We specialise in Small Area Repair Technique (S.M.A.R.T). S.M.A.R.T scuff and scratch repairs have been around for some time now, but not at such a low fixed price.
Water based paints and other specialist products mean that high quality repairs can be carried out from a mobile workshop at a place convenient to you. Essentially, it is a respray just like a body shop but with smaller guns and the focus is on repairing the damaged area rather than several panels around the repair. All this reduces the cost for the customer. The paint and the 2k lacquer used is of the highest quality as used by the best body shops. To learn more about us, please get in touch.
How it all works. As with many things, it’s all in the preparation. Let’s have a look at a straight bumper scuff where the paint has been taken off down to plastic.
Firstly, the damaged area will be feathered out with specialist abrasive pads and/or an electrical orbital sander if necessary. Feathering takes skill and a good touch to ensure a complete butter smooth repairable surface.
After masking and panel cleaning, a couple of coats of primer is added. This has a couple of benefits; the primer is another layer of protection, and it will fill and smooth out the tiniest scratches and surface particles.
Whilst baking the primer, we’ll make the paint. After establishing the vehicle’s paint code, which is then plugged into the laptop, we’ll confirm the variant and make up the exact match paint from the 100 or so tints we have in our vans.
The panel is then prepped and painted. Different colours require different techniques and skills to ensure an even and well blended colour. All the paints are water based and so will dry with the use of a hot air gun. Once we are happy with the colour, depth and blend we’ll apply a full and strong 2k lacquer.
As lacquer is the final layer to be applied to the repair, it is crucial to get this area absolutely spot on and is, in our opinion, the most highly skilled part of the operation. It is a hard technique to master and master consistently, but once you have the skill, the results are superb. Usually, we will lacquer the whole panel, but occasionally and when necessary we will blend in the lacquer.
The whole area is baked off at the right and consistent temperature, guns are cleaned and the vehicle de-masked. Finally, we’ll bring out a polish mop and give the repaired area a good going over to ensure a lovely shine which at least matches the rest of the vehicle.
It’s very important that you do not machine wash, jet wash, or polish the repaired panel for at least 1 week after work has been done. This will allow the lacquer to complete curing to final hardness. However, the repair will be waterproof, and you may drive away immediately after we have completed the repair.
For further details about us and our services, please get in touch.