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Over the years of writing detailing articles and educational material, I received countless requests for auto detailing training from professional detailers that were interested in stepping up their paint correction skills. Given that demand, I established the Esoteric Elite Detailer Academy where detailers from around the world can attend and learn not only the most modern and responsible paint correction techniques, but they will also be trained on on a wide variety of products and tools that they might not have had had exposure to otherwise. 

This intensive 2-day course will be held regularly at the beautiful ESOTERIC – Fine Auto Finishing headquarters in New Albany (Columbus), Ohio.

Pay over time! Select “PayPal Credit” when checking out to pay for this class over 6 months.

The Elite Detailer course is recommended for both seasoned veterans, and those new to machine-polishing. The class is limited to just 6 students, and is taught by a Master Detailer who still actively perfects cars using modern tools, products, and techniques. 

While predominantly attended by new detailers, or those ready to start a detailing business, we also have plenty of students who have been detailing for many years, but wish to improve their skillsets. Additionally, we have trained a considerable number of people who are simply extreme automotive enthusiasts who wish to learn how to polish their own prized possessions. 

The small-class setting allows us to closely monitor and personally educate each individual student, and when complete, you will have the machine-polishing skills to bring a car’s finish to the next level and beyond.  

Your complete guide to mastering paint polishing:

  • Training conducted by 2 world-class detailers: Todd Cooperider and DJ Mayo.
  • Limited to just 6 students per class
  • ½ day of comprehensive classroom time discussing a variety of Detailing Subjects, Product Recommendations, and Pad / Polish combinations.
  • 1 ½ days of hands-on machine-polishing
  • Curated product recommendations for all areas of detailing
  • Hands-on training and familiarity with a variety of Rupes D/A polishing machines
  • Process-development for effective and efficient paint correction
  • How to safely polish complex curves, contours, and edges
  • Introduction to compounding (heavy defect removal)
  • We will complete a paint correction detail on day 2
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Student Wholesale Discount Program from
  • Recommended for both seasoned veterans, and those new to machine-polishing


Signing up for this class was one of the best decisions I ever made when it comes to getting my business going. Thank you for everything!

-Mike from Chicago

Students will also receive product training and wholesale accounts on all detailing products and tools sold by!



Thank you again Todd! It was an amazing learning experience and I would highly recommend it to any detailer new or seasoned to attend this class.

– Dustin from Maryland



Questions: To inquire about upcoming classes, please call us at 614-855-6855, or email at [email protected]

TUITION FEES: The cost of the 2-day course is $1,700. 

Combo Class (NEW!): For those wishing to attend both our Elite Detailer Academy, and our Coating Class, we are now offering them together at a discounted rate. Please check out our Combo Detailing Class Page. 

Flights: For those flying in for the class, you should arrive at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (code: CMH). Over the years, we have hosted students from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UK!


 NOTE: We are sorry, but the training course will not be available for those residing in the greater Columbus area (Columbus, inside of 270, Powell, Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, Pickerington, Blacklick, Grove City, Hilliard, Lewis Center).

What you get: In addition to our student gift package we provide, we also treat our students to lunch both days and dinner one night, you will qualify for discounts on other classes,  AND you will be locked into our wholesale pricing program!


Students learn how to critically inspect paint before, during, and after polishing to ensure absolute and pure correction…


…use digital scales to understand proper pressures required for the best polishing performance


…learn proper techniques for hand position, tilt, pressure and arm speed


…get to spend plenty of time with hands-on practical application of compounding and finish polishing stages


…learn about a variety of tools and machines


…and much, much more!

The Elite Detailer Academy was the very FIRST training center in the world to be designated as a RUPES Authorized Training Center!

Upon completion of the class and presentation of their diplomas, students are now considered Elite Detailers!



The Bugatti Veyron not only landed a knock-out blow to the rest of the exotic automotive world when it was introduced back in 2005, but it also became one of the most iconic and talked about supercars ever produced! With its 8.0L, quad-turbocharged W16 motor producing a staggering 1001 hp that made it capable of a top speed just shy of 254 mph…this car was the real deal.

Fast forward a few years, and Bugatti introduced the Veyron Grand Sport, which is a removable hard-top version giving exclusive (esoteric!) owners the ability to enjoy top-down driving at insane speeds.

Now typically my full-detail articles showcase a car, and all of the steps and products necessary to make an already good looking car even better. The before and after photos are always a big hit, and you could always count on learning something as you read through the writeup. This article however, will be a bit different!

For those who typically just scroll through all of the photos instead of reading the details (let’s call them the Playboy crowd!)…you’ll appreciate this article. 🙂

Having said that though, I will take the opportunity to provide a bit of a lesson that not only appeals to detailers, but really just about anybody. The lesson here is in networking!

I regularly work on networking in order to reach and make contacts with as many people as I can from all walks of life and industry. I’m constantly reaching out to those in the automotive industry and the media in order to promote what we in highline detailing industry do. The more coverage we get, the more educated the general population is about proper detailing, and thus the stronger the industry becomes.

While going through potential new contacts on Linkedin, I came across the Director of Bugatti NA and saw this as a great opportunity to reach out. Once I learned that we both attended The Ohio State University, I figured that we shared a commonality other than just our love for cars, and worked on building a relationship accordingly over the course of a year or so. Well long story short, the Director had plans on bringing a car to Columbus for a show and a few media drives, so naturally he got in contact with me about a visit to the Esoteric Auto Detail Studio 47 facility, and to have their demo car detailed to prep it for the upcoming events. Had I not put in those networking efforts in the past, I may not have received that phone call!

