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Auto Detailing Training Seminar – 2 Day Technician Class

Auto Detailing Training Seminar – 2 Day Technician Class

Auto Detailing School

If your primary purpose in attending our Auto Detailing School is to learn the ropes about successfully operating your own business, you’re going to have to get your hands dirty! We’re not here to show you some videos, or have you memorize details from an outdated workbook, or deaden your mind with boring tutorials. The entire weekend you will be amazed with what you learn. Whether you have been in business for several years or just starting out our goal is to exceed your expectations. And according to our student testimonials we consistently accomplish that goal. All 2017 Technician Program Seminar Dates are displayed below.

If you’re attending a Detail King Auto Detailing Training Seminar, you’re going to actually detail a designated vehicle from tires to rooftop — all with the assistance of our certified trainers, Detail King team members and your fellow seminar students. You will be assigned to a specific vehicle along with some of the other students and a team of Detail King Certified Trainers. You will actually be detailing a pre owned vehicle that has swirls in the paint, oxidation, water spots etc. The interior will be extra dirty with soiled carpets, dirty leather, stained cloth seats, horrible headliners and miserable windows and mirrors. Your goal is to turn that dirty, dull, and stinky vehicle into a front line ready vehicle, you will actually help increase the value of that vehicle by several hundred dollars. What this all means is you will learn how to knock your customers socks off! Check out the Impossible Detail which two different training classes accomplished detailing the dirtiest car in history!

Our Technician Program training seminars are held almost every month. Day one is all classroom training, the intent is to teach you how to start, operate and grow an auto detailing business, basically how to run an auto detailing business. This is where you will learn about developing a sound business plan. You will also learn how to determine the demand in your area and what type of location you should choose or be a mobile operator. The course will also review the types of permits and licenses you may need. We will focus much of the Marketing & Advertising segments on how to Brand your business through the use of a web site and using the various popular social media channels. Be sure to check out our all new bigger and better Detail King Classroom where the first day of our 2 day seminar is held.

Day two you’ll have the opportunity to try out all of the various auto detailing equipment offerings and the many different detailing products and accessories that we offer at Detail King. This is where the rubber meets the road, with our certified auto detailing trainers showing you the proper methods and procedures for using high speed buffers, orbital polishers, interior carpet extractors, detailing brushes, microfiber towels and just about everything else you would need to make a dull and dirty car look new again.

To get an idea of the course agenda, take a look at the detailed curriculum offered on Day 1 and the training you will undergo on Day 2.

Why Choose Detail King for Auto Detailing Training?

What makes us qualified to dispense all this knowledge and on-the-job training? First off, Nick Vacco, our president and founder, has been conducting car detailing training seminars since 2001, educating more than 1,000 students. Today, a staff of certified instructors with more than 70 years of combined experience assists him. Detail King Auto Detailing Training Institute now accepts educational benefits for approved Veterans. Learn More.

Further, our programs and curriculums are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board Of Education. All of our graduates are awarded a framed “Diploma” after completing the course from Detail King Auto Detailing Training Institute LLC. That’s a far cry from the “certificate of completion” offered by other training programs. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can offer that. But very few can honestly say their programs and curriculum have been approved and certified by their state. And even fewer can match our extensive knowledge and auto detailing industry experience.

If you’re still hesitant about signing up for one of our auto detailing seminars, here’s what we’d like you to do. Shop around. Ask questions. For instance, ask how long have you been in business? Are you a private licensed school approved by your state? Upon completion of your program do I receive a diploma or just a certificate of completion? It’s your future, and starting off with a qualified auto detailing training program is absolutely essential to your success.

All Detail King Graduates will receive a special Detail King Certified eLogo that you can place on your web site. When your customers click on it, it will connect to a special landing page on our web site that explains that you have been Certified by Detail King! This will help you book more appointments.

