Rigo Santana, Awarded Master Detailer Certificate
Monday, July 22, 2019
Posted by: Janet Klingbeil
TUSTIN, CA July 22, 2019 — Orange County Detailer and Paint Correction Specialist, Rigo Santana of Xtreme Xcellence Professional Detailing, has been awarded a Master detailing certification from SONAX USA. Any Master certification takes years to attain, is based on in-field experience, continuous training, and in Santana’s case, a focus on specializing in classic, custom and exotic car care.
Santana has a long history of working with SONAX, a leader in high performance car care products and long associated with Formula 1 Racing.
Rob McCrary, managing director for SONAX USA said they are proud to announce the certification of both Santana and Sergio Fierro, a Santana protégé, as Master Trainers for SONAX USA.
“We have known these guys for some time and have grown to respect what they do and how they do it,” McCrary said. “We are happy that they have selected SONAX as a partner and are now trained on the SONAX line of products to the point where they can support others while working with the brand.”
Santana most recently worked with the SONAX team as a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (IMS) Preservation Team. He is also a former member of the Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, and for the McCall’s Motorworks Revival and The Quail Detailing teams at Monterey Car Week.
Santana is a Latin American success story. Today he has Mastered the art of detailing and paint correction, but it has only been through hard work and involvement in the industry.
“Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe how far I have come from sponge-washing cars at a car wash in south-central Los Angeles,” said Santana. “But most of all I want to thank SONAX for the opportunity to work with them on so many prestigious detailing projects. They have given me the opportunity to hone my skills and think on my feet.”
Over the past 10 years, Santana has polished priceless vintage vehicles, multi-million-dollar exotics, and historic aircraft. He even helped a skeptical client win a 2nd Place Ribbon at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with a freshly paint corrected 1968 Iso Grifo.
Santana is also the founder of the Nueva Generacion de Detalladorese Network (NGDD) who is the only Spanish-language automotive detail training in the U.S. He recently acquired his International Detailers Association (IDA) Recognized Trainer (RT) status and he and Fierro will be training dozens of detailers in Puerto Rico in late July. In addition to getting a NGDD detailing certification, Latin-speaking detailers can also for the first time, get their IDA (CD) and advanced skills validated (SV) certifications as well!
“I want to encourage Latino detailers to pursue their dreams because you never know what doors will open when you dedicate your career to what you love in the pursuit of perfection.”
“SONAX looks forward to many years of working together with Rigo and Sergio and supporting one another in our activities,” said McCrary. “Their commitment to the industry and their businesses is a model to follow for many.”
For more information about this exciting opportunity, contact Rigo Santana at 714-376-2604 or 714-472-3001. You may also reach out to PR representative Kimberly Ballard at (256) 653-4003.