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Autogeek's Detailing Boot Camp

Autogeek's Detailing Boot Camp

Autogeek's Detailing Class is two days packed with proven techniques for creating a show car finish! Expert detailer Justin Labato walks you through every step of the detailing process, from the interior to the exterior and under the hood. He'll cover everything you need to know to maintain your own vehicle or the vehicles of clients. If you plan to detail for profit, this class is a must!

But, Justin Labato and the Autogeek team provide more than just a vast amount of knowledge and expertise. We are also providing an arsenal of detailing tools, products, and supplies that you will be using with your own two hands!

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to hone your passion for detailing into more than just a hobby. The only way to do that is to learn, practice, and experience everything it means to detail at a professional level. Now, with the Autogeek Detailing Classes, you will get the opportunity to get all of that and more through hands-on training!

You'll be able to study with the master detailer himself, Justin Labato, and learn the tricks of the trade through actual practice and hands-on training.

In addition to 2 solid days of hands-on training, you will receive:

  • $200 Autogeek.com gift certificate
  • Your photo on Autogeek.com
  • Certification by Justin Labato
  • First glimpse at new products
  • And you'll meet the Autogeek staff!

Scroll down to see everything this class has in store!

Saturday & Sunday Class Outline

Class starts at 8:00am and goes until 5:00pm

Multiple-Step Paint Correction:

  1. Extreme Washing
    This class session covers all the correct tools, products, and techniques to thoroughly clean and prep a car for detailing when using a source of running water.

    This includes:

    • • Foam Guns
    • • 3-Bucket Wash Method
    • • Wheel Woolie Wheel Brushes
    • • Speedmaster Wheel Brushes
    • • Brake-dust Removing Wheel Cleaners
    • • Mechanical Decontamination using Clay Mitts & Towels

    Also covered in the morning washing session are the non-washing procedures to do and the correct order in which to do them.

    *Wet Wash Engine Detailing, Machine Glass Polishing & Headlight Correction

  2. Car Inspection & Prep
    This class session covers everything you need to do to a car BEFORE you start machine polishing. This includes inspecting using a Vehicle Inspection Form, Paint Thickness Gauge, Swirl Finder Lights, and the Baggie Test. Plus which areas to tape off and how to correctly tape off and cover-up trim, comments, tops, etc.

  3. How, why, and where to do a Test Spot
    One of the most important steps, if not THE most important step, everyone should be doing before detailing a car.

  4. 2-step paint correction and polishing
    This class session covers all the professional techniques to correctly compound and polish paint to perfection. Multiple-step paint correction breaks down the paint polishing process into isolated and dedicated steps to maximize the end-results for a true show car quality finish.

    This session includes tools from: FLEX, RUPES, Griot's Garage, & Cyclo

  5. Pads - Products
    The morning session includes a wide range of pro-grade compounds, polishes and buffing pads for a very well-rounded experience. You will learn how to know when to use a compound versus a medium, fine, or ultra fine cut polish.

  6. Final Steps (Ceramic Coatings - Waxes - Sealants)
    The morning session covers coatings and dressings for: glass, tires, rims and plastic trim.

One-Step Detailing

One step detailing is also called production detailing. In this session you will learn which types of cars and other projects are best suited for an AIO type product, (All-in-One), also called a cleaner wax. The focus on this class is how to restore a neglected car's finish to like-new condition in only one step - also called Speed Detailing. This type of detailing is great for enthusiasts taking care of their own daily drivers or for professional detailers as a part of their budget package, as well as things like dealership work.

  1. Washing Techniques for Waterless Washes and Rinseless Washers
    The session covers how, where, when, why and what for using either a waterless or rinseless wash. Correct techniques for both types are covered as well as when to use one over the other. Also covered are the correct types of wash media and other tools needed to clean a car without running water safely.

  2. Mechanical decontamination
    The session covers why and how to use detailing clay and clay substitutes. Students learn the proper technique for using detailing clay as well as clay substitutes.

  3. Taping-off and covering up to save time and marketing purposes
    Students will build on the foundation created in the morning session as well as learn the marketing side of taping-off and covering stain-sensitive surfaces.

  4. One-step high quality detailing
    Where the morning session goes over how to use a multiple-step approach for show car results, the afternoon session covers how to correctly use All-in-One products to compound, polish and protect the paint in one-step. This type of detailing is perfect for entry level detailing packages as well as daily drivers, budget details, RV's, and large vehicles like trucks and vans where the owner or customer does not want or need a ceramic coating. There are do’s and don'ts when it comes to this type of detailing, which you will learn in the class. Everyone should have the skill set and knowledge to correctly perform one-step detailing jobs whether you're an enthusiast or you detail for money.

  5. Tools - Pads - Products
    Students can choose and use any tool and pad combo they previously used in class already. This is your opportunity to spend more time with any tool that has attracted your interest and attention and you're thinking about investing in. You can even use multiple tools, it's your choice. The importance of abrasive technology is stressed in this class as well as how to under-promise and over-deliver exceptional results. You will learn how to get show car results in half the time.

  6. Interior Detailing
    You will learn the difference between a hot water extractor and a steam machine and when and how to use one over the other.

    This includes:

    • • How to use a hot water extractor
    • • How to use a steam machine
    • • How to use Tornador Air Tools
    • • How to clean and protect leather, vinyl, alcantara, plastic and glass surfaces
    • • Finishing steps - the final touches

Lunch is provided both days of Class.