Tri County Collision Center
by admin, August 20, 2018, Services
When your car is involved in an accident, the goal is to have it repaired to an as-good-as-new condition. Final finishing and paint matching are one of the most challenging stages of auto body and collision work. Making sure the repair is quality work also impacts the resale value of your car. Leased vehicles have the same issue when you turn them in, because excessive damage may be charged back to you if the dealer has to correct mistakes made by the body shop.
We have all seen bodywork that’s mediocre or not up to par. If the entire panels have been replaced, there is often a noticeable difference between the new panel and the rest of the car because of mismatched paint. It is the job of the repair shop to make sure your car looks as good as new and the paint matches. This is a challenge as paint matching is one of the most difficult skills to master.
When your car was painted at the factory, the entire body is painted at the same time from the same batch of paint. This ensures that all the parts of the car are the same color and shade of paint. Body paint matching is a form of art, and only an experienced collision shop can accurately match new paint to an original finish. All automotive paints have codes specific to the color, but there are thousands of variations and shades.
Color variations from the original paint are inevitable because of normal aging. Over time there is a normal fading of the color. Even when a new batch of paint is mixed to factory specifications, there may still be a noticeable difference, and this is where the skill of the collision shop comes in.
There are many techniques used by collision body specialists to match colors beginning with the body color code from the manufacturer. There is a tag, usually inside the door jamb containing code numbers and one of these codes is the paint color for your car. This number is used to correctly match the paint should a repair ever be necessary. The number of colors available is staggering. For example even the basic colors such as black and red have dozens, if not hundreds of different shades.
The older the car, the more difficult it may be to match the paint. At this point insurance coverage has some influence on the repair work. If a door panel on an older car needs to be repaired a good body shop should be able to match the paint to your satisfaction. There are blending techniques that allow new paint to lightly overspray old paint to achieve a transition that is not noticeable. In some cases, it may not be possible to match the paint due to weathering and fading, and it may be necessary to paint the entire side of the car. Some insurance companies may refuse to pay for this additional work, and you may have to make your case with the adjuster or ask the repair shop to include this extra step in the interest of doing a quality repair.
If you have an older car that was not in a pristine condition to begin with, you can’t expect a body shop to restore it to ” like new” condition. Ask if the older sections of the car can be buffed to brighten them up. This may be an extra cost option to consider if it brings that new car feeling back again.
Any accident is an unpleasant experience that you want to put behind you. One important step is having your car repaired properly, and the best way to do that is to use an experienced body and collision repair shop that warranties their work, will repair the hidden damage that may not be apparent for a month after the accident and stands by their work.
Contact Tri County Collision Center’s ASE / I-CAR® GOLD certified technicians today to learn more about our auto painting services.
We are located in Southampton, PA. Conveniently located near PA turnpike, route 95 and Street Road, County Line Road and Second Street Pike.
Tri County Collision Center
995 Jaymor Road
Southampton, PA 18966
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday By Appointment Only
We would be happy to supply you with a quote online or over the phone and we always welcome comments and suggestions.