Car Body Repair Manchester 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, 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

Car Body Repair Manchester

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.

Car Body Repair on sill
“Different angle for the sill dent”
Repair Cracked Rear Bumper
“Slight Crack in Rear Bumper”
Stone Chip Repair and Crack in Bumper
“Crack and Stone Chip in Rear Bumper”
Bumper Scratch Repair
“Scratch and Gouge on Bumper”
Car Scratch Repair
“Scratch on Lower Front 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.

Bumper Repair Sanded
“Front Bumper after Sanding”
Car Body Repair Manchester
“Lower Front Bumper Sanded”
Rear Bumper Repair after Sanding
“Rear Bumper Repair after Sanding”

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.

Dent Repair with Body Filler
“Dent Repair with Body Filler”

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.

Bumper Repair Second Body Filler Application
“Second Body Filler Application”
Bumper Repair Final Filler Application
“Bumper Repair Final Filler Application”

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.

Rear Bumper Repair Rough Mask
“Rear Bumper Repair Rough Mask “
Front Bumper Repair Primed
“Front Bumper Repair Primed”
Close up of Primed Front Bumper
“Close up of Primed Front Bumper”
Rear Bumper Masked and Primed
“Rear Bumper Masked and Primed”
Lower Rear Bumper Masked and Primed
“Lower Rear Bumper Masked and Primed”
Repaired Sill in Primer
“Repaired Sill in Primer”

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.

Rear Bumper Primed
“Rear Bumper Primed”
Front Bumper in Primer with Hard Edges
“Front Bumper in Primer with Hard Edges”
Front Bumper in Primer with Softened Edges
“Front Bumper in Primer with Softened Edges”
Dented Sill Primed and Flatted
“Dented Sill Primed and Flatted”

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.

Front Bumper Repair after Lacquer
“Front Bumper Repair after Lacquer”
Front Bumper Repair after Lacquer Closer
“Front Bumper Repair after Lacquer Close up”
Dented Sill Painted and Lacquered
“Dented Sill Painted and Lacquered”
Close up Dented Sill Painted and Lacquered
“Close up Dented Sill Painted and Lacquered”
Rear Bumper Lacquered and under Infra Red
“Rear Bumper Lacquered and under Infra Red”

The result:  A Perfect SMART Repair that the customer was delighted with.