Auto Body Repair – Chip On Hood

Driving down the road a small rock hits the center of the hood.  This small rock makes a major chip in the paint and there is a small dent.  This drives many car owners crazy.  There are many options when this happens.  The first and cheapest is to do nothing.  The major fear of the vehicle owner is that the chip will begin to rust and get worst. 

Chip on hood that needs to be repaired
Chip and small dent on hood

Another problem with doing nothing,  with that first dent or chip on your car.  More will com, and you will continue to do nothing.  With not dealing with these issues as they happen and letting them get worst over time, they will lead to accelerated deprecation of the vehicle.  Before you know it there will be dents, chips and scratches everywhere.

Some people will touch up the chip and live with the dent.  While this is not a perfect answer it is commonly done in the industry.
The best option to maintain the vehicles value is to repair it correctly in a professional shop that can repair the hood with the correct process as cost-effective as possible without compromise.  This is not always easily done, due to the vast knowledge necessary in the repair and automotive painting process. 
Hood chip and dent in repair process

  There are many things that the repair shop needs to know in this simple repair.  The chip needs to be sanded out with the correct sand paper that makes the right size scratches in the paint.  The metal need to be treated correctly so that it does not start to rust from being exposed to the elements.  An in proper repair would defeat the purpose of having it done.  The last thing the consumer wants is for the repaired area to rust before the rest of the vehicle or for the paint to loss its shine.  Many of these issues in the repair process start from the beginning of the repair process.  While the finished product may look great, it is what is under it that matters. 

Hood in paint – notice where color is on paper

When it finally comes to putting the paint on to that  properly prepared surface, there are now a whole new group of issues to deal with.  One of the vehicle owners biggest concern is for the color to match.  Some other questions should be if the painted area will have the same protection from the elements. Another, is will the painted area be more likely to chip or fade from the sun?  There are many important questions that need to be addressed in this process. 

With CollisionQuest, we want to help you to take the guess-work out of the repair process.  We will do this by working with many industry leaders to find the best repair processes available.  These processes will be taught by our instructors to shops, insurance representatives and the consumer so they have better knowledge through out the repair process.  There are many resources in the industry today to help in developing great repair processes.  These resources will be the corner-stone to the development of CollisionQuest.  The Help You Need; When You Need It Most!

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