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PAINT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

Scratches and chips on your car paint are unavoidable, and for that reason, paint repair is necessary. If this is done with care, it is often difficult to trace the imperfections when your car gains the new look. Such repairs involve a step-by-step procedure focused on producing great results and a long lasting solution.

Anatomy of a Scratch
Clear-coated catalyzed enamel paint will work well on any car requiring repainting, as long as it was not custom-painted or more than twenty years old. Toxic chemicals are used to harden the paint artificially, and within hours of application, it becomes stable. Whether you are applying clear, primer, or color paint on your car, it is a lacquer.
The solvent causes lacquers to dry and though they are sandable and feel hard within a few minutes, shrinking continues. As such, it is important to allow finishes to dry overnight before you add an extra coat, and if you need several coats to build the film to full thickness for a repair, applying one coat a day is advisable.
Ensure that you are in a well-ventilated area for safety purposes as you do so, though some solvents used are in small quantities. You need to degrease the area with the solvent before you commence.

Paint Repair Procedure

Abrasion 
Restoring the beauty of your car after suffering scratches or chips will require you to make the imperfections worse before you achieve what you desire. It involves grinding down to bare metal, to produce white blotches on the Bronco’s hood, fender, rear quarter-panel, and door.

Priming
The black-tinted sandable primer is the first coat or undercoat to spray on your car. The sandpaper scores are filled with what appears like the original black, and a total of three layers, are required in this case. Also, allow five to ten minutes before you apply any of these. The running theme, in this case, is that you should spend two minutes painting and then ten minutes of waiting before you apply another coat.

Coating
At this stage, a primer is used, and it is the next coat after the base application. The pigment and protective layers beneath are meant to seal the dye and between these sprays, use ever-finer paper to do the sanding. A wet-standing 1,500 grit that is smoother than a sheet of construction paper is the result. Anything close to a factory-finish gloss at every interval is good enough, and the last clear coat will give the final layer a shiny shell.

Results
Once you allow the clear coat of fresh paint to dry overnight, the surface will be ready for the rubbing compound that is expected to bring out the shine. Interestingly, this kind of touch-up will most probably look better than the original factory black that has lasted more than ten years. By observing the results, one can confirm that the whole process is a success.

Any scratch or chip on your car may leave ugly marks on the paintwork. We offer quality services to restore the beauty of your vehicle. Call us today for a paint repair quote, or any other issues you wish to get clarification on concerning the same.

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