What is detailing? – Detailing is the process by which a vehicle’s interior and exterior appearance is restored to ‘as new’ or better than new. The processes include comprehensive decontamination and cleaning, followed by paintwork defect correction and refinement. Paintwork is then typically protected with a natural carnauba wax or ceramic coating and other surfaces and materials protected using substrate-specific coatings. The focus throughout the process is on attention to detail.
UF has over twenty years’ experience in the car care industry and the award-winning UF Studio is recognised as a principle UK centre for automotive cosmetic restoration. A Supplier Member of the International Detailing Association (IDA), UF is committed to delivering industry-leading standards, helping enthusiasts and professionals achieve the best possible results.
To this end, UF offers one, three and five-day detailing courses, along with basic and advanced machine polishing modules. Each course provides a complete overview of the techniques, products and processes required to restore and maintain the appearance of a vehicle, with longer courses providing more in-depth instruction on each stage. Each course is presented at UF Studio, Brands Hatch, Kent. On completion, participants will have the knowledge and the confidence to perform start-to-finish detailing processes for their own vehicles or a professional service for customers. Additionally, the Master Detailer Training (5-Day Course) covers the marketing, branding and promotional concepts professionals need to promote a business, target an audience and encourage them to engage with their services.
Established professional detailers and valeters looking for manufacturer certification can also benefit from additional training courses hosted at UF Studio and provided by RUPES, FLEX, Colourlock and Kamikaze Collection.
Car Care Training (1-Day Course)
A one-day course designed to introduce enthusiasts to the basic principles and methods involved in the detailing process. During the course of the day, participants will be taken through safe methods of the initial decontamination, pre-cleaning and washing stages. Following inspection and appraisal, they will be introduced to paintwork preparation including the basics of machine polishing using a dual action polisher. The day will conclude with the application of various types of protective last step products for each type of surface found on the exterior of a vehicle. Throughout the day, there will be the opportunity for participants to ask questions and receive hands-on experience of the detailing processes.
Pro Detailer Training (3-Day Course)
Participants will be taken through all the processes covered in the 1-Day course including safe methods of initial decontamination, pre-cleaning and washing. Safe use of professional equipment including a hydraulic ramp, inspection lighting and paint depth gauges will also be discussed. There will be a comprehensive introduction to the art of machine polishing including dual action, rotary and forced rotation polishers, and finally, the various coatings available for protecting each surface type, inside and outside the vehicle. Throughout each day, there will be the opportunity for participants to receive hands-on experience of each process demonstrated.
Who’s it for? Enthusiasts looking for a better understanding of car care techniques, including machine polishing, and those who wish to consider offering detailing as a professional service – book now or more details here.
Master Detailer Training (5-Day Course)
Presented at UF’s Brands Hatch detailing studio, this five-day course is conducted by UF’s Master Detailer. During the course, participants will be taken through all the steps covered in the 3-Day course including safe methods of decontamination, washing and drying, care of interior surfaces and matte paint finishes. Participants will also learn how to assess the paint type and gauge paint thickness. They will then be shown how to select the optimum machine, pad and polish combinations together with the techniques needed to correct, enhance and refine any paint finish. Participants will gain vital hands-on experience under close supervision, of rotary, forced action, and dual action machines along with an explanation of the benefits and limitations of each. In addition, there will be a module covering customer management as well as company branding and marketing strategies, including social media, Google Adwords (PPC), SEO and email marketing.
Machine Polishing Basic (1-Day Course)
Previously the remit of professionals only, machine polishing is becoming increasingly popular with car care enthusiasts. Used correctly, machine polishers can be used to quickly and efficiently restore the cosmetic appearance of paintwork, removing scratches, swirls, holograms, bird dropping etching and other imperfections to reveal the true colour and clarity of the paint. However, practice and instruction on pad, compound and polisher selection are vital prior to commencing machine polishing as is a basic understanding of paintwork and clear coat in order that the best results can be achieved safely.
During this one-day course, participants will learn how to assess paintwork blemishes, determine the consistency of the paint finish, use paint depth gauges and interpret gauge readings. By the end of the course, participants will understand how to select the optimum machine, pad and polish combinations together with the techniques needed to correct, enhance and refine any paint finish. The day will give participants the opportunity to gain vital hands-on experience under close supervision, of dual action and rotary machines along with an explanation of the benefits and limitations of both.
Who’s it for? Enthusiasts looking to use a machine polisher to restore and maintain the cosmetic appearance of their vehicle. Detailers and valeters who wish to gain practical experience of rotary machine polishers – book now or more details here.
