In November 2015 I embarked on some training in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. I was in search for the very best to learn from and this is what I came across.
Total Perfection (Northern Ireland)
Mark Smiley, owner of Total Perfection, was hand picked by Top Gear as their main detailer for their shows. Mark has traveled the world to detail cars for the shows including Dubai, Australia, South Africa and also all over Europe. He has worked on all of the finest cars the world has to offer. His business has become a well known company throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Total Perfection do not just detail cars. Mark details boats, planes, trucks, tractors, helicopters and pretty much anything else. Marks passion for his work is amazing, his customer raptor building is exceptional and his eye for perfection is incredible!
I spent a week with Total Perfection detailing various cars around Northern Ireland. Mark showed me how he worked and we discussed how we detail in Australia. Things were very similar and I was able to draw on his experience and knowledge to make my techniques and my business better.
Mark is Ireland’s only G-Techniq trained detailer and he uses a combination of Swissvax and Autoglym products on all the cars he does. I was involved in using these products whilst working on the cars and Mark explained all the benefits and procedures for their best application. We also went through many best practice techniques for every aspect of car detailing from washing to paint correction.
Check out some of Marks latest work:Gallery with ID 7 doesn't exist.
Here are some of the cars we did together:Gallery with ID 8 doesn't exist.
Slims Detailing – Master Detailer Detailing Programme – Institute of the Motor Industry Certification (Coventry, UK)
I undertook a 3 day Master Detailing course with Slims Detailing in Coventry, UK. On this course we went through all aspects of detailing including paint correction and protection. The course was a brush up on my skills to make sure I had all the up to date techniques and to learn about anything new to the industry.
We completed a three stage paint correction on this Volkswagen Golf, applied G-Techniq paint protection to the paintwork and then a coat of Swissvax best of show wax – the vehicle looked brand new once we had finished.
Here are a few photos of the 3 days:Gallery with ID 4 doesn't exist.
My brilliant instructor Phil Harrop from DeVille Detailing Ltd had this to say:
“Alastair Carey of Perth Hand Car Wash came over to our training facility here in the UK to undergo our professional Master Detailer Course. Alastair showed a great aptitude for everything he did, from prepping vehicles to machine polishing and everything else the course involved, picking up the nuances with no difficulty and demonstrating a great understanding of the process and protocols. We have no doubts at all that he will put his skills to good use in his detailing business!”
The training completed with Total Perfection and Slims has helped me to push forward my own business and has allowed my own skills to develop even further. and pass on the experience I have learnt to my customers!