Chris Larson – Advanced Detailing Seminar 2016 – Brisbane

Chris Larson – Advanced Detailing Seminar 2016 – Brisbane


We recently hosted a detailing seminar at our Brisbane Workshop. After hearing many murmours of Australian Detailers wanting more training we decided to take the bull by the horns and just get it done!

We were delighted to have Chris Larson accept our invitation, a special thanks must go to Nick Contuzzi of VALETPRO (Perth based detailing and a nation-wide product supplier) for his help with organising the whole trip. So the dates were set and we kept the classes small to test the Australian waters as it certainly was a big learning experience.

Another big thanks to Phil from GTechniq for providing products for the class.

First of all, we would like to extend a big thanks to the detailers who attended. It shows they are serious about improving their craft and also ultimately improving the quality of work they can provide to their clients.

(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Hyunh – BonVivant – Melbourne –  Website
Antonio Massari – Melbourne Detailing Centre – Melbourne – Website
Ben Carey – Mr Spot Mobile Car Detailing – Adelaide – Website
Brendan Nicholls – Professional Touch Detailing – Keilor, Vic – Website
Darren Windsor – A New Life Auto Detailing – Brisbane – Website
James Iggi – Pro Image Detail – Melbourne – Website
Jimmy Mandoudis – Fine Shine Detailing – Melbourne – Website
Josh Suki – Solarstyle Tinting & Opti-Coat – Brisbane – Website
Mark Flego – M Detail – Doncaster, Vic – Website
Moritz Amor – Amor Auto Detail – Melbourne – Website
Nick Contuzzi – ValetPro – Perth – Website
Phil Davies – Amazing Detail – Orange, NSW – Website
Raj Sehgal – Classy Clean Car Detailing – Pakenham
Trevor Willock – Tiger Car Cleaning – Lilydale & Surrounds – Website
Zach Normadale – A Cut Above Detailing – Adelaide – Website

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An introduction to Chris Larson.

For those in the vehicle detailing industry, seems like Chris needs no introduction. He has been winning Concours awards since his late teens.

With years and years of detailing experience and a no-nonsense approach, he now travels the world running seminars in between working on some of the world’s most unique vehicles.


We won’t go into a full breakdown of the seminar (you’ll need to buy tickets for that), it dipped into wet sanding, rotary (high-speed) machine work and finally the finishing stage. All in all, teasing us into the world of Concours detailing, in which the hours will run into the HUNDREDS on just one vehicle.

No fluffing around, Chris immediately getting the guys stuck in to see where everyone was at…

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Managed to get some invaluable 1 on 1 time prior to the classes beginning.

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Anthony from BonVivant getting into it with some 800 Grit sanding. A model professional, humble enough to ask any question and enthusiastic. Thanks, Ant!

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I think it’s fair to say we were all amazed when this level of finish was not good enough! A whole new world of standards, amazing.

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Darren getting some hands-on training with Chris, revolutionizing our views on DA work

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A big thanks to the guys at Nerta coming down to provide a demonstration of their fantastic products.

Check them out on their website

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We got a visit from the guys over at East Coast Customs who we do a lot of work with, we always know these guys will have something special…

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Surely enough a Roush supercharged Mustang… More to come on that one.

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Our Timeless team managed to snag a few hours with Chris, much appreciated. Here’s David on the block, he’s already been successfully implementing these sanding skills.

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The inevitable burn through, always a risk when working to this level.


And some general shots to finish off… So if you’re interested in Chris’s next visit please contact Antonio via Melbourne Detailing Centre




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Thanks again Chris for coming! We’re proud to have hosted the first seminar and helped build the relationship for the Australian market. Onto the next Seminar!

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Swirl marks are microscopic scratches in the surface of paint that show up like cobwebs in bright light. They are caused by incorrecting washing and drying where dirt particles in the sponge and chamois leave microscopic scratches in the clear coat.

Solution – Single stage correction package will remove approximately 60-70% of swirl marks, dual stage 70-85% and triple stage 85-95%.


Lack of Colour depth is where the colour has faded but isn’t classed as oxidised, typical on one stage paints that don’t have a clear coat.

Solution – Single stage correction will improve colour depth however dual stage correction is recommended if you want to remove swirls at same time.


Finger nails, rings and car keys scratch the paint around the door handle and leave unsightly marks.

Solution – Spot machine polishing, although these scratches are usually too deep for 100% correction our spot correction can make these marks almost invisible. Great add for people trying to sell their car. Price $ 20 per panel when added to a detail or $75 call out fee + per panel.


Ghosting refers to the outline or visible stencil left on the paint after stickers/decals are removed. It is the contrast between the fresh paint that was protected under the vinyl sticker and the exposed paint that has faded and appears dull in comparison.

