Car/Vehicle wrapping courses...
I got introduced to vehicle wrapping in 2008 through our "Ultimate Tinting Forum". I'd been aware of it for ages, but then a few years ago several of our guys started enquiring about wrapping training, I couldn't recommend anyone as I didn't know anything about it but did start to look around.
I didn’t do wrapping so started looking for the right calibre of trainer to bring on board. I'd contacted a few companies including vinyl suppliers and John's name kept popping up but he was working for various other companies. Then mid 2011 a couple of the guys were trained by him and told me he'd gone "Freelance" so a couple of calls and meetings later, he started working with us and he's been on board every since, and is now in charge of all the training..
“Here is Ash's Audi A3, a pretty nasty yellow colour to start, a beautiful satin Tungsten at the end. This is probably the most popular colour to wrap cars, it's gorgeous”.
We started by wrapping our own cars on our courses over and over again, but in 2012, somebody asked if they could wrap their own car. Success. It look longer but our trainee was absolutely made up. So from then on we started our “Wrap your own car” course, the first in the country. So you come to us, you wrap your car and you learn how to do it as well. We had to lengthen the course now form 3 to 4 days, and there will be some long evenings involved too. It's very intense and 98% hands on...
"Here is Eamonn who came across from Ireland, with his certificate and wrapped car. People like certificates but please bear in mind, wrapping is an unregulated industry. Your wrapped car will get you business, a bit of paper stuck to your wall won't”
Guys have brought us an amazing assortment of cars for them to wrap, from a slightly battered Fiesta right up to a brand spanking Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe!! We've had single seat race cars, motorbikes, vans, campers you name it. We've done hundreds over the last few years.
“Here's a lovely Aston Martin 2 guys from Edinburgh brought down and wrapped fully in Carbon Fibre. I'll tell you now, we're not doing that again”
EVERY time I watch John's wrap courses, I am amazed at the sheer quality of the work the trainees turn out, just look at the below and remind yourself, this work has been done by our Patrick after just a couple of days. Amazing....
“This is Patrick, he came back after his tinting course to add wrapping to. Just look at the quality of his workmanship!!”
“Just look at this older Rover 75. It used to be red!! This was done on a course, this is their FIRST go at wrapping. With quality material & quality instruction..you too can do this”
In order FOR YOU to get to this level very quickly, is solely attributed to our John...
Get trained by the best...Now this is important, anyone can show you how to wrap a car, it's like tinting, anyone can show you how to tint, BUT, there is a massive difference to being shown by a tinter/wrapper or being shown by an experienced trainer. Good trainers are massively experienced people, able to answer pretty much any questions thrown at them. How can they do this? EXPERIENCE. Experience is everything. I'll let John tell you about himself.
"With over 27+ years’ experience within the glazing, window film, paint protection film and vinyl wrapping industries I have had a fantastic career, which has taken myself all over the world. I started off by working in a glass company and served my time as a glass cutter.
In 1989 I was offered a job in CPFilms, then called Courtaulds, now Eastmen, within a few years I was fast tracked into management, which meant going back to school! 1993 was when I was introduced to window film and spent the next 6 years working in the US and UK, setting up window film production lines. After two years at college I decided to transfer into tech/sales. I already knew how to produce professional window film but it was time to learn how to install and sell. In 1999 I had the luxury of travelling around the world to be taught how to install window film by some of the best teachers around.
From 1999 – 2008 I estimate I trained over 1,000 students around the world, from the UK, Europe, China, USA and Asia. In 2008 I decided to look into the vinyl wrapping industry and then I spent time in the US and Germany learning how to install and teach vinyl wrapping.
Over the last few years I have trained many companies how to install and sell vinyl wrapping. In this time I have worked with some good companies, however finding the right partner to grow the business has been hard, until I met Tim from Ultimate Tinting. Tim and I have the same attitude when it comes to training customers, whether it’s car tinting, car wrapping, paint protection or flat glass our aim is to teach you what we know, this means 100% hands-on. We know that standing around watching the teacher with 20 other students does not work. I have a reputation for working my students very hard as I believe you should know and practise every technique because like I said standing around talking is a waste of your money!!"
