Last week, we went over how the formula for the correct refinish on your vehicle is derived. We also went over the difference between 2-stage and 3-stage finishes. This week, we are going to go over the procedure for the actual refinish process.
When the auto body technician completes the repairs to the panel or panels of a vehicle, the vehicle is then moved to the auto body refinish department. Here, the auto body refinish technician proceeds to sand the areas with 320 grit sand paper. This begins the preparation for the application of the primer.
Primer is then applied to all repaired areas in the paint booth. This booth is a self-contained clean environment featuring a down-draft air circulation system. This systems allows warm air to circulate throughout the booth and around the vehicle. This warm air causes a force dry process to take place. Force drying is where the warm air causes the finish to dry from the inside out.
Once the primer has set, the vehicle is then sanded again and a coat of sealer is applied. The vehicle is then tacked off with a sticky tack cloth to remove any unwanted particles before it is sealed once again in the down draft booth. This is where the base coat or color coat is applied.
The entire refinish process used to be solvent based which produced a certain amount of hazardous materials that escaped into the environment. We are proud to proclaim that we now use a water borne refinish material that decreases hazardous emissions by approximately 96%. After the base coat has set, a clear coat is then applied to the vehicle. This clear coat is still solvent based and requires a strict filtration system approved by the EPA and OSHA. This clear coat, once set, prevents the water borne base coat from simply washing off your vehicle.
After the vehicle completes its force dry cycle it comes out of the paint booth and is ready to be wet-sanded with a very fine grit sand paper to remove any unwanted debris and then the finish is buffed. At this point, the vehicle goes back to the auto body repair technician to be reassembled.
Once the vehicle is returned to the owner, we do recommend avoiding automatic car washes and the application of any wax for approximately 90 days. This gives the finish time to completely cure before applying the pressures associated with the automatic car washes or being sealed from breathing by the application of wax.
“A” AUTO BODY
10305 Hull Street Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 674-1173
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