Where Should I Get My Auto Painting Done?
Auto painting is an old art with a long and storied history. Throughout the years, American auto painting has morphed into many distinct styles unlike those found anywhere else in the modern world. At Sky Collision, we take care to find the best auto painters in the business.
We train our painters for years, and we and continue to educate them in new techniques. Why? As car technology changes, paint technology changes too. There have been incredible innovations in auto paint over the last five years, so it’s important to work with a shop that knows all the best paints and polymers to protect your vehicle.
Whether you’re just starting to look or ready to schedule the paint job, it’s always a good time to start researching shops. This process can seem intimidating if you aren’t a car expert. There are a lot of variables you need to consider before you settle on a shop and give them your keys.
But what should you ask? How do you know that you’ve found a good place? Here’s the top five questions to ask a shop before you let them paint your car.
Is Your Paint Water Based?
Major car companies now use water-based paint due to various environmental factors, but most auto paint shops and collision repair shops still used solvent based paint. Matching paint is part art and part science.
Solvent-based paint can be blended to match the water-based paint on the other panels of your car, and the technician should know that. If they aren’t sure about their paint, you should immediately leave. A quality paint job depends upon a well-informed auto painter.
How Often Do You Paint Metallic Cars?
Matching metallic paint is extremely difficult, particularly when dealing with light colors like silver. This question is essential if you have a metallic car, but if you don’t, it’s still a great way to gauge experience and expertise. If you have a metallic car, a painter who doesn’t regularly paint metallics is a huge red flag. Check out samples of their work before you turn over your keys.
What If My Car Paint No Longer Matches The Factory Standard?
Car companies supply a formulation guide known as a ‘standard’ to ensure body shops and car painters can match the colors of their newest cars. Unfortunately, cars do not stay new forever. Unless you hide your car in the garage and only drive at night, your paint has likely faded over time.
This means that a successful paint job depends upon your car painter’s ability to adjust the standard to match the color your car is now. A good car painter won’t miss a beat as they explain how to get around this common problem.