The master detailer course, sets a new level to detailer training in the UK, this week-long training program is tailored to your success as a professional detailer. We spend time to cover each segment of the detailing process from washing, decontamination, drying, machine polishing, wet sanding, interior cleaning, waxes, sealants, coating and the finishing touches, to provide you a complete and comprehensive understanding of not only how to complete a detail from start to finish, but how to do so, efficiently, cost-effectively and to a consistently high standard no matter the circumstance or your previous experience.
This course also includes business and marketing coaching throughout the duration. Giving you helpful tips, tricks and guidance on how to promote your business, identity and reach your target audience. No other company is as well placed or experienced to offer such a complete and comprehensive training program that not only shows you how to do the work but also how to get bookings in your diary too.
Upon arrival at the Detailing Academy we will have a vehicle ready to use for the duration of your training. The 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 cleaning, door jambs, 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 from 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.
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 for those hard 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 effect the 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. With the correction stage 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 off 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!
Wet sanding - We 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.
The afternoon wet get down to business, this is the really interesting part that brings extreme value to this particular course. Sitting with our Academy detailing team We will explore how you intend to brand yourself, the type of clientele you are aiming for and how to manage their expectations and talk business strategy with you. Helping guide you through the trials and tribulations of building your own detailing empire and helping you avoid the common pitfalls. looking at potential markets, service levels, Identifying potential up-sales. and look at the marketing side of your business, sharing some of the most successful ways to promote your business, learn about the real world of detailing and not just fancy fifty fifty shots that need to be posted on Instagram or Facebook! What drives real customers to your business and how to harness social media to reach your ultimate goal of success.
We hit the road in our detailing vans to master the maintenance side of things and put some of what you have learnt the past week into action. Accompanying our detailers on a "staged" live job you will get to experience not only what life is like for a detailer on the road but the scenarios most commonly faced when offering a mobile maintenance service, putting your newly acquired skills into action and the correct process of how to tackle a car as a live job. From the wash stage to interior and the finishing touches, we will teach you the proper process to efficiently carry out mobile detailing maintenance services.
Once back at base, we will allocate the last hour or two to summerise what we have gone through the past week. Certification hand over, and send you on your way as a master detailer.
As with all our courses, it doesn't end there, you are never alone. You will receive a 12-month subscription to our detailing knowledge centre that has all of the course mapped out in chapters for you to revisit, and refresh your memory on. With added extra features like how to tackle the most random of scenarios you might face as a detailer, from removing bird etching to deep cleaning a mouldy interior, cleaning a steering wheel or roof lining. Salvaging a car that has suffered paint splatter. The resource is constantly being added to and updated as and when we are faced ourselves with a situation out of the ordinary.