Mike Phillips BIG 3-Day Detailing Classes

These are the most hands-on detailing classes that you can attend, no sitting in chairs watching PowerPoint presentations! In one weekend you will learn the three most popular and profitable topics in the detailing industry. There are no other classes that even come close to the amount of hands-on time you'll get at one of these 2-day classes. Most 2 day classes only cover what we cover in the first day and COST MORE!
  • Day 1 - Multiple-Step/Show Car Detailing & One-Step Production Detailing.
  • Day 2 - Dry Sanding for a Show Car Finish - Real cars - not demo panels!
  • IDA Skills Validation Testing - On Monday following the car detailing class we offer IDA Skills Validation Testing
  • Friday & Saturday (Only) - $1,095.00

    WHERE
    3D Training Academy
    2648 SE Market Place, Stuart, FL 34997

    Get Directions

    If you have any questions about the class - please call Mike Phillips at 772-310-9712 during normal business hours, (9-5) Monday through Friday Eastern Time

    Day 1 - Full exterior detail class

    Two types of detailing are covered in this class.

    • Multiple-Step or Show Car Detailing – 11 topics
    • One-Step or Production Detailing – 9 topics

    Class starts at 7:30am and goes until 5:30pm. Each student will detail a minimum of 2 cars using the above two different approaches.

    Overview - This one-day class will teach how to detail a car from start to finish using two different styles. This includes the entire exterior of the car from top to bottom. 13 distinct topics are covered. Students will train on real, full size neglected vehicles NOT demo panels. There is a brief power point presentation at the start of the class to share the history of the 3D company, the instructor, and the class outline for the day.

    There are no official breaks outside of a very short lunch break. These are 100% hands-on learning classes where the student is on their feet training for the entire day. If anyone needs a chair and/or a break it will be provided upon request. If you find you learn better sitting in a chair watching a power point presentation and listening to an instructor talk instead of working with your hands you are strongly encouraged to take any other class besides this class.

    NO CHAIRS - Sure if you get tired and need a chair we'll have a few stored in the warehouse. The reality is - these are on-your-feet, hands-on training classes. I find the kind of people interested in learning how to dry sand or dry sand paint to create a flawless show car finish are also the kind of people that learn best by DOING - not SITTING in chairs. If you want to take a class where you'll sit in chairs and look at a power point on the wall - please find another class.

    Morning session: Multiple-Step or Show Car Detailing

    Topic 1: 11-Step Prep Wash

    1. Topical Glass Polishing - Machine polish all glass with 3D Topical Glass Polish after first wiping clean with 3D Glass Cleaner.
    2. Headlight Restoration – Dull, faded, and oxidized headlights are restored using machine sanding (if needed), followed by compounding using 3D ACA 500 followed by polishing using 400 ONE. Headlights will be sealed later in the class.
    3. Engine Detailing – Either Wet Wash or Kosmetic style engine and engine bay cleaning. Vehicle style will determine the type of process. Will use Grand Blast for Wet Wash and Waterless Wash for Kosmetic Wash.
    4. Wheels, Tires & Wheel Wells – Clean wheels, wheel wells plus machine scrub tires.
    5. Chemical Decontamination – All body panels sprayed with 3D BDX prior to washing.
    6. Power Rinse – To remove 3D BDX and any dissolved iron plus other chemical fallout.
    7. Foam Power Wash – Wash all body panels using 3D Pink Car Soap plus 3D ULTRA BLAST FOAMER and 3D Wash Mitts.
    8. Power Rinse – To remove all loosened dirt.
    9. Mechanical decontamination – Re-foam vehicle using 3D Pink Car Soap plus 3D ULTRA BLAST FOAMER followed by using the 3D Nano Towel to remove any bonded contaminants.
    10. Final Power Rinse – Remove all soap suds and loosened contamination.
    11. Dry Car – Dry car using various options for removing standing water.

    Topic 2: Vehicle Inspection

    1. Inspect vehicle for previous damage and document on the Vehicle Inspection Form/App.
    2. Identify any trim, components, or surfaces that need to be removed, taped-off or covered over.
    3. Inspect windshield for sub-surface defects in the glass and worn-out wiper blades. *
    4. Inspect vehicle for defective parts or components including, side mirrors, antennas, mud flaps, etc. document and notify owner.
    5. Inspect for clearcoat failure or other unfix-able paint issues.
    6. Inspect Paint Thickness using PTG – Mark on Vehicle Inspection Form/App.

