5 Day Prep, Repair & Paint Course
This training is for individuals who want to paint and repair in a more conventional manner without the custom. You don't need to look any further. This course covers it all, from a stone chip to a full respray. With our back to basics approach, we will take you through the full process.
FROM A STONE CHIP TO A FULL CAR RE-SPRAY
Next Available Dates:
May: 6th-10th 2024
May: 13th-17th 2024
Course Price; £1150 excl VAT
(£1380 including VAT)
Day 1: Metal Repairs;
We will take you through the assessment process. You will be taught how to price, calculate a realistic timescale and, most of all, to understand that it is not the size of the damage, but how that particular damage affects the rest of the paint process there after. You will be given a bike tank or car wing and it will be damaged beyond economical repair. After the initial teaching, this is what you will fix and then, later in the course, apply a conventional paint job to too. This is to teach you that all damage is fixable and that not all damage is the same. After you have learnt your basic panel beating, dent pulling, and body filler techniques, you'll see that it's really not rocket science to achieve this type of repair. Please look at our gallery for some examples of what you can work with. Believe it when we say you will fix this in one afternoon!
Day 2: Plastic / Fiberglass Repairs;
Again, we start with the worst-case scenarios for repair work. You'll learn how to repair scuffs, cracks, and holes, as well as how to utilise the hot weld technique to join plastic components back together and how to use the least amount of product possible, if any. The best repair to paint is no repair at all.
Whether it's for bike plastics or vehicle bumpers, plastic repairs are a necessary aspect of the business.
We will do a quick fibreglass repair in the way of a hole in a panel in real time for those that do not have the ability to metal weld. This is to show that rust repairs can still be fixed without fresh metal and can open up opportunities that normally painters might shy away from.
In the afternoon, we will start the priming process and prime the metalwork from the day before. You will not be taught how to paint at this time, but this is your chance to experiment with materials and have some fun. Remember, we need to learn how to solve problems, so I'll be expecting some drips from you in the primer. If you don't manage to put them in, I'll gladly do it for you! Because we need to teach you how to fix these.
Day 3: Conventional Painting;
We're going through the fundamentals of the body shop world today.
We will cover around 90% of our trade in one day, then look ahead and practise everything that will be taught during the duration of the course.
During day we cover:
Types of paint, primer, lacquer, thinners' and all other paint related products.
Compressor and shop set up.
Types of spray guns.
Spray gun exercises.
The majority of the afternoon will be spent on the guns, covering as many scenarios as possible, from blend techniques to spot priming. All the time learning that fine trigger control a good painter needs.
Day 4: Real Time Painting Action
A full-on day of painting to give maximum practise in all the relevant areas of application. Apart from any more practise that may be required, everything is done in real time today to demonstrate what can be accomplished in the real world.
Dry and wet sanding of primer (large and small areas)
Panel painting (solid, metallic, pearls)
Introduction to lacquering
Real time patch repair (smart repair)
Full car preparation and masking
Rectifying paint defects
These points are only main headers. Today, the emphasis is on real time, so many more smaller but vital skills are covered and practised to help develop a better all-round understanding of what's involved in getting the job done!
Day 5: In Booth Full Car Respray
The final day of the course provides a great experience, giving students the opportunity to complete a full respray and lacquer of an entire car.
Each student can use this time to become fully conversant in understanding how to move around a full vehicle with all the different angles and difficulties involved.
In the case of motorcycle paintwork, you will be in our other booth learning how to move around a fairing and the difficulties that come with it.
We'll be practising small-area primer sanding and blending methods outside the main booth, as well as additional panel lacquering practise. You will have used both medium and high-solid lacquers by this point and have a fair grasp of their applications.
Today you will also be taught the polishing procedure.
This isn't your typical basic detailing procedure; we're going for a full-on flat display mirror shine (a business in and of itself?). We'll also show you how to remove those pesky scratches that don't necessitate any repainting.
The training is usually completed by 1700 hours. If it's later, we'll remain until each student is satisfied with their accomplishments.