Wheel arch repairs are one of our most frequent bodywork repairs. Last week, Joe did a nice repair on this wheel arch that needed some TLC. Here’s how he did it!
The car arrived in the morning with this nasty damage along one of the wheel arches. Aside from the scratches in the paint there were dents along the damaged section meaning that we needed to do some filling and shape work before we started painting.
The first thing we do before we start any bodywork job is check the paint code. You’d be surprised just how many paint colours there are! To give you an idea, one of our old paint books has 477 pages of paint codes, each page has around 100 code on it :-0… That’s a LOT! And there’s plenty more now. Each colour also has variants and tints depending on the model it is on.
We always make sure we match the paint code on the vehicle to ensure we have all the paints (tints, pearls, metallics) needed for the specific colour and variation for the car we are painting. That way, once the body work is done, we can mix the paint to an exact match for the car.
Here’s a picture of the damaged section once it had the worst of the dent pushed out and had been sanded back. Whenever there is a dent in a panel (where possible) we push as much of the damage out as we can and sand any high points back with a heavy sand paper.
Next job is shape. We use filler to fill in any gaps and once the filler has dried we sand it back to get the correct shape. On a wheel arch we have to be cautious to get the swage line, above the arch, correctly shaped otherwise the repair won’t blend in to the rest of the paint work!
It usually takes 2 or 3 times of filling and flatting to get the shape just right.
The next stage is primer and paint. We scratch back the area with tough sandpaper and add primer. The primer acts both as a final filler to give a smooth finish and as a base coat for the paint.
Once the primer is dry we add 2 or 3 coats of paint (with drying time in between).
After paint, we lacquer to protect the paint and give it a lovely shine! Here is the finished article!
If you need a paint repair doing, when not get in touch and we can give you a free, no obligation estimate.