May 10, 2021
Devan Beaudoin

PiN MASTER Challenge for Students

FinishMaster is proud to partner with Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to
create the first annual PiN MASTER challenge for high school and college collision repair students.

The PiN MASTER challenge, part of the FinishMaster’s Hood Master challenge, gives collision students across the country an opportunity to showcase their custom painting skills and win some amazing prizes from challenge sponsors.

“We need to generate excitement around this industry and the fact that it’s a viable career option for students to consider and if opportunities like this help bring a spotlight to it and the students studying collision repair in high school/college, then it’s a win for everyone.” – Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development at CREF

All high school and college students enrolled in a collision repair class or program are eligible, including those graduating in May or June of 2021. Students are asked to reach out to their local bowling alleys for a donated pin to use in the competition. Repaired pins can be designed to the artist’s choosing, both airbrushed and pinstriped application techniques are welcomed.

FinishMaster is excited to use this incredible opportunity to showcase student skills, invest in the future of the automotive industry and foster the careers of tomorrow’s professionals - in a fun way.A judging panel of challenge sponsors, industry experts and influencers will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner, awarding prize packages that include SATA spray guns, spray hoses and 300-piece Craftsman toolboxes. Winner’s will be announced at an exhibit in downtown Indianapolis on October 15th, where student pins will be on display.

To register, students should email CREF at To learn more on the student challenge, visit

If you know of a bowling alley that would be interested in donating their used pins to CREF for future student projects, please email and we will take care of the rest!