Seminar Details:

  • Presented by: Nick Vacco, Director and Founder of Detail King Auto Detailing Training Institute LLC
  • When: View Upcoming Seminar dates below. Click here to view highlights videos from past ADTI seminars. And visit our Educational Seminar Testimonials page to hear what others are saying about our seminars. If you can’t attend our seminars, you may want to consider purchasing our four DVD Auto Detailing Training Videos.
  • Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Both days of the Technician Program Seminar takes place at the Detail King world headquarters at 947A Old Frankstown Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15239. For lodging accommodations we recommend the Hampton Inn in Monroeville PA, 15146. We have special lodging rates for students choosing to stay at the Hampton Inn Monroeville. The student will have access to all the amenities to make your stay memorable. Enjoy a FREE hot breakfast buffet available every morning, free high-speed WIFI internet in every room, and free parking for the length of your stay. The discounted rate for our students is $109 plus tax per night. You can call the Hampton to reserve your room 412-380-4000 or make room reservations online. The corporate account number you need is 0003141664, no other number is needed.
  • The Hampton Inn Monroeville is conveniently located right off of PA Turn Pike 376 and only about 7 minutes from the Detail King Campus. Multiple delicious restaurants and entertainment attractions are also located within 5 minutes of Hampton Inn Monroeville, including Outback Steakhouse, The Rivertown Pourhouse, Monroeville Mall, and much more! Come to the Hampton Inn Monroeville for the royal treatment and enjoy your stay like a King! For transportation from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the hotel, contact our sister company; Elite Coach Limousine at 724-325-2626. They’re rates are better than a taxicab and they are more reliable.
  • Tuition Cost: Only $459 per person for both days of the auto detailing training seminar. Also included are coffee, tea and donuts, a buffet or catered lunch and refreshments each day. All training materials needed are provided for both days of class including a PowerPoint presentation binder for the first day.

Who Should Attend the 2-Day Technician Automotive Detailing Course?

Here’s who should consider attending auto detailing training offered by Detail King:

  • Future auto detailing business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Current auto detailing business owners,
  • Managers and sales personnel from anywhere in the country or abroad (you do not have to be from Pittsburgh to attend).

Detail King course are meant for both mobile and fixed auto detail shop operators. If you are in the auto detailing business or are thinking about starting your own part- or full-time business, you should not miss our educational auto detailing training events.

Car wash owners and operators are also urged to attend if thinking about adding auto detailing or express auto detailing an existing operation. For individuals who are interested in changing careers and seeking gainful employment in this field, our course will serve to be extremely helpful.

Technician Auto Detailing Course: Day 1 – Saturday

Technician Auto Detailing Course: Day 2 – Sunday

Laying Out The Groundwork

  • Develop a business plan
  • Determine if there is a demand in your area
  • Investigate local environmental laws with EPA
  • Check out the competition
  • Permits and licenses needed
  • Business structure
  • Business bank account
  • Determine the types of vehicles you will detail

Setting Up Shop/Mobile Operation

  • Choose a location
  • Determine type of vehicle & mobile equipment
  • Purchase adequate insurance
  • Communication system
  • Acquire a business credit card
  • Set up merchant credit card acceptance
  • Investigate state, city and county laws
  • Environmental issues requiring compliance

Advertising & Promotion

  • Choose a business name
  • Develop an advertising budget
  • Create a company logo for branding
  • Design professional-looking business cards
  • Design a service menu
  • Create specialty flyers
  • Display your company name
  • Dress for success
  • Promote your new venture
  • Promote your expertise
  • Website & Internet promotion
  • Yellow page advertising
  • Direct mail & email campaigns
  • Print media advertising
  • Cold calling – face to face campaigns

Operational Issues – Exterior

  • Determine what type of reconditioning a vehicle needs
  • Determine paint condition
  • Check for environmental fallout
  • Check for paint overspray
  • Check for scratches and micro marring
  • Check for paint over-spray, tree sap, excessive tar
  • Check for rock paint chips
  • Check for faded plastic trim
  • Check for foggy headlights
  • Excessively soiled convertible roof
  • Loose emblems and trim
  • Excessively dirty wheels
  • Paint in wheel wells
  • Condition of glass – water mark etching

