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Posted in Auto And Body Repair Texas on June 28, 2019
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Car repair service is something that it's worth spending some time doing a little research about in order to find a shop that's a good fit for you and your car. As with most services, it pays in the long run to spend some time shopping around for a good, honest car repair shop. Time spent finding the best South Texas auto repair facility for you and your car is an investment of time and effort that will give you peace of mind and could potentially lengthen the life of your car. Elsa

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When weather or bad luck leaves your car in need of professional body repair, car painting, or auto glass replacement, a qualified body shop or car rebuilder will give you straight answers, an honest estimate, and a clear timeframe.


Certified Collision Repair Center Despite much hoopla from automakers about upcoming cars made from carbon fiber structures and components, there has been a material that has been in use for decades in cars, and that is aluminum. Like composite part use today, aluminum was first used in hoods, bumper rebars and also intake manifolds and other small engine components. Fuel efficiency was not of paramount importance then, but the weight savings of almost 50 percent and the heat transfer properties of aluminum, plus its ready availability, made it a compelling material for automakers to work with.Fast forward a few decades and we see that aluminum use in automobiles is much more intensive. Recycled aluminum is used in various automobile components and aluminum alloys are used in vehicle subframes and structures. And Ferrari has publicly stated its commitment to aluminum as a structural component as opposed to carbon fiber, which Lamborghini and BMW are embracing in a big way. Notably, Mercedes' newly-released SL makes extensive use of aluminum too, which makes it lighter yet stronger than the model's previous incarnation. As an aside, Mercedes is releasing a lightweight E-Class which will use a carbon fiber structure.Cars with a high aluminum content makes it a concern for collision repair shops, as aluminum behaves in a different way when stretched, heated or welded. And since load-bearing and high strength aluminum parts are also heat-treated, collision repair shops need to make sure that they are up to the task of repairing such vehicles. Because of the special handling required when repairing aluminum cars, some manufacturers are very protective, and sometimes proprietary, of their customers and the way their products are repaired. Some manufacturers have been known to sell structural parts only to those auto body shops that have been certified as repair centers for their cars. In effect, many auto body repair shops have removed from the picture, with only a few auto body repair shops favored.As of now, there aren't many manufacturers who have gone to the extent of restricting repairs to specific collision repair shops. But there is an unmistakable trend by manufacturers towards certifying repair shops as qualified service centers for their products. And it will only be natural for car owners who have a need to collision repair to gravitate towards certified shops. For repair shops, the rise of factory-certified repair shops has begun to change the industry landscape. What was previously an open market for repair shops is becoming and industry to where a shop must align itself to specific brands in order to attract business.

Old School Auto Body Repair & Leading

Car Body Paint Repairs Until the 60's most all metal straightening was accomplished with the use of a pick hammer, a body file and a solder box containing the proper elements and tools. The metal used by auto manufactures before the 80's was of the cold roll variety with a gauge of 14 to 16 and was very malleable, making it rather soft, easy to shape and straighten with the use of the pick hammer and dolly. A sharp body file was then applied to cut the metal to a smooth finish and to bring out the high and low places.Where the metal may be a little thin or rough to pick, the the body solder (leading) would be applied. This also is where the final finishing will take place with the body file plus more picking to assure a smooth flat surface.Where soldering is needed the metal must be perfectly clean. All paint must be removed and all rust or other contaminates are removed with the use of a torch for heat and Mauriac acid. (Do not inhale the fumes). An electric drill, air drill or wire brush are also handy to remove contaminants.The solder must be a 30/70 composition. The 30% tin is needed for tinning the metal and acts as a binding agent so the lead would adhere to the metal surface. Tinning the area where the solder was to be applied was accomplished with the use of a acetylene torch, soldering salts, a stick of solder and a rag.The area to which the solder is to be added must be perfectly cleaned, solder salts applied then heated hot enough to melt the solder. while keeping the area hot, use a rag to wipe the solder over the entire area to be soldered. Now you are tinned and ready to add more solder to the tinned area as a filler.When adding the solder, a wooden paddle is used to spread the solder over the surface. The surface of paddle must be dipped occasionally in heated bees wax to stop the solder from sticking to the paddle.Soldering is only used when the straightening could not be accomplished with the pick, dolly, and file. Now, what do you think, are you ready to give it a try? You can do it, God did not make any dummies, "Its better to try and fail than to never try at all'. I invite your comments or questions. Please, I would love to hear from you. Lem Vics Auto Body

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