Before auto repair work begins, measuring the vehicle body for correct unibody alignment is more than critical. As little as one millimeter error is all that is allowed by most car, truck and S.U.V. manufacturers. Laser measuring systems are used by many body shops along with the frame machine to ensure that everything is straightened accurately to the decimal point.
With the unibody of the vehicle straight, the car, truck or S.U.V. moves to the metal work area where new sheet metal is mounted and damaged areas straightened. Overhead vacuum lines are connected to the grinders and sanders to pull dust and dirt away from this part of the shop. With the usage of modern electronics body shops can remain very clean and dust free.
With the metal straight, it?s on to the paint preparation area, commonly referred to as ?paint prep?. Quality shops will use dust extraction systems to remove the dust when sanding and spraying the paint primers. Infrared lighting systems may be used to cure primer paint quickly and properly. These infrared lights can shorten the cure time from 24 hours remarkably to as little as 20 minutes.
Painting the final colors and clear coats is done in a paint booth. There are many types and brands of paint booths, however it is generally accepted the best are the ?downdraft? units where fresh filtered air enters the top of the booth and any underspray is pulled downward and out through grates in the floor. The downdraft procedure of paint booths can produce the best and most consistent of paint finishes. In addition a well trained operator can make a great difference in final paint and appearance quality and consistency. A dust free paint booth of any design is better than a dirty and dusty paint booth of the highest end.
It goes without saying that a professional paint shop will be proud of their faculties- the layout, equipment, training of their staff ? and most of all their people.
Before spending your money or committing yourself to the job or repairs it is always best to ask to examine several examples of the shops work on several vehicles. Look for smooth finishes with minimal dust specs and colors that match from panel to panel. These are the signs of a quality paint job done by a skilled and professional painter.
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