AP Autocare – Car Respraying Garage in Bristol
Keeping your cars paint work in manufacturer new condition is a hard task, especially if your car isn’t in a conditioned garage that is locked off to the outside world. If you’re a realist, and actually use your car, then you may have experienced some of these issues that can degrade the overall look of your car very fast. Small chips, dents and scratches are the worst, especially when you know you didn’t cause them, as debris and overall wear can diminish the quality of your paint finish on the car. Car respraying can bring your paintwork back to, almost, the original manufacturer finish.
Chips to the paintwork are not as bad as there are lots of products that can help cover up the mark to the point where you may not even notice there was ever any damage. You need to find the name or shade of your car’s paint as if you get the wrong colour then, in the right light, it can stand out like a sore thumb!
Most car and accessory shops sell small touch up kits which look like a pot of nail varnish, with the correct colour selected you’ll be able to apply the smallest amount to cover up the scratch on your car’s paintwork. Some products don’t use actual paint but in effect smear the existing paint to cover the offending area. You should always take extra care when using products like this as you can thin the paint over a large area, which can look much worse than the original scratch.
A more comprehensive solution for cars that have areas of the body work that have been affected by lots of gravel and stones being flicked up, is to get your car resprayed. This can be one of the best options for larger areas of damage. A small bonus though is that you could change the colour of your car as a part of the service. Take care when driving in loose surfaced roads such as gravel, mud or loose stones as your wheels will flick up the debris and it can hit your car or the car behind. For this reason you should keep your distance from the vehicles in front especially larger HGVs.
When you scratch or dent your car, removing the paint in the process, you have a few options regarding the car paint repair from which to choose.
The first option, primarily for more extensive damage – is to take your car to a paint repair specialist (bodyshop or crash repair centre) to fix the damage and repaint the affected area. Usually this type of repair job can take a few days.
The second option, primarily for minor damage (and if the car paintwork is not damaged) – is to have a paintless dent removal technician work on it, which will be much faster, cheaper and convenient as their mobile service personnel can come to you at a suitable time, rather than you going to them during your working hours.
The third option is one we talked about earlier, which is to attempt to do the repair job yourself, although this only solves the paint repair, not the actual dent or scratch itself. It goes without saying that if you’re not experienced in this type of work, you could end up doing more harm than good, with a result that is a lot worse than when you started!
And the fourth option is to do nothing and leave it as it is. Of course, that doesn’t really solve anything, but it doesn’t cost you anything either. However, it is recommended that you at least “touch in” any scratches to prevent rust forming. Larger dents can also begin to peel as the sharp edges will start to thin areas of paint, which can eventually crack over time.
Which method of repair you choose depends on several different factors: the cost, the make of the car, the extent of the damage, and your car insurance cover.
If you don’t have much money, then the first car paint repair option is eliminated. However, if your car is a Porsche, where the paint job comprises 21 different stages to ensure its durability, you may find the first repair option the only viable one available for major damages.
If the extent of the damage is minor, then the first or second paint repair options become the most practical, although the rather primitive touching-up method will always show much more so than the method of paintless dent removal followed by touching in, which is designed to disguise the damage to almost invisible. It is important to note that paintless dent removal is largely used when there is very minor or no paint damage. AP Autocare are experts in all types of minor or major dent repair to car bodywork or paint. We offer a dealership quality service, at local garage prices.
Development Of Car Respraying
Aside from perfecting the spray gun so that greater quantities of paint could be more accurately and evenly dispersed over the shell of a car, “diluted” paint resins incorporating water were produced. These were more environmentally friendly than previous ones, releasing water into the atmosphere upon drying instead of organic solvents and are still the ones used today.
Later, tiny metallic pieces which when administered would only be a depth of 15 microns (15 millionths of a metre) were added as well as pigments to the paints to vary the car paint palette and choice of car paint repair materials. To finish, a clear coat of protective resin was introduced over the paintjob to seal in the paint, add to durability, and give it that lustrous shine.
This explains why when you take your car to a garage it takes so long, why paintless dent removal is such good value, and why when you do a “touch up” car paint repair job yourself, it looks so noticeably different from the original manufacturer’s paintjob. Dent removal and car paint spraying should be left to professionals, such as AP Autocare.
Car Body Repairs Bristol
Ultimately, the idea is to try to avoid needing vehicle paint repair by driving safely and carefully, whilst still enjoying your pride and joy on the roads.
- However, life is never as simple as that and so AP Autocare, based in Bedminster, are specialists in all types of car body repairs including:
- Car scrath repair
- Car paint repair
- Car respray
- Car touch up paint
- Bumper repair
- Dent repair
- Car body repair