Motor Vehicle Body Repairs

Did you always want to fix dents, get rid of rust and apply paint on your car yourself? Save some money and join us at SGSCC for this fun motor vehicle body repairs course that will teach you all the basics you need to do those small repairs yourself! A hands-on basic panel beating class teaching panel repair, including rust removal, panel beating of dents, levelling of welds, putty application and sanding smooth enough to apply paint. Primer is applied using a roller, again being sanded ready for final coats. Bring your own mudguard or door or we can supply you one to learn and practice on.

Spray painting is one method of applying paint. Before spray painting was developed, automobiles were painted by brush, with excellent results. Todays foam rollers apply an more even coat than brushes. We don’t have an approved spray booth, so OH&S issues prevent us from spraying, so we roll on and fine sand the primer coats. Phil’s Trade is a French polisher, so he can show you how to apply and get final coats to a good finish by roller. It is slower than spraying. Also, due to OH&S we only apply air drying enamel or acrylic paints in these classes.

Course Outline:

This short course is tailored to students needs, but most applicants have a car which has rust/dent issues which they wish to repair.

We supply a panel, in which the student cuts a hole. the student then cuts out a repair patch from panel metal (also supplied by us), welds it in, grinds it smooth, applies plastic putty, sands it fine enough for paint, then rolls on primer again sanding it ready for final coats. these steps are supervised by Phil. Sometimes we may have to do some of these steps again till the student is comfortable enough to attempt the repair of a panel from their project car. Students can then opt to do finish coats by roller or discuss other options.

Course Outcomes:

Students to learn and be confident enough to complete a satisfactory repair of rust stains and rusted areas and dents to at least finished primer.

Please Note:

  • $30 materials charge, payable on first evening
  • Must know how to weld or have done the welding course at SGSCC.

Safety Clothing must be worn as follows:

  • Long sleeve cotton shirt and collar
  • Long cotton pants
  • Sturdy boots

Not suitable for late model car paint. Before enrolment of large projects please ring the college to discuss with tutor on 9528 3344.

Enter via the right hand driveway and head down to the rear carpark behind the main buildings where you will find the standalone building for your class.

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.