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John in VA
01-21-2010, 08:59 PM
Detailing Clinic

Saturday March 20, 2010 (rain date Sunday March 21, 2010)
10 AM - 4 PM
Bimmer Sales Limited
4064 S. Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4064+S.+Four+Mile+Run+Drive+Arlington,+VA+22206&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=4064+S+4+Mile+Run+Dr,+Arlington,+VA+22206&gl=us&ei=4A9vS4nwOIbj8QbJn4GQBg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA
(703)578-1808
Fee $10.00
Limited to 50 attendees
Registration opens Wednesday, February 10th:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/A70D8220-A9BC-CF8E-CAE65D3EF9843CA4

Sean Khrazmi will lead us in discussing the details of detailing from 10AM-4PM at his Arlington shop.
He will answer your questions and demonstrate tricks of the trade to improve the appearance of your cars, and teach you how to do it safely & correctly. He's working to get the Paintless Dent Removal technician that he uses to also be in attendance.

Some of the topics to be covered include:
Exterior - swirl & scratch removal, paint touch-up & correction, clear coat maintenance, glass & plastic polishing.
Interior - carpet, upholstery, trim, & headliner materials maintenance, deodorizing.
Wheels - removing brake dust, polishing, refinishing, cleaning fender wells.

There will be a break from noon to 1PM to allow attendees to grab lunch on their own.

If you have any questions please contact John McWilliams:
john.mcwilliams@<hidden>

John in VA
02-10-2010, 12:05 PM
Registration opened for Detailing Clinic today.
See the details at:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/A70D8220-A9BC-CF8E-CAE65D3EF9843CA4

pseto
02-10-2010, 12:11 PM
very cool John. now I gotta decide to do this or DIY at Passport....tough decision

John in VA
02-10-2010, 12:18 PM
Paul,
It seems there is a DIY event every 2 weeks! You'll get another chance. :wink:

Psi5
02-16-2010, 09:25 AM
very cool John. now I gotta decide to do this or DIY at Passport....tough decision
Paul,

Come to the detailing clinic. I'll be there along with my new (to me) Monaco Blue E90 335i - gotta learn the tricks to keeping it looking great.

David

Reach
02-16-2010, 11:00 AM
Registered and looking forward to it.

aparrado
02-16-2010, 02:39 PM
Is there a way to see how many people have registered for this? I see on the registration site that there's a listing of attendees but it doesn't show anything so I wonder if that's disabled that way I can see what capacity is like and whether I can wait and register later.

bimmerfrau
02-16-2010, 02:51 PM
Is there a way to see how many people have registered for this? I see on the registration site that there's a listing of attendees but it doesn't show anything so I wonder if that's disabled that way I can see what capacity is like and whether I can wait and register later.

Hello there,
No, it's not disabled, you just have to be logged in to view the list.
Once you login to the registration site, click the "See who else is attending" link (on the left hand side under the "View Event Details" section. You should see a listing of names there.

Reach
02-18-2010, 09:32 PM
Well, once again I register and get setup for an event only to realize I have a conflict, duh! I'll be at the ncc autocross, so I will have to cancel my attendance here. I'll be getting my car dirty instead of clean.

Oh well, another $10 donation to the chapter from me :)

Psi5
03-15-2010, 10:19 AM
Registration opened for Detailing Clinic today.
See the details at:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/A70D8220-A9BC-CF8E-CAE65D3EF9843CA4

Forgive the newbie (to detailing) question but are we supposed to bring anything to the clinic? Supplies, polisher, etc.?

David

John in VA
03-15-2010, 10:33 AM
I don't believe we will get a chance to work on our own cars (esp. polishing), but bring your gear along so questions about your products can be answered.
There are talks about a DIY detailing session, but date, location, and logistics have yet to be worked out.

John in VA
03-17-2010, 11:44 AM
I just spoke with Sean, finalizing some details. Looks like it will be a beautiful day, weather-wise. The Paintless Dent Removal technician he uses will be there.
Sean admits he's not a lecturer, so we'll break the session into areas and handle the questions as they arise. Since most seem to be interested in paint correction, we'll probably save that for after lunch as it is the larger time block. Bring your notepads!

Psi5
03-20-2010, 05:18 PM
John,

Thanks for organizing and thanks to Sean for all the useful info. Might it be possible to post a list of all the links Sean mentioned? There were so many, it was hard to keep up. Autogeek, Professional Detailing Service (?), etc. If you, or anyone has a list, that'd be great.

David

John in VA
03-20-2010, 08:24 PM
David,
I'm glad you enjoyed the workshop and hope you are able to put some of the techniques learned today into practice!
We had a great turn-out, including a handful of members who were participating in their first NCC activity. Our host, Sean, went above and beyond what was expected by taking extra time to elaborate and demonstrate paint correction methods on members' cars. They were still at it at 4:45.
I am preparing the article for dB, and will include the detailing links there as well as here on the forum.
I look forward to seeing members again at the Judging School (http://forum.nccbmwcca.org/showthread.php?t=5918) and Deutsche Marque Concours (http://forum.nccbmwcca.org/showthread.php?t=5829)!