    * Sub-Surface Glass Polishing - If inspection of windshield shows glass needs polishing to remove wiper marks or other sub-surface defects contact and confirm with owner how to proceed. NOTE: Sub-surface glass polishing must be performed before paint correction step.

    Topic 3: Perform Test Spot

    1. The importance and value of doing a proper Test Spot is explained in detail.
    2. How and where to perform a Test Spot is taught in detail as well as how to inspect the results.
    3. How to dial-in the paint correction process is taught based upon results from Test Spot.

    Topic 4: Paint Correction Step

    • Step 1: Tape-off, remove or cover-up any trim and/or components before starting machine paint correction.
    • Step 2: Starting at the top of the vehicle and then working down and around the vehicle, perform the first paint correction step as indicated by the results of the Test Spot and in keeping with the Detail Package selected by the customer.
    • Step 3: If there is a second paint correction step to be performed, do this after the first paint correction step.
    • Step 4: Wipe down entire car and inspect results using a strong hand-held light. If there are any areas that still need correction work – perform at this stage of the process.

    Topic 5: Ceramic Coatings - The focus of our class will be on how to correctly use a 3D panel wipe and then install a 3D ceramic coating. However, the proper and correct way to apply liquid wax, paste wax and synthetic sealants will be covered. There are three common options for sealing the paint after the paint correction steps. Which option is used depends upon the goal of the class as well as the preferences of the car owner and in some cases, the type of paint on the car.

    • Car Wax: 3D Carnauba Wax of or 3D Carnauba Paste Wax.
    • Synthetic Paint Sealant: Poxy and/or Cherry Wax.
    • Ceramic Coating: 3D Ceramic Paint Coating or 3D Ceramic Touch.

    Topic 6: Ceramic coating glass - The glass on all the cars in our classes will be machine polished using either a topical or sub-surface glass polish. This procedure is done during the washing of the car and leaves perfectly clean and smooth glass. The follow-up step of coating the glass is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the glass with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the glass.

    Topic 7: Ceramic coating headlights - Headlight correction is always performed before washing the vehicle. The headlight correction procedure restores clean, clear plastic headlight lenses. The follow-up step of coating the plastic headlights is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the headlights with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the headlights.

    Topic 8: Protecting plastic, rubber and vinyl trim, body molding and cladding - The finishing touches to any professional detail are to restore a factory new appearance to exterior trim, body moldings and cladding. For this step, the class will use 3D 706 Ultra Protectant.

    Topic 9: Ceramic coating wheels - If wheels were removed during the washing step they have already been ceramic coated on both sides. If the wheels were not removed during the washing step then at this time all of the surfaces that can be reached by hand will be prepped with 3D Wipe and then coated using 3D Ceramic Coating.

    Topic 10: Protecting and dressing tires - Tires are machine scrubbed during the washing process. The follow-up step is performed later in the day using one of 3D tire dressings or 3D’s tire coatings.

    Topic 11: Final Inspection – White Glove Test - After all steps and procedures have been completed and checked-off the check-off sheet, the detailer will do a final inspection to ensure the car is read for presentation and/or delivery.

    Afternoon session: One-Step or Production Detailing

    Topic 1: Waterless Prep Wash

    1. Topical Glass Polishing - Machine polish all glass with 3D Topical Glass Polish after first wiping clean with 3D Glass Cleaner.
    2. Headlight Restoration – Dull, faded, and oxidized headlights are restored using machine sanding (if needed), followed by compounding using 3D ACA 500 followed by polishing using 400 ONE. Headlights will be sealed later in the class.
    3. Kosmetic Engine Detailing –Kosmetic style engine and engine bay cleaning using 3D Waterless Wash.
    4. Wash entire car – This includes all body panels, glass, trim, etc. using 3D Waterless Wash
    5. Wheels & Tires– Tires are machine scrubbed and then tires and wheels are wiped clean using 3D Waterless Wash

    Topic 2: Vehicle Inspection

    1. Inspect vehicle for previous damage and document on the Vehicle Inspection Form/App.
    2. Identify any trim, components, or surfaces that need to be removed, taped-off or covered over.
    3. Inspect windshield for sub-surface defects in the glass and worn-out wiper blades.*
    4. Inspect vehicle for defective parts or components including, side mirrors, antennas, mud flaps, etc. Document and notify owner.
    5. Inspect for clearcoat failure or other unfix-able paint issues.
    6. Inspect Paint Thickness using PTG – Mark on Vehicle Inspection Form/App.