Operational Issues – Interior

  • Customer’s personal items
  • Vacuuming and air purging process
  • Pet hair removal
  • Seating surfaces condition
  • Excessively dirty carpets/mats
  • Faded carpets
  • Vinyl and leather condition
  • Red stains/coffee stain removal
  • Headliner cleaning/condition
  • Foul odor removal process
  • Vacuuming and air purging

History of Base/Coat/Clear Coat Paints

  • EPA and auto paint companies involvement
  • base coat/clear coat process
  • Pros and cons of base coat/clear coat paint
  • How to protect base coat/clear coat paint
  • How to sell paint protection to prospects

Auto Detailing Clay

  • Benefits of using clay
  • Different clay grades and their use
  • How to sell clay detailing services

Service Menu Review – Features/Benefits

  • Review engine compartment services and precautions
  • Review exterior detailing services
  • Review interior detailing services
  • Review added-value services
  • Review detailing packages
  • Review new vehicle protection packages
  • Review VIP plans/cosmetic maintenance
  • Review the spectrum of services

Equipment & Supplies Needed

  • Mobile wash equipment and trailers
  • Vacuums and extractors
  • Exterior detailing chemicals
  • Interior detailing chemicals
  • Supplies, products and tools
  • Towels, applicators and brushes
  • Detailing terms glossary

Marketing & Prospecting

  • Definition of marketing and prospecting
  • Chamber of Commerce program and benefits
  • Promote at car clubs and show
  • Automotive business networking
  • Opportunities at dealerships
  • Opportunities at on-site locations
  • Target market niches
  • Insurance companies
  • Affluent health clubs
  • Real estate agencies
  • Transportation companies
  • Stand-alone car washes
  • Office building blitzes
  • Doctors/hospitals
  • Flea markets
  • On-site promotions
  • Welcome wagon
  • Referral program
  • Overspray removal accounts
  • Car rental agencies
  • Police and county vehicles
  • Food delivery services
  • Pet mobiles
  • Kid mobiles
  • Collector cars
  • Tractor trailer cabs

Reoccurring Revenue

  • Doing the job is only half the job
  • 2 to 8 Rule
  • Customer retention
  • Marketing/sales funnel
  • Success and failure
  • Learn to listen to customer needs
  • Propose a solution
  • Understand the “buying signs”
  • Understand the “right to fail”
  • Understand the “opportunity to win”

Costs and Profit Margins

  • Understand your costs
  • Determine your margins
  • Look for ways to increase margins
  • Always maintain quality of service
  • Review hourly overhead formula
  • Determine what you should charge

Questions & Answers

Chemical and Equipment Overview

  • Polishes – glazes – compounds – waxes – sealants
  • Exterior soaps, degreasers, cleaners
  • Interior soaps and aerosols
  • Dress products for exterior and interior
  • Plastic trim dyes
  • Carpet dyes
  • Non-silicone products

Auto Detailing Tools and Accessories

  • Brushes
  • Chamois and wash mitts
  • Applicators and dressing pads
  • Towels and micro-fiber products
  • Detailing tools and accessories
  • Bottles & chemical storage

Equipment Being Used For The Day

  • High-speed rotary buffers (3)
  • Orbital polishers (4)
  • Hot water extractors
  • Air movers/interior dyes
  • Vapor steamers
  • High-pressure washers
  • Low-pressure washers
  • Air compressors
  • Generators
  • Mobile trailers

