Smart Repairs for Cars - Pamper your Vehicle?
Car Scratch Repair, Bumper Scuff Fixing, Alloy Wheel Refurbishment.
How is it done? Is it worth it?
SMART Repairs, what are they I hear you ask?
SMART repair techniques have been developed to help maintain a vehicle in pristine condition without traditional expensive time consuming body shop repairs. It lends itself well to repairing scuffs, chips and scratches that affect the look and value of a vehicle. SMART repair techniques use state of the art techniques and products technicians ensure the highest standards of work, preserving the integrity of the original paintwork. These techniques have been used by garages for many years, but are still relatively unknown with car owners.
Alloy Wheel Repair
The cost of replacing factory fitted alloys can be prohibitive; but not to worry, most typical alloy wheel kerb scuffs and scratches can be removed by an alloy wheel refurbishment specialist.
The damaged area on the wheel is sanded down, sometime filled and repainted to match the existing colour without leaving a mark. Often it is possible to repair the alloy wheel without even removing the tyre.
Unsightly phone installation holes in dashboards can be made to disappear by filling, replicating the original texture and re-colouring the area.
If any part of the interior trim is scratched, cracked or damaged, then it is highly likely that it can be repaired rather than replaced.
Whether the plastic bumper is textured or painted, the paint colour and finish can be matched and the repair will be unnoticeable.
The same SMART repair techniques can be applied to scuffed, scratched or cracked plastic mirrors and door mouldings as well as any plastic body panels of motorbikes, quad bikes and jet skis regardless of the finish.
Common fabric upholstery problems include cigarette burns, rips and general wear and tear on fabric seat covers and carpets in cars and in hard worked vans. These burn holes and tears will affect the look and value of the vehicle, but can be quickly repaired to very high standards.
The fabric repair specialist will carefully cut away the damaged area keeping this as small as possible. A mix of small fibres will then be carefully blended to match the surrounding fabric of the vehicle seat cover or carpet. The repair area will be backed with a lining fabric and then the area will be built up with the fibres and a bonding solution, until the repair is level and complete.
It is not just Porsches, BMWs and Audis that have leather interior trim; many cars these days have leather seats, door panels, steering wheel covers and gear lever gaitors. Whether scratched, scuffed or worn, these leather items can be professionally repaired and re-coloured. This is much cheaper than replacing the leather finish.
SMART repair craftsmen have many techniques developed to solve many issues with leather trim. This can be applied to car seats, door panels and leather trim to refresh and renew. The scratches, scuffs and even cigarette burns in the leather can be filled and retextured. These areas can then be re-painted to match the surrounding leather. Worn areas of leather can also be revived to match the rest of the leather.
Paint Scratch Repair
Scuffs and scratches on wheel arches, wings, door moulding and mirror housings are usually rubbed down, primed and repainted using paint mixed to exactly match the vehicle’s original colour. Having blended the paint into the surrounding area, a fast curing lacquer is then applied and finally the panel is polished. When a good repair has been completed, the original scuff, chip or scratch will be invisible.
Paintless Dent Removal
Paintless Dent Removal, often referred to as PDR, is a unique dent removal technique that removes all types of minor dings and dents without damaging the panel.
If the paint has not been damaged, then a highly skilled operator will gradually ‘massage’ the dent until it is back to the original shape. Ideal for hail stone storm dents, shopping trolley dents, even golf ball accidents!
Windscreen chips and scratches can be unsightly and depending on their position impair vision and possibly result in MOT failure.
The cracks, chips and bulls-eyes are thoroughly cleaned, a vacuum is created to suck out moisture and air before the damaged is filled with resin. UV-Light technology is used to harden the resin. The windscreen is then cleaned of excess resin and the area polished flat.
Stone Chip Repair
Depending on the extent of the damage, touching in with a brush will cover the damage and prevent future rust problems. However, there are situations where SMART repair techniques are the only cost effective solution to restore the paintwork to its original condition.
The chips and scuffs are rubbed down, primed and repainted using colour matched paint. When a good repair has been made, it will go un-noticed.
How to find a local technician
Look4CarCare is a national online directory featuring SMART repair technicians. Using the website www.look4carcare.co.uk, you can search for your nearest supplier with your postcode.
Look4CarCare is a national online directory of SMART Repair suppliers in the UK. The Look4CarCare website allows car owners to find suppliers offering the exact SMART repair that their car requires anywhere in the UK. Services currently covered by the valuable online resource include: paint scuff and scratch repairs; windscreen repairs; paintless dent removal; leather repairs; fabric repairs, bumper repairs; dashboard repairs; alloy wheel repairs, stone chip repairs. It also aims to become the informational focal point for SMART Repairs and associated industry news.
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