The panel beating process involves removing, repairing and replacing damaged panels, as well as spray painting, chassis alignment, and refitting body hardware.
Spray painting is a painting technique in which a device sprays coating material (paint, ink, varnish, etc.) through the air onto a surface. The most common types employ compressed gas (usually air) to atomize and direct the paint particles.
This Panel Beating and Spray Painting (Artisan) course will teach the following techniques:
Metal stretching – This is ideally the first step of fixing the dent and put the metal back into shape and has nothing to do with pulling and stretching. The metal of the dented area will be heated with a blow torch and the panel beaters will hammer it slowly using a shrinking hammer and a dolly. This will stretch the metal stretch it back to shape.
Welding – This is the next process of panel beating that is followed when two pieces of metal are required to be joined together. As usual, welding is a localized process in which arc welding or oxyacetylene flame is used.
Putty fillers – This is used to fill small holes and dents on the body. The panel beaters will prepare a putty mix and set it on the holes quickly and shape it all through.
Panel sanding – Before the primer is set and after the putty hardens, the next process for panel beating is sanding. This will ensure further smoothing of the car surface for the paint job that will follow next. Both dry sanding and wet sanding is done during this process.
Panel sanding – Spray painting is the last process that will complete the process of panel beating. Once it is done to perfection, the area will be baked in heat to set the paint and give the surface a gloss.
This Panel Beating and Spray Painting (Artisan) NITA course is a skill upgrading course targeting workers in formal or informal industry ie manufacturing and processing industries, Jua kali, NGOs, counties, parastatals etc.
KCPE certificate or equivalent