Repair Vehicle Paint Scratches, Chips & Cracks
Paint on vehicles can be susceptible to a lot of damaging conditions that will destroy it and result in having to have touch-ups or a complete paint job done to restore the vehicle’s color and luster. The damage to the paint can result from car accidents, spilling caustic chemicals like gasoline and brake fluid on it, bird droppings, debris from the road, abrasive cleaners, moisture, ultraviolet rays, and even temperature fluctuations. The damage can cause the paint to fade, chip, or flake away, as your vehicle deals with the driving and weather conditions in the St. Louis, Missouri, area.
How Our Professional Will Restore Your Car’s Paint job
There is a process that has to be followed to professionally restore the paint on a vehicle whether it just needs a touch-up or a complete paint job. Among the things that need to be done are:
- Choosing the Right Paint: Some paint repair jobs fail because the new paint is not compatible with the existing paint and primer on the vehicle. This results in the layers of paint and clear coat separating over time — especially as the vehicle sits in the sunlight and gets exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
- Rust Repair: Before you paint any part of the vehicle, any rusted parts need to be treated or repaired before the paint job begins.
- Sanding: The repair spots need to be sanded down to remove old clear coat, paint, and primer. This has to be done carefully or the metal can get too thin and holes can develop due to over-sanding.
- Remove Debris: The debris and dust on the exposed metal have to be removed using paint thinners.
- Primer: A coating of primer has to be put over the exposed metal. This has to be done carefully to prevent the primer from dripping down the vehicle or creating uneven layers.
- Topcoat: Three layers of topcoat is applied over the primer.
- Clear-Coat: A new layer of clear coat has to be applied to protect the paint.
This type of work takes experienced and skilled technicians working in an enclosed setting to prevent contaminants from getting into the paint. Respirators are also required to protect the technicians from the paint fumes.
Sunset Ford Body Shop
Sunset Ford is an I-Car and Ford Aluminum Certified Collision Center that has been serving the St. Louis community for over 107 years. The fifth-generation family-owned facility has the latest state-of-the-art equipment to handle all your paint job needs. Sunset Ford accepts all the major insurances, and they will provide a free estimate before they begin any work. If needed, Sunset Ford has partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car so you have transportation available to use while we paint your vehicle.
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