Category: Auto Painting
Anytime a car owner has work performed on his or her vehicle, it’s typically expected that the collision repair will last. Obviously, there’s not a 100 percent guarantee of that. This is why it is important to have the auto body repairs made at a local auto body shop that offers a lifetime warranty.
If a body shop offers lifetime warranty, this means the shop guarantees their work will be the best quality, and should anything go wrong with the repairs, the shop backs that promise.
The Benefits of Lifetime Warranty
A warranty is similar to the idea of insurance. It’s there should you need it. Typically, a lifetime warranty is good for as long as you own the vehicle. If a problem occurs with the repairs made months or years after, you can take it back to that body shop and the issue will be fixed with no cost to you.
We Get Better at What We Do
The repair shop will pay out of pocket for warranty repair work. When shops lose money on repairs, they will likely review what went wrong and learn how to correct it so the repairs will last in the future. That means that we not only want to produce our best work on your initial visit, but when a customer returns with insufficient repairs, we learn and adapt, better serving our customers every time.
The best time to inquire about a lifetime warranty is when you get the estimate. Ask if there are different types offered. Some collision repair centers will offer more than one warranty, one for body work and a separate one for paint services.
At AMM Collision, we stand behind the work we do on your car by offering a lifetime guarantee for body and paint work.
Give us a call for a free estimate and our friendly team will answer any questions you may have about the warranties we offer. Our goal is to provide the highest quality repairs that last.
Quality has always been a top consideration for collision repair shops when purchasing paint. But recently, many have had a growing concern for the effects of our products on the environment.
Choosing a body shop that will provide quality and be friendly to the environment takes research. When it comes to paints, ask body shops if they use water-based, or waterborne, paints.
Using waterborne paint
Waterborne paints have benefits beyond being safer to the environment than lacquer-based paints. Waterborne paint has heavier viscosity which means it provides about three coats of coverage in nearly half a millimeter of thickness. This means less clear coat is needed to even out the surface, and less materials is better when it comes to using resources.
Only technicians trained to use waterborne paint should apply it to a vehicle, for a quality result. Imperfections are easier to spot with waterborne paint, and it is tricky to work with in humid conditions.
The difference of waterborne paint
Many auto body shops use solvent-based paints, despite harsh toxins. This type of paint has higher levels of organic solvents and when it dries it releases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air. VOCs are known for being harsh on our health, as well as adding to smog conditions.
Water-based paints have improved over the years and are quickly replacing the use of solvent-based paint. Waterborne paints feature acrylic emulsions that now offer a faster drying time, similar to solvent paints. It also has less odor and greater durability.
Our team at AMM Collision is trained to provide an exceptional paint job to your vehicle using waterborne paints. Give us a call today for a free estimate.
The first cars available for purchase did not offer a variety of color choices. All the vehicles were in black because the luxury was owning a car, not the color. Now there are a variety of colors and styles for auto paint, and you can have all of them on your car if you choose.
Auto painting is no longer about applying a coat and making sure it is even. Giving a vehicle depth and a unique appearance takes skill and training.
Some car owners do not have a preference for the color of a car, but others want to express themselves while out on the road. The colors can be as bold as the driver chooses. If a person pays for a custom paint job, it’s typically to get a unique color. For example, a Molten Pearl Lexus or Austin Yellow BMW are not vehicles you see every day. These colors are not offered by the vehicle makers and it takes a professional auto body shop to do the work.
Bright and unique colors are not limited to average priced cars. Luxury vehicle owners also like to makeover their rides. A Bentley isn’t offered by the maker in bright blue, but it is possible with a custom auto paint job. If you are a fan of maroon, you can have a Rolls Royce painted that color or any shade you choose. And colors are not limited to just one on a vehicle any longer. A car can have a variety of shades and design.
The possibilities are endless with custom auto paint jobs. Want the exterior of your car to change colors? That can be done. An iridescent paint detail creates different color tones in different lighting.
In 2011, Range Rover created a custom Spectral Amber ChromaFlair option that features tones of lemon and lime. An incredible (pun intended) color changing paint detail was created on a BMW X6 with “thermochromic” paint that changes with heat. As hot water is poured on the vehicle, The Incredible Hulk appears.
Show your trendy style driving down the roads in the Houston area with a custom paint job. Contact our expert team at Bill Fogle Collision Center, a collision repair shop, to give your vehicle a look that no one else has.
Auto painting can give your vehicle an entirely new and fresh look. You may decide to refresh the same color, change the color, or have a design painted on your vehicle.
There is cost and effort in having a car painted and it is important to consider the complete process before committing to the work. Painting a car should be done by a skilled professional so keep a few points in mind when thinking about having your vehicle painted.
Types of Paint
There are different types of paint that can be used on a car and you should weigh the pros and cons when making a choice. Metallic paint looks great on sports cars and hides scratches, but it is challenging to repair scratches or other damage later. Acrylic paint provides a nice, glossy finish but it doesn’t last long and will lose its luster in time. Urethane paint is the most durable and must be applied by an auto paint technician who is trained and has the proper safety gear, such as a respirator, suit, and goggles.
There is a period of work involved with auto painting to keep in mind. If the entire vehicle is being painted, there is prep work to remove any parts on the car that are not being painted. Once that process is complete, the body needs to be sanded to create a fresh surface for the new paint to be applied. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, the process could take a minimum of a few days to a week or more. If this is a vehicle you drive every day, you will need to consider getting a rental or finding other means of transportation.
Value of Paint Work
Painting your vehicle comes with a price because it is labor intensive. You should consider if this is an expense you want to make. If the painting will cost 25 percent or more of the value of your vehicle, you may want to reconsider the expense.
When you consider auto painting for your car, contact the expert auto body and paint technicians at ProCare Automotive and Collision in San Antonio. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure a paint job that you want.