The how and why of bodywork repairs.
Bodywork damage is a pain!
We know it well, you bash the bumper corner coming out of the drive, someone opens their car door into yours in the supermarket car park or you come to your car only to find someone has knocked your wing mirror off. Not what you need!
Getting this sort of bodywork repaired can seem a big faff, a big cost and means you’ll be without your car for days. But repair work doesn’t have to be like this.
We like to keep things a simple for you as possible, while giving you the best quality repair in the shortest amount of time.
A repair like this may look small so you don’t want to mess about with it. However, this car was in and out within the day. Our customers car was in first thing and back to them by the end of the day.
Bodywork damage, no matter how small, is best repaired. Any exposed metal will rust after a time and rust is NOT what you want.
The process for body work does take time. It’s a many stepped process which, when done correctly, will mean your repair will blend in seamlessly. If done incorrectly can stand out like a sore thumb! Here’s how we do it;
- Push out any panel damage if necessary and flat it back.
- If needed, use filler to fill the indents.
- Once the filler is dry, flat back the filler to give the perfect shape of the original panel. Some repairs require the filler step more than once.
- Once the shape is there, we use primer to prepare the surface for paint.
- After the primer is dry, we start painting.
- A specific paint is mixed for your vehicle taken from the manufacturers paint code.
- At least 3 coats of paint are used; a base coat, a blending coat and a flick coat. These different coats are all the same paint but painted in a slightly different way to ensure the best coverage and blend for the repair. We leave each coat to dry before adding the next.
- Next is lacquer. This is the hard, shiny top coat which protects the paint work. We add 2 coats of lacquer, the first coat needs to dry enough, but not too much to ensure the layers adhere to one another properly.
- Finally, we flat back the lacquer slightly and buff for a super shiny finish.
For small damage like bumper corners, dents and scratches, we do all this in a day.
For bigger jobs that might take longer we will always let you know upon booking.
The end result is a lovely, shiny repair that no one will even know is there. That, plus you have the peace of mind that your vehicles bodywork is up to scratch.
Did you know we offer free, no obligation estimates for all repair work? Drop by weekdays between 8:30am and 5pm and we can take a look, give you a price and book you in the diary. Plus we’re always happy to answer any questions you have on the why and how of bodywork repairs.