Now that you have a better understanding on blending, make sure your shop blends. It is done by bringing a bit of color into the next panel, then clear coating it completely. Sometimes they will claim it is possible to butt match a panel & skip the blend. Sometimes it will look alright, sometimes it won’t. But more often then not when you get your car under a different light source.say at night under some halogens at a club meeting, the failure to blend can become very apparent.
If you go through a reputable and ethical automotive paint tool shop you will end up with an automobile that drives and looks just like its was never wrecked. If you go through a shady company you will have a substandard vehicle that will have a really low re-sell value in the future. Here is what you can do to prevent the latter from happening.
It does not matter precisely how the damage occurred, what does matter is you picking out the auto body shop to help make your vehicle right once more. They’re hard to come by. Not all body shops are the same. For example, choosing the one your insurance company told you to will only result in a minimum repair to your vehicle. The insurer has a “deal” with the repair center. That doesn’t mean they’ll do a good job on your vehicle.
Using an electric grinder with 24-grit disc, grind all traces of the rust including the primer and paint, just about four inches from the edge of the rust hole.
One thing to check is how long the shop has been in business for. This is not a sole indicator, but if the shop has been in business for some time chances are they are reliable and should do a good job on your vehicle. Don’t choose a shop that has secured a bad name for their shop. Also, if you were to have any problems down the road you want to be sure that they will be around to uphold any warranty or guarantee that they will most likely give you.
Next thing to check on the financials is the real, current value of the equipment you are buying with the business. The balance sheet might, if it shows all the equipment the company owns, give you the cost of the equipment when it was purchased. If you are buying assets rather than cash flow, the equipment valuation becomes more important. No one wants to overpay for used equipment. Also check that the equipment works and is actually being used rather than sitting behind the building with other junk.
The hallmark of a good quality company is the way it handles its customers as well as its potential customers. A company that is polite and quick to respond to all queries with equal attention to detail is sure to give a good quality service.