    * Sub-Surface Glass Polishing - If inspection of windshield shows glass needs polishing to remove wiper marks or other sub-surface defects contact and confirm with owner how to proceed. NOTE: Sub-surface glass polishing must be performed before paint correction step.

    Topic 3: Perform Test Spot

    1. The importance and value of doing a proper Test Spot is explained in detail. Including how to educate your customer and set their expectations when only doing a one-step process.
    2. How and where to perform a Test Spot is taught in detail as well as how to inspect the results. For one-step production detailing with an AIO the key element is picking the correct pad that matches the hardness or softness of the paint.
    3. How to dial-in the paint correction process is taught based upon results from Test Spot.
    4. How to under promise and over deliver when doing Production Detailing.

    Topic 4: One-step paint correction and protection

    • Step 1: Tape-off, remover or cover-up any trim and/or components before starting machine paint correction.
    • Step 2: Starting at the top of the vehicle and then working down and around the vehicle use 3D SPEED and the pad indicated from the Test Spot to buff out the car.
    • Step 3: Discuss the value of using a 3D topper on the horizontal surfaces and then top 3D SPEED.

    Topic 5: Ceramic coating glass - The glass on all the cars in our classes will be machine polished using either a topical or sub-surface glass polish. This procedure is done during the washing of the car and leaves perfectly clean and smooth glass. The follow-up step of coating the glass is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the glass with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the glass.

    Topic 6: Ceramic coating Headlights - Headlight correction is always performed before washing the vehicle. The headlight correction procedure restores clean, clear plastic headlight lenses. The follow-up step of coating the plastic headlights is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the headlights with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the headlights.

    Topic 7: Protecting plastic, rubber and vinyl trim, body molding and cladding - The finishing touches to any professional detail are to restore a factory new appearance to exterior trim, body moldings and cladding. For this step, the class will use 3D 706 Ultra Protectant.

    Topic 8: Protecting and dressing tires - Tires are machine scrubbed during the washing process. The follow-up step is performed later in the day using one of 3D tire dressings or 3D’s tire coatings.

    Topic 9: Final Inspection – White Glove Test - After all steps and procedures have been completed and checked-off the check-off sheet, the detailer will do a final inspection to ensure the car is read for presentation and/or delivery.

    Day 2 - Dry Sanding class

    To call this a "dry sanding" class is a tick inaccurate because in the class we will cover:

    • Hand sanding dry
    • Machine sanding dry

    Besides learning how to correctly and safely sand paint flat, students will also learn proper techniques for using,

    • DA Sanders
    • Hard Blocks
    • Soft Blocks
    • Rotary Polishers
    • Orbital Polishers
    • Ceramic Coatings

    Start time - Class starts at 7:30am SHARP and goes until 5:30pm. Each student will fully restore and detail one boat.

    Overview - This class covers four different sanding techniques to level orange peel and other surface textures for creating a true show car finish with 100% D.O.I. as the goal.

    D.O.I. = Distinction of Image - The goal when creating a true show car finish is to level the paint as flat as possible using sanding techniques and then after sanding, removing the sanding marks to restore a clear, high gloss shine.

    This one-day class will teach,

    • How to sand paint flat.
    • The proper use of a rotary polisher, wool cutting pad and 3D compounds to remove 100% of the sanding marks.
    • How to use orbital polishers with foam pads and 3D polishes to create a hologram and swirl free finish.
    • How to use a panel wipe to remove residual polishing oils and the install a 3D Ceramic Coating.

    NO CHAIRS - Sure if you get tired and need a chair we'll have a few stored in the warehouse. The reality is - these are on-your-feet, hands-on training classes. I find the kind of people interested in learning how to dry sand paint to create a flawless show car finish are also the kind of people that learn best by DOING - not SITTING in chairs. If you want to take a class where you'll sit in chairs and look at a power point on the wall - please find another class.

    Real cars, no demo hoods - In this class students will learn and train on actual cars, not demo hoods. There is no impact and thus not real-life skills learned when training on a demo hood, fender or panel. With a real car, the students learn complexity of sanding around edges, raised body lines, louvers, antennas, side mirrors, door handles, etc. Sanding takes on a whole new meaning when it’s this real.

    Class starts at 7:30am and goes until 5:30pm. Each student will sand, compound, polish and coat one car.

