Our Paint Shop

 

Spray Painter? Or Artist?
Automotive painting and refinishing is truly an art. Properly matching the exotic finishes found on today's cars and trucks, requires special expertise in application techniques. With the help of computerized matching color databases from the Spies Hecker Color Matching system, our painters combine the latest techniques with the keen eye of an artist to create "never been damaged" quality finishes. They take every precaution to insure that the final finish matches your original paint in both appearance and quality . . . to protect and preserve the value of your car, truck or SUV.

We use a Brinks Very Clean Air paint booth as well as sophisticated infra-red curing systems. This technology allows us to accurately match the color and texture of your vehicle's original finish. The curing system means we can deliver a faster, baked on, factory finish that is fully cured so that it is ready to return to the everyday punishment of driving, right away. That means you can wash it and wax it right away. No more waiting six months! However, we recommend that you read our tips section first.

Our painters combine the latest techniques with the keen eye of an artist to create "never been damaged" quality finishes. They take every precaution to insure that the final finish matches your original paint in both appearance and quality ... to protect and preserve the value of your vehicle.

Color Match? Is it, or isn't it?
Most people probably expect to have their paint finish match 100%. Matching today's paint finishes requires experience, training, a good quality paint system, proper equipment and the right environment. An exact match will depend on many addition factors such the age of the original paint. Most people don't understand exactly what is involved in achieving an acceptable color match.

To start, automobile manufacturers use state of the art facilities costing millions of dollars to produce a show room finish. The equipment (possibly including robots), the environment and the techniques used at the factory can not possibly be reproduced at the "auto body shop" level. There are hundreds of variables that can affect the match. For this reason, most of today's base coat and clear coat metallic colors have to be blended, be it over the fenders or into the doors or what ever adjacent panel. This blending will almost always ensure an acceptable match.

If done properly, blending into adjacent panels will not cause any problems. Usually the majority of the material being applied to those adjacent panels will be clear (urethane). If anything, this will just offer a little more protection. Solid colors are usually more forgiving than metallic colors when it comes to color matching. One of the reasons a metallic color is such a problem is that those tiny flakes of metallic come in different shapes and sizes; their job is to reflect light into different directions. The problem comes in when we are applying our metallics; we can't ensure that they land in the same positions as the ones on the adjacent panel that the manufacturer applied.
 

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