We use the latest, state of the art Accudraft, heated, downdraft spray booth for the best paint finishes available anywhere. This unit has a 1.2 million BTU heater to achieve accurate and steady temperatures in any conditions. Paint color and texture matching is one of our specialties.
This Accudraft spray cabin allows us to paint at steady, pre-adjusted temperatures. Ambient outdoor temperature and weather have no effect on inside conditions. This makes for consistent finishes with no guesswork.
Paint color and texture matching is achieved through the use of our in house mixing equipment appropriate clearcoats and HVLP spray guns.
The Sikkens basecoat/ clearcoat sytem is the product of choice as we believe it is the best material available
The latest technology in mixing measurement is employed in our state of the art downdraft mix room.
Factory color matching is based on computer filed codes for all standard and factory variations.
Custom or non factory colors are matched using our in house "camera" that actually identifies the colors on an existing finish and will produce a formula. Although this technology has existed for over ten years, Sikkens has been a pioneer with advancing the accuracy of these units. Previous models only identify 6 paint angles while this unit will identify over 12. Having this truly state of the art equipment in house really gives us a distinct advantage over virtually all other shops saving time and preventing multiple coats that have been applied in error.
Our mixing station stirs all tints continuously to insure an even and consistent application every time.
All tints are measured with a 1/100 of a gram scale.
High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray guns are exclusively used for a superb consistent finish.
A complete supply of all materials with backups are kept in inventory to assure we have what we need at all times.
A high pressure spray gun cleaner is used for all gun cleaning
All estimating is done through ADP Shoplink for accurate, insurance company recognized and approved estimates.
All components are individually painted when possible. This eliminates overspray on the vehicle and allows for a more accurate factory appearance.
Any wet sanding is done in our "wet pit". This area has a swaled floor and T-drain which leads to a 2500 gallon tank. All waste water is collected and recycled.
An 8 foot opening provides entrance to our assembly and storage areas. This is wide enough for a car to pass through with 1.5 feet clearance on either side and creates a lane down the entire length of the facility. During the winter months or days with heavy rain, cars do not need to go into the elements outdoors.
Over 2500 square feet is dedicated for storage of customer's parts. All customer parts are carefully inventoried. We know where the parts for "your" car are at all times. You will not see piles of parts stacked in corners.
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Wheels and undercarriage components should be washed first, with separate utensils. If you wash the vehicles body first, the water will dry and spot your vehicle before you can finish washing the tires and wheels. Do not use the same wash water on you car's paint as you do your tires and wheels. Throw it out and refill your bucket, or use two different buckets.
Once you are satisfied with you wheels, it's time to mix up the car wash solution. Specially made car wash soap is made to gently clean vehicles without using harsh detergents, alkali or acids. Plus, the same manufacturer will use special water-based lubricants that buffer the paint to prevent scratching and reduce the risk of swirl marks, even on black and red cars. The object is to lubricate the cleaning process going on between your washing towel and the painted surface. You should not scrub anything, doing this will only risk scratching your car's finish.
Make sure the vehicle is cool. If possible, work in the shade. A hot surface causes the wash and rinse water to evaporate too quickly, increasing the likelihood of water spotting.
Start by thoroughly wetting the vehicle's finish with a medium spray of water to remove loose grit and surface dirt. One trick is to park on a slight incline. This allows rinse water to run off moldings, trim, and recessed areas better.
Start washing from the top down and rinse the vehicle often. Frequent rinsing is important if you are washing on a warm day. Change washing towels into the lower sections. Do not allow soapy water to dry on your paint
Use a final rinse of free-flowing water (nozzle off the hose) allowing the water to sheet off the vehicle.
The most harmful method of washing cars was found to be the special "carwash" brushes that hook on to a garden hose or handle and are purchased from local hardware stores or automotive supply dealers. The use of this type of brush with the low water pressure that comes out of the garden hose is the most destructive on the finish of an automobile. The tests also showed that the average water hose is not able to supply enough water along with the detergent action to avoid damaging the car's finish.