A Practical Guide to Vehicle Refinishing  book cover
1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Vehicle Refinishing

ISBN 9781138486645
Published October 18, 2019 by CRC Press
244 Pages 277 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the logical sequence of refinishing. 

1. Identifying substrates. 

2. Identifying the damage. 

3. Application of foundation materials. 

4. Preparation of panels for top coats. 

5. Masking of vehicle and components 

6. Paint application equipment 

7. Application of top coats 

8. Health and safety in the refinishing workshop 

9. Tool and equipment maintenance 

10. Glossary

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Julian Woodstock delivers courses at Levels 1,2 and 3 in vehicle refinishing, restoration work and body repair at Colchester Institute, and has written all of the body repair and refinishing material currently available on the IMI‘s training programme. He has considerable experience also at the sharp end of crash repair.


"Excellent teacher with exceptional technical skills."

- Tom Denton, UK Trainer, IMI

"Julian has a writing technique/style that is easy to follow – basic enough for beginners, and detailed sufficiently for the more experienced."

- John Kyle, Colchester Institute Centre for Auto Engineering (Retired)