take the class and that I grateful for.

I agree with LA, except that my DA runs counterclockwise as soon as you contact the surface, regardless of how much pressure is applied. You can all think I am crazy, but that is a fact. It is not my eyes, or a "wagonwheel" effect, or angle of attack, pad or product, or anything else. It just flat runs backwards. Maybe it is where the counterweight is attached, I have no idea. But I am getting results I had hoped to get, so I am not complaining, just very perplexed.

74 thing
May 5th, 2006, 07:48 AM
That is good news to hear that you guys are getting the results you want! I have been thinking about flying down to Irvine to attend one of the Saturday classes with Mr. Phillips because as you guys pointed out that there is a lot more that you can learn in person!

djerickd
May 5th, 2006, 07:57 AM
anyone got more pics? I can't wait till tomorrow I'm putting another layer of the #21, that stuff rocks! My car has stayed so clean this week, the bugs don't stick!

cuspid
May 5th, 2006, 09:25 AM
Anymore specials on the polish kit like at the class??

djerickd
May 5th, 2006, 10:05 AM
Mike, can you still look into getting board members a deal on a full box of hand polish applicators?

Mike Phillips
May 5th, 2006, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by djerickd
Mike, can you still look into getting board members a deal on a full box of hand polish applicators?

Thanks for reminding me...

djerickd
May 5th, 2006, 10:38 AM
KICK ***! Lemme know!

tporter
May 6th, 2006, 05:10 PM
What's up guys, (and ladies) I have finally caught up with my work. I thank you all for attending the class; to show my appreciation I will give you the class special on the kit, also 15% off your purchase until the end of the month of May. My card was in the bags just give me call and I will set it up for you.

lionfish
May 8th, 2006, 09:22 AM
Tyrone,

Thank you providing an 8 ounce sample of #21!

The results from this product are incredible.

rtr0id
May 12th, 2006, 06:39 AM
does anyone have a comparision picture of the ZO6. comparing the scratchX side with the undone side?

djerickd
May 12th, 2006, 06:53 AM
I know Mike has got a TON of pics he hasn't posted!

slonech
May 12th, 2006, 07:15 AM
Here are the two pics i was able to get of it.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/slonech/5-6-2005003.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/slonech/5-6-2005004.jpg

RZ Autodetailing
May 17th, 2006, 07:17 AM
Wow, what great responces to the Tampa class.Seems like you guys had a great time. We are having an advanced class in NJ on june 10th ,taught by Rod Kraft..All 25 of us who are attending are excited and just hope we get some nice weather for the day.I will post some pics and iam sure the guys going will all chime in so keep your eyes open for the thread .

shineit
May 17th, 2006, 02:40 PM
maybe we can have an advanced here in florida sometime?

snooter
Jun 3rd, 2006, 02:28 PM
Hey Mike,

Just got the second part of my gift in the mail this week. Been so busy since the Dragon Mini event, that I've haven't gotten around to posted here yet. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the class, my prizes and all the great info I picked up.

Thanks again,

The real Barry :D