    Day 3 - Boat detailing class

    This is a 100% on-your-feet, hands-on boat detailing class. There are no chairs in this class unless someone requests a chair. Historically these are not only the most hands-on boat detailing classes on planet Earth they are the only boat detailing classes on planet Earth.

    I bring in the WORSE condition, dark colored gelcoat boats that have turned white with oxidation because these types of boats provide the best and most learning advantages.

    In this class you will learn,

    • Deep oxidation removal
    • Machine sanding with DA Sanders - working smarter instead of harder
    • How to correctly use a rotary polisher to fast and efficiently remove machine sanding marks.
    • How to correctly use an orbital polishers to remove holograms left by the rotary step.
    • How to chemically strip gelcoat and install a gelcoat ceramic coating.
    • How to maintain the finish moving forward.

    Start time - Class starts at 7:30am SHARP and goes until 6:30pm. Each student will fully restore and detail one boat.

    Overview - This class covers how to take the worst condition boats and restore them to factory new condition and actually better than factory new condition. Most boats brand new from the factory come with holograms already in the gelcoat finish. By using neglected gelcoat boats we are able to teach you every aspect of boat detailing. After taking the class you’ll be able to inspect a boat, determine which steps are needed to remove the oxidation and restore a show car finish to a boat.

    Here’s what’s covered in this one-day boat detailing class,

    • Boat washing inside and outside.
    • Canvas and Sunbrella cleaning and protecting.
    • How to clean non-skid surfaces to remove mold, mildew and oxidation.
    • How to clean vinyl seats and other vinyl surfaces while safely removing mold and mildew.
    • Metal polishing and sealing.
    • Plexiglass, Isinglass, and plastic window polishing and ceramic coating.
    • Top cap detailing – removing oxidation and sealing with a gelcoat ceramic coating.
    • How to machine sand gelcoat to remove deep oxidation.
    • Rotary polisher techniques – how to remove your sanding marks and/or deep oxidation.
    • Orbital polisher techniques – how to remove holograms and polish gelcoat to a high gloss.
    • How to use a gelcoat panel wipe to prep the gelcoat for a ceramic coating.
    • How to install a gelcoat ceramic coating and add additional layers.

    Business and Marketing - Throughout the entire day, any related business and marketing tips, techniques and information will be shared with the student. It is up to the student to memorize the info or capture via notes or video.

    IDA Phase I and Phase II Training - During the detailing process from start to finish, all of the questions asked during the Phase I written test and Phase II skills validation test will be covered. It is up to the student to memorize the info or capture via notes or video.

    Summary - Whether detailing for fun or detailing for profit, following the above two styles of automotive detailing ensures a thorough and professional detail job that delivers personal or customer pleasing results.

    Q & A Time - Students will have an opportunity to ask any questions they have that they have not already asked during the course of the day. Students are encouraged to ask questions at any time while they are fresh on their mind and pertinent to the topic being taught.

    Certificate Award Ceremony - Each person that has attended the full class will be awarded their “Certificate of Completion” for the class. A picture of the person and the instructor will be taken at this time for documentation and sharing on social media.

    Book signing - Each student is given a copy of the most current how-to book and if they like, they can request it to be signed.

    Class is over

    About the Instructor - Mike Phillips has the longest documented history of teaching hands-on boat detailing classes than any other boat class known to exist. Like his car detailing and dry sanding classes, Mike knows the type of people that are willing to undertake detailing a boat are also the kind of people that learn best by doing – not sitting in chairs. There's no chairs in this class unless you request one or bring your own.

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

    Note Pads and Cell Phone Videos - Students are strongly encouraged to take notes for their use later and notepads and pens are available. Students are also strongly encouraged to take video notes using their cell phone or video camera.

    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.

    Coffee & Donuts - Please arrive at 7:00am. 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 7:30am guaranteed.

    Pizza Lunch - Pizza will be provided for lunch 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.

    All tools, pads and products provided - All you need to bring is a smile and eagerness to learn.

    Tools - The primary tools we use are FLEX tools but there will be other tool options available for anyone that would like to try and compare including RUPES, Griot's, Porter Cable, etc.

    Pads - All fiber and foam pads are matched to the tools and products used for any given process. Pads are made for and exclusive to 3D by Lake Country Pad Manufacturing.

    Products - The majority of products used in class are manufactured by 3D. In such cases where specialty products are needed and not available from 3D – other professional grade options are used.

