We go through the following repair steps when restoring your vehicle:
1. Removing Primer From Service Panels
We remove the primer from both mating surfaces of the joint or seam. The remainder of the auto factory primer is sanded before new priming.
2. Zinc Rich Weld-Through Coating
A weld-through coating is applied to all non galvanized mating surfaces. After the welding operation is complete, the excess or oversprayed weld-through coating is removed by sanding.
3. Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W.)
Prior to performing a welding operation on the vehicle, a practice test weld is done to test for proper weld penetration. A test weld of good quality, both visually and physically, will confirm the welder is properly adjusted for the particular welding situation.
4. Cleaning And Dressing Welds After Welding
Properly cleaning ALL welds after welding is imperative and the first place in which corrosion will start is at weld locations. This is due to the metal oxidation and slag formed at weld locations during the welding process. Paint will not stick to oxidized metal or the slag which forms on the weld metal. We make sure this is taken care of.
5. Wax and Grease Removing Solvent
We do NOT wipe surface with paint solvents. We instead use wax and grease removing solvents to dissolve and float off greasy dirt. The most important part of good corrosion prevention procedures is a clean surface. A clean surface means completely free of all foreign matter such as dirt, grease, oil, wax, oxidation, grinding or welding residue and finally chemically cleaned.
6. Preparing Bare Metal Prior to Applying The First Coat of Primer
We use both a metal conditioner and conversion coating prior to its application. Although it may not be required, metal conditioner can be used on all bare metal surfaces to enhance the primers adhesion capabilities. When using most two component epoxy primers, both metal conditioner and conversion coating results in good paint adhesion.
7. Priming Bare Metal (Using Corrosion Inhibiting Primers)
The base primer coat forms a secure bond to the bare metal and provides a good surface for the following paint layers to adhere.
8. Body Caulking/Seam Sealer
We fill all gaps and seams, the vulnerable edges of body joints are sealed from air, water and other corrosive environmental contaminants.
9. High Build Primer
We use a quality primer surfacer which is compatible with your base primer, paint sealer and color coat.
10. Paint Sealer
Paint sealer is applied over the last primer coat prior to the application of the color coat. This paint sealer is designed to create a barrier layer to prevent paint solvents and moisture from soaking into the porous primer, aiding in corrosion prevention.
11. Color Coat
We are certified through all major car manufacturers and the color coat used is compatible with the your specific paint manufacturer’s paint system for best results.