Farécla Bonnet Painting Competition (2019) - Entry Form & Design Brief

Bonnet Painting Competition - Logo on White Background

The search returns!

The search returns to find the UK’s most talented student and apprentice painters with some fantastic prizes to be won in Farécla’s national competition.

Farécla are pleased to announce that entry to the 2019 Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition is now open and the entry form is available to download!

Competition Overview

The Bonnet Painting Competition was created to highlight and reward the amazing skills of the current crop of young painters while increasing awareness of the refinish sector to the next generation.

Entrants are tasked with designing and painting a bonnet that is in keeping with the design brief within their place of employment or education under the supervision of their mentor.

Entrants are asked to submit photos of their painted bonnet in addition to an overview of their process and products used.

Entries are then judged in a preliminary round before being shortlisted for the semi-finals and later the grand final where our expert panel of judges will decide the winning bonnet


Overall Winner

£1,000 cash, plus Farécla G Plus Polishing Machine and the full Farécla G360 Super Fast System and more materials worth £250.  Attendance with mentor (or other +1) as VIP guests of Farécla at the Advanced Engineering Show on Wed 30 Oct 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Runner Up

£500 plus full set of Farécla polishing materials.

Other Grand Finalists

£250 plus full set of Farécla polishing materials.

Best video or series of photos showing the making of the bonnet

GoPro camera plus full set of Farécla polishing materials. You could still win this prize even if your bonnet did not reach the latter stages of the competition.

How to Enter

Download and complete the entry form including apprentice’s and sponsor’s signatures, and email a scan or photograph of it to competitions@farecla.com, with ‘Bonnet Painting Competition 2019’ as the subject line, or post the entry form to

Bonnet Painting Competition, Farécla Products Ltd, Broadmeads, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9HS.

Entrants must be sponsored by their college or bodyshop employer (signature required on ENTRY FORM). You must be an accredited apprentice painter, active student or 2018/2019 graduate from a paint training course on the date of submitting your entry form and, if requested, be able to supply proof of your status. If you entered the 2018 competition you are welcome to participate again providing you meet this criteria.

Dates & Deadlines

  • 28 JUN 2019
    • DEADLINE: Closing Date for Entry Forms (Email & Post)
  • 02 AUG 2019
    • Closing Date for Submission of Completed Bonnet (by Email)
  • AUG 2019- Preliminary Judging – Semi-Finalist Selection (Internal)
  • Early SEP 2019
    • Semi-Finalists Revealed – Vote for your favourite on Farecla.com
    • Grand Finalist Revealed
  • SEP 2019 - Final 5 Bonnets Collected and Transported to Farecla HQ
  • 02 OCT 2019
    • Livestream: Grand Finals at Farécla HQ – The Results

Design Brief

  • Your bonnet design must only use the Farécla colour palette of Yellow (RAL1018, Pantone 116C) Black, White and Grey(s)/Silver(s).

TIP: A 500g or 1kg Farécla Compound Bottle can be used as a colour reference for the Yellow

  • A Farécla (single colour or coloured accent) logo must be painted somewhere on the bonnet in keeping with the competition colour scheme
  • Your bonnet must also be no wider than 1.6m and no longer than 1.6m.

Other than those stipulations, the design of the bonnet is entirely the entrant’s choice and entrants should find plenty of room to be creative – it can be abstract, geometric, realistic or stylized as long as the design keeps to the colour palette.

For a basic example you could take something such as a union jack and replace the blue with black and the red with yellow, keeping the white as white.

The logo can be as a sign-off, headline or even incorporated somewhere within the design itself! Our new look, text only logo to give entrants more freedom with the placement and design.

Bonnet Painting Competition - Design Brief Illustrations