Solution – Spot dual stage machine polishing is the most affordable solution, $45 per panel and $75 call out fee. Depending on the colour of your car spot polishing may not be advised. The polished area will vastly contrast the unpolished paint. Lighter coloured cars can get away with single stage polishing at $20 per panel. Full dual stage paint correctionis recommended on darker coloured cars with these defects.


Oxidised paint is where the paint appears chalky and dull, it’s caused by breakdown of the paint from exposure to sun,water and oxygen. More common on single stage paints and white, red, and black cars.

Solution – Single stage correction can be effective on white or lighter coloured cars with light oxidation. On heavily oxidised cars, dual stage correction is highly recommended. Spot polishing is not applicable and only full correction packages should be considered.


Caused by vegetation and scrub rubbing against sides of the vehicle that leaves visible scuffs. These marks range from swallow to quite deep scratches.

Solution – Dual stage polishing is recommended as the first stage orbital polishing is better suited at resurfacing the affected areas with its more effective cutting action. The second stage of polishing restores gloss and further rounds off the deeper scratches.


Bird droppings are very acidic and start eating into your paint the moment it hits, heat and dry weather will amplify the reaction, it’s important to clean any droppings off as soon as you see them. If you still see a ghosting outline after washing you have an etching mark where its has eaten slightly into your paint. If the mark looks like the one in the picture sourced from meguiars online you only have light etching and this can be corrected with machine polishing.

Solution – Spot dual stage machine polishing is the most affordable solution, $45 per panel and $75 call out fee. Depending on the colour of your car spot polishing may not be advised. The polished area will vastly contrast the unpolished paint. Full Dual stage paint correction is recommended on darker coloured cars with these defects.


Paint transfer is occurs when a car panel comes into contact with another painted object with force and leaves a layer of paint behind. Common paint transfers are yellow paint marks left from bollards or garage door frames. The actual paint transfer can be polished off with great success, however there are usually a few deeper scratches that are left behind. The polishing stage will reduce the appearance of these scratches but if you can see the undercoat on your car, it’s time for respray.

Solution – Spot dual stage machine polishing is the most affordable solution, $45 per panel and $75 call out fee. Depending on the colour of your car spot polishing may not be advised. The polished area will vastly contrast the unpolished paint. Full Dual stage paint correction is recommended on darker coloured cars with these defects.


Bird droppings that have been left too long can eat all the way through the clear coat. If the mark is crazed, or cracking as shown in the pictures this is unfortunately clear coat failure and can only be fully repaired by repainting. The clear coat has been penetrated and no amount of polishing will remove all traces of the defect.

Light crazing and cracking can be vastly improved and is much more cost effective than painting, many customers still opt for an improvement by our Dual Stage spot paint correction. Although we can not guarantee restoration we can make the marks less visable for a fraction of the cost of repainting. Is a popular option for clients trying to improve their cars for sale.


Random deeper scratches are very common and depending on the depth will determine if they can be polished out. The general rule of thumb gives you an instant idea if the scratch is correctable. Run your thumb nail over the scratch and if a indentation is felt then generally the scratch is too deep to successfully correct by polishing. Normal wear and tear will see your car pick up a few deeper scratches over time. If the scratch is a different colour and you can see bare metal or primer, only repainting is your option. Where deeper scratches have not penetrated all the way through the clear coat you have more options.

A popular choice is to get the area polished to reduce the appearance of the marks first and then determine if you can live with the result. Alternately if chasing 100% correction respraying is your next option, remember that respraying just one door panel can cost $350-600. Dual or even triple stage paint correction package may give you a great outcome and permanently reduce appearance of those scratches without the expense of repainting your car.


There are actually three types of water spots but we will only focus on two of the most popular. The first is mineral deposits that sit on top of your paint and is usually a combination of magnesium and calcium. These minerals are soluble in your town water and when the water evaporates from the surface the minerals are left behind causing unsightly water spotting. This type of water spot can be removed with specific chemicals and light polishing.

See our single and dual stage paint correction packages to restore these spots. The other type of water spotting is where the same minerals have been left on the paint for some time and has started to eat into the paint. This causes deep etching and proves very difficult to remove. Due to the excessive time involved to polishing out these defects we do not offer this service in a mobile sense as it takes more than one days labour. Keep posted for our workshop location at the end of the year.


If there is paint missing and the scratches show the undercoat or even the base metal then repainting is your only option.


Clear coat failure is caused by long term exposure to the elements. This comes in the form of bubbling, blistering and peeling. Nothing can be done to fix this apart from repainting. See your local body shop for a quote.


Throwing eggs may seem harmless but cause irreversible damage to car paintwork. The small hard shell fragments cut into the paint at the point of impact and can only be fixed from repainting. A premium quality paint protection like our Modesta Liquid Glass has been know to prevent damage in some circumstances.


It makes my blood boil when I see senseless vandalism. If your car is keyed unfortunately respraying those panels is your only solution.