As John says, finding the right person to partner with is VERY important and as we both have the same work ethic and morals our courses got off to a staggeringly successful start....To be honest I was caught a bit off guard with the bookings. After only mentioning a few lines on the front page of the Tint School site that we were going into wrapping training, we filled the first month within a few days!!! And it's just carried on.
This is because "Tint School" has built a reputation second to none over the last 13+ years. Good hard honest graft, no posh fancy units, no flashy sales web-sites, no pushy sales people, we don't pretend to be anything we're not, oh, and we are the best at what we do and can back up everything we claim.
We're realistic here, we work in an environment that 95% of you will, nothing fancy but VERY functional, it's like a bigger version of working from a double garage at home! Oh and we don't run a tinting course in the corner while you're on your wrapping course as happens at other places!
When you come to us here are just a few of the topics you’ll cover:
As mentioned previously we GUARANTEE you our courses are 1-2-1, others out there offer "1-2-1 focused", but this means a group, a small one, but still you, and strangers. For about the same cost we can genuinely offer you 1-2-1. HOW? Simple, we haven't got the overheads of posh offices, flashy sales web-sites and loads of unnecessary pushy sales staff. We don't "hire in" our trainers at great expense either! This is how we can do 1-2-1 for the same price they do groups...
We strongly recommend that 2 of you attend the wrapping course, as unlike tinting, you really do need a second pair of hands when doing the side of a car or a roof or bonnet. It is possible to use magnets, as John will show you, but there is no substitute for a second pair of hands.
FOR THIS REASON WE’RE DOING OUR “SECOND PERSON 1/2 PRICE OFFER” ON THESE COURSES TOO!! ACCOMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AND USE OF A COURTSEY CAR TOO, AS YOUR CAR WILL OBVIOUSLY BE OFF THE ROAD FOR 4 DAYS.
NO ONE ELSE WILL, OR CAN, OFFER YOU THIS....
I'm sure it won't be long before others start to copy these ideas, they usually do, but from previous experience they'll try but won't be able to do it. Because they will only work 9-5 they generally won't have the time to finish. They could charge more and do a 5 day courses I suppose, lets wait and see. From experience, you will need to work into the evenings to finish your car. We've had some of our trainees working it 10-11pm. But you know what? They love it. We give you a door key to our place and you can come and go as you please once we've gone at the end of the day. It's really enjoyable for us to come in the following day to be show by you what you've achieved on your own the night before.. We do exactly the same with our tinting courses. You will progress so fast doing this..
“Here's Mark wrapping his Audi A8, again in 3M Satin Tungsten, late at night. I think I was on the way home from the cinema with the family, as I was passing and called in”
You also mustn’t be afraid to strip the car down, as in some instances, door handles and lights sometimes need to be removed and bumpers have to be loosened etc etc. It’s not hard once you’ve got used to it, but can be a bit daunting at the start if you’ve never done it before. You don’t have to do this, but in the long run the job will be better, and quite possibly quicker too. We always say that your homework before you come on the course is to work out how your door handles come off.
We aim to train you to wrap on the car you come in, but WE DON’T GUARANTEE WE’LL FINNISH IT. Your coming here to LEARN HOW TO WRAP, NOT, to get your car wrapped. But of the hundreds we've done, only 2 we haven't completed and that was because the guys had ferries to catch, but there were only little bits to finish off..
We have so so many cars we'd love to show you that we've done, if you'd like to see, go to our Twitter @TintingTim, hit the “MEDIA” button and just scroll down through the years, there are hundreds of pics there...
“ While working with West Coast Customs in the States, yes really!! I got to do some wrapping with them too”
Below are some pics of our more recent ones courses...