Exterior Wash, Prep and Engine

  • Check for any existing damage and document
  • Review washing steps
  • Tips to avoid scratching vehicle
  • Check for loose accessories
  • Select proper brushes
  • Select proper cleaners, degreasers
  • Wheels and wheel well cleaning
  • Door jamb degreasing
  • Bug removal
  • Engine compartment prep and cleaning
  • Moldings and trim cleaning
  • Prep rinse
  • Handwash and rinse
  • Plastic bag test for contaminants
  • Claying of vehicle
  • Chamois drying and water blade use
  • Tar removal
  • Tape uneven body panels
  • Tape plastic trim, cracks, crevices

Exterior Detailing Training: Paint Condition and Inspection

  • Oxidized and faded paint
  • Clear coat environmentally polluted paints
  • Tree sap overspray
  • Micro scratch removal (micro marring)
  • Water spots and acid rain removal
  • Road paint overspray removal
  • Surface scratches

Exterior Buffing, Polishing and Sealing

  • Deep scratch removal through wet sanding
  • Various paint blemish issues
  • Rotary buffer techniques
  • Compounding and glazing techniques
  • Orbital polisher techniques
  • Wax and sealant application
  • Dressing of tires, wheel wells and trim
  • Smear-free cleaning of windows and mirrors
  • Tips for the perfect detail
  • Final hand polishing and buffing
  • Removal of fine swirls
  • How to create a showroom finish even if paint was severely damaged
  • Ongoing paint cosmetic maintenance
  • Use of extra light-duty clay bar well after detail
  • Spray painting of exposed frame rails
  • Acid rain removal from glass
  • Final inspection of exterior
  • Presentation to customer

Interior Detailing Training: Inspection Of Interior

  • Check for damage components, missing buttons, levers, etc.
  • Check for and bag customer’s loose items
  • Check for unusual or potent odors
  • Look for red stains/coffee stains
  • Determine condition of leather and vinyl
  • Determine condition of upholstery

Vacuuming and Air Purging

  • Safety glasses • floorboards • under seats
  • Rear shelf • console • cracks and crevices

Interior Scrubbing Of Components

  • Headliner cleaning and precautions
  • Dashboard cleaning and detailing
  • Steering wheel and steering column cleaning
  • Door panel cleaning and detailing
  • Gas and brake pedal cleaning and safety precautions
  • Center console/glove compartment cleaning & detailing
  • Leather seat cleaning
  • Pre spot carpet/upholstery stains
  • Red stain/coffee stain removal
  • Traffic area soap application
  • Power scrubbing of heavily soiled areas including mats

Heated Interior Soil Extractor Usage

  • Major components of extractor equipment
  • Operation of extractor
  • Hands-on techniques for use of upholstery soil extraction
  • Hands-on techniques for use of carpet/mats soil extraction
  • Maintenance & prevention review of extractor
  • Check for faded carpets that may need dye
  • Apply fabric protection to upholstery/carpets

Trunk Cleaning and Shampooing

  • Wear protective eyewear
  • Clean trunk underside lid and quick wax if needed
  • Purge compressed air onto carpet/floor to loosen debris
  • Hand scrub with shampoo, then gently extract

Dressing, Chrome, & Plastic Trim

  • High-gloss dressing of all vinyl components
  • Low-gloss optional dressing of vinyl components
  • Aerosol spray dressing of AC vents/pockets/console
  • Conditioning of leather seating surfaces
  • Plastic and chrome trim hand polishing and smear removal
  • Wood grain cleaning and conditioning
  • Windows and mirror cleaning/polishing

Interior Final Inspection & Customer Prep

  • Check for smears and smudges
  •  Check for lint deposits
  • Check overall appearance of seats and carpets
  • Place static cling reminder sticker for next detailing service
  • Move vehicle outside and cover up or make contact with customer to have vehicle picked up or delivered
  • Customer presentation and walk around
  • Complete customer paperwork/ask for referrals

By now you realize that we cover a ton of information during this two-day class. Many of our graduates have gone on to become successful auto detailing entrepreneurs as mobile detailing operators, detail shop owners, professional detailers, and detail shop foreman.


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