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Mike Phillips Detailing Boot Camp

Mike Phillips Detailing Boot Camp

Learn from the very best!

Mike Phillips' Detailing Boot Camp is three days packed with proven techniques for creating a show car finish! Expert Mike Phillips 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!

In addition to 3 solid days of hands-on training, you will receive:

  • $100 Autogeek.com gift certificate
  • Your photo on Autogeek.com
  • Certification by Mike Phillips
  • First glimpse at new products
  • And you'll meet the Autogeek staff!

The class size will be limited to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and practice the techniques. The class will be held in the fully equipped Autogeek Show Car Garage located at our headquarters in Stuart, Florida. Each class will feature a special guest instructor to assist Mike Phillips in transforming you from novice to expert detailer!


Friday, February 19th, 2021
Saturday, February 20th, 2021
Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Time: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Time: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Friday, May 1st, 2021
Saturday, May 2nd, 2021
Sunday, May 3rd, 2021
Time: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Time: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Friday, September 24th, 2021
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Sunday, September 26th, 2021
Time: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Time: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Sign up below!


Autogeek.com Show Car Garage
7744 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL 34997

What to bring:

  • Bring a pen and paper to take notes if you like. All chemicals and tools will be provided.
  • Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning and pizza and drinks for lunch.

Please note: each participant needs to register him/herself.

By signing up for a class you agree to sign a Video Release Form upon arriving to the classroom for the possibility that these classes will be streamed live over the Internet and/or recorded for later use.

About the Instructor:

Mike Phillips has over 36 years of experience in the field of auto detailing and reconditioning and a true passion for automobiles. Mike has over 250 articles to his credit and he has hosted two full-length instructional videos for Autogeek. Mike has taught countless detailing classes since 1988 and has been a guest speaker at numerous car club events and car shows. Prior to working at Autogeek, Mike worked at Meguiar's as a sales rep/trainer for Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho training body shop and dealership technicians how to use Meguiar's professional detailing products. Later, he became the online administrator and instructor of Meguiar's detailing classes. In 2009, he joined Autogeek as our Director of Training. Mike has appeared on Two Guys Garage, Motorhead Garage, My Classic Car, and he is the host of Autogeek's What's in the Garage? on the Fox Sports Network. Mike Phillips has also made a regular appearance on Wayne Carini's Chasing Classic Cars and My Classic Car with Dennis Gage, showcasing various products including Pinnacle Natural Brilliance - the exclusive line of products used at F40 Motorsports, Wayne Carini's shop in Connecticut.


Tools, tools....and more tools!

Mike Phillips has a saying: "If it has paint, it gets polished!" Polishing by hand simply isn't effective (who wants to do it anyway?) with modern clear coat finishes, which is why we instruct our students to work by machine! When you finish Mike Phillips Competition Ready Detailing Classes, you'll be well versed with every dual action and rotary polisher available, including but not limited to:

  • FLEX XC3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polisher
  • FLEX XFE7-15 Long Stroke Orbital Polisher
  • FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher
  • FLEX PE8 Kompakt Rotary Polisher
  • Rupes LHR 15ES Random Orbital Polisher & Mark II
  • Rupes LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher & Mark II
  • Rupes LHR 12E Duetto Random Orbital Polisher
  • Rupes LHR 75E Mini 3 Inch Polisher
  • Rupes TA50 Mini Random Orbital Sander Polisher
  • Porter Cable 7424xp
  • Griot's Garage 3 Inch Random Orbital Polisher
  • Griot's Garage 6 Inch Random Orbital Polisher
  • Griot's Garage BOSS System (G15 and G21)
  • Meguiars MT300 Dual Action Polisher
  • DeWalt DWP 849X Rotary Polisher
  • Makita 9237CX2

....and a whole lot more!

While machine polishing is a huge part of the Mike Phillips Competition Ready Detailing Classes, he also covers topics such as:

  • Steam cleaning (Mytee and Dupray)
  • Carpet extractors (Mytee)
  • Convertible top care
  • Proper washing & drying
  • Machine applying a paste wax
  • Paint, wheel, and glass coatings
  • Leather cleaning & conditioning
  • Wet sanding by hand and machine

Photos & Customer Testimonials

Learn how to detail like a pro from Mike Phillips!

