Automotive refinishing school

Developed with I-CAR NZ and endorsed by the Collision Repair Association, this eLearning programme is designed for those interested in learning the skills and knowledge to repair paintwork on damaged vehicles and make them look as good as new!
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Choose to complete one or both of the following qualifications:
New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Refinishing (Level 4).
The unit standards within this qualification will ensure that you are able to prepare, restore, and finish painted vehicle surfaces. These skills can then be applied to a range of jobs, from repairing damaged paintwork to simply adding some cosmetic enhancement.
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PPG publishes technical articles on ways to improve the quality and productivity of a paint refinishing operation. The following list provides links to some of the articles that may be of interest to you.

Envirobase High Performance Translucent Blend Repair VideoEnvirobase® High Performance Translucent Blend Repair Process
In this video, we will review the PPG recommended process for repairing the highly translucent, eye-catching vehicle colors seen today, and the benefits of using a blended edge versus the defined edge of sanded primer alone.

Envirobase® High Performance Translucent Blend Repair Process

Aquabase Plus Translucent Blend Repair VideoAquabase® Plus Translucent Blend Repair Process
Many OEM colors are considered to be translucent, providing a cleaner, more vibrant look than older technology pigmentation. In this video, we will review the PPG recommended process for repairing these highly translucent colors and the benefits of using a blended edge versus the defined edge of sanded primer alone.

Aquabase® Plus Translucent Blend Repair Process

PPG OneChoice Bumper Repair SystemOneChoice® Bumper Repair System for National Rule Areas
PPG’s OneChoice® premium plastic repair system for National Rule areas is designed to simplify the plastic refinish preparation process and deliver superior adhesion to all common automotive plastic substrates, Watch this video to learn how to use it in your shop.

OneChoice® Bumper Repair System for National Rule Areas

PPG Repair Process for Mazda Paint Code 46G Machine GrayPPG Repair Process for Mazda 46G Machine Gray
Learn PPG’s repair process for Mazda paint code 46G Machine Gray, an exotic tri-coat system made up of a black color coat followed by high brightness leafing aluminum layer, then topped with a clearcoat.

PPG Repair Process for Mazda Paint Code 46G Machine Gray

PPG Repair Process for Mazda Paint Code 46G Machine GrayPPG Repair Process for Mazda 46V Soul Red Crystal Metallic
Learn PPG’s 3 stage repair process for Mazda paint code 46V Soul Red Crystal Metallic using a tinted, translucent clearcoat layer.

PPG Repair Process for Mazda Paint Code 46V Soul Red Crystal Metallic

PPG Repair Process for Mazda Paint Code 46V Soul Red Crystal MetallicNexa AutoColor® Repair Process for Mazda 46V Soul Red Crystal Metallic
Learn the Nexa Autocolor® 3 stage repair process for Mazda paint code 46V Soul Red Crystal Metallic using a tinted, translucent clearcoat layer.

Nexa AutoColor® Repair Process for Mazda Paint Code 46V Soul Red Crystal Metallic

Aquabase Plus Viscosity Adjustment VideoAquabase® Plus Viscosity Adjustment
Learn to use a DIN 4 cup to measure viscosity before beginning a refinish repair. Proper viscosity ensures fast flash times, through-dry, easy blending, and world class color match.

Aquabase® Plus Viscosity Adjustment Video

Envirobase High Performance Viscosity Adjustment VideoEnvirobase® High Performance Viscosity Adjustment
Learn to use a DIN 4 cup to measure viscosity before beginning a refinish repair. Proper viscosity ensures fast flash times, through-dry, easy blending, and world class color match.

Envirobase® High Performance Viscosity Adjustment Video

Speed Repair Video for Minor DamageSpeed Repair System for Minor Damage
The Deltron® Speed Prime Repair System for Minor Damage is designed to help collision shops add revenue by offering fast, economical repair of scratches, dings and small dents, as well as dimples resulting from hailstorms.

Speed Repair System for Minor Damage

Kyle Morley Shows How to Create a Dècoupage TechniqueDécoupage Technique – Kyle Morley
Incorporating a montage of authentic newspaper clippings and photographs from the 1940s, Kyle Morley’s imaginative fiberglass “bombshell” transforms this symbol of World War II into a stunning tribute to the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.

Découpage Technique Tutorial

Mitch Lanzini Teaches How to Create a Classic Tape Shading EffectClassic Tape Shading Effect – Mitch Lanzini
Mitch Lanzini teaches how to create a classic tape shading effect ideal for beginning painters looking to build confidence. It’s a high-power contrast of unexpected colors and free-flowing shapes with symmetrical lines and steady gun work that you often see on lowriders and hot rods.

Classic Tape Shading Effect Tutorial

Tech Talk Moving CheckersMoving Checkers Effect – Pete «Hot Dog» Finlan
«Hot Dog» Pete Finlan demonstrates a paint effect that’s anything but square. In this video, Finlan guides painters through his process for creating «Moving Checkers», a trick he perfected while painting surfboards early in his career.

