Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons we have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that we offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. We offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients..and to help out we will also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest blog post, we discuss …In our latest accident prevention tips, we share the reason correct paint matching is vital to auto body repairs.
Colour Matching Is Vital To Auto Body Repairs
When your vehicle is involved in an accident, of course you want to have it When your vehicle is involved in an accident, of course you want to have it repaired to as close as new condition possible. One of the most technical challenging parts of auto body and collision process is pain matching and the final finish.
We have all seen auto body work rolling around the streets of Saskatoon that is not up to par, and it often looks worse than the original accident. If the entire panels have been replaced, there is often a noticeable difference between the new panel and the rest of the car because of mismatched paint. It is the job of the team at Superior Auto Body to make sure your vehicle looks as good as new, and this is a challenge as paint matching is one of the most difficult skills to master.
When your car or truck was newly painted at the factory, the entire body was painted at the same time from the same batch of paint. This ensures that all the parts of the car are EXACTLY the same colour and shade of paint. Paint matching is an art, and only an experienced and accredited auto body shop can accurately match new paint to an original finish. All automotive paints have codes specific to the colour, but there are thousands of variations and shades. Additionally, colour variations from original are inevitable because of normal aging. When a car has been on the road for a few years, there is a normal fading of the color. Even if a new batch of paint is mixed to factory specifications, there may still be a noticeable difference, and this is where the skill of the body shop comes in.
How do you know the exact colour to match?
There is a tag, usually inside the door jamb, with code numbers and one of these codes is the paint color for your car. This number is used to correctly match the paint should a repair ever be necessary. The number of colors available is staggering, Even basic colors such as black and red have dozens, if not hundreds of different shades. In addition, the older the vehicle, the more difficult it may be to match the paint. At this point insurance coverage has some influence on the repair work. If a door panel on an older car needs to be repaired after a collision a good body shop should be able to match the paint to your satisfaction. There are blending techniques that allow new paint to lightly overspray old paint to achieve a transition that is not noticeable. In some cases, it may not be possible to match the paint due to weathering and fading, and it may be necessary to paint the entire side of the car.
Any accident is an unpleasant experience that you want to put behind you. One important step is having your car repaired properly, and the best way to do that is to use an experienced auto body and collision repair shop like Superior Autobody that warranties their work, will repair the hidden damage that may not be apparent for a month after the accident and stands by their work.
Our team at Superior take pride in their workmanship… as we always say, “When we get through it’s just like new”.