Car Painting Ft Pierce | Total Auto Painting and Collision Center
What makes a good paint job?
Total Auto Painting and Collision Center are experts in Car Painting Ft Pierce. We know what makes a good paint job and we educate our customers about it every day. Truthfully, the paint itself is not the most important factor. The key to a great paint job is great prep work. That’s right! Applying the paint finish is important, but if the prep work isn’t flat, smooth and free of imperfections, the paint job will be far less than perfect.
When preparing a car painting estimate for our customers, there are three main categories that are considered; first, we look at body repairs, which includes any dents, rust or panels that may require replacement. Secondly, we address any necessary prep work, which includes chips, scratches, peeling paint or delaminating clear coat. Again, this is considered the most important factor because if the prep isn’t perfect it will negatively affect the shine of the new paint finish. The third and final step is to determine the type of paint finish.
There are some “production type” car painting shops that try to skip the most important procedure of correctly prepping the exterior surface of the vehicle because it is extremely time consuming. An improperly prepped vehicle shows every imperfection. Whether it is chips, scratches, die-back, or mapping; a freshly painted car hides nothing and reveals everything. Die-back is a dry look that occurs when the new paint is absorbed into the old finish, essentially stealing the shine. Oh, what is mapping you may ask? When a delaminating (peeling) clear coat isn't properly prepped on a panel, and that panel is subsequently painted, the outline of the old finish is seen through the new paint and resembles lines on a map.
Total Auto Painting and Collision Center will never cut corners on prep work because we view every paint job as advertisement. We always go above and beyond to insure that our reputation shines every bit as much as our awesome paint jobs!
Whether you need a car painted or a Collision Shop Ft Pierce, you can trust the professionals at Total Auto Painting and Collision Center.
What are the types of paint finish?
In simple terms, there are really just two types of paint finishes; single stage and base coat clear coat. Single stage is mixed up all together and applied in several coats all at the same time. Base coat clear coat is applied in multiple stages. First, the base coat (color) would be applied, and then the clear coat would be applied as a top coat. Yes, there are some variations, for instance, three stage finishes are a base coat clear coat finish with a mid-coat applied in between the base and the clear. The mid-coat is usually a translucent type of pearl. Incidentally, the three stage pearl paint refinish is usually the most expensive.
Which is the best?
Paint finishes with clear coats are always better. There is a reason the factory puts clear coats on every vehicle. It shines better, it has more depth, and it lasts longer. Also, the clear coat gives you the added bonus of being able to wet-sand, compound, and buff your vehicle without removing actual color from your car.