The Refinishing Process
The Paint Department has a huge responsibility as their work is the first seen, the easiest to inspect and covers several processes all combined into one department. We use Spies Hecker High Performance paint system to refinish vehicles to as close to OEM specification as possible using our painters skill and experience to achieve the shine of a new car.
Step 1 – Preparation
We start with preparing any repaired parts, bare areas or components for priming with an appropriate priming product which ensures that the final finishing coats of paint will last a lifetime without deterioration or de-laminating from the base material. Once the primer has dried the painter will use dustless sanding equipment to smooth the repaired surfaces of any imperfections. Once sanding and preparation is completed the vehicle is masked, cleaned and readied for the colour and top coats of paint to be applied.
Step 2 – Color Matching
Colour Matching is probably the most critical component of the entire repair process and must be correctly matched to the vehicle. We use a “spectrometer” which is placed on the vehicle to gather colour sample readings of the existing paint and the readings are compared against the Spies Hecker colour database with the closest match variation being offered to the painter. If further colour adjustments are required the painter prepares the colour and adds small amounts of additional colour to ‘tweak’ the colour for a perfect match. Once the colour has been approved the painter will prepare their spray painting equipment, clean themselves of any loose particles and wear a special painting suit with a clean air-fed breathing mask.
STEP 3 –Colour/clear spray paint application
Prior to the colour and top coats of paint being applied the vehicle will be prepared, cleaned, masked and moved into our spray booth for the application of colour and the protective clear top coats. It is critical that the paint is applied consistently and in a clean, dust free environment. The painter will methodically move around the vehicle applying a consistent coverage of colour to all areas requiring refinish. Once the colour application is finished they will change equipment and apply a two top coats of protective clear.
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Step 4 – Inspect & Denibbing
Once the paint has fully cured the vehicle is inspected for any imperfections which may require denibbing. Denibbing is a process of removing paint imperfections from the finished surface and the painter will use specially designed equipment to carefully sand out the imperfection and polish it to an OEM shine.