View Full Version : Meguiar's Detailing Class in Piscataway, New Jersey

Mike Phillips
Aug 20th, 2004, 05:19 PM
Meguiar's Detailing Class in Piscataway, New Jersey

Please feel free to post your comments and pictures from this event here.



Bill D
Aug 20th, 2004, 05:23 PM
Will do

I think Jchetty said he's bring his digicam with tons of space for loads of pics :D

Lost Pup
Aug 21st, 2004, 01:21 PM
I just got in from the Class and wanted to say thanks to all involved in offering it and thanks to all those who attended. More comments to follow.........Dinner and the kids are calling :).

Setec Astronomy
Aug 21st, 2004, 01:34 PM
Yes, thanks to Rod Kraft of Meguiar's and to Mark Woloshin of PAL Automotive Specialties, Inc., for hosting. Rod was very knowledgable, thorough, and informative.

Bill D
Aug 21st, 2004, 02:08 PM
It was a TRUE PLEASURE to meet all of you. I sure bet your still very excited ( and probably tired too) looking forward to the pics tommorow! Stay dry everyone!!! :bounce :bounce :bounce

Aug 21st, 2004, 02:48 PM
I also want to chime in and say thanks to Meguiars and Rod Kraft and PAL for the great seminar !! It was very informative and everyone who attended were very helpfull and sociable people .Once again thanks everyone !

Aug 21st, 2004, 03:04 PM
I'm glad I was able to attend this event. The rain ruined things just a bit but still it was great. I wanted to thank everyone who helped to organize this and those who attended. It was nice meeting you all in person.

Here are some pics that I took

Rod talking about the products

Some of the participants

Rod's truck

Aug 21st, 2004, 03:12 PM
A few more

Rod using clay

Where is that paint chip ? :D

Using a rotary

Aug 21st, 2004, 03:15 PM
And a few more


Polishing out wetsanding marks

And then the skies just opened up and the EZ-UP wasn't enough to save us http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1274Meg09.jpg

Aug 21st, 2004, 04:26 PM
Took me over 2 hrs to get home, but it was very much worth it. A big thank you to Rod for putting on such an excellent show and throughly answering all of our endless questions :bigups

Aug 21st, 2004, 04:57 PM
I would like to say thanks to all of the people responsible for getting this day to happen. Thanks to Rod for sharing his vast meguiars knowledge and his detailing experience with all of us. Thanks to Mark for the location and the use of his truck for the demos and for allowing us to burt his paint not ours(haha wink wink). here are some pics of the day.

before start of class

Rod claying Mark's truck

Rod demonstrating the pc w/mppc


Rod demonstrating the rotary w/ diamond cut 2.0

Rod show everyone how to wet sand properly

Thanks again to Rod, Mark, and everyone who attended.


Aug 21st, 2004, 05:16 PM
Thanks for having us. It was definately a major learning experience. It was interesting to try using a rotary. I was the first one who got suckered into trying to use the rotary on the hood and ended up flinging it :) I don't fear the rotary as much now that I've actually used one for a couple minutes.

I also picked up a PC tonight and some swirl free polish. Can't wait to try it on my paint tomorrow and see if I can get all the swirls out :)

Aug 21st, 2004, 06:26 PM
Hey whats up? Im the guy that was talking to you at the front counter (tony aka:siblues) dont worry about the slinging Im sure even Rod did it when he first tried it and good luck with that pc .Iended up getting one too! I cant wait till tommorow to try it l. LET me know how it goes .My sn is the same on all the detailing websites.

Aug 21st, 2004, 06:30 PM
Pal Automotive on Stelton Road in Piscataway


:db: :db:

:bow :bow all bow to rod truck



the local gas stations were happy to see him :D


Aug 21st, 2004, 06:38 PM
all i can say is the one beautifal machine







Aug 21st, 2004, 06:44 PM










Aug 21st, 2004, 07:00 PM
oh yeah i kinda forgot to say 56k'ers :wall: no seriously i tried to keep the images small so we can all enjoy after all, i am a 56k'er as well party:

my car...yeah yeah i know its slow

so glad this wasnt a line up at the light...cuz i would of been screwed :wall: ...hmmm i wonder if nxt wax can help me :D


my fav picture


marks truck aka the patient......we'll be gentle..now where is that rotary:D


Aug 21st, 2004, 07:12 PM
hmmm....u notice the meguiars hat to...maybe a ringer....corporate spy..lol....im pretty sure i've seen him in the catolog lol


rod wetsanding....notice how the streaks are even/ high and low spots dont appear--rod stressed that using a backing plate along wit wet sand paper (soaking at least 15 minutes) is the key along wit steady even pressure



everybody duck....oh...uh yeah that #83 on the ceiling will buff right out

Aug 21st, 2004, 07:21 PM








Aug 21st, 2004, 07:27 PM
i want to thank mark and the pal staff for a wonderful day. i would like to thank rod as well for sharing his knowledge, i also like to thank everyone that came and made this day a huge success...:xyxthumbs rod is a great guy, hopefully we can have an institute day some time next year..best of luck rod, if u read this i forgot which dewalt we were using, if you could post the specs and # i would appreciate it thanks:xyxthumbs

Bill D
Aug 21st, 2004, 07:36 PM
To say it was absolute joy would be an understatement :D

Aug 22nd, 2004, 05:06 AM
Originally posted by jchetty
... i forgot which dewalt we were using, if you could post the specs and # i would appreciate it thanks:xyxthumbs

If you are refering to the rotary used yesterday it was Makita 9227.

