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Superior Shine
Mar 19th, 2005, 11:38 PM
Meguiar’s second NXT Tech Institute!

I had the opportunity to attend Meguiar’s second NXT Tech Institute! In Sept. I attended the first ever NXT class and I would never have believed that you could have taken something great and make it even better but that is exactly what these guys did.

The first difference from the first class is the change of location. This time the class was held at the impressive The Nethercutt Collection museum in Sylmar.


http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_222-med.jpg

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Superior Shine
Mar 19th, 2005, 11:43 PM
The NXT Tech class is designed as a traveling class and it was executed as smoothly as the first.

The second change was the NXT instructors. Jason Rose and Kevin Brown made a return but new to this class were Rod Craft and Jeff Brown from Meguiars and Mark Willie from Mirka. These guys are just as passionate about shine as any instructor ever to have had taught the NXT class.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_223-med.jpg

Superior Shine
Mar 19th, 2005, 11:50 PM
Just as the prior class we were presented with instruction on proper finish restoration aided with a power point presentation.

Here is a shot of the power point screen. If you think that guy on there is a super model your wrong, LOL -- that is me sanding a panel at the first NXT class. (funny, nobody wanted my autograph, I thought I was famous now)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_229-med.jpg

Superior Shine
Mar 19th, 2005, 11:54 PM
After the classroom instruction we were turned loose in to one of the (if not the) cleanest shop I have ever seen. Various hoods and painted panels were set up for students to sand polish and wax on.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_226-med.jpg

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Superior Shine
Mar 20th, 2005, 12:16 AM
We had an assortment of specialized tools to play with which included the rotory buffer, G100 dual action polisher, Mirka bull dog sander.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_244-med.jpg

Here Jeff explains proper HAND sanding.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_237-med.jpg


Here Mark explains proper MACHINE sanding.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_248-med.jpg

Superior Shine
Mar 20th, 2005, 12:19 AM
Some more explaination from Kevin --

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_251-med.jpg

And then it was time to buff---

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_255-med.jpg

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Superior Shine
Mar 20th, 2005, 12:22 AM
And buff and buff ----

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_262-med.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_267-med.jpg

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Superior Shine
Mar 20th, 2005, 12:25 AM
Here is a freshly polished panel. Beautiful isn’t it?

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_279-med.jpg

Look at it under the Xenon light- AAGGHH!!! After some more polishing you can make sure the panel is perfect by checking it under the Xenon.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_278-med.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_275-med.jpg

Superior Shine
Mar 20th, 2005, 12:30 AM
At class end there was an assortment of Meguiars products to purchase.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_289-med.jpg

After over 20 years of color-sanding and polishing experience and as a student of the first NXT class, I still found this class very informative. Special thanks to Kevin and Jason for allowing me to attend.

everglo
Mar 20th, 2005, 11:19 PM
Thanks to all who made this event happen. The training I received is invaluable. I HIGHLY recommend this class to everyone.

Thanks Joe aka SuperModel for the pics and the write up.

the other pc
Mar 20th, 2005, 11:20 PM
I’d like to say THANK YOU! to the whole Meguiar’s NXTti crew for putting on a terrific class!

Learned a lot, gained new, immediately applicable hands-on skills and had a bunch of fun too, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Also, a huge THANK YOU! to the wonderful folks at The Nethercutt Collection for allowing us the privilege of using their amazing facility. Class would have been great if it had been pretty much anywhere but to be surrounded by so many incredible cars, in what is arguably the finest restoration facility in the world and staffed by such genuinely nice people was beyond belief.


PC.
party:

Tim Lingor
Mar 21st, 2005, 07:04 AM
Hey Joe,

Great write-up and pictures!!!! :xyxthumbs

As for the Xenon light you have pictured, do you know its brand name/model?

Thanks :)

Tim

Rod Kraft
Mar 21st, 2005, 07:33 AM
Hi Tim,

The light can be purchased through a Snap On distributor. the brand is "Blue Point", model #ECFDUX which is sold only though Snap On.

Rod

Tim Lingor
Mar 21st, 2005, 07:38 AM
Hey Rod,

Thanks for the info! I will talk with the Snap-On rep the next time I see him.

Thanks again!

Tim

Rod Kraft
Mar 21st, 2005, 07:40 AM
You're welcome!

Superior Shine
Mar 21st, 2005, 08:06 AM
Click this --> Dual Xenon (http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?item_ID=73511&group_ID=2960)

the other pc
Mar 21st, 2005, 08:27 AM
Another good tool they showed us was this Illuminated Microscope (http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=63-1133).
http://www.radioshack.com/images/ProductCatalog/ProductImage/63/63-1133.jpg

It gives a great view of sanding scratch and tiny defects. You can really see the effects of different grits of abrasives, compounds, etc.

They're only ten bucks at Radio Shack too.


