A guide to refinishing suitable for complete beginners and more advanced technicians.

This heavily illustrated guide will help students through their Level 2 and 3 vehicle refinishing qualifications and be useful as a reference and trouble shooter for more advanced technicians. It is set out in the order in which a vehicle is repaired.

There are sections covering:

  • identifying different substrates, with an explanation of how this affects the materials to be chosen and techniques to be used
  • preparation work required prior to the application of foundation materials
  • how to choose the correct foundation material
  • shaping and sanding techniques
  • different types of popular top coats and the required application techniques
  • glossaries for tools and equipment
  • health and safety considerations

This book has been designed and written by a true ‘petrol head’ whose career and hobbies have revolved around motor vehicles and the refinishing trade. He has been in the motor trade for more than 16 years and has delivered Refinishing qualifications to students for over 11 years. Someone who has never before held a spray gun should be able to understand stage-by-stage, or they can dip in for precise trouble shooting and tips.

chapter |1 pages


The logical sequence to refinishing

chapter Chapter 1|10 pages

Identifying substrates

chapter Chapter 2|10 pages

Identifying the damage

chapter Chapter 3|46 pages

Application of foundation materials

chapter Chapter 4|25 pages

Preparation of panels for top coats

chapter Chapter 5|22 pages

Masking of vehicle and components

chapter Chapter 6|22 pages

Paint application equipment

chapter Chapter 7|48 pages

Application of top coats

chapter Chapter 8|21 pages

Health and safety in the refinishing workshop

chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

Tool and equipment maintenance

chapter Chapter 10|4 pages