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Mike Phillips
Oct 7th, 2005, 07:21 PM
Scottwax1 Autopia Detail Day at Meguiar's! Scottwax1

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2autopia-left.jpg

On October 8th, 2005 Meguiar's will proudly host a hands-on detailing class for members of Autopia.org (http://www.autopia.org/) here at Meguiar's Corporate offices in Irvine, CA.

Mike Phillips
Oct 8th, 2005, 01:11 AM
Class starts in a few hours! :D

Just to note, the forum can sometimes be busy on a Saturday, however as I'm not going to be available to post answers or tips as I'll be with the members of Autopia in either the Training Room or in the Training Garage working on cars today. -Mike

Mike Phillips
Oct 8th, 2005, 05:17 AM
Autopians show up early!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2a.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2b.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2c.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2d.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2e.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2f.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2g.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2h.jpg

Blr123
Oct 8th, 2005, 07:35 AM
Hi all,

A question Mike the Silver car there with the huge grill is that the car that is a V8 but can run only 4cylinders as and when you want it to.............in other words a V8 or a V4?

Thanks
Bryan

NYC2SoCal
Oct 8th, 2005, 11:49 AM
Mike, thanks for the great class! Actually getting hands on with the pc was an eye opener! All along I was not applying enough pressure!

Ranger72
Oct 8th, 2005, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by Blr123
Hi all,

A question Mike the Silver car there with the huge grill is that the car that is a V8 but can run only 4cylinders as and when you want it to.............in other words a V8 or a V4?

Thanks
Bryan
Yeah, that option is available with the hemi only. (90% sure)
At highway speeds it will cut spark/ fuel to 4 of the cylinders to conserve gas. It may do this at idle but I can't remember.

fatchance
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by Blr123
Hi all,

A question Mike the Silver car there with the huge grill is that the car that is a V8 but can run only 4cylinders as and when you want it to.............in other words a V8 or a V4?

Thanks
Bryan

Bryan

The car is a Crysler 300c with a 5.7 Hemi. The engine drops to 4 cyliders at about 57mph and will respond like a V8 in a split second.

fatchance
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:04 PM
Mike

That was a great time. I got exactly what I wanted from the class and then some. I will put what I learned today into practice tomorrow. That was a first class set up and well worth the time spent. Thanks to the Meg's crew.

Blr123
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:17 PM
Originally posted by fatchance
Bryan

The car is a Crysler 300c with a 5.7 Hemi. The engine drops to 4 cyliders at about 57mph and will respond like a V8 in a split second.

300c yes I thought so.............it's now available in the UK aswell :xyxthumbs

Bryan

6Robert2
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:38 PM
Thank you so much Mike. That was a first class operation. It was great meeting Barry Meguiar also. Once again thank you and the Meguiars company for everything today.

Dean

NYC2SoCal
Oct 8th, 2005, 12:59 PM
Oh right, meeting Barry Meguiar.. Boy is he a class act.. Great guy.. Tell him congrats on the USC blowout (42-21)!! :)

qadsan
Oct 8th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Mike & Tim,

Thanks so much for an EXCELLENT class! It was great to see the products and techniques being demonstrated first hand. I also enjoyed being able to try out the various Meguiars products. It was a fun learning experience that I hope to do again someday soon. Thanks again!

Best Wishes,

Gary

Mike Phillips
Oct 8th, 2005, 01:30 PM
What can I say? Super group of people today! Every time we have members from Autopia here at Meguiar's it's a great experience for everyone. What made this class real special was that Barry was in town and stopped in and said hello and answered any questions the group had before heading off to the game with Karen and friends.

Here's a group shot except for a few folks that had to leave a little early.

Autopia at Meguiar's!
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2MotelyCrewb.jpg


The last few people have just left and I'm just about out of here also. I'll upload some photos on Monday after getting caught up with the forum and e-mail.

gbackus
Oct 8th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Once again I want to thank both Meguiars and Mike Phillips for having us all done today. Like always, it was a blast getting to meet all the people that show and getting to talk cars and detailing. Thanks for a great time everyone one! :xyxthumbs

Jimmy Buffit
Oct 8th, 2005, 02:39 PM
I certainly hope that everyone's expectations were met today!

I'll guarantee that 90% (or more) of today's attendees will choose (or at least consider first) Meg's products for the rest of their lives... and for good reason.

Barry has been using this 'simple' demostration technique for decades. It works, apparently.

I certainly am not exclusive to Mequiar's products, but (with few exceptions) I could be! I'll place a regular $450 order on Monday.

Mike Phillips is the real deal.

Jim
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Jimmy Buff-It's Auto Detailing
If it was easy, everybody'd be doing it!

