4 Day Patch Repair
Beginner / Intermediate
The next logical step for all painters
Our 5-day training course has been developed and fine-tuned to take the mystery out of welding and patch repairs, so that you will have the confidence and skills to tackle that project or repair yourself. It is also for existing bodyshops that wish to take their work to the next level.
No fancy gimmicks or expensive tools are needed. Bringing back achievable, realistic, and affordable training with a common sense approach to metal rust repairs.
Other courses, such as English wheeling, are good in their own right. However, this type of training is completely overkill for small-to medium-sized rust repairs. You also become dependent on expensive machines, and in most cases, these courses can lead to nowhere when the realisation of the expense and complexity comes to light. Most are also taught on aluminium rather than steel.
Our training is completely different. We use a Mig welding setup as this is more achievable, affordable, and obtainable in a short space of time. We teach hand and hammer shaping skills, which are essential for a greater understanding of how metal moves before we use basic machines to achieve the same repairs. Constant welding practise will also ensure you will be at a good standard on completion.
Gas Mig Welding set up and troubleshooting
welding techniques for auto repairs.
Choosing the right tools
Safe cutting using power tools.
How to hand and machine fabricate basic shapes
Techniques for fitting your newly fabricated, rust-repair panel
All these factors include real-time repairs on an actual car.
"I attended the mig welding and fabrication course being semi competent in the subject, however after completing the course I feel my confidence in the matter is greatly improved!
A massive high point for myself was showing the multiple methods used to create the same repair piece, one way without all the fancy tooling, and one with, so you don't feel you have to go out and buy lots of expensive tools straight away.
By the end of the course I could safely say I had the confidence to take on metal repair work to areas I wouldn't have gone near before! Thanks guys, I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to start tackling metal repair work."
"I attended the welding and fabrication course at the end of July, and as a novice metalworker with only a little gas welding experience many years ago, I expected it to be a challenge. I was not disappointed!
Having previously attended Mick’s custom painting courses, which are excellent by the way, I knew I would be out of my comfort zone, but I enrolled to be taught and not for a vacation. Gareth taught the group and had the required patience as well as the skill to demonstrate the procedures and methods used to fabricate and weld complex body parts. Like for instance the A post on a car. When you try and replicate these parts you realise that they represent a three dimensional problem, and that there is an order to the steps needed to make the part.
What was important to me and has been clearly demonstrated on all of the courses I have attended is that the ‘teacher’ knew their business thoroughly and was able to pass on those skills. If you decide to sign up for this course, you will come away with the ability to weld properly and gain some skill in fabrication, which you can build on by practice. It was also very useful to use and understand what tools and machines are used in this type of work"
"Great metal repair and fabrication course with lots of hands on experience, so you won't be disappointed. Very well organised training space, equipment and lots of knowledge to take away. It was great to use different tools and equipment and get to know techniques in case tools are not available. Although this course is designed for beginners, I think those who already have some experience in metal repair and fabrication will also benefit from it. The big advantage is a very small group of participants so you feel like it's 1-2-1 course with an individual approach to your needs. You will get opportunities to ask questions and a lot of attention from the trainer, who is very skilled and knowledgeable."
“ This course was perfect and within days I lost the fear of using a MIG, really gaining confidence to tackle my cars restoration.
Clear advice and examples made the course fun. I’d recommend anyone wanting to fix their own car but don’t know where to start to start here “
Steve DLR “Glasgow”