PC.

Superior Shine
Mar 21st, 2005, 09:36 AM
I think it was Rod that said once he shows a class that microscope that every Radio Shack in a 15 mile radius gets sold out of them.

Rod Kraft
Mar 21st, 2005, 09:55 AM
That's correct.

It will put a scratch or paint chip in a whole different perspective!

Rod

jchetty
Mar 21st, 2005, 10:18 AM
Originally posted by Superior Shine
I think it was Rod that said once he shows a class that microscope that every Radio Shack in a 15 mile radius gets sold out of them.


i got one and have rechargeable batteries to go with, that xenon light will be my next toy..:db: :db: cant wait til april 30th...hopefully the nxt tech classes will be offered on the east coast:bow

Ercky
Mar 23rd, 2005, 11:08 AM
Is Xenon light better then halogen?

the other pc
Mar 23rd, 2005, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by Ercky
Is Xenon light better then halogen? What makes this particular Xenon light so nice is that it has a very uniform spot pattern (due to good reflector design), no side leakage to blind you while you're trying to use it, and is light/handheld so you can easily point it at different angles to maximize illumination of defects.


PC.

Superior Shine
Mar 24th, 2005, 05:16 PM
Has anyone bought a xenon yet? I found them for $35 plus shipping. I am going tobuy this one as it is made by the company that makes the snap-on one. I just need to compare shipping and warranty info.


http://www.sportys.com/acb/showdetl.cfm?&did=22&product_id=2621&fromgoogle=yes

John F
Mar 27th, 2005, 08:25 PM
FYI - I found one at Lowes. It seems to be the same one.
http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=174672-447-174672
John

Superior Shine
Mar 27th, 2005, 08:47 PM
You da man!! That is it!!!

hamanncheese
Aug 9th, 2005, 01:08 PM
what kinda handle is this on the rotary? i've never seen a handle like that before. I don't like the handle that came with my portercable 7428.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/184Pictures_1_267-med.jpg

also, i recognize this dude! hey man! :cool: I met ya at the de le cruzers and fun day detail clinics.

the other pc
Aug 9th, 2005, 03:20 PM
Hey hamanncheese,

That’s a Meguiar’s G-500 Adjustable Buffer Handle. :)

Unfortunately they aren’t in Meguiar’s lineup anymore. :(

They’re probably still some floating out there in distributors’ inventory. I got two from Ace Meguiar’s Distributor and all around good guy Kevin Brown, a.k.a. iamwaxman (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/member.php?action=getinfo&userid=554). Email him to check if he has more.

Since we’re both in OC :coolgleam you can try mine sometime if you’d like. I think it will fit your 7428.


PC.

Kevin Brown
Aug 9th, 2005, 04:05 PM
Yup-
I have more in stock! :xyxthumbs

(Ace... I like that!)

hamanncheese
Aug 9th, 2005, 06:36 PM
iamwaxman,

Let me know how much shipped to Irvine, CA 92603

email me at hamanncheese@gmail.com

thanks guys!

atticdog
Sep 17th, 2005, 04:44 AM
iamwaxman
will this handle fit a hitachi SP18va?

Kevin Brown
Sep 17th, 2005, 06:44 AM
It looks like the hitachi SP18va machine uses a bail-style handle, which is generally not compatible with the Meguiar's G500 handle. If you've got a way to check the thread pitch of the bolt I could tell you for sure if it could work.

The G500 is available on the ebay store for around $8.00... That's a great price! These handles were sold at $30.00 retail (and $8.00 is WAY below warehouse cost)!

Mini-T
Sep 17th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Could you tell me what the thread pitch is?

Superior Shine
Sep 17th, 2005, 04:04 PM
Originally posted by Mini-T
Could you tell me what the thread pitch is?


It is the measure of how far you can throw a spool of thread.

atticdog
Sep 17th, 2005, 04:09 PM
according to hitachi's parts list it takes a
m10x20 bolt on each side of the bail handle but they do have an optional side handle

Mini-T
Sep 17th, 2005, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by Superior Shine
It is the measure of how far you can throw a spool of thread.

LOL

Are you sure? I thought it was when the pitcher uses the ball with an elastic on it attached to his glove.

the other pc
Sep 20th, 2005, 12:35 PM
Originally posted by Mini-T
Could you tell me what the thread pitch is? In addition to the other stuff suggested by our esteemed colleagues,

The G-500 adjustable handle is threaded 1/2"-13NC male.


PC.

Mini-T
Sep 22nd, 2005, 06:25 AM
Thanks

wiseguys
Feb 28th, 2008, 10:39 PM
Please host an event like this in Florida.

Superior Shine
May 9th, 2008, 09:44 PM
I am sure if there were enough interest Kevin and Meguiars would put something together.