RCBuddha
Oct 8th, 2005, 03:02 PM
Thanks again to Mike and Tim for hosting another great class! It was good to meet the many Autopia and MOL members in person! I tell ya, I always seem to learn something new at these classes; it is definitely worth the trip to their headquarters!

I'm glad Barry was able to stop in briefly, the guy certainly epitomizes the Meguiar's passion for cars!

Look forward to attending another, thanks again!


Craig

Iron82
Oct 8th, 2005, 05:51 PM
WOW.... That's great that everyone enjoyed themselves and did something. :D

:xyxthumbs

the other pc
Oct 8th, 2005, 06:44 PM
Thank you Mike and Tim for putting on a great class for us Autopians! As always, fun and informative. :bow

And thanks to my fellow Autopians as well. You guys are always fun to hang with online, meeting you face to face and playing with cars together is even better. :xyxthumbs

And a very special thanks to Barry and Karen Meguiar for providing the opportunity to have the event in the first place and for taking the time to drop in and visit with us and share the passion for cars. :db:


PC.

Michael Stoops
Oct 9th, 2005, 11:23 AM
This was really a great experience, and having Barry himself stop in and say "hi" and chat with us for a while was a real treat! He's every bit as affable, friendly and smiling as you see him on Car Crazy! What a guy!

Many, many thanks to Mike, Tim and the Meguiar's organization for putting this program together. I learned exactly what I've been doing wrong with my PC thanks to Mike's help, and today I actually managed to get rid of the swirls in the one month old paint job on our "beater" Camaro! Once you know the correct technique it's just amazing what you can do!! I can't wait to tackle my two "good" cars in the next couple of weeks.

AMDin93103
Oct 9th, 2005, 01:29 PM
Great class; enthusiastic detailers, wise instructor and an awesome facility! This was my second "Autopia-Meguiars" class and I learned more than last time. . . from not only Mike but my classmates as well. Some of the primer lessons reminded me of some bad habits I have gotten into and the discussions about how to remedy certain issues were very informative.

Great to see a passion shared. Thanks for working on Saturday Mike!



oh, and I got my maple bar. :db:

Setec Astronomy
Oct 9th, 2005, 04:17 PM
What the heck is a maple bar?

AMDin93103
Oct 9th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Originally posted by Setec Astronomy
What the heck is a maple bar?

A donut. :cool:

Mike Phillips
Oct 9th, 2005, 05:20 PM
Demo Truck
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2AutopiaAtMeguiars.jpg

Almost Fits!
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Almostfits.jpg

Mike Phillips
Oct 9th, 2005, 05:22 PM
After arriving, Mark Cummins pulled this out of his pocket and set it down in our Training Garage...

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2SmartCarAtMeguiars1.jpg

:D :D :D

NYC2SoCal
Oct 9th, 2005, 06:33 PM
BTW, if anyone missed it, Mike hit his 10k post! CONGRATS Mike, and a great job here at the forum & @ the class!!!

6Robert2
Oct 9th, 2005, 06:42 PM
NYC2SoCal

Dude go to bed and quit hanging around waiting for more pictures. just like me ;) Nice meeting you btw.

NYC2SoCal
Oct 9th, 2005, 07:03 PM
Originally posted by 6Robert2
NYC2SoCal

Dude go to bed and quit hanging around waiting for more pictures. just like me ;) Nice meeting you btw.

HAHHA!! Great meeting you buddy! Take care of that awesome truck you got there!! Man a F350 in Black!! Yeehaww!!

Superior Shine
Oct 9th, 2005, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by NYC2SoCal
HAHHA!! Take care of that awesome truck you got there!! Man a F350 in Black!! Yeehaww!! :db:

jdlierle
Oct 9th, 2005, 09:53 PM
Same old stuff here, Great class, learned more the 2nd time around. Nice putting faces to the posters.

Specials thanks to Barry Meguiar for spending a little time with us on his day off and sharing with us his real passion for cars. I'll never forget that. Mike and Tim were at their top of there game as usual.

Thanks to Paul, the "Other PC" for giving an item that really *****, but that's a good thing, so that's not to hard to figure out what the item was. And thanks to all the other Autopians who answered all my stupid or newbie questions.

On a sidenote, after the class, I went to the new car show at the Anaheim Convention Center, and you wouldn't believe how many of the brand new $70,000 to $300,000 cars had swirls in them that with just the simple techiques taught in this class could fix 80 to 90% of them. The worst offenders of course were BMW and Mercedes with "Professional Detailers" working on the cars during the show. The Jags looked pretty good next to these to these two scratched makes. Even one of the four $300,000 plus Lambourginis (excuse the spelling) had some very bad swirl marks :wall: . Even Shaqs DUB prepared personal cars in the aftermaket section had some nasty marks.