Aug 22nd, 2004, 06:18 AM
I just wanted to chime in too and say thanks to Rod and Meguires for having this seminar in NJ. Rod was a great guy and and very knowledable and I learned a lot from him. I think it is great to that Meguiars holds free seminars like this to teach us enthusiants or business owners, and plus we get to test drive all of Meguiars products too see what we like. Thanks to Mark at PAL too for having this event at his place. It was a good time even with the rain.

Aug 22nd, 2004, 07:00 AM
Originally posted by kartoon
If you are refering to the rotary used yesterday it was Makita 9227.

thanks man:xyxthumbs

Aug 22nd, 2004, 07:09 AM
i just checked and some of my pics didnt come up:( if they are not coming up try and right clicking on the ... :wall: red x and selecting show picture...if that doesnt work let me know so i get a new host

Lost Pup
Aug 22nd, 2004, 11:28 AM
Originally posted by kartoon
If you are refering to the rotary used yesterday it was Makita 9227.

Here is a pic of the unit that Rod used. a Makita 9227 as mentioned and pictured above.


Here is a "Cheap" one for $24.99. This was from info over at Autopia.org.
Link To $25.00 Rotary (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=46507)

The wetsanding demo by Rod was great as Mark our Host allowed all to work on his Ford Expedition. I just ordered it and can not wait to try.

Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:08 PM
Along with everyone else, I, too, would like to thank Rod for his great presentation, knowledge, and experience. Thanks also goes out to Mark and PAL for the use of their facilities. I look forward to another seminar with a hands-on practice session.

BTW, jchetty, nice pics.


Bill D
Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:37 PM
At the very end of the day, I still had the fender set up and encouaged those who were still left to try out my rotary. Maybe next time at a session like this there can be hands on practice

Lost Pup
Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:49 PM
A question ?

What product did Rod use when he sprayed down the side and the wheelwells of Mark's Expedition. He used one of the Meguiars " Foaming " spray heads which really helped the product adhere and increase the dwell time of the product on the panel/s. I know some attendee's took notes..... you know who you are. I believe it was part of the Detailer Line.


Lost Pup

Setec Astronomy
Aug 22nd, 2004, 01:54 PM
Lost Pup--I believe it was the Safe D-Greaser.

Aug 22nd, 2004, 02:29 PM
I would like to thank everyone involved.It was very generous of Mark and Rod to supply their knowledge, lunch , goodie bags,and friendship. thanks to Bill D for bringing his fenders so we could continue to work indoors.Despite the weather it was a great day with a nice group of people

Went to radio shack today and picked up that lighted microscope that Rod had (item #63-1133 $9.99) Also got a non-contact infrared thermometer to measure the temp of panels. If you go to radioshack.com there is a coupon to print out reg 49.99 only 29.99 with the coupon (item# 22-325)

Once again my daughter and I had a lot of fun,hope we can do it again soon.

Aug 22nd, 2004, 05:41 PM
Lots of fun had by alll

Words can not express the graduated I have for Meguiar's, Rod Kraft, Mark and His wife for sponsoring such an event, From the bottom of my heart Thank You.
lots of fun had by all
learned how to and How NOT to...Wet sand, Orbital, Rotary. Plus lots more.

For those who missed out on this eventful day Do Not Fret there's talk already about doing another Detail Day in the early spring at Pal's.

Now Roy if you and that trouble maker Beercan weren't talk'n Trek you might heard Rod with his demonstration. I'm glad someone was paying attention because I was going to ask the same question....lol
Thanks Setec Astronomy

jchetty You did a amazing job with the photos....I was only kidding about being wanted in 7 states,
Bill D You also did a great job with the fenders, you should get the "most value player award". You and your fenders came through in a pinch.

It was a pleasure meeting you all.

I ended up walking away with some NEW toys
G-100 Porter Cable
9227c Makita Rotary
3 W9006's
2 W8006's
1 W7006
Both Red & Blue clay bars
1qt Diamond cut compound 2.0
1gal #40
2000 &3000 grit wet sand paper w/ sanding pad

Now if I can talk my kid in helping me tow his car out of the woods that has been there for 3+ years.
Time to do some hands on learning/practice, practice, practice, practice.

Bill D
Aug 22nd, 2004, 06:11 PM
Originally posted by Beercan31
Bill D You also did a great job with the fenders, you should get the "most value player award". You and your fenders came through in a pinch.

It was a pleasure meeting you all.

I ended up walking away with some NEW toys
G-100 Porter Cable
9227c Makita Rotary
3 W9006's
2 W8006's
1 W7006
Both Red & Blue clay bars
1qt Diamond cut compound 2.0
1gal #40
2000 &3000 grit wet sand paper w/ sanding pad



:o You've made me blush. It was no trouble at all! :xyxthumbs

WOW!!! I didn't realize that you dropped some SERIOUS cash!

Talk about buying a few new goodies! ;)

I hope you have a blast! :bounce

Lost Pup
Aug 22nd, 2004, 06:19 PM
Originally posted by Setec Astronomy
Lost Pup--I believe it was the Safe D-Greaser.

Thanks Setec

It was great to see the products in person and would encourage all interested to attend events in the future. I was chatting with Beercan31 while Rod applied the above product with one of their "Foaming" spray heads to the wheelwellsand rockers of Marks Expedition and we watched as the product actually did foam and stay put /not run as Rod moved on. I have seen this nozzle discussed before here and on Autopia and didn't think much of it. I know when I spray wheelwells the product always runs so quickly and a good bit ends up on the ground.

I have to say that the greatest benefit of the live Seminar was separate fact from fiction. We see such large Marketing efforts for all the differents products available and it is difficult to choose.

After watching Rod Kraft of Meguiars the choice becomes easy.

My Meguiars shopping list is growing and I did buy products from our host (PAL) Mark right after. I knew this would be trouble.