Detailing Industry Spotlight: Kevin Brown of Buffdaddy.com
by Christopher Brown – OCDCarCare.com – Nov 2014
In the Detailing world there are few names that transcend the industry, uniting all professionals and enthusiasts alike. Not many individuals, in any industry, are able to be as skilled in their work as they are with their words, assistance, and timely jokes. Furthermore, even less of these individuals are willing to offer support for an industry as a whole.
If there ever was a magician behind the conjuring of magic that makes paint clear and glossy, then it is surely Kevin Brown of Buffdaddy.com. He has spent most of his life around cars, while the majority of these years have involved finding interesting and creative ways to shine them up. However, Kevin’s greatest trait, and what will surely be his legacy to the detailing industry, is his joy and seemingly endless ability to impart knowledge to those who seek to improve their minds and skills at detailing.
Kevin Brown’s curiosity to know why things work, and ability to write about them at depth, inspired him to formulate endless out-of-the-box hypothesis’ and experiments with seemingly counter-intuitive combinations of tools and products. The results of these ‘experiments’ became the many methodologies and procedures which a large majority contemporary detailers accept to be today’s standard procedures. His writings on paint residue have revolutionized how detailers, young and old, approach paint polishing. [The KBM – Kevin Brown Method, can be found here] All of the time, measured in years, Kevin Brown has dedicated to fellow professional detailers, as well as to brand new enthusiasts getting their feet wet, is second to none. His older forum posts are stories of lore and his current postings on detailer groups in social media are insightful quips of gold, illuminating thought provoking insights into any discussion he enters.
No matter the skill or experience level, be it an entry level enthusiast or 30 year seasoned professional, Kevin is always able to communicate in an encouraging manner and hold interesting and insightful conversations with anyone on detailing related topics. His passion to teach inspired him to organize what may be the industry’s most advanced training course — NXT. This course is a combination of lecture and hands-on technical skill training that allows participants to flex their detailing brain and to expand their skill repertoire in 4 segments of paint work:
- Hand Sanding,
- Machine Sanding,
- Rotary Polishing,
- DA Polishing.
NXT [iNtense eXtreme Training] has now held six courses [2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2015 West & East COAST] since its inception. Starting in 2014, NXT offerS a more in depth, Level 2, course which can only be taken after the first level is completed. The curriculum in this secondary, more advanced course, delves into the the deepest concepts regarding paint correction which the industry’s leading professionals already consult Kevin about, on a daily basis. NXT training has become such a highly sought after training course in the industry that, in 2014, the seats for all courses sold out in a record 36 hours after its announcement! Detailers signed up sight unseen and flew in from all over the world including: United States, Europe, Australia, Canada, The Caribbean, and South America to attend the training. This is a true testament of how an entire industry views Kevin Brown’s knowledge and instruction.
Also, starting in the 2015 course, and perhaps becoming a staple in the years to come, NXT will offer a West Coast as well as an East Coast Event to cater to more individuals, allow geographic regions easier access, as well as offering more dates to suit busy schedules.
In some way or another, most anyone reading this article owes some small or large portion of their detailing knowledge to Kevin Brown, either directly or indirectly. And I feel that bringing some attention to his giving nature is the least that can be done to show appreciation for all of his continual efforts. I am very fortunate to have met and know Kevin. Even though he is one of the most skilled and most knowledgeable/well versed detailers in the world; at his core, he is an even better human being. Kevin’s selfless nature and willingness to help others is notorious for getting him buried in the weeds of paperwork. Kevin is a throwback to the post war era, where small businesses that were customer-service-centric ruled the day. This is more apparent than ever in today’s modern age of turn and burn online purchasing, where you can’t even find a phone number to speak to a human. In contrast, Kevin Brown’s Buffdaddy.com is as much of a “fountain of knowledge hotline,” as it is a destination for purchasing the best products in the industry. He will guide you to the best tools that are best suited for YOUR applications, not those which net him the biggest profits. As detailers we are fortunate enough to have both a seasoned peer and knowledgeable expert offering both superior customer service and maximum value for our dollars when dialing the Buff Daddy hotline!
I know I am not alone in the gratitude I feel for everything Kevin Brown offers the detailing industry. Therefore, I hope those who read this and share these sentiments, will gladly take some time and offer up their unique words of thanks and appreciation for all that Kevin offers us as people, and as detailers.
To quote Derek Bemiss, ” I LOVE MY BUFFDADDY!”
Thank you for all you do Kevin!
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