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    Mike Phillips 2 Day Detailing Class - September 30 - October 1, 2022 (Cars Only)

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    Mike Phillips BIG 3-Day Detailing Classes

    These are the most hands-on detailing classes that you can attend, no sitting in chairs watching PowerPoint presentations! In one weekend you will learn the three most popular and profitable topics in the detailing industry. There are no other classes that even come close to the amount of hands-on time you'll get at one of these 2-day classes. Most 2 day classes only cover what we cover in the first day and COST MORE!
    • Day 1 - Multiple-Step/Show Car Detailing & One-Step Production Detailing.
    • Day 2 - Dry Sanding for a Show Car Finish - Real cars - not demo panels!
    • IDA Skills Validation Testing - On Monday following the car detailing class we offer IDA Skills Validation Testing
    • Friday & Saturday (Only) - $1,095.00

      WHERE
      3D Training Academy
      2648 SE Market Place, Stuart, FL 34997

      Get Directions

      If you have any questions about the class - please call Mike Phillips at 772-310-9712 during normal business hours, (9-5) Monday through Friday Eastern Time

      Day 1 - Full exterior detail class

      Two types of detailing are covered in this class.

      • Multiple-Step or Show Car Detailing – 11 topics
      • One-Step or Production Detailing – 9 topics

      Class starts at 7:30am and goes until 5:30pm. Each student will detail a minimum of 2 cars using the above two different approaches.

      Overview - This one-day class will teach how to detail a car from start to finish using two different styles. This includes the entire exterior of the car from top to bottom. 13 distinct topics are covered. Students will train on real, full size neglected vehicles NOT demo panels. There is a brief power point presentation at the start of the class to share the history of the 3D company, the instructor, and the class outline for the day.

      There are no official breaks outside of a very short lunch break. These are 100% hands-on learning classes where the student is on their feet training for the entire day. If anyone needs a chair and/or a break it will be provided upon request. If you find you learn better sitting in a chair watching a power point presentation and listening to an instructor talk instead of working with your hands you are strongly encouraged to take any other class besides this class.

      NO CHAIRS - Sure if you get tired and need a chair we'll have a few stored in the warehouse. The reality is - these are on-your-feet, hands-on training classes. I find the kind of people interested in learning how to dry sand or dry sand paint to create a flawless show car finish are also the kind of people that learn best by DOING - not SITTING in chairs. If you want to take a class where you'll sit in chairs and look at a power point on the wall - please find another class.

      Morning session: Multiple-Step or Show Car Detailing

      Topic 1: 11-Step Prep Wash

      1. Topical Glass Polishing - Machine polish all glass with 3D Topical Glass Polish after first wiping clean with 3D Glass Cleaner.
      2. Headlight Restoration – Dull, faded, and oxidized headlights are restored using machine sanding (if needed), followed by compounding using 3D ACA 500 followed by polishing using 400 ONE. Headlights will be sealed later in the class.
      3. Engine Detailing – Either Wet Wash or Kosmetic style engine and engine bay cleaning. Vehicle style will determine the type of process. Will use Grand Blast for Wet Wash and Waterless Wash for Kosmetic Wash.
      4. Wheels, Tires & Wheel Wells – Clean wheels, wheel wells plus machine scrub tires.
      5. Chemical Decontamination – All body panels sprayed with 3D BDX prior to washing.
      6. Power Rinse – To remove 3D BDX and any dissolved iron plus other chemical fallout.
      7. Foam Power Wash – Wash all body panels using 3D Pink Car Soap plus 3D ULTRA BLAST FOAMER and 3D Wash Mitts.
      8. Power Rinse – To remove all loosened dirt.
      9. Mechanical decontamination – Re-foam vehicle using 3D Pink Car Soap plus 3D ULTRA BLAST FOAMER followed by using the 3D Nano Towel to remove any bonded contaminants.
      10. Final Power Rinse – Remove all soap suds and loosened contamination.
      11. Dry Car – Dry car using various options for removing standing water.

      Topic 2: Vehicle Inspection

      1. Inspect vehicle for previous damage and document on the Vehicle Inspection Form/App.
      2. Identify any trim, components, or surfaces that need to be removed, taped-off or covered over.
      3. Inspect windshield for sub-surface defects in the glass and worn-out wiper blades. *
      4. Inspect vehicle for defective parts or components including, side mirrors, antennas, mud flaps, etc. document and notify owner.
      5. Inspect for clearcoat failure or other unfix-able paint issues.
      6. Inspect Paint Thickness using PTG – Mark on Vehicle Inspection Form/App.