Machine Polishing Advanced (2-Day Course)
There are a variety of machine polisher available to professional detailers and selecting the optimum polisher for the job at hand saves time and money. Each type of machine has benefits and limitations, and during this two-day course, participants will have the opportunity to discover all of them.
Incorporating the Machine Polishing Basic 1-Day Course, this two-day module expands on the aspects involved providing further detail and insight into the processes and techniques that will boost productivity and enhance the results.
The day will give participants the opportunity to gain vital hands-on experience of using a variety of machine polishers including RUPES LHR15 and LHR75 dual action polishers, FLEX XC 3401 VRG forced rotation and FLEX PE14-2 rotary. In addition, participants will be introduced to and have the chance to practice with FLEX’s cordless rotary and dual action machines and RUPES iBrid, using the long and short neck, all under close supervision.
Who’s it for? Professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of machine polishing, gain greater knowledge and practical experience using a variety of machine polishing tools on a range of substrates – book now or more details here.
Manufacturer Certification Training
UF also offer specific training courses for professional detailers looking to achieve manufacturer accreditation. All training courses are hosted at UF Studio, Brands Hatch, Kent and are run in conjunction with each manufacturer.
RUPES BigFoot UK Training & Certification Day
Many machine polisher manufacturers offer a tool-only solution coupled with ‘mix and match’ pads and compounds. RUPES has developed a line of polishers and machine polishing systems designed to work as a holistic solution to ensure fantastic hologram-free results, in the fastest time, no matter the starting condition of the paintwork.
Hosted at UF Studio, Brands Hatch, and delivered by RUPES UK representatives, the RUPES BigFoot Training & Certification Day is designed to help professionals get the most out of the RUPES range. Participants will be introduced to the entire RUPES range of polishing systems including the LK 900E Mille Gear-Driven Dual Action Polisher and the LH 19E Rotary Polisher! On successful completion of the event, participants will receive a RUPES Factory Certificate of Completion that can be used to advertise detailing services and help build their client base.
FLEX UK Training & Certification Day
FLEX introduced their first machine polisher specifically for the automotive industry in 1987. Since then, FLEX has gained a well-deserved reputation for engineering excellence and their PE14-2-150 rotary polisher has been used by RUF, renowned worldwide for its Porsche bodied cars, since 2012.
Hosted at UF Studio, Brands Hatch, and delivered by Matt Back, FLEX authorised trainer, the FLEX Training & Certification Day is designed to introduce professionals to each polisher in the extensive range, including the standard, lightweight, and mini rotary polishers, standard and mini dual action polishers and the XC 3401 VRG, a forced rotation dual action polisher.
Colourlock Leather Care & Repair Training Day
Automotive leather requires regular maintenance in order to retain suppleness and appearance. Without the right care, leather can become stained with spillages, body oils, sun creams, sticky foods, mud, etc. Additionally, UV rays can cause the leather to become faded, to dry out and become cracked. Repeated entering and exiting the vehicle causes abrasion and wear on the seats and bolsters. Eventually, leather can become worn through or even ripped. Fixing these problems is an integral part of the detailing process, particularly for older or classic vehicles, and requires specialist knowledge, techniques and tools.
Hosted at UF Studio, Brands Hatch, and delivered by Ram Iyer, Colourlock’s UK & USA representative, the Colourlock Training & Certification Day is designed to give professionals a deeper understanding of leather care and processes required to repair and recolour faded interiors. In addition to safe cleaning protocols, participants will learn about the different types of automotive leather and how best to protect them from stains and UV damage. Participants will be taught how to assess damage, repair cracked or torn areas and restore faded, tired-looking leather seats and upholstery. At the end of the session, there will be the opportunity for participants to try their hand at colour mixing, matching dyes to upholstery. On completion of this course, participants will receive Colourlock Approved Certification and be able to advertise advanced leather care and repair knowledge as part of their detailing services.
Kamikaze Collection UK Certified Detailer Training Day
Kamikaze Collection is a revolutionary range of boutique car care products designed and manufactured in Japan, home of ceramic coatings. Combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional know-how, Kamikaze Collection prides itself on delivering truly innovative and unique products without the typically associated hype. Employing the ‘kaizen’ approach, Kamikaze Collection focuses on continuous improvement to ensure customers benefit from products that really do add value.
The secret to the success of Kamikaze Collection’s coatings lies not only in the engineering of the product but in the application process. During the course of this day, participants will have the opportunity to practice using the range of machine polishing pads and compounds as well as applying the various coatings for different substrates.
By the end of the training day, attendees will secure Kamikaze Collection certification, giving them exclusive access to pro-only Zipang coating and Kamikaze Collection’s flagship coating, ENREI.
Note: Acceptance to this course is dependent on eligibility, in the first instance please complete the online application form.