Everything panel beaters can do for customers

Sheen Group on 15 October 2018

The collision repairs industry is large and dynamic, with a great deal of career opportunities. If you're interested in a career as a panel beater, Sheen Panel Service is the best place to do your apprenticeship.

What is a panel beater?

Panel beaters, also called smash repairers, are people who repair cars and other vehicles after a collision. A panel beater can return your car to its pre-accident condition.

The panel beating process involves removing, repairing and replacing damaged panels, as well as spray painting, chassis alignment, and refitting body hardware.

What do panel beaters do?

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There is a huge amount of work that goes into repairing a vehicle after an accident. Cars are more complex and carry more technology than ever before, so repairing them requires expert training and processes.

The tasks involved in panel beating include:

  • Removing, repairing, and replacing damaged panels
  • Repairing dents and scratches with specialty fillers
  • Filing and sanding the bodywork to ensure a smooth finish
  • Replacing damaged parts with genuine parts from the vehicle manufacturer
  • Installing body hardware such as door locks and sensors
  • realigning the chassis and body frame
  • Repainting the vehicle and matching the original colour

Panel beaters are experts in a wide range of tasks needed to return a vehicle to its pre-crash condition.

What qualifications do panel beaters need?

To become a panel beater, you need to complete a Certificate in Automotive Body Repair Technology as well as an apprenticeship. Training and qualification can take up to three years.

If you're interested in becoming a panel beater, Sheen is the best place to do your apprenticeship. We use the latest and greatest panel beating technology and processes, and we provide training through industry leaders I-CAR. Get your career started on the right foot with Sheen.

How to find a good panel beater

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Whether your vehicle is a business asset or just for personal use, it's an important and valuable possession. So you need to choose high-quality panel beaters that you can trust. So how do you know what makes a good panel beater?

Firstly you should make sure your panel beater is a member of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). This is the leading authority in the panel beating industry, and membership indicates that a panel beater is reputable.

Next, you need to make sure that the panel beaters use the best repair tools and process. I-CAR is the industry-leading training provider for the smash repairs industry, so always look for panel beaters with I-CAR certification.

At Sheen Panel Service, all of our 26 locations across Victoria are VACC members and I-Car certified, so you can always trust a Sheen panel beater.

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Choose Sheen Panel Service

Whether you need smash repairs for your vehicle or you're thinking of a career in panel beating, choose Sheen. We have the best equipment, technology, and training in the industry.

Kick start your career with a Sheen apprenticeship.