      * Sub-Surface Glass Polishing - If inspection of windshield shows glass needs polishing to remove wiper marks or other sub-surface defects contact and confirm with owner how to proceed. NOTE: Sub-surface glass polishing must be performed before paint correction step.

      Topic 3: Perform Test Spot

      1. The importance and value of doing a proper Test Spot is explained in detail.
      2. How and where to perform a Test Spot is taught in detail as well as how to inspect the results.
      3. How to dial-in the paint correction process is taught based upon results from Test Spot.

      Topic 4: Paint Correction Step

      • Step 1: Tape-off, remove or cover-up any trim and/or components before starting machine paint correction.
      • Step 2: Starting at the top of the vehicle and then working down and around the vehicle, perform the first paint correction step as indicated by the results of the Test Spot and in keeping with the Detail Package selected by the customer.
      • Step 3: If there is a second paint correction step to be performed, do this after the first paint correction step.
      • Step 4: Wipe down entire car and inspect results using a strong hand-held light. If there are any areas that still need correction work – perform at this stage of the process.

      Topic 5: Ceramic Coatings - The focus of our class will be on how to correctly use a 3D panel wipe and then install a 3D ceramic coating. However, the proper and correct way to apply liquid wax, paste wax and synthetic sealants will be covered. There are three common options for sealing the paint after the paint correction steps. Which option is used depends upon the goal of the class as well as the preferences of the car owner and in some cases, the type of paint on the car.

      • Car Wax: 3D Carnauba Wax of or 3D Carnauba Paste Wax.
      • Synthetic Paint Sealant: Poxy and/or Cherry Wax.
      • Ceramic Coating: 3D Ceramic Paint Coating or 3D Ceramic Touch.

      Topic 6: Ceramic coating glass - The glass on all the cars in our classes will be machine polished using either a topical or sub-surface glass polish. This procedure is done during the washing of the car and leaves perfectly clean and smooth glass. The follow-up step of coating the glass is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the glass with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the glass.

      Topic 7: Ceramic coating headlights - Headlight correction is always performed before washing the vehicle. The headlight correction procedure restores clean, clear plastic headlight lenses. The follow-up step of coating the plastic headlights is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the headlights with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the headlights.

      Topic 8: Protecting plastic, rubber and vinyl trim, body molding and cladding - The finishing touches to any professional detail are to restore a factory new appearance to exterior trim, body moldings and cladding. For this step, the class will use 3D 706 Ultra Protectant.

      Topic 9: Ceramic coating wheels - If wheels were removed during the washing step they have already been ceramic coated on both sides. If the wheels were not removed during the washing step then at this time all of the surfaces that can be reached by hand will be prepped with 3D Wipe and then coated using 3D Ceramic Coating.

      Topic 10: Protecting and dressing tires - Tires are machine scrubbed during the washing process. The follow-up step is performed later in the day using one of 3D tire dressings or 3D’s tire coatings.

      Topic 11: Final Inspection – White Glove Test - After all steps and procedures have been completed and checked-off the check-off sheet, the detailer will do a final inspection to ensure the car is read for presentation and/or delivery.

      Afternoon session: One-Step or Production Detailing

      Topic 1: Waterless Prep Wash

      1. Topical Glass Polishing - Machine polish all glass with 3D Topical Glass Polish after first wiping clean with 3D Glass Cleaner.
      2. Headlight Restoration – Dull, faded, and oxidized headlights are restored using machine sanding (if needed), followed by compounding using 3D ACA 500 followed by polishing using 400 ONE. Headlights will be sealed later in the class.
      3. Kosmetic Engine Detailing –Kosmetic style engine and engine bay cleaning using 3D Waterless Wash.
      4. Wash entire car – This includes all body panels, glass, trim, etc. using 3D Waterless Wash
      5. Wheels & Tires– Tires are machine scrubbed and then tires and wheels are wiped clean using 3D Waterless Wash

      Topic 2: Vehicle Inspection

      1. Inspect vehicle for previous damage and document on the Vehicle Inspection Form/App.
      2. Identify any trim, components, or surfaces that need to be removed, taped-off or covered over.
      3. Inspect windshield for sub-surface defects in the glass and worn-out wiper blades.*
      4. Inspect vehicle for defective parts or components including, side mirrors, antennas, mud flaps, etc. Document and notify owner.
      5. Inspect for clearcoat failure or other unfix-able paint issues.
      6. Inspect Paint Thickness using PTG – Mark on Vehicle Inspection Form/App.