"This class was one of the best experiences I have had, it is so informative and Mike Phillips is the man when it comes to car detailing. He has a vast knowledge of all the aspects of detailing and does a great job of teaching and explaining. He really does pour his heart and soul into everything he teaches. Mike is definitely a car guy with a passion for it. We had the chance to use a wide variety of products, which many of them were new. I am glad I took the class and it is worth every penny. Nick and Ray were a huge help and knowledgable as well, they were easy and friendly to talk to and always offering good tips. The whole crew at autogeek hands down is the best and know what they are doing at car detailing."

Learn how to detail like a pro from Mike Phillips!

"I signed up for this class because the last time I had my car detailed the paint was burned off my mirrors, and of course the detailer shop said it was like that when I brought it in. 

This class was excellent it gave me the confidence to use these tools and not be afraid to use them. I will be detailing my cars from now on. 

Two details will pay for the costs of the tools needed to perform an excellent job.

Thanks to Mike, Nick and Ray."

Learn how to detail like a pro from Mike Phillips!

"I showed up real early on sat morning while Mike was still doing some final touches for the class, he immediately stopped what he was doing and welcomed me right in. To me that shows a lot that not only does he care just about cars but he buts his heart into everything that surrounds him. They say first impression is everything and he had my trust and attention right away i was ready to learn and see what this guy can do and I walked away with a lot of knowledge and confidence."

"Thanks to Mike and Nick for their awesome training during the training academy. The level of knowledge Mike has and his willingness to share with anyone is superb. This class offers anyone to try out all levels of equipment from entry level to top of the line.
The ability to use products from many manufacturers is a plus for anyone taking this class to let them see the results themselves. There is no sales push etc. just 18 hrs of training and education from one of the best in the USA. 
Enjoyed the hospitality, interaction with other people in the class, the chance to see, work and learn.

Anyone that is thinking of taking this class should not wait because you can learn so much from the class much less the forum.
If you have an interest in a product or equipment and have not already done so check out the forum, Mike has an article on it!!"

"Mike is the real deal! A genuine car-guy that cares about people and is ready to share his years of experience and passion for the art of detailing and paint correction.

The class was the best money I've spent in a long time. We not only learned a lot of paint correction techniques, but we were able to play with all of the different tools and machines.

Whether you're an experienced detailer, or a hobbyist wanting to learn some new skills, the class is well worth it. There's another one at the end of September, so sign up!

One thing to mention, I was a little worried we'd be bombarded with "available at Autogeek" at every turn with the hard sell. Neither Mike nor Nick did that, but were quick to answer product questions. I'm placing a big order, and glad to know what I need.

Thanks Mike!"

"Mike is the real deal. Having been to three weekends of training, I can heartily agree that he is a great instructor. Anyone who has the opportunity to go to his classes should do whatever it takes to get there. It is well worth the price. As far as the AutoGeek hard sell, not necessary. AutoGeek sells itself. There is no detail company with better product selection, prices and the customer service is above everyone else. I keep hoping to get back to another class as they are always fun, hard work and informative. I am privileged to call Mike and Nick friends. In this business, there are no better."

"Wow - what a great weekend! As an enthusiast, having the opportunity to work and learn alongside the professionals – Mike, Nick, and the rest of the class was a fantastic opportunity. I now have the confidence and skills (albeit still in their infancy) to take on more advanced paint correction projects. Some pearls from the detailing training academy: “smooth gives gloss”, “get organized”, “work clean”, “mark your backing plate”, “work cool”, “test spot”, “use the least aggressive product to get the job done”, “inspect your towel”, “creep out”. I just placed an order with Autogeek for some Pinnacle products - can’t wait until they arrive to put my new knowledge to work!"



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7615 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, Florida 34997

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There is an in-house restaurant and the Cracker Barrel and McDonald's are right next door. They offer free Wireless Internet in all their rooms.

Holiday Inn Express - Stuart Florida
7900 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, FL 34997

Wendy's and Dunkin Donuts are right next door. They offer free Wireless Internet in all their rooms.


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