Every driver has to deal with damage to their vehicle at some point or another, and one of the main aspects of auto body repair is repainting. Depending on the severity, repainting may or may not be necessary and there are a variety of causes of paint damage. No matter how minor the damage to your car may be, you should always choose professional car repainting in order to guarantee a high-quality outcome. This guide will explain the process and cost of vehicle repainting and why using a professional auto body shop is a smart investment.
Causes of Car Paint Damage
There are a few different causes of paint damage that often produce different levels of damage and require different methods of repainting.
Collisions—Collisions are a major factor of severe paint damage. If a crash causes significant dents on your vehicle’s panels, it’s likely that they will need to be repainted after the dents are fixed. When a car is dented, the process of removing dents is either paintless or conventional. Conventional dent repair is a process that disrupts the current coat of paint and requires a new coat, while paintless dent repair does not disturb the current coat.
Fender Benders—Minor fender benders often don’t require professional car repainting, but being rear-ended, bumping into a vehicle in a parking lot, or even scraping a pole can all cause your car’s paint to be damaged.
Vandalism—Though vandalism is less common than collisions, it is another way your vehicle’s paint may become damaged. A vandal may scratch the paint with a key, purposely dent the panels, or paint graffiti on the sides. Each of these would require professional car repainting.
Weather Damage—Sometimes paint damage is no fault of a driver but caused by the weather and other elements. Harsh sunlight, salted roads, large hailstones, and even pollution can cause paint to fade and chip over time. This is especially true of older cars and vehicles that haven’t been treated with wax.
The Cost of Professional Car Repainting
Depending on the damage to your vehicle, the cost of a new paint job will vary. If you were in an accident and weren’t at fault, the other driver’s insurance will cover the repairs needed for your vehicle. If the collision was your fault, the damages would be covered by your own insurance provider. If the damage to your paint was caused by weather, deterioration, or vandalism, your insurance provider may or may not cover those repairs so it’s a good idea to protect and maintain your vehicle’s exterior with proper cleaning and treatments.
After a repair shop inspects your car and provides you with an estimate, the insurance provider will let you know what will be covered under your policy. Zingani Collison works directly with your insurance company in order to take that hassle off your shoulders.
Professional car repainting may be expensive, but it’s an important part of vehicle maintenance. Having a reputable shop repaint your vehicle is good for its resale value and will prevent future, more expensive repairs in the long run.
The Process of Professional Car Repainting
As previously mentioned, a shop will perform a full inspection of the damages and provide an estimated cost of the repairs and a list of what needs to be done, including the repainting. Then they will complete the following steps to execute a beautiful new coat.
Color Match—Many auto body repair shops have technology that allows them to match your car’s current paint color using a computerized paint system. This will create a seamless finish that makes your car look as good as new.
Sanding—In order to prepare the vehicle for a new coat, a technician will sand down the area to be painted. This removes any of the current coat of paint still left on the car and creates a smooth surface to work on. The technician will also remove rust and other debris that would otherwise interfere with the new coat of paint.
Tape and Primer—Once the sanding is complete, the technician will tape the vehicle to ensure the paint does not get in any areas it’s not meant to be such as the windows, headlights, tires, and all other surfaces that need protection. Automotive masking tape meets high industry standards in order to efficiently seal the car as well as remove easily without damaging the vehicle. After the tape is on, the technician will apply primer that creates an even surface to which the paint will easily adhere. This primer will then dry for several hours before the paint is applied.
Paint and Clear Coat—Once the primer is sufficiently dried, the technician will apply the paint to the vehicle using a spray gun to evenly and effectively coat the panel. Depending on the vehicle, the technician will apply up to three coats of color paint to the car to ensure all damage is concealed and the new coat is vibrant. After allowing those coats to dry, the technician will apply a coat or two of clear coat in order to seal and protect the color paint.
Waxing—After the paint is fully set in a couple weeks, you can bring your car back to a shop in order to have it waxed. This will protect the vehicle from damage and provide a glossy, fresh look.
Need Professional Car Repainting? Contact Zingani Collision
If you find yourself needing professional car repainting, bring your vehicle into Zingani Collision. Our expert technicians are fully trained and certified, and we offer a 5-year warranty on your work. We’ve served Delaware County for over 20 years and our testimonials speak for themselves. In addition to our top-notch repairs, we offer a 24-hour towing service, so you know we’re just a call away if you find yourself in need after a breakdown or accident. Contact Zingani Collision today and we’ll begin working to get your vehicle back on the road.