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Mike Phillips
Mar 7th, 2008, 10:25 PM

Open Class - March 8th, 2008 - Pictures & Comments
Meguiar's Detailing 101
Saturday March 8th, 2008

Class starts in 10 hours! :spot

Coffee will be hot and donuts will be fresh!



Mar 7th, 2008, 10:36 PM
man... i wish i could come to one of the open classes, but i doubt it would be enough to justify a cross country trip... any chance of getting something on the east coast?

Mar 8th, 2008, 12:27 AM
I totally missed this! GRRR

Mike Phillips
Mar 8th, 2008, 04:18 AM
Woo Hoo!

Class starts in a few hours!


Mar 8th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Thank you for your time. The class was quite informative. It has given me confidence in detailing my own vehicle.

Mar 8th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Hey Mike,

Great Great Class.:bigups

I want to thank Meguiar's for putting on these classes. It's good to see them take a leading role in the car care arena. They have the best products and they also teach people how to use them, how cool is that. I just got home and the first thing I did was check my garage cabinet to see what Maguiar's products I need since I'll be doing a complete 12 hour inside and out detailing of my car a couple weeks.

Mike, I was really afraid of using the polisher on my car but you made it look easy. It took my fear away.

Mike C.

Mar 8th, 2008, 05:27 PM
good class and very informative... First thing monday i'm gonna order some m80 and some pads. Thanks for taking the time



Mar 8th, 2008, 06:55 PM
Good stuff! I've learned a lot from this class. Everything from the history and product line of Meguiar's to properly maintaining the paint was presented very well. I'd come back for a refresher after I regress into poor car care habits, but in the meantime, I can't wait to spend countless hours achieving that "Mirror Glaze"


Mar 8th, 2008, 06:57 PM
Great class. Mike is an asset to Meguiar's. He has years of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. It shows that he loves his job and his company. A++++++

Mar 8th, 2008, 07:06 PM
Mike is an asset to Meguiar's. He has lots to offer with his knowledge and it's fantastic that Meguiar's puts out this clinic for free. I was the only female there and Mike gave me my first hands on experience on a car. He was so patient with me even though I was nervous. Kudos to Barry Meguiar for hiring such an outstanding individual. He made me a lifelong Meguiar's customer.:bigups

Mar 8th, 2008, 09:48 PM
man... i wish i could come to one of the open classes, but i doubt it would be enough to justify a cross country trip... any chance of getting something on the east coast?
It's worth it. Two of us drove 800 miles round trip each for this class. I was amazed at how much I didn't know before on how to care for my paint.

Mike, great job. Looking forward to seeing our mugs online. Thanks again for your expertise and willingness to share with all of us.


Mar 8th, 2008, 10:08 PM
awesome class! So much knowledge can be gained by just going to one session. I can't imagine what i can learn in the advanced sessions! It was really cool to understand what products do what and how to properly use them. Time to go get myself a buffer and some more Meguiar's products! woot!

Mar 9th, 2008, 12:02 AM
Thank you Meguiar's for giving us this opportunity! the class was fun and informative. Hats off to Mike for his excellent presentation and demonstrations!

a MUST for any car enthusiast!

Mike Phillips
Mar 9th, 2008, 07:53 AM
Here's a few pictures from yesterday... More on Monday!



















Mar 9th, 2008, 04:08 PM
Thanks Meguiars for this very informative class, the tasty food and the opportunity to get to learn from one of the most knowledgeble persons in the business (Mike).


Mar 9th, 2008, 04:33 PM
hats off to who ever took the pics at the class! ;)

Thanks again to Mike for all the information! I just used my NXT Tech Booster Wax...worked like a charm... ;) But i do have to say...that Ultimate Quick Detailer is a sick product!!!!! My car feels the silky on both sides, except the side using Ultimate Detailer was a breeeeeeeze to take off, where as the Booster Wax required a little more back into it.

Ultimate Quick Detailer...my car's new best friend.... =)

Mar 9th, 2008, 08:43 PM

This class was an EXCELLENT class for me. I was able to come in and get information about Meguiar's products, and get great instruction on how to wash, clean, polish, wax my car. I also learned the basics of how to put my DA polisher to good use, and that it's harder than I thought to burn through the paint.

I know I'm going to be making some purchases of Speed Glaze for our fleet of cars on Monday, and I'll be doing some serious detailing over the next few weekends!

Mar 9th, 2008, 09:06 PM
Hey Mike what kind of flooring do you have in the garage?