      * Sub-Surface Glass Polishing - If inspection of windshield shows glass needs polishing to remove wiper marks or other sub-surface defects contact and confirm with owner how to proceed. NOTE: Sub-surface glass polishing must be performed before paint correction step.

      Topic 3: Perform Test Spot

      1. The importance and value of doing a proper Test Spot is explained in detail. Including how to educate your customer and set their expectations when only doing a one-step process.
      2. How and where to perform a Test Spot is taught in detail as well as how to inspect the results. For one-step production detailing with an AIO the key element is picking the correct pad that matches the hardness or softness of the paint.
      3. How to dial-in the paint correction process is taught based upon results from Test Spot.
      4. How to under promise and over deliver when doing Production Detailing.

      Topic 4: One-step paint correction and protection

      • Step 1: Tape-off, remover or cover-up any trim and/or components before starting machine paint correction.
      • Step 2: Starting at the top of the vehicle and then working down and around the vehicle use 3D SPEED and the pad indicated from the Test Spot to buff out the car.
      • Step 3: Discuss the value of using a 3D topper on the horizontal surfaces and then top 3D SPEED.

      Topic 5: Ceramic coating glass - The glass on all the cars in our classes will be machine polished using either a topical or sub-surface glass polish. This procedure is done during the washing of the car and leaves perfectly clean and smooth glass. The follow-up step of coating the glass is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the glass with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the glass.

      Topic 6: Ceramic coating Headlights - Headlight correction is always performed before washing the vehicle. The headlight correction procedure restores clean, clear plastic headlight lenses. The follow-up step of coating the plastic headlights is done later in the day and for this step we will be prepping the headlights with 3D Wipe and then using 3D Ceramic Touch spray coating to seal the headlights.

      Topic 7: Protecting plastic, rubber and vinyl trim, body molding and cladding - The finishing touches to any professional detail are to restore a factory new appearance to exterior trim, body moldings and cladding. For this step, the class will use 3D 706 Ultra Protectant.

      Topic 8: Protecting and dressing tires - Tires are machine scrubbed during the washing process. The follow-up step is performed later in the day using one of 3D tire dressings or 3D’s tire coatings.

      Topic 9: Final Inspection – White Glove Test - After all steps and procedures have been completed and checked-off the check-off sheet, the detailer will do a final inspection to ensure the car is read for presentation and/or delivery.

      Day 2 - Dry Sanding class

      To call this a "dry sanding" class is a tick inaccurate because in the class we will cover:

      • Hand sanding dry
      • Machine sanding dry

      Besides learning how to correctly and safely sand paint flat, students will also learn proper techniques for using,

      • DA Sanders
      • Hard Blocks
      • Soft Blocks
      • Rotary Polishers
      • Orbital Polishers
      • Ceramic Coatings

      Start time - Class starts at 7:30am SHARP and goes until 5:30pm. Each student will fully restore and detail one boat.

      Overview - This class covers four different sanding techniques to level orange peel and other surface textures for creating a true show car finish with 100% D.O.I. as the goal.

      D.O.I. = Distinction of Image - The goal when creating a true show car finish is to level the paint as flat as possible using sanding techniques and then after sanding, removing the sanding marks to restore a clear, high gloss shine.

      This one-day class will teach,

      • How to sand paint flat.
      • The proper use of a rotary polisher, wool cutting pad and 3D compounds to remove 100% of the sanding marks.
      • How to use orbital polishers with foam pads and 3D polishes to create a hologram and swirl free finish.
      • How to use a panel wipe to remove residual polishing oils and the install a 3D Ceramic Coating.

      NO CHAIRS - Sure if you get tired and need a chair we'll have a few stored in the warehouse. The reality is - these are on-your-feet, hands-on training classes. I find the kind of people interested in learning how to dry sand paint to create a flawless show car finish are also the kind of people that learn best by DOING - not SITTING in chairs. If you want to take a class where you'll sit in chairs and look at a power point on the wall - please find another class.

      Real cars, no demo hoods - In this class students will learn and train on actual cars, not demo hoods. There is no impact and thus not real-life skills learned when training on a demo hood, fender or panel. With a real car, the students learn complexity of sanding around edges, raised body lines, louvers, antennas, side mirrors, door handles, etc. Sanding takes on a whole new meaning when it’s this real.

      Class starts at 7:30am and goes until 5:30pm. Each student will sand, compound, polish and coat one car.

