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Damaged Door Replacement

Two doors and rear wheel arch damage, in for repair.

I’ve blogged about something similar before, that sometimes when there is a large area of damage to a panel it can be more cost effective to replace than it is to repair.

The full extent of the damage to the side of this customers car.

In this case, there was some damage to the side of this customers car. The damage started near the front of the driver door and also covered the rear door and the rear wheel arch. In this case the time it would take to push out the dent, replace the trim and do a paint repair on the doors would take a long time. So replacing the door with new ones, painted to match was much more cost effective.

So we ordered two new doors. They arrived in primer ready for paint so we painted them up to match the paint code for the car. One of the good things about a repair like this, is that lots of the work can be done BEFORE the car is with us. This mean less disruption for the customer.

Now for the fiddly bit! All the furniture from the old damaged doors needs fitting onto the new ones. Above is the old door on the left and the new door on the right. We had to take off the internal door cards off the door to reveal all the internal electrics, window mechanisms, lock mechanisms etc.

Although most of the internal stuff is moved over from the old doors, we will replace the seals to ensure the best fit!

Once the new doors have all the internals fitted, they’ll be back on the car. Good as new!

If you have any body work damage, drop by! We’ll happily give you a free estimate for the work.

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Wheel Arch Repair

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Give us a call

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Scuffed Wheel Arch Repair

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Here’s some pictures of a small bodywork job we did last week.

The customer came in with a small amount of damage to the wheel arch area of the wing and bumper. Fortunately, the damage wasn’t too deep meaning that we didn’t need to spend too much time shaping it.

So we flatted back the damaged and surrounding area and gave a small skim of filler to take out any irregularities left. Once this was dry and shaped we added primer, then paint and finally a coat of lacquer.

This left the car with a shiny new coat of paint!

A small repair like this takes around 6 hours. If you have a scuff you want repaired, you can give us a call for an estimate.

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Let there be light! … and an extractor…

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It has been super busy these last couple of months, which is amazing, but it has meant that the paint bay has taken a back seat.

But after a week beavering away we now have lights and an extractor! This means we can actually use the space for paintwork… because we can see!

Not only that but having an extractor working means painting is not only safer but a much cleaner job leading to better paintwork- happy all round.

There is still a way to go until it’s finished- boxing in all the cables and fixtures, sorting the ceiling, covering the entrance- but it’s well on it’s way!