BASF Coatings Services training programmes are renowned in the industry and an important reason why many car manufacturers choose to work with the refinish paint supplier. In testament, at the beginning of 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa has partnered with BASF to further develop spray painters working in their Approved Motor Body Repairers using BASF’s waterborne paint systems.
BASF is currently conducting the Volkswagen V-TK-125 Basics of Car Refinishing course which runs over a five-day period and forms part of the Basic Level of the Volkswagen brand’s Spray Painting Certification. “The training is designed for qualified spray painters and is mandatory for all approved Volkswagen and Audi approved Motor Body Repairers,” noted Marius Nel, national technical manager of BASF Coatings Services. “We are excited to be working with VWSA in their effort to upskill staff in the refinish industry. Our outstanding training facility in Midrand is also the perfect platform to assist the OEM in carrying out this mandate,” adds Nel.
Volkswagen offers a 12-year Vehicle Body Warranty which comes standard with most models and warrants the body of the vehicle against corrosion. BASF ensures that the correct products from its premium paint system lines are used to ensure the OEMs warranty is not compromised. Two of the products demonstrated during the V-TK-125 training, namely Glasurit’s PRO Active Wipes together with the Primer Filler Pro, are both essential to refinish Volkswagen vehicles so as to guarantee the required corrosion protection as per Volkswagen’s specifications. The feedback has been very positive from all the spray painters who have attended the V-TK-125 course to date.
“The training was good as we learnt about products we did not know. The products are available on the market and we must use them because of the warranty on the cars. The products are easy and quicker to use and I will not be going back to my old ways,” said Deon van der Walt, spray painter at Milano Panel Beaters.
“The training was very easy to understand and the steps were easy to follow. I see myself implementing what I was taught back in the shop,” added Aubrey Masilela, spray painter from Renew-It Randburg.
Annelize van Staden, motor body repairer programme manager, Volkswagen Group South Africa advised that the V-TK-125 training programme will run until the end of 2017. “Volkswagen and Audi Motor Body Repairers are encouraged to contact their approved paint suppliers and schedule their spray painters for training as soon as possible,” she concludes.