Moving Checkers Effect Tutorial

Painting/Repairing Low Gloss FinishesPainting/Repairing Low Gloss Finishes
Low gloss finishes have grown in popularity among refinishers and OEM designers. In this video, Chris Springer gives painters some tips on how to achieve a great low gloss finish. We also provide convenient links to the products available to both National Rule and compliant markets that painters can use to achieve a low gloss finish.

Painting/Repairing Low Gloss Finishes

Translucent Colors/Spectral GraysTranslucent Color – Spectral Grays
As automakers look to differentiate their vehicles from the competition, offering eye-catching exterior colors is one proven way to attract the new car buyer. That’s clearly evident when you look at today’s OE color palette, which is significantly more exotic and vibrant than it was even five years ago. Many of the newest selections are highly chromatic, with translucent colors that sparkle with an exceptional level of depth, brilliance, and clarity.

Translucent Colors/Spectral Grays Article

How the Graphic Design Was Achieved on PPG’s New Show TruckHow the Graphic Design Was Achieved on PPG’s New Show Truck
Bringing the show truck’s grand design to life required a different approach than most paint jobs — the use of large stencils over the length of the trailer. Learn how the team created the dazzling custom finish on the PPG show truck.

PPG Show Truck Paint Scheme Tutorial

Bobby Alloway Shares His Tips For a Flawless Black FinishFlawless Black Finish – Bobby Alloway
Bobby Alloway shares his essential tips for achieving a flawless black finish. Some painters avoid black because of its reputation for being unforgiving in calling attention to even the tiniest of flaws. Alloway maintains that the prep and painting process should be the same, regardless of whether the car is red, blue, white or black.

Flawless Black Finish Tutorial

Chris MacMahan Creates a Classic Fish Scale EffectFish Scale Effect – Chris MacMahan
Chris MacMahan demonstrates how to create a classic fish scale effect. Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching fill or a background for pinstripes or artwork, the fish scale technique is a timeless choice. In this tutorial, Chris uses a traditional circular scale, but other shapes work just as well. With a little imagination and experimentation, you’ll be able to create a wide range of patterns and effects.

Fish Scale Effect Tutorial

Dave Perewitz Shares His Flames Design ProcessFlames Design – Dave Perewitz
Dave Perewitz shows his design process for flawless flamework. Feel is central to Dave’s design process, but he does have one major rule: everything must flow. In his work, notice how every line of the design is continuously curving to imply speed and motion. He also pays special attention to the placement of flame tips.

Flames Design Tutorial

Darryl Hollenbeck Displays his Lace TechniqueLace Technique – Darryl Hollenbeck
Darryl Hollenbeck shows how to create an old-school lace effect in just a few simple steps. It’s a throwback style from the 1960s, one that Hollenbeck describes as a bit of a lost art. A touch of lace goes a long way, he acknowledges, but on the right project in the right amount, it’s killer. You can find examples of the effect on his Iron Orchid and 1959 Ranch Wagon.

Lace Technique Guide

Ryan Korek’s 3-D Layered Effect Technique3-D Layered Design – Ryan Korek
Ryan Korek demonstrates how he created a razor-sharp design. Ryan’s three-dimensional design calls for bold, high-gloss colored graphics «drop shadowed» over a matter gloss silver charcoal metallic base. Ryan employs the unusual technique of «working backwards,» that is, starting with applying the color layers first that other painters typically would do after spraying the base color.

3-D Layered Effect Guide

Variant Shading TechniqueVariant Shading Technique – Paul Stoll
Mono on mono: how variant shades of a single color can be creatively applied to craft a beautifully understated custom finish. The paint scheme for John Hayes’ Corvette was conceived by Paul Stoll, PPG training instructor and accomplished painter. The design builds on the original Switchblade Silver paint finish and makes use of four «coarser» custom variant colors.

Variant Shading Technique Guide

Jeremy Seanor’s Faux Distressed TechniqueFaux Distressed Technique – Jeremy Seanor
Here’s how to give your paint finish the classic signs of distress. It’s one of the hottest trends in the world of customizing and restoration. The only problem is, with a traditional paint application, you’d have to wait decades to achieve that vintage appeal naturally. Thankfully, Jeremy Seanor, owner of Lucky Strike Designs Custom Paint and a PPG technical refinish instructor, shows you how to help shorten that time by creating a distressed-looking faux patina.

Faux Distressed Technique Guide

Charley Hutton Demonstrates a Wood Grain TechniqueWood Grain Technique – Charley Hutton
Charley Hutton, custom painter extraordinaire, explains how to create a realistic wood grain look with a few simple tools and Envirobase® High Performance basecoat. A painted wood-grain effect is one way to add a distinctive look to your custom build. In this guide, Charley demonstrates how to paint a panel with one style of wood in the center, framed by another wood grain look.