Car Body Repair Manchester
MobileSmartRepair.com operatives carry out all manner of car body repairs. From stone chips to bumper scuffs, alloy wheel damage to paintless dent removal and heavily damaged accident repairs, MobileSmartRepair.com can offer a convenient, professional and cost-effective car body repair service. With prices up to 50% lower than a traditional car body shop, SMART repair is the smart way to go about getting your car damage repaired.
A Typical Smart Repair
This Ford Focus had a multitude of cosmetic marks all around the bodywork, the most noticeable being at three separate spots: front bumper corner on the driver’s side, dent caused by an incorrectly seated jack in the sill at the rear on the passenger side, and a slight crack and some stone chips in the centre and driver’s side of the rear bumper.
The first step is to repair the damage. A dual action sander and normal sanding paper on a rubber block is used to feather out the damage on the front and rear bumpers to leave a smooth finish without the need for bodyfiller. Starting with 320 grit paper and moving progressively finer up to 1000 grit paper to leave a perfectly contoured finish before primer is applied.
The dented sill requires bodyfiller. It was not possible to remove the dent by paintless dent removal techniques as there is no access to the rear of the body part. The high spots in the repair were tapped down with panel beating tools until all that remained were low spots. The first layer of body filler was applied.
Excess filler was then sanded using sandpaper attached to a block that must be larger than the dented area to keep the correct body contour. After sanding a second layer was applied and then finally a third.
After each application a heat gun is used to speed up the hardening process. The body filler is hard enough to sand and shape after 10 mins of moderate heat application.
After a final sanding the repaired sill is ready for primer application, as is the front and rear bumper. The areas are rough masked to protect the surrounding paintwork before primer is applied.
Two coats of primer are applied to each area and each coat is dried thoroughly with a hot air gun before the next is applied. The primer is only sprayed on the repaired area – the aim is to keep the whole repair as small and localised as possible. After the final coat has dried, the masking is removed and 1000 grit wet and dry sandpaper is used to remove any hard edges left by the primer and to flat the whole area ready for painting.
The next stage is to fully mask the areas ready for painting and lacquering. Care is taken to cover any areas that may be subject to overspray. Two coats of water based paint will be applied providing total coverage and a perfect colour match. Each coat is thoroughly fried with a hot air gun. Finally, two coats of automotive 2 pack lacquer is applied to leave the deep gloss finish and infra red heat is applied for 30 minutes to fully harden the clear coat.
The result: A Perfect SMART Repair that the customer was delighted with.