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Questions

How are the repairs carried out?

Each of our vans is effectively a mobile panel shop. To a large extent we repair the damage the same way a panel shop will. The damaged area is cleaned and repaired, major dents being reduced as much as possible by panel beating. Minor dents, deep scratches and gouges are repaired with body filler. The damaged area once smoothed and restored to its original contours is then primed and colour-matched, before top-coating with a fast-drying clear coat that is dust dry in two minutes. The finish is identical to the factory finish and may be treated in exactly the same way once fully cured. The major difference between our repairs and those carried out by a panel shop is that we only work on the damaged panel - we do not demand that the surrounding panels be painted..  Due to this, we keep the area being resprayed to a minimum and this, in turn, keeps our charges to a minimum.  

 

How much does it cost?

As each bit of paint or panel damage is unique, the cost to repair it will depend primarily on the time required to affect the repair. An additional cost driver is the type and colour of the paint. Pearl Whites are the most difficult to match.  Silver and gold metallics and pearl (mica) paints are also more difficult to match than solid colours such as white and black. Dark colours are easier to colour match, but more difficult to lose the edge of the blend zone so that the repaired area cannot be detected. Generally we will be able to carry out a repair for significantly less than a crash shop would charge, and additionally you get the significant benefit and convenience of on-site service - no time lost to deliver the car to a workshop and pick it up again after a few days. Generally a Bumper Scuff is 95 Euro, a refurbished alloy 60 Euro and a 1 panel vandal scratch 125 Euro.

 
How do you match the color?

Almost every car has a paint code applied by the manufacturer somewhere on the vehicle.
This code is entered into a computer database covering virtually every vehicle manufactured in the world over the last 20 years. Using this database we can formulate and produce an exact colour match with the full International tinting system carried in each van.

 
Will I be able to see the difference?

No! The paint system and processes we use ensure that the appearance of the repaired area will be equal to the original factory finish, and after an appropriate curing time, you can treat the new paint exactly the same as you would the original finish. Because we only paint part panels, by definition our colour matching will be equal to or better than that achieved by most panel shops.
 
How long does it take to dry?

In most instances the repainted area will be dust dry 12 minutes after application. Within 20 minutes to an hour after application of the top coat, the finish will be sufficiently hard to allow us to polish and complete the repair process. Depending on weather conditions, the car can generally be driven immediately. If it is raining and cold at least two hours should be allowed before the repaired area is exposed to the elements.
You should wait 5 days after the repair before washing the car, but it is recommended that no sealing waxes or polishes be used on the new paint for a further one month.

 
Where do I take the car?

WE COME TO YOU! 

All work can be conveniently performed at your home or office. All we need is a safe working area off the street and a power supply.