However, there were a few cars that did have some flawless paint, so it could be done, and some of these had Meguiar sponsor stickers :bounce . The older hot rods, which there wasn't many of here, seemed to have the best workmanship and best paint, but I'm not a big fan of rice rocket cars with stickers so I have biased opinion.

If I was a car manufactor like BMW or Mercedes, wouldn't you hire somebody like Mike Phillips or Joe at Superiorshine to showcase your $100,000 cars to the public. Or at least somebody with some talent.

Great Class, Instructors, and I learned alot from everybody.

Thanks

Doug

aka
jd

Sullybob
Oct 10th, 2005, 04:06 AM
The class was very informative and it was lots of fun! Meeting enthusiastic detailers who enjoy detailing as much as me was just great.
Mike Phillips is a class act all the way. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your Saturday with us.

Scottwax
Oct 10th, 2005, 12:10 PM
I wish I could have gone to this year's event, I had a blast last year. Even if I didn't learn a single thing, it is worth attending just to hang out with Mike Phillips and my fellow Autopians. :)

Setec Astronomy
Oct 12th, 2005, 05:06 AM
We're not going to get any (user) names put with the faces or vehicles? :)

Mike Phillips
Oct 12th, 2005, 05:20 AM
Originally posted by Scottwax
I wish I could have gone to this year's event, I had a blast last year. Even if I didn't learn a single thing, it is worth attending just to hang out with Mike Phillips and my fellow Autopians. :)

Hi Scott,

Thank you for the kind words as it was also a genuine pleasure meeting you also as well as all the rest of the Autopians that attended.

I know a lot of people, including myself, enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the personalities behind the names and Avatars from other forum world.

Perhaps we should think about doing this again?

Mike Phillips
Oct 12th, 2005, 05:42 AM
Originally posted by Setec Astronomy
We're not going to get any (user) names put with the faces or vehicles? :)

Hi Mike,

Typically I'm pretty slammed on Mondays as with forums I've discovered, you never get a day off, just a day behind. So Mondays start out with catching-up on e-mail and forum posts that were generated from Friday night until Monday morning. That's a lot of typing.


We also had a duplicate of a problem that happened the weekend before and that is in a rush to get some pictures up on the forum to start the thread before the class started...

These ones...


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2a.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2b.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2c.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2d.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2e.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2f.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2g.jpg


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2Autopia2h.jpg

Which if anyone has ever done this before they know how long it takes to,

Take the picture
Name the picture
Crop the picture
Resize the picture
Upload the picture
Create a post, (add words), and then insert the pictures


Then you'll understand it takes a little time and usually things are pretty fast paced in the mornings. Anyway, after doing all of the above, yours truly forgot to remove the memory card from the memory card reader an insert it back into the camera. Then no one using the camera notice there was no memory card and thus pictures taken were never really captured.

Yesterday besides normal duties, I also had to generate an 1500 word article for a magazine.

So I haven't been able to carve out the time to upload the pictures I do have which isn't very many. I will try to get them up today.

Here was one thing that I noticed which was also both a compliment and a problem... for the most part, every car looked great!

This is a testimony to the passion and skill level of Autopians when it comes to detailing and maintaining the appearance level of their rides, but it also created a problem in that there wasn't anything in really bad condition we could work on and fix.

In other words, none of the cars needed washing, claying, cleaning, polishing or waxing!

Plus, all except for one person already knew how to use detailing clay and remove defects both by hand and machine. We ended up working on Dean's tailgate as it was recently instilled with swirls from the dealership. We couldn't work on the hood because the thing sat so high in the air

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2AutopiaAtMeguiars1.jpg

So Dean kindly took the tailgate off the truck and we worked, trained and demoed on it.


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TailGate1.jpg


By the way, Joe aka Superior Shine will be removing the swirls and restoring a show car shine to this behemoth of a truck in the near future so we should see a write-up from him on this in the future.

Mark Cummins
Oct 12th, 2005, 08:54 AM
Thank You Meguiars and Mike Phillips for yet another Great class
this was my fourth..fifth class..The New (Digs) are Top Notch..
and The New Products work Great...Much Better To Test them at a Class then Purchase them and then find out that the item does not work as you Thought it would...

What a surprise to see Barry take time to talk to the class!
And That Barry Thinks So Much of Mike Phillips!
I Have never met anyone with such Passion..That Barry has about life and Meguairs..and that he owes it all to God!
That takes a LOT in a Man to admit that!:xyxthumbs

HotRodGuy
Oct 12th, 2005, 11:55 AM
How did I miss this day!! :wall:

6Robert2
Oct 16th, 2005, 10:15 AM
Hey Mike what happened to the Before and After shots of the Tailgate :confused:

Dean