Machine Polishing – FLEXXPERT Certificate

On successful completion of the course candidates will be awarded FLEXXPERT Certification

Aims and Training Objectives

  • Understanding the types of polishing machines available and which machine is best suited to the required outcome and be competent in the use of all machine types.
  • Complete a paint restoration project using both a rotary & dual action machine.
  • Select the correct abrasives and use a short throw machine to complete a high-level paint rectification on an existing or freshly painted panel.

Course Outline will include

Starting with an overview of movement types and theory before moving into the workshop for instructor-led sessions. We look at combination matching, to allow you to correctly pair the machine, pad, and compound with the paint in front of you and discuss the differences between movement types and how they alter effectiveness.

Each machine is explained; Rotary, Dual action, Nano, and Forced Action, along with corded and cordless options, with hands-on experience on both panels and live vehicles to trial and perfect your technique.

The second day focuses on abrasives, machine sanding and paint correction. Teach the participant how to effectively use short throw sanding machines and fine grades of abrasive discs in the most efficient way to achieve perfection on highly damaged, recently painted or otherwise imperfect paint finishes. We show participants the techniques to utilise this high-end skill to the greatest effect and how to safely and efficiently correct or refine the paintwork to perfection.

  • Theory of Machine Polishers
  • Movement types & Uses
  • Machine & Pad setup
  • Practical sanding & paint correction
  • Polish stages – Machines, Chemical & Pads
  • Paintwork restoration

LEARNING at Arm Academy

ARM Classroom

Theory and interactive demonstrations and discussion.

Interactive demonstrations in our classroom lectures utilise CLEVER TOUCH IMPACT PLUS interactive technology.

Interactive demonstrations are used in The ARM Classroom to demonstrate the application of the concept, skill, or knowledge relevant to the lecture topic. The lecture is active with the demonstration structured to incorporate opportunities for participants to interact actively, analyse and reflect directly on the training material relevant to a specific learning task.

“Any questions?,” question time throughout and post lectures, all participants are requested to spend time reflecting on the lecture thus far and writing down one or two questions. Questions are submitted anonymously by participants by means of interactive pads supplied to each participant in a simple text-based format, rather than calling on them one at a time. This enables the instructor to get a sense of question trends and choose the best ones to address.

Pass the Pointer is used for visual content: A complex, intricate, or detailed image is placed on the screen with participants given the laser pointer to identify components or key features or ask questions about items they do not understand.


The Interactive induction in simulation creates a realistic environment that enables participants to learn and understand the risks associated with working in an auto body repair workshop while in a controlled environment, that replicates the workplace. The ARM Academy is equipped with a practical training area designed and created to deliver the workshop induction training in a simulated setting where training can be stopped, discussed, and re-started at any point to support specific learning requirements.

This simulated environment contains the equipment and materials that would be present in a contemporary workplace. The ARM Academy has engaged with the repair industry to establish current workplace activities in order to ensure the training strategies and simulated environments align with current workplace practice. Regular discussion with the repair industry and insurance stakeholders as well as participant feedback ensures that the simulated environment remains appropriate to the current industry requirement and operates as designed.