There are many reasons for poor bolt-on panel misalignment, some structural, some human error. But there are certain steps you can take to eliminate this problem and keep customers happy.
Destructive weld testing is a vital part of making sure you perform a safe repair – which is why you should do it prior to making any structural weld.
Vehicles today are becoming “hybrids” of construction. Here’s a closer look at aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and steel and the roles these advanced materials play in the modern automobile.
All adhesives are not the same. And don’t assume that adhesives are universally recommended for repairs by all the OEMs. These are just some of the sticky subjects I’ll cover based on my experience with these products.
Ultraviolet (UV) primer might be pricey, but consider the advantages and you might be sold on this amazing technology.
Self-piercing rivets, solid shank rivets, blind rivets, Dacromet bolts and so on. Understanding how these one-time fasteners work and what function they play are vital to producing a quality and safe repair.
Reader’s Choice Question – “How do you get paid for rust, fused, pinched and fudge time factors that aren’t listed in the regular new parts on and off sections of the P-pages and estimating guides? When will true reality begin so that the time necessary to cut, heat up, unscrew, unfuse or unclip two different kinds of metals without burning up or exploding the rest of the car will be included?” – Rosemarie Seppala, office manager, Seppala’s Body Shop & Restoration
Repairing vehicle suspensions may seem daunting, but if you stray out of your comfort zone and give it a shot, you may just be able to add more dollars to your bottom line.
Refinishing raw, unprimed bumper covers is more involved than refinishing primed ones. You can do a quality job by following certain steps, but you need to charge for the additional labor.
With its small heat affect zone (HAZ), MIG brazing has become the procedure of choice when recommended for high-strength steels.
A little understanding of MIG welding will help you become your own personal troubleshooter. It will also help you create welds that aren’t just ‘pretty’ but are able to pass a destructive test.
When used in conjunction with welding, adhesives can provide
a better repair than welding or adhesives alone.