- March 16, 2018
- By Admin
- In Complete Paint Jobs
- Tags auto body painting, Merton Auto repair, Wisconsin auto body shop
How does an auto body shop get a newly painted body panel to look like it did when it left the factory? Spies Hecker comes out with 25,000 new paint formulas each year that can be recreated in body shops like ours to recreate factory paint. Those formulas are the result of work starting before OEM paint colors are on the market and ends with tests to make sure the results perfectly match production body panels.
There are so many paint finishes on the market that it would be impossible to keep each one in stock. Instead, the paint is mixed at the auto body shop using a combination of materials. It starts with a base paint, designed to give consistent performance in all kinds of weather. From there, a series of materials are added to recreate the right appearance.
Standard pigments are mixed in to give the paint its color, while effect pigments are added to give the paint a unique shine and texture. These materials include metal flakes, pearlescent powders, and glass flakes. Often, these require additives to hold them in the paint.
Reducers and hardeners are mixed with the paint to let it spray on and dry evenly. These have to be mixed to match the heat and humidity inside the paint booth. If these components are slightly off, the paint may hold, but it won’t have the right appearance.
While factory paint is designed around a single color coat sandwiched between primer and clear coat, custom paint jobs can use a combination of dark or light paint layers to change the main paint color as well as pinstripes and custom designs.
Spies Hecker operates color labs in Europe, China, Mexico and the U.S. Each lab develops paint mixing formulas to match what automakers are using locally. Getting perfect paint requires a multi-step process that starts before the first cars hit the showroom floor.
Merton Auto Body uses the Spies Hecker paint system to get an exact match on every vehicle we paint. We’re also an I-CAR Gold Class certified shop, which means we have the latest equipment and training to paint your car, so it looks like it just rolled out of the factory. When you come to us for collision repair, you can rest assured that we’re just as committed to quality as the original manufacturers of your car. Want a unique look for your car or motorcycle? We offer custom painting and pinstriping. Stop by our Sussex, WI location or visit our website to request an online estimate. We proudly service the Waukesha County and surrounding Lake Country areas, including Oconomowoc, Hartland, Pewaukee, and Delafield.
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