Mar 10th, 2008, 08:18 AM
Mike, thanks to you and Meguiars again for hosting this event for us!! I had an awesome time, like always. Very informative, friendly, and you learn lots in one day. I learned a few extra things this time!! Thanks for spending your time and Saturday to come down and teach us! I appreciate it Mike! I'll upload some of my pics soon too!


I can't forget this, just for you Mike! :bow: :bow: :bow: Hahaha :)

Mar 10th, 2008, 09:34 AM

Thanks again for the wonderful class. I learned a lot about how to properly use the orbiter buffer. I also would like to thank you again for spending some time looking over my Speedster. I have already purchase some speed glaze 80 and will start to work on it soon.

Jeff Henyan

Mike Phillips
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:02 PM

Thanks again for the wonderful class. I learned a lot about how to properly use the orbiter buffer. I also would like to thank you again for spending some time looking over my Speedster. I have already purchase some speed glaze 80 and will start to work on it soon.

Jeff Henyan

Hi Jeff,

It was a pleasure having you at the class and it was fun working on your 1957 Speedster, very cool car and single stage paints are very easy and even fun to work on.

Have fun!

Mar 10th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Great class. Been in the industry for over 20 years, still can learn a thing or two. Mike, it was worth the 6 hour drive. Meguiars products will be seen in the working tool box. Over the years I have asked other product distributors if they offer any kind of class with their products, none of them do. It sure helps detailers out there who had to learn on their own through trial and error. Great job Meguiars.

Mar 10th, 2008, 09:16 PM
I attended few of Sat's class before and as always, it's a very information class and lots of thing to learn, plus it's a fun class thanks to amazing insturctor: Mike Phillips. If anyone who never has a chance to attend this class, try to find time and attend the class. It will worth your time, and I can guarantee it! Thanks Meguiars for giving us car crazy opportunity to learn how to keep our car shine like show car! Keep up the good work!

Mar 11th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Hey Mike, do you have any 'after' pictures of that red hood? I'm having some issues getting some very light swirl out of my red GTI so knowing the products used and an after picture would be fantastic.:xyxthumbs

One of these days when all of the planets are in alignment I plan to make it to one of your ‘hands-on’ classes but until then thank you for all of the helpful feedback! :wavey

Mike Phillips
Mar 11th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Hey Mike, do you have any 'after' pictures of that red hood?

Yes. Two comments first, this time of year it's hard to get really great photos outside because of the angle of the sun in the sky at the time of the day that we get to inspecting the "After" results, it's usually around 2:00pm. Second in the pictures you'll see some very light swirls where the tape lines start into the area worked and that's because it's harder and more time consuming to really focus on working the paint directly next to the tape as compared to just working the paint in the general area of the section were working on.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, here's the after pictures...

Before section across from the G110 cleaned side.

Machine cleaned and waxed side

The paint had water spots as well as swirls and was an overall hazy red versus a clear red color.

The taped off section with the sun shine spot on it had 2 applications
of ScratchX followed by one coat of NXT Tech Wax.

This is how the paint looked directly across from the ScratchX side

As far as demo cars go, most of the cars at this class were not any worse than this and this car wasn't really too bad. I just needed a good claying as it had a lot of bonded contaminants which was diminishing the gloss of the paint and light swirls and water spots which cleaned off fairly easily with M80 by machine and ScratchX by hand.


Mar 11th, 2008, 01:54 PM
Mike, I wanted to let you know how well your class helped me!

I put the info I got from the class to good use today on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type; here's some before & after photos.





With this, I'm going to keep hoping that I can get into one of the Advanced classes (maybe in August, as my calendar's full for the next few advanced classes with car shows) and put everything I'm learning to good use!

Mar 11th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Thanks to Meguiars and Mike. I knew my car needed a little attention but seeing what you and the and others did to my 996 shocked me. Only problem is now I have to complete the car. Thanks again for the tips and lunch. I will be ordering supplies today.

Apr 5th, 2008, 08:50 PM

Finally got the courage to try some Scratch-X. Had it not been for your class I would have thought the product was a failure. I must have some pretty hard clear-coat, because I saw no improvement after one application. But just like you taught, noticeable improvement after the second and third applications. I ended up working several long scratches from off-roading today, about a 5-foot quarter panel, in less than 15 minutes. Scratches are about 90% gone and not even noticeable after polishing.

Thanks again for your class. With everyone like me getting great results and then spreading the news to everyone we know, you are undoubtedly the best advertisement Meguiar's has ever had.

BTW, good old Meguiar's Cleaner Wax is still my favorite. I was very easily able to remove haze and swirl marks a supposedly professional shop had left behind with just a single application. Cleaner Wax might be geared more towards us weekend warriors than the pros, but as you always say, "Find something you like and use it often."