1 Day Detailing Class with Mike Phillips & Nick Rutter - Dates Available in July & August 2023



July 15th

August 12th

Morning session – Multiple-Step or Show Car Detailing

In this class students will learn how to take a car’s finish to its maximum potential!  Including,

How to do a proper PREP waterless wash

Just like there are two types of normal wash styles, there are two types of styles for doing a waterless wash, Prep Waterless Wash and Maintenance Waterless Wash.

Visual Paint inspection – Topics covered,

  • How to identify various paint defects and determine if they can be safely fixed or not.
  • Why to inspect vehicle for previous damage and document on the Vehicle Inspection Form/App.
  • How to inspect windshields for sub-surface defects like wiper marks, swirls and scratches.
  • How to inspect for clearcoat failure or other unfix-able paint issues.
  • How to inspect for defective parts or components including, side mirrors, antennas, mud flaps, etc. document and notify owner.

Tactical Paint Inspection – Students will learn how to correctly inspect for contamination using the Baggie Test, as well as the correct way to show customers the level of paint contamination on their vehicle.

Mechanical decontamination

Unless a car is brand spanking new, most car are going to have some level of bonded contamination on the exterior surfaces.  This session covers how to remove the contamination and why you simply cannot count on machine polishing to remove contaminants.

Paint Thickness Gauges – students will learn how to use a PTG to determine the thickness or thinness of the paint and how to safely proceed to the next steps.

Tape-off and Cover-up – students will learn which types of materials or areas should be covered and protected from machine buffing and product splatter.

How to do a Test Spot – The single most important thing you should do before any paint correction on anything is to do a proper Test Spot.  The importance and value of doing a proper Test Spot is explained in detail.  How and where to perform a Test Spot is taught in detail as well as how to inspect the results.  How to dial-in the paint correction process is taught based upon results from Test Spot.

How to correctly use a Swirl Finder Light

Quality inspection lights are necessary throughout the detail process.

How to use a panel wipe to inspect for accurate and true paint correction.

Polishing oils, fillers, waxes and other ingredients can give a false appearance causing you to think the defects are removed.  We show how to use a panel wipe to obtain true and accurate results.

Paint Correction

How to correctly use a rotary polisher – This is the most powerful tool when it comes to doing paint correction.  Correctly used it’s like a scalpel in the hands of a world-renowned surgeon.  Improperly used and you can get into trouble real fast.  In this first session covering the rotary polisher, you’ll learn foundational skills that you’ll build on over the course of the rest of the day as well as Saturday and Sunday.

How to use an orbital polisher – Orbital polishers are safe and effective, and you’ll learn all the correct techniques to maximize your time while consistently achieving pro quality results.

Installing a Ceramic Coating

How to use a panel wipe – A panel wipe is a solvent used to prep paint for installing a ceramic or graphene coating.  In this class session, you’ll learn a 2-step approach to ensure the surface is surgically clean for maximum bonding, longevity and performance for any coating you install.

How to install a ceramic or graphene coating – Coatings are truly the best way to protect your paint when it comes to protection, longevity and atomic gloss!  In this class session, you’ll learn how to correctly install ceramic coatings and how to avoid the hassles of high spots.

Finishing touches

  • Cleaning interior glass.
  • Using glass coating.
  • Restoring and protecting exterior plastic trim.
  • Polishing metal surfaces.
  • When and how to use tire dressings and/or tire coatings.
  • Coating and protecting wheels.
  • Detailing door, hood, trunk and hatchback jambs.
  • Cleaning and conditioning rubber door and hatchback gaskets.

Afternoon session – 1-step paint correction using AIOs

This is a foundational skill everyone car owner should possess, and every professional should offer in their detailing business.  This skill applies to anything with wheels, floats or flies.

  • How to do a prep wash.
  • Visual and tactical inspection.
  • Mechanical decontamination.
  • Tape-off and cover-up plastic and other sensitive areas.
  • Doing a Test Spot with an AIO.
  • Choosing the right pad for the paint hardness and/or softness and why this is so important.
  • How to turn the FLEX BEAST, Supa BEAST or CBEAST into a time-saving, brain saving, energy saving, money making machine.
  • How and why to top an AIO.
  • How to under promise and over deliver for customer’s expectations and dominate the competition.
  • Finishing touches.

Additional Class Information

Address – AutoForge Training Center – 7744 SW Jack James Drive – Stuart, FL 34997

Start time – Class starts each day at 8:30am and goes until all topics are covered for that day, usually around 5:30pm

Coffee & Donuts - Please arrive at 7:30am. Find a place to park your car, get your name tag, use the facilities, and then enjoy some hot coffee and fresh donuts while you meet your classmates for the day. The class starts PROMPTLY at 8:30am guaranteed.

Dress Code - Flip-flops and high heel shoes are not allowed. This is a fast-paced, high intensity hands-on class. It is recommended to wear work shoes, jeans, and t-shirts.

Cell Phones, Tablets and Note Pads – Students are strongly encouraged to take notes for their personal use via cell phones, tablets or old school via paper notepads.

Lunch - Lunch will be provided each day along with a selection of cold drinks including bottled water and soda pop. Should you require any special dietary provisions, please plan to bring it with you. There is a refrigerator available for cold storage and a microwave oven available to heating.

Meet ‘N Greet - There will be an informal Meet ‘N Greet at a local establishment to be announced depending upon location.

Products – We only use professional grade products throughout our classes for all topics.  All products used in our classes are available at

Tools - The primary tools we use are FLEX tools and the Porter Cable 7424XP.  With great training, you can accomplish anything faster while turning out consistent pro-grade results.

Pads - All fiber and foam pads are matched to the tools and products used for any given process.

For questions or more information, contact,

Mike Phillips



Nick Rutter


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