Professional Detailing Course
- Product Type:
- Professional Detailing Course
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• 4 day practical and theory-driven course
• 2 detailing instructors with a max group of 4
• Free 12 month subscription to our detailer knowledge centre
• 20% discount on products and ongoing trade status account
• Certification of completion on the final day
A 4-day course consisting of both practical and theory-based elements tailored to giving you complete confidence in tackling any detailing task at a professional level.
Our Pro detailer course is offered as a maximum group of 4 attendees per session and covers all aspects of detailing. We will meticulously detail a subject vehicle together as a "live job” and go into detail on every stage from the wash processes, deep cleaning techniques, decontamination, advanced paint assessment & correction, right through to interior deep cleaning and all in between, headed up by one of our master detailing instructors, and supported by a studio detailer for extra support. The course comprises not only hands-on real-world experience but also theory and methodology throughout, explaining each stage, what the purpose is, how it delivers the results needed and what to look out for also.
Upon arrival at the Detailing Academy, we will have a vehicle dropped off to use ready to be detailed as a customer would. Our first stage would be to go through a methodical and in-depth advanced wash process, whereby we tackle everything needed prior to the polishing stage. This will include engine care, door shuts, paintwork intricacies degreased and cleansed. Next, it's onto an extended pre-wash and two bucket wash process, working grills and tighter areas with brushes. With the vehicle still wet we will be moving onto an in-depth paintwork decontamination set, looking at how we can utilise other detailing tools and equipment to aid the decontamination of the paintwork so we have no contamination prior to polish. With the vehicle now fully clean we will be using a selection of microfibre towels and air tools to ensure the vehicle is fully dried safely with no trapped water.
With our vehicle now fully prepped it will be moved inside to our detailing bay and put onto a ramp so we can safely remove the wheels and access the undercarriage for further cleansing. The use of the ramp means that you can put the wheels outside to be fully decontaminated inside and out prior to wheel coating or wax.
Day two brings the start of the paintwork inspection. This will lead us to look at each panel one at a time highlighting defects that need to be dealt with, from holograms to swirls into sanding pigtails that may have been leftover from the factory or evening panel refinishes. All of the defects will become apparent with the use of different colour temperature LED lighting systems. To further assist we will teach you how to use a paint depth gauge to see how much material there is to polish. This will be completed with the aid of graphics to help you fully understand the depth of different defects, you can gain an understanding as to which defects need which polish and machine.
Once the vehicle is fully inspected all delicate areas will be masked and covered to help stop machine polishing dust getting into areas which you don't want to have to clean again. This will include rubbers, grills, windscreens and thinner edges which may have been identified with low paint depths.
With the assessment and prep work now complete, it's onto the compound. We will demonstrate effective machine polishing techniques with an array of different machines including; rotaries, dual actions, pneumatic powered and even battery powered. This coupled with a selection of different pad types such as; wool, microfibre and foam will allow us to effectively remove deeper scratches, sanding marks and swirl marks.
To break up the cycle of just machine polishing the car, on day three we will have some time dedicated to the business side of detailing. We will explore how you intend to brand yourself, the type of clientele you are aiming for and how to manage their expectations. All aspects are just as important as the process of detailing itself. We will also give you an insight into the costs of starting up and running on a day to day basis. A great period for you to learn about the real world of detailing and not just fancy fifty fifty shots that need to be posted on Instagram or Facebook!
Once our business section is done it's back to the bay for some more polishing! Further exploring different techniques around the car using some smaller pad sizes and even in some cases extensions bars to reach areas. Once the compound stage is done it's onto the refining stage. Here you will gain a real understanding of how important pad cleanliness is. Diving into different foam consistencies and structures and how they can affect your finish you achieve. All the while you will be gaining a greater understanding of how different paint polishes work to create the ultimate correction for your customer.
Back in on day four of the detail and the correction work now complete, you will be ready to learn about protecting the car fully, experimenting with different coatings, sealants and waxes. It's important that we cover all three of these forms of protection as not every customer will want the same finish. You may have one customer who wants a full coating package of their daily driver Range Rover, and your next customer may have a classic car with single-stage paint which will not accept the chemicals used in coatings, so a sealant and wax may be the route you have to explore. Either way we will ensure you have an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of protection, covering paintwork, trim, glass and wheels.
With ninety-five percent of the exterior now complete you will now explore the interior. We will teach you how to use different machines and techniques to ensure the ultimate deep clean is achieved. This will cover all different material types so you are equipped to clean fabric surfaces, plastic and rubber surfaces and also leather and alcantara surfaces too. An aspect of the detailing process that is less glamorous that should never be overlooked as it's where your customer will spend most of their time with the vehicle.
Finally, we will look at the last five percent of the detail that will separate your work from the next detailers. Ensuring that with the use of detailing swabs, toothpicks and little brushes all of the tight area are clean and perfect. Making sure all tyres, trims and arches are correctly dressed, also making sure that all badges are straight and lined up and of course the glass is smear-free and perfect! And of course, if you have any further questions to fire away at our detailers you can do so.
ADDITIONAL WET SANDING DAY (Optionally available at an additional cost of £395)
We also offer an extra day to anyone who wishes to learn about the wet sanding process.
We allocate an extra day for wet sanding as its such an in-depth process. We will explore both texture levelling and also texture matching. Texture levelling is the removal of the peeks and troths of the paint finish often referred to as orange peel removal. This extensive process will require many different grades of sanding paper, both by hand and by machine. A process that is most commonly used on high-end cars and show cars to achieve that mirror-like shine everyone desires.
Much the same as texture removal, we will also cover texture matching. More commonly used for panels and areas that have been refinished since the car had its original paint applied. This process will look at different backing foams that will make the sanding process more adaptive, meaning you can match the texture from one panel to another.
We will also teach you how to remove deep isolated scratches with the help of sandpaper by hand. Often safer than just trying to machine polish a scratch away, isolated spot sand will effectively remove the defect saving the original paint. A technique that takes a little time to master one by one we can teach you.
Additional Wet Sanding Day £395
*Please note - Accommodation is not included, however, we can help with local recommendations and bookings should your require our assistance*
Price per person.
Do I have to bring my own detailing products?
No, all the products and equipment are supplied by us on the day.
Do I need a basic understanding of detailing to complete this course?
Yes, the Professional Course is aimed at people who have been detailing for a while, are very comfortable with each stage of detailing and is interested in becoming a full time detailer.
Will I receive a certificate after the course?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion.