When you need body work done it’s normally due to an accident. Color matching can end up being an issue, and after an accident you don’t want or need another issue. We find that many time we bring our red car to a body shop after an accident and what happens? We get the car back with 2 different shades of Red! Now that’s a problem in our eyes.
ICC Collison Centers knows paint preparation is a critical step in the refinishing process of every vehicle. Color matching can be one of the most challenging parts of that process. That is why we have only the best technicians and paint specialist. We carefully prepare all panels for paint. They are primed and sealed to assure a good adhesion when the top & clear coats of paint are applied.
The paint of today really doesn’t fade much. The clear-coat covered with air born contaminates causing the finish to look faded and dull.
Each manufacturer has its own color pallet. Each has their own color code there are variants, meaning there is shading differences from batch to batch between paint suppliers and this is still considered to be the same color.
Determining which variant is on a vehicle is done by rubbing with an abrasive paste and then polished to remove the air-born contaminants. It is then scanned with a color matching camera that helps narrow down the color variant.
Once the variant is found a text mix is done and confirmed if it is a match or not. Once the match is confirmed and the panel(s) are painted the real magic begins. This magic is called blending and even the slightest things can have an effect on color matching humidity, temperature etc. Most of which are out of the painters control. The final stage means the color will be gradually “blended” into the surrounding panels. When finished the human eye is not able to see any different from the surrounding finish.
ICC Collision Centers has 4 locations to serve you.
We have the experience and technology to handle each repair with precision. Check out our work and then give us a call!
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