In the unfortunate incident that your car gets a scratch or a dent, you are going to want to get it seen to as quickly as possible. As well as being ugly, small scratches or dents can escalate, growing bigger and bigger over time. If this happens, they can end up leaving your car vulnerable to further damage. That could come in several forms – whether by reducing the resilience of the car paint to protect the car against the elements, or whether it leaving the vehicle body open to rust.
It used to be the case that, in order to get even the smallest of car repairs completed it could take a while to fix. In order to repair a dent in a panel, that panel would need to be repaired in its entirety, meaning that the solution could end up being costly. This is where SMART repair comes in.
Here at ChipsAway Dublin, we are experts in SMART repair for minor car body damage. Today, in this article, we are going to explore SMART repair in more detail and see what it means for you and your car.
What is SMART repair?
SMART repair stands for Small to Medium Area Repair Technology, and is a highly focused form of car body repair. Where a traditional repair would require for a car panel to be removed from the car in order to repair even the smallest area of damage, SMART repair allows for the damaged area to be honed in on. Through merging technique and technology, it is possible to repair the damaged area without affecting the rest of the car. This can create a fantastic finish without the need to take a long period of time or cost more than required.
As a method of repair, SMART repairs come in several distinct forms depending on whether you need a dent or scratch removed from the body of your vehicle.
Paintless Dent Removal
When a car has been dented, whether that is in the side panel or in the bumper of a car, it may be possible for the dent to be removed without the need to repaint the damaged area. In such cases, it is possible to use a method of SMART repair known as paintless dent removal.
Paintless dent removal (PDR) uses specialist equipment to remove a dent from the body of a car by reshaping the damaged area. Through using a method like paintless dent removal it is possible to repair the damage of the car, whilst maintaining the manufacturer’s original colour code.
When conducting paintless dent removal, our specialists use a piece of equipment that can adjust in size to the size of the dent in the car. This means it is perfectly adaptable, and makes it possible to pull and massage the dent back into shape. This means that, unlike with a store bought dent puller that can often be limited by the size and the shape of the dent involved, paintless dent removal can be well suited to any size of dent.
Paintless dent removal is a thorough process, coupling brilliant tools with an experienced repair specialist in order to ensure that your car is returned back to you in fantastic condition.
The only limitation to paintless dent removal is when the paint itself has been scratched. In such cases, the car could be left vulnerable to the elements and it is important to repair the paintwork as well as the dent.
SMART Repair for Scratches
When a car has been scratched, SMART repair allows for the damaged area to be repaired, retouched and blended in without the need to spray large sections of the car. To repair a scratch, our specialists follow an in depth process in order to get the surface of the car shining again in no time.
After cleaning the damaged area, our specialists carefully mask any neighbouring panels, lights, mouldings, or badges in order to protect them. From there it is possible to fill and sand the damaged area, to create a smooth finish. The idea is to strip the clearcoat layer of paint back, revealing the layers of paint and primer underneath. From there it is possible to rebuild the colour back up layer by layer.
One of the biggest concerns, when getting an area of your car repainted, is whether the new paintwork will blend into the rest of the car. The last thing you want is to get your car repaired, only for the repair to still be visible due to patchy paintwork.
It is for this reason that, at ChipsAway Dublin, we use a highly focused process in order to ensure the repair blends in with the surrounding area. To create a fantastic colour match we use a combination of the original manufacturer colour codes, and a piece of equipment known as a spectrophotometer. Together, those tools allow for us to precisely match the car paint. Our goal is to make it so the damage is no longer visible once the repair has been completed.
Once the damage has been repaired, the entire area is cured using an infrared lamp. Once cured, the panel is polished and buffed.
Through using the SMART repair technique on scratches, it is possible to complete a repair in a timely and affordable manner.
SMART Repair Experts in Dublin
At ChipsAway Dublin we are experts in all forms of SMART body repairs. Whether you are wanting to have a dent repaired, a scratch fixed, a bumper ding removed, or alloy wheels repaired, we are on hand to help.
You can contact us today to get a free (obligation free) estimate. Alternatively, you can call us today on 1800 937 226 to discuss your need in more detail.