      Day 3 - Boat detailing class

      This is a 100% on-your-feet, hands-on boat detailing class. There are no chairs in this class unless someone requests a chair. Historically these are not only the most hands-on boat detailing classes on planet Earth they are the only boat detailing classes on planet Earth.

      I bring in the WORSE condition, dark colored gelcoat boats that have turned white with oxidation because these types of boats provide the best and most learning advantages.

      In this class you will learn,

      • Deep oxidation removal
      • Machine sanding with DA Sanders - working smarter instead of harder
      • How to correctly use a rotary polisher to fast and efficiently remove machine sanding marks.
      • How to correctly use an orbital polishers to remove holograms left by the rotary step.
      • How to chemically strip gelcoat and install a gelcoat ceramic coating.
      • How to maintain the finish moving forward.

      Start time - Class starts at 7:30am SHARP and goes until 6:30pm. Each student will fully restore and detail one boat.

      Overview - This class covers how to take the worst condition boats and restore them to factory new condition and actually better than factory new condition. Most boats brand new from the factory come with holograms already in the gelcoat finish. By using neglected gelcoat boats we are able to teach you every aspect of boat detailing. After taking the class you’ll be able to inspect a boat, determine which steps are needed to remove the oxidation and restore a show car finish to a boat.

      Here’s what’s covered in this one-day boat detailing class,

      • Boat washing inside and outside.
      • Canvas and Sunbrella cleaning and protecting.
      • How to clean non-skid surfaces to remove mold, mildew and oxidation.
      • How to clean vinyl seats and other vinyl surfaces while safely removing mold and mildew.
      • Metal polishing and sealing.
      • Plexiglass, Isinglass, and plastic window polishing and ceramic coating.
      • Top cap detailing – removing oxidation and sealing with a gelcoat ceramic coating.
      • How to machine sand gelcoat to remove deep oxidation.
      • Rotary polisher techniques – how to remove your sanding marks and/or deep oxidation.
      • Orbital polisher techniques – how to remove holograms and polish gelcoat to a high gloss.
      • How to use a gelcoat panel wipe to prep the gelcoat for a ceramic coating.
      • How to install a gelcoat ceramic coating and add additional layers.

      Business and Marketing - Throughout the entire day, any related business and marketing tips, techniques and information will be shared with the student. It is up to the student to memorize the info or capture via notes or video.

      IDA Phase I and Phase II Training - During the detailing process from start to finish, all of the questions asked during the Phase I written test and Phase II skills validation test will be covered. It is up to the student to memorize the info or capture via notes or video.

      Summary - Whether detailing for fun or detailing for profit, following the above two styles of automotive detailing ensures a thorough and professional detail job that delivers personal or customer pleasing results.

      Q & A Time - Students will have an opportunity to ask any questions they have that they have not already asked during the course of the day. Students are encouraged to ask questions at any time while they are fresh on their mind and pertinent to the topic being taught.

      Certificate Award Ceremony - Each person that has attended the full class will be awarded their “Certificate of Completion” for the class. A picture of the person and the instructor will be taken at this time for documentation and sharing on social media.

      Book signing - Each student is given a copy of the most current how-to book and if they like, they can request it to be signed.

      Class is over

      About the Instructor - Mike Phillips has the longest documented history of teaching hands-on boat detailing classes than any other boat class known to exist. Like his car detailing and dry sanding classes, Mike knows the type of people that are willing to undertake detailing a boat are also the kind of people that learn best by doing – not sitting in chairs. There's no chairs in this class unless you request one or bring your own.

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

      Note Pads and Cell Phone Videos - Students are strongly encouraged to take notes for their use later and notepads and pens are available. Students are also strongly encouraged to take video notes using their cell phone or video camera.

      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.

      Coffee & Donuts - Please arrive at 7:00am. 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 7:30am guaranteed.

      Pizza Lunch - Pizza will be provided for lunch 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.

      All tools, pads and products provided - All you need to bring is a smile and eagerness to learn.

      Tools - The primary tools we use are FLEX tools but there will be other tool options available for anyone that would like to try and compare including RUPES, Griot's, Porter Cable, etc.

      Pads - All fiber and foam pads are matched to the tools and products used for any given process. Pads are made for and exclusive to 3D by Lake Country Pad Manufacturing.

      Products - The majority of products used in class are manufactured by 3D. In such cases where specialty products are needed and not available from 3D – other professional grade options are used.

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