Full 11 Day Custom & Conventional Paint Training Course
Welcome to our flag ship course. This two-week intensive programme can be tailored to suit either motorbikes or cars. This course is designed for beginners and will teach you everything you need to know about repairs,
conventional painting, custom painting and airbrushing.
Next Available Dates:
February 5th - 16th 2024
April 8th - 19th 2024
Course Price; £1640 excl VAT
(£1968 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 prosess 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 full custom paintwork 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 4,5,7 Airbrushing / Custom Painting
We beleive this is the most intence training package you will fined in the time we have. During this time, we'll try to finish as many different custom paint and airbrush methods as we can with one overall paint job.
To produce a comprehensive bespoke project, custom painting and airbrushing needs a variety of unique and distinct skills. Each approach presented has its own benefits and may be used to achieve any paint project you choose to tackle.
Freehand and stencil airbrushing techniques
Airbrush selection and maintenance
Pearls, Metallic's and solid colours
Free hand brush pinstriping
How to use a spray gun
Day 6: Pin striping and Primer preparation;
We begin the weekend with a half-day pin striping session and hope to finish by 2 p.m. Pin striping is a lot of fun, but it's often overlooked by aspiring custom painters. You will learn how to select, look after, and trim your brush; how to pull straight lines and go around curves. Once you have mastered the basics, we do real-time striping by outlining flames and adding to a design, taking something quite basic and turning it into a full custom job.
We will also be getting our previously primed tanks/panel back out and learning how to sand and prep these parts for the following week.
Sunday: Free Day;
OK, now that we are midway through the course, we are finished until Monday. However, Sunday is a free practise day, and you can do what you like. I will open up for you in the morning, set you up, and be on call for the rest of the day. As you are no longer in a training environment, you tend to achieve your finest work under your own steam, so you get the workshop to yourself. How is that for value for money? The time is your own, so alternatively, you could go home if you wish.
We'll start the day with 2 to 3 hours of custom painting (if necessary) and finish off the custom boards from the week before. We will be going through the patch repair process and larger area panel painting for the rest of the day. So it's back to the guns for some more painting and blending practise before we get into your lacquering (clear coat) introduction to get you ready for the remainder of the course, since you'll be lacquering every day for the rest of your stay with us.
A jam pact day of;
Small area repairs (smart repairs)
Spot priming and masking techniques
Colour matching and paint mixing
Paint and blending techniques
Fixing paint issues
On Day 9 & 10: Custom Painting;
At this stage, you can repair, prep, airbrush, pinstripe, and paint. You will now have a good understanding of how to administrate yourself and are relatively self-contained, so now is the time to shine and for us to take a step back, as you will now carry out a full custom paint job.
Once we have gone through the design process, and you have an idea of what you want to achieve, the remainder of your 2 days are left up to you to come up with a work of art on the piece that you fixed on day one.
You go through the full custom painting process, with all your artwork being lacquered up to three times during this process. On average, around 10-15 coats of lacquer are applied during these 2 days. Do not be fooled by the quality of the work in our student gallery. All of these final projects have been completed during these 2 days. You have experienced real-time painting under your own steam, with us offering guidance wherever needed. It's an exhilarating few days, getting into your own zone and enjoying the steep learning curve.
These days can be very intense with no specific finish time. Its not uncommon to be here in the early hours. Our record is 0350hrs but is controlled entirely by you. How's that for value for money??
These are your two days, so you can steer your own training in a direction that is more relevant to your future work. Therefore, if you want more conventional paint training, you can always simplify your final project and use the rest of the time on something else. It's up to you. However, full car paint training can not be offered at this stage. Please see day 11 for full respray training.
Day 11: Polishing / Car Paining
After we have applied the final lacquer from the night before, it's time to give your artwork a last flattening and machine polish in order to achieve a show standard finish. All students are astonished when they see all of their little flaws vanish and they attain the highest possible final quality finish.
The course finishes with a final debrief and issuing of your certificates.
The course will finish around 1400 hrs.
For Car Painting (please read)
This is not part of the 11 day course but simply an add on for those that want to go further with large area painting.
This extra training day will start immediately after the end of the Full 11 day course, at about 14:00 on the Friday.
This consists of;
Once the full car has been prepared, cleaned and in the booth we will explain and implement the various masking techniques to fully protect the car from overspray.
You will learn the different routes and issues as you complete a full respray and lacquer of the entire car from start to finish. As you're already paint trained at this stage, we wont have to worry to much about gun control and handling so we can concentrate more on moving around the car while controlling the laying of the paint. Finish time could be as late as 2100hrs
There is an additional charge of £150+vat for this day