So the lesson here is to continually network and build up your base of contacts. You never know when you may get the opportunity to help them, or when they may be able to help you. And when you’re building your network, keep in mind that you can potentially open doors to their networks as well!

Anyhow…on to the Bugatti!

When the car arrived, we knew that we had just a short period of time to get it looking good. This wasn’t a full-out paint correction detail, but rather one where our goal was to do whatever necessary to make it look as good as we could in the few short hours it was in the shop (about 9 man-hours worth of time total). So a full wash, wheel-cleaning, and interior detail was in store, along with some spot polishing, metal cleaning, and waxing to add some protection. We wanted to make sure that when the media and the general public saw it, the car looked like it was brand new and not one that had made its rounds on the media and test drive circuits.

So when we arrived at the shop early that morning (7am!), our delivery truck was waiting to unload the special package.


Once inside the detailing studio, we proceeded to washing and wheel cleaning. My staff was kind enough to work while I snapped photos.  🙂



Once that was completed, I proceeded with some spot polishing to freshen up the finish a bit.


These cars have a lot of people getting in and out of them, so we needed to pay attention to all of the little details as well to make the car look “new” again. The foot scuffs on the leather interior (not an easy car to get in and out of) were all cleaned up nicely with just Leatherique Prestine Clean.


And in a few short hours later with 3 people working on it, the Veyron Grand Sport was ready to show!











I love this shot!





The interior on this car was absolutely stunning!






The Esoteric Crew!









And now for the best part (for me, at least)! When we were done detailing the car, the Director asked me if I’d like to go for a drive. The decision wasn’t hard, so off we went. To say this car is crazy, cool, fast, or handles well would be an understatement…I think a better way to sum it up would be to say that it’s just plain ridiculous! And to make this story even better, we pulled over at one point, and he told me to drive…I obliged! 🙂

Despite the fact that this is a car capable of 254 miles per hour, and runs from 0-60mph in about 2.5 seconds, it actually makes a fine car to drive around town. It was not high strung at all like you might expect. But put your foot on the gas, and be prepared to have your breath taken away from you. It’s really THAT fast…

So when we returned, John and I took the opportunity to snap a photo together in hopes of capturing my ear to ear grin!


I hope you enjoyed the show!

A special thanks to John and to Bugatti USA for the opportunity!


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The last weekend of August has turned out to be the biggest weekend of the season when it comes to the number of events. Lots to choose from all over the Central Ohio area.


38th Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-in:

I spent a few hours Friday afternoon as a spectator at the 38th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In in Dublin, Ohio. Friday's registration was somewhere between 330 and 350 cars. The big exhibit this year was 110 years of Chevrolet.

I managed to take more than 100 photos of some excellent rides.

The top 50 cars on Friday received six-foot trophies. Dave Bratton and Lou Koester received a special award for their financial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation.

I didn't make it to the show on Saturday. If you were at Saturday's show as a participant or spectator, please feel free to post a comment about the day's activities.

To see the photos I took of the one hundred plus cars on Friday, click here.

Westerville Cars & Coffee with Jake from State Farm:

Saturday morning I headed over to Westerville, Ohio for Westerville Cars & Coffee with Jake from State Farm. This is the second year State Farm agent, Jake Breakey, has been hosting a Saturday morning cruise-in in the parking lot behind his agency. Anyone that brought a car could enjoy a cup of coffee, donuts, and a chance to spin the wheel for prizes. It turned out to be a great way to spend a Saturday morning. My only disappointment was Jake wasn't wearing khakis. He was wearing shorts.

Cruisin' with the King:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers Car Club registered 53 cars Saturday evening at their monthly show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio. The club presented awards to their favorite 15 vehicles.

To see some of the "Favorite" winners and other cars from the show, click here.

Meet at the Beach 2:

Sunday afternoon the south end of the Alum Creek Beach parking lot was the scene of the second Meet at the Beach car meet this season. The majority of owners of the estimated 100 plus cars that turned out during the afternoon were definitely under the age of 30.

The Japanese car manufacturers were very well represented. For a little while, my Camaro and a Jeep were the only cars from American manufacturers. A Mclaren, Lamborghini, and a few classics cars cruised through the parking lot but none stayed very long.

Looking through a crystal ball this will likely be the next generation of car show enthusiasts 20-30 years from now. They'll be showing off their restored 2015 Subaru or Toyota instead of a '69 Camaro.

If you have a Facebook account, check out Dale Pearce's video from the Millersport car show on Sunday. The show registered 65 cars.

Events are still coming in for September, October, and November. For the most up-to-date list of car events in Central Ohio from now until November, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.

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The Tesla Columbus Ohio Owners group is extremely excited to announce at least a 12-month long partnership with ESOTERIC Fine Auto Finishing! ESOTERIC joins Buckeye Interactive as the exclusive sponsors of the Tesla Columbus Ohio Owners group for the entirety of 2020. ESOTERIC will be funding all of our events, including the 2020 Holiday party, purchasing a Tesla-designed Columbus Ohio Owners Group event tent, assist with event planning, providing a professional videographer and photographer at all events, designing and fulfilling custom Tesla-themed apparel, and more!

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The entire staff at ESOTERIC looks forward to exceeding your expectations, and providing a great customer experience for members of the Tesla Columbus Ohio Owners Club. To learn more about ESOTERIC please visit, as well as follow Esoteric Detail on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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