Kevin Brown
May 9th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Yes.
I've got a KILLER venue in which to hold the deal...
In the Northern California area. If we could get the NXTti instructors together and the students-
I'd happily put the effort forward. It would be GREAT!

I'd like to do TWO separate classes, twenty students per class.
One complete NXTti on a Friday and then again on Saturday.

Since it costs SO much to host the class, travel to & from the event, round up instructors, pay for food, build the kits, etc, etc,...
I'd have to sign up approximately 40 students!

Nappers
May 9th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Where at in No. California????? :D :D

Aaron

Kevin Brown
May 10th, 2008, 10:19 AM
I'd rather not say until I see some serious interest.
At that point, I'll make the calls to ensure that we'd have access to the facility.

I do have a list of guys, that, over the past couple years, have e-mailed me expressing interest in attending the 'next' NXTti class. If I see more interest online here, I'll certainly contact those people and see who's excited about attending NXTti still.

As far as throwing my hat in as an instructor/host... I am IN!
Without involvement of the appropriate people at Meguiar's and Mirka...
NXTti simply DOES NOT HAPPEN.

So... If any of you are interested in attending an NXTti, this is the place to post your interest!!
Of course, the NXTti classes are not free. Rate for entry of the class was $495.00 (Seminar, NXTti kit valued at at least $495.00 retail, and lunch is included in the fee.)

I'll have to revisit that figure to make sure that's a number that'll work.
If it happens, it's a class worth attending, I assure you!

southpactire
May 10th, 2008, 01:26 PM
I'd be interested if the venue is anywhere on the west coast, las vegas, phoenix.

ZoranC
May 11th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Put me in as 'tentative'.

Nick Chapman
May 11th, 2008, 03:04 AM
I am in! You should have my name down as one of the people that have expressed interested through emailing you. But, I'll throw my name into the hat here as well. I will need as much advance warning as you can provide though. Coming from Dallas, Tx.

n737nc
Nick Chapman
Dallas, Texas
214-205-1287

Thanks!!!

Superior Shine
Jun 14th, 2009, 07:37 AM
Bring NXT back! :furious1

Superior Shine
Nov 14th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Well? :huh1

Kevin Brown
Nov 14th, 2009, 06:21 PM
It could happen again. :nervous1 In the not too distant future. :idea:

The content would be much different than the last two. No Mirka, for obvious reasons (3M owns Meguiar's).
We would still cover paint sanding via hand and machine. We would simply use Meguiar's and 3M papers and accessories!

Buffing liquids have really changed since the last classes. Consequently, so have procedures.

RDVT4ME
Nov 14th, 2009, 07:11 PM
That would be a do not miss event!

I might need to go for a refresher course.

Erik Mejia
Mar 7th, 2010, 04:34 PM
It could happen again. :nervous1 In the not too distant future. :idea:

The content would be much different than the last two. No Mirka, for obvious reasons (3M owns Meguiar's).
We would still cover paint sanding via hand and machine. We would simply use Meguiar's and 3M papers and accessories!

Buffing liquids have really changed since the last classes. Consequently, so have procedures.

I would love to attend one of these classes. Kevin, any word if this will happen this year? Keep me posted please, I'm really interested.

Kevin Brown
Mar 7th, 2010, 05:55 PM
I would love to attend one of these classes. Kevin, any word if this will happen this year? Keep me posted please, I'm really interested.

I am guessing there is a pretty fair shot at it this year. :woot2

No promises because I am only one part of it. Not only that, since it is identified as a Meguiar's sponsored event, so I can only request involvement.

Thanks for asking, and let's keep our fingers crossed!

Superior Shine
Mar 7th, 2010, 07:10 PM
WOW! It has been 5 years already. This is the thread where I introduced the dual xenon to the WORLD- LOL!

Mike Phillips
Mar 8th, 2010, 03:27 AM
WOW! It has been 5 years already. This is the thread where I introduced the dual xenon to the WORLD- LOL!


Time flies when you're having fun and you love your work... that was a fun class as was the first NXT Tech Institute Class

In keeping with the idea of,

"Each one teach one"

You showed myself and everyone else at this event the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light and since then I can't even begin to count how many people I've in turn passed on how to use this handy swirl finder light... and I always give you the credit Joe.

Hundreds of classes and I still use it myself on ever car I personally detail... here's the most recent which I'll put together a complete write-up this week on how to use the new Meguiar's Unigrit Professional Finishing System and then SMAT products to remove the sanding marks and restore a show car shine.

http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/836/redelcamino_035.jpg

bcgreen
Mar 8th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Can't wait, it will be interesting.

RaskyR1
Jun 7th, 2010, 07:38 AM
I'd love to attend this class if it comes up again! :dp:

wht4drfa5
Jul 13th, 2010, 05:14 PM
I would like to attend as well. Please keep me in mind as well. Thank you