Damage to vehicles, whether it be collision with another car, or even hail damage, frequently happens at the site of a painted area. Sometimes the damage may be very minor and not require new paint. But there will be times when the paint is chipped and will need to be repainted to avoid further chipping, and even worse…rust. Our experts will carefully evaluate your vehicle. If there is damage to the paint, they will show you the areas and we will perform expertly matched paint with your repairs.
First, we begin the paint process by expertly matching the color of your vehicle. Technology advancement has made this step very precise. After your auto is prepared for paint with cleaning, taping, etc. it is moved into our paint chamber. This room is specifically designed for paint application. On top of our technicians being certified, we have this area to ensure the best paint application for your automobile. It is closed off so there is a better environment for wet paint, staying away from the dust in other areas of the shop.
After paint is applied, it is baked. It’s not completely different or completely the same as baking that Christmas ham, but very necessary in the completion of your repair. This baking helps the vehicle take the paint much better and it also dries it much faster which does two things…further protects the car during this faster drying time and gets you back on the road, quicker.
Washing Your Vehicle
There is information on the internet advising to skip washing your vehicle after new paint. This is simply not the case! Because of the process we use, it is ok to wash your vehicle after paint has been applied. Freeman Collision includes a detail wash with all repairs, but if needed after that, you may wash your car. We always suggest though, with any vehicle to skip harsh brush systems. This will help to avoid unnecessary scratching. Whenever possible, the best wash for the car is with a soft cloth and mild car wash solution.
How To Extend Paint Life
Be mindful of putting gas into the tank, avoiding any contact with the paint. If any spills occur, wipe off using a soft cloth, wet with clean water.
Also, when having an oil change or any other work performed, make sure harsh chemicals do not touch the paint, such as antifreeze or transmission fluid.
As always, certain road hazards will happen. When on any road, never follow any other vehicle too closely. This doesn’t only mean semi or work trucks, any vehicle is capable of kicking up a pebble from the roadway.
Do not use gravel roads whenever possible. In Oklahoma, this may be unavoidable, so proceed as slow as possible to decrease the rocks from hitting your vehicle.