Whether your vehicle needed one or more new panels or one or more panels repaired because of collision damage, those panels need to be painted to restore your car to pre-accident condition (although, being the overachievers we are, we strive for like-new condition). When Quanz Auto Body performs your auto body repair, we take great care in the preparation and application of paint to achieve an exact match and flawless finish.
Preparing for Paint Application
The key to achieving a factory finish on a collision repair job is careful preparation. Before your car is ready to be sealed, colored and coated, we first:
- De-trim the panels to be painted. Rather than tape off features that shouldn’t be painted—like door handles, molding, mirrors, glass, etc.—we remove them. By de-trimming, we eliminate areas where your new paint job can be marred by tape lines or rough edges.
- Sand and clean the panels. Once the panel is cleared of all no-paint fixtures, we sand down the panel and remove the gritty residue. This step ensures the best adhesion between the new paint and the panel surface.
- Mask off everything that doesn’t need to be painted. We carefully isolate the panel(s) that need to be painted but protect all other surfaces from overspray in the paint booth.
- Clean the panels again. Once masking is complete, your vehicle can be moved into the paint-booth, which is pressurized to keep it dust-free. Here, we wipe down the panel to be painted again to ensure there is no debris or residue that can compromise paint adhesion or create an uneven coat.
New Paint Application
At Quanz Auto Body, we can deliver an exact match to your existing paint. To achieve an exact match, we plug in your vehicle’s paint color code, which tells our system how to mix the paint and in what order coats need to be applied when multiple coats are required. But still, we don’t rely just on the computer-generated paint mix. We perform a spray test to determine if the paint needs to be tinted further.
Once we have the exact match, our painter is ready. Paint is spray-applied by a real human, not an automated machine. All panels receive at least three different coatings:
- Sealer—this is the first coating that may range in color from black to white and boosts paint adherence for long-lasting color performance
- Color—usually one or two coats of actual color paint
- Clear coat—colorless sealant that protects the paint from chipping, scratches and fading
Panels that are repaired (not replaced) also require priming and sanding. Vehicles with pearlescent or other “effect” paint may require additional coatings to achieve the desired appearance and luster.
Although the same exact-match paint is applied to all panels and components that need it, when panels are made of different materials—like metal body panels and plastic bumper covers—the paint can take on a different sheen, giving the appearance of a color mismatch. This is common but not actually a flaw. In fact, many cars come directly from the manufacturer with this seeming color discrepancy.
The entire new paint process can add anywhere from 1½ to 3 full days to the collision repair timeline.
As part of our effort to deliver sustainable service, Quanz Auto Body uses waterborne automotive paint that releases less VOCs and is less harmful to the environment than solvent-based paint.