Class participants, from left to right: Sherwin Williams Trainer Robert Smith; Justin Burmesch, Jamie's Truck & Trailer Paint; John Hunt, J.W. Hunt; Shawn Swartzenbruber, Ty's Auto Parts; Matt Spencer, J.W. Hunt; Luke Shantz, J.W. Hunt.
Fleet Maintenance Managing Editor Erica Schulz gets ready to try out painting for the first time at the Sherwin Williams fleet training course.
One of the two paint booths in the fleet training area, this cross draft booth pulls air from left to right.
An inside view of the cross draft paint booth.
Class instructor Robert Smith mixes up a batch of paint.
Set for the booth.
Trainer Robert Smith (right) shows Managing Editor Erica Schulz (left) the correct technique for paint application.
Erica Schulz (center) applies paint with a paint gun for the first time.
Single-stage metallic paint is the most difficult to apply, according to some of the class participants.
The first attempt at Erica's painting turned out pretty well, according to other class participants.
The first step in prepping a panel for paint is to sand and buff the panels from previous training class applications.
The panels are strictly used for training classes. After paint application, class participants sand the panels to use for additional training.
A fully sanded panel, now the dust needs to be wiped off.
A panel ready for painting.
Paint guns of all sizes, for all types of applications.
Instructor Robert Smith inspects the panel for even application, with a UV light.
Students mix the last batch of paint for the day.
Panels the students had worked on previously.
Fleet Maintenance managing editor Erica Schulz got to sit in for part of a three-day training course on fleet refinishing.
This training course teaches painters proper technique for paint application, covers updated and new product information, and allows students to ask questions with classroom and hands-on learning.