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WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH FOR CAR BODY REPAIR IN PETERBOROUGH?

Firstly I Would like to thank you for coming to my first blog. Each Blog will be based towards the motor trade and in most cases specifically towards body repairs.

One thing I found between friends and new customers is that there is a big grey area around body repairs, people are not sure what is actually involved and how you can make a bashed up piece of metal look nice and beautiful again. There is a lot of work behind the scenes and with my blogs I am going to try and show you them.

With this first blog I thought I would cover one of the most asked questions, I have split this over two blogs as there are quite few factors. I have not gone into too much detail as don’t want to bore you with my first blog.

So …Why is car body repairs so expensive. There are a number of factors for this. To get your car repaired it’s not a simple process. There are a number of procedures that you have to do to get to the end product. Below are some pointers:

  • Cost of materials
  • Techniques used for repair (labour rate)
  • Blending
  • Reasons for top coat
  • Time of repair

One of the big reasons for high prices in body repairs, is the cost of materials. This mainly includes your paint, lacquer, sanding discs, primer, filler, masking, polishing. Even for a small scratch you will have to use most of these items.

There are some jobs that will require technique; by this I mean some dents will be required to be pulled out, filled, shaped to the car and sanded off. This takes time and skill to get it right. Labour is probably the biggest contributor to the price. To get that factory finish its all about the prep work. As what someone said to me the other day, any tom dick and harry can spray, but it’s the prep and attention to fine detail that is the most important part. This you only get by experience, as not all cars are the same. The processes of doing the work is the same, but you get obstacles during the way, such as how to deal when there is a paint reaction etc.

Bodyshops in general have different labour rates, my advice to you is to get different quotes and go for the middle one, which in most cases is us at Peterborough Body Repair. People with the lowest quotes are not always the best option, reason why is the materials they use will be not so good and will affect the quality of the paintwork.

When it comes to the topcoats/clearcoats… i.e lacquer, this is probably one of the most expensive items from the materials list. Today’s modern factory finishes not only incorporate multiple layers of highly specialised paints, but also in sealants, or clear coat, that car makers put on top of paint.

Clear coat is instrumental in protecting your vehicle’s paint from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays as well as from dirt, salt and a variety of chemicals.

Automotive finishing is one of the most important stages and your car’s paint combined with its sealants are important for not only protecting your car, but your car’s value.

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WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH FOR CAR BODY REPAIR IN PETERBOROUGH? … PART 2

So … in the last blog we covered a couple of points that affect the price of body repairs.

  • Cost of Materials
  • Difference of Bodyshop rates
  • Importance of Clear coat/Lacquer

To get all them working together properly and to ensure the Factory finish a customer requires; it takes time. After the clear coat there is also the stage of polishing the vehicle that takes a lot of patience and steady hand to get the right finish for the customer.

But before we get into this stage, I would like to draw your attention to one thing that is such a major part in body repairs. This is Paint blending. When you get a panel with a scratch across it, you can’t just paint that one area (well not all the time). You have to in most cases blend on panels beside it. Reason for this is that not all colour can be matched perfectly or even mixed the same every time. We have to blend colours so that to the naked eye you cannot see where the new paint starts or finishes.

So on a car, such as this one below; you can see that we had to mask the whole car, even though it was just a panel & a corner of a bumper we had to spray. The panel next to is only used for blending. (The picture is at the stage of only paint and no lacquer hence why it looks a bit dull)

This job I will go into more detail in my future blogs as was a good job to show you different aspects of body repair.

After a car has been sprayed in our spray booth, it is put on bake, this allows the paint to dry quickly so that we can get ready to polish it. If it’s not dry then the lacquer is too wet to polish. Not done properly you will result with a lot of Orange peel (this term I will cover in a separate blog, for those who are not sure)

So after a car has been baked and polished, we wash the cars to take off any overspray, white residue from the polish and just basically look for anything that is not suppose to be there.

This in quick nutshell is how body work is done, there are a lot more aspects, which I will cover in further posts. But this will give you a better idea as to what is involved; whether it’s a small scratch or dent, it’s not always that simple to get rid. There are methods of SMART repairs and mobile repairs, but that is something that will be covered in lot more detail soon.

To get the factory finish everyone desires, the processes have to be met properly and with care. Hence why bodywork can be expensive.

For more information and any advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Peterborough Body Repair. We are here to help you and make things better for you. We understand the importance of having your own car looking good again.

Email us : info@peterboroughbodyrepair.com

Tel: 01733 687101

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