MGN33RD
03-20-2010, 09:45 PM
got pulled over as i was leaving bimmer sales, geez what luck, hope no one else got tagged. Got nailed with a 44/30 but luckily officer gave me failure to obey highway sign which shouldnt carry points over to my md license hopefully. She was a pretty hot blond officer at least!

bimmerfrau
03-20-2010, 11:09 PM
Big kudos for John for organizing and facilitating this clinic. Sean patiently explained all-things detailing with buffing/polishing/cleaning/scrubbing/etc. and patiently fielded questions from all of us newbies, intermediates, and fellow detailing gurus. I even got the opportunity to fire the awesome and feared foam gun :cool:

By the way, I knew never that there were over 1,001 different buffing sponges in existence or that it seriously takes a lot of elbow grease to get that perfect mirror-shine even with a buffing tool. I have a new appreciation for all detail specialists now.

In the seven years I've owned the 528i, I dont think she has received such pampering and ultra-treatment. Ronny (the dent-removal king) performed miracles in less than 15 minutes. Overall, it was an eye-opening experience and I learned so much about how to care for my investment.

Thanks John!

zett4m
03-21-2010, 10:11 AM
Great event. This was my first CCA event since joining and I loved it. Even though I have been a self-admitted wash-n-wax nut for a couple years now, I learned a great deal - especially when it comes to using a buffer. I am no longer afraid. =)

Here is a quick pic I snapped with my phone:
http://blog.palemud.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/IMG_0410.jpg

John in VA
03-21-2010, 10:16 AM
got pulled over as i was leaving bimmer sales, geez what luck, hope no one else got tagged. Got nailed with a 44/30 but luckily officer gave me failure to obey highway sign which shouldnt carry points over to my md license hopefully. She was a pretty hot blond officer at least!

Lucky break! I saw a female officer out of their car just up the street from Bimmer Sales as I was leaving. She was occupied at the time, but I didn't see a BMW pulled over. Stay safe!

John in VA
03-21-2010, 10:45 AM
...By the way, I knew never that there were over 1,001 different buffing sponges in existence or that it seriously takes a lot of elbow grease to get that perfect mirror-shine even with a buffing tool. I have a new appreciation for all detail specialists now.

News alert - There are now over 1,003 different pads available!! Seriously, it can be quite daunting when you first wade into the detailing pool, but Sean did a great job of helping to demystify the process for us. Thanks for attending!

Psi5
03-21-2010, 07:26 PM
Inspired, I waxed my wheels today. I needed to switch to my summer wheels anyway and they were already off the car, so a wash and wax before install was in order. We'll see how the brake is affected.

zett4m
03-22-2010, 08:55 AM
Would it be possible to post Sean's information for those who want to inquire about his detailing services? Can someone post Ronnie-the-dent-guy's info? (Always a nice number to have, just in case.)

And would anyone else be interested in starting a thread to compare notes about who uses what chemical/gear for cleaning our rides? I thought about starting one, but since I am obviously new to this board, I'm not sure if it should go here or in the Car Care forum...

Reach
03-22-2010, 11:32 AM
Please do post up info. I'm looking for a premium detailer for my car this summer. I've paid for 2 'swirl removal' details this year so far and am happy with neither of them!

bimmerfrau
03-22-2010, 12:03 PM
Please do post up info. I'm looking for a premium detailer for my car this summer. I've paid for 2 'swirl removal' details this year so far and am happy with neither of them!

Well, my friend, if what he did to the test area on my 10-year old 528i hood last Saturday is any indication, this guy can put mirrors on your car. Seriously, everyone raved at his work on Saturday.

John in VA
03-22-2010, 01:42 PM
zett4m - "Car Care" is probably a better place to carry on this discussion and further comparative notes or info.

Ronny does not provide mobile direct-to-consumer PDR service. He services a number of shops on different days, so you could meet up with him at one of them. He's at Sean's on Fridays, I believe. We might be able to get him to give us a reduced group rate if we could find a venue and guarantee him a specific amount of cars/panels to work.

Ronny Sharpes
Total Look, Inc. - Alexandria VA
571-233-2186

Sean obviously has the skills, but has a short detailing client list, and admitted that he is expensive. As we know, you frequently get what you pay for! You can reach Sean at Bimmer Sales Limited: 703-578-1808.

Reach - please let us know whose work you were not happy with. It can help others avoid wasting time & $$.

MGN33RD
03-24-2010, 02:39 PM
i dont know if anyone is still looking for the foam lance that fits with karcher power washers bayonet style like the karcher k series on autogeek.net selling for $119 http://www.autogeek.net/autogeek-foam-cannon-hp.html but I have actually found the manufacturer for the foam lance and can get them to you guys for around $50-$60 as sean stated at the detailing session. The manufacturer will only sell to me at a min 10 quantity so I wanted to know if there is any interest (around 5 people) else I may buy the autogeek one myself. I will be posting this in the car care section also.

John in VA
03-25-2010, 10:16 AM
John,

Thanks for organizing and thanks to Sean for all the useful info. Might it be possible to post a list of all the links Sean mentioned? There were so many, it was hard to keep up. Autogeek, Professional Detailing Service (?), etc. If you, or anyone has a list, that'd be great.

David

Sites for useful tips, products, and forums

www.autodetailingsolutions.net/
www.autogeek.net/
www.autopia.org/
www.carcareonline.com
www.cartersconsumables.co.uk/
www.coastaltool.com/
www.detailingbliss.com/
www.detailedimage.com
www.glosshaus-home.com/
www.meguiars.com/
www.properautocare.com/
www.sonus-usa.com/
http://www.topoftheline.com/
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3MAutomotive/Aftermarket/