The 5 Day Prep, Repair & Paint course can be tailored to suit both bikes or cars. Designed for beginners, you will be taught all there is to know from repairs to full paint jobs. Please read below for a break down of the course.
 
 
 
 

Day 1: Metal Repairs

I 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 next stages of the job.

During this day you will be taught and practiced on various methods on repairing dents.

- Filler work, filling and skimming.
- Panel beating
- Spot Welding and slide hammer

You'll never really get two repairs in the same place on the same vehicle so its important to have a broader understanding of repair work rather than having the one method for all, as what works for one may not work for the other. You will be given either a car wing or motorcycle tank depending on your course. This is what you will repair and end up putting a full paint job on.

 

Day 2: Plastic / Fiberglass Repairs

We will start the day by understanding the priming process and prime the metalwork from the previous day. You will not be taught how to paint at this stage, but now is the chance for you to throw some paint around and have some fun. Remember, we need to learn how to overcome problems, so I will expect drips in the primer from you. If you do not put them in, I will be happy to do this for you!

Whilst your metalwork is drying in the booth, we will move on to plastic repairs.
- Cracks
- Filling Holes
- Welding two pieces together
- Bumper and Fairing scuffs

You will be taught and practised on every scenario that relates to both plastic and fibreglass repairs. For plastics we use the hot plastic welding system. For the fibreglass you will be shown both the matting and the bridging compound types of repairs.

 

Day 3: Conventional Painting

​This is where we step up the learning curve and go on to the 2-day conventional painting. For the morning we focus more on the theory as its very important to understand the products and equipment needed for painting. During this morning we will go in depth on:

- Types of paint, primer, lacquer, thinners and all other paint related products.
- Compressor and shop set up.
- Types of spray guns.

In the afternoon we will focus on this practical side of painting​;

- Mixing paint.
- Spray gun exercises.
- Gun set up
- How to fade and blend
- Fine lining
- Masking techniques
- Water based and solvent based paint
- Problem solving

Again, you will learn that painting is not a dark art and anyone can learn. Your eyes will now be opened to what you can achieve as we finish the day with with a multi coloured paint job.

 

Day 4:

You will start the day by learning how to sand primer on either the tank or the wing you repaired on day one and getting it ready for a paint job. After any relevant spot priming is done you are then unleashed to carry out a full paint job on the Tanks or wings you repaired on day 1. What you do is up to you.

So, much more practical work this day of mixing, setting guns, application techniques, gun cleaning, masking and fine lining.

This day is finished of with your introduction to lacquering/clear coat. You will lacquer all work completed, shooting around 7 coats in total. Lacquering is considered a dark art but I'll have you flowing it out in no time.

 

On Day 5:

You will start by learning colour sanding (sanding lacquer), so all the edges you put in your final paint job on day 4 will now be sanded flat and you will understand sanding lacquer that applies to many other scenarios.

You will then go on to apply a further 3 coats of lacquer to your final pieces before you then sand them down yet again ready for polishing them at the end of the day.

Obviously our wings and tanks need time to cure before polish, to save us from sitting around waiting for paint to dry, we get on with more practice. Remember you are more of less paint trained at this part of the course so for the students wanting to learn cars you'll be in the booth with a car going through all the different scenarios, Smart repairs, panel painting, panel to panel blending all the way up to a full side re spray and lacquering. For the students wanting to learn bikes, you will be taught how to use the Airbrush. I'm not talking artwork here its more for the use of touch ups. Painting bikes is much more technical than cars as generally they are multicoloured. This within itself can cause a variety of issues that the airbrush can simply fix. If the cars in the booth, you are more than welcome to train on that to give you more experience on large area painting.

We finish off the final day by yes you guessed it, sanding down your projects again but now you will learn the final part of the process, Polishing. You will be taught the different types of mops and polishes and how to achieve that perfect finish.

The course finishes with a final debrief and issuing of your certificates. Its not uncommon for this course to finish up to 20.00hrs

 

Course Price: £800