The 7 Steps of the SMART Repairs Process
You might’ve read on our website that there are 7 steps and processes we follow when performing a SMART Repair, this process is for every job we carry out, big or small. Therefore, we’ve written this blog post to give you a more in depth understanding of each stage that our professionals go through to restore any minor car body repairs or paintwork damage to your vehicle.
Step 1: Damage Assessment and Surface Cleaning
We know how difficult it can be trying to assess the extent of damage on your vehicle. Scratches, dents, and scuffs might appear minor but can sometimes have deeper underlying issues. Our SMART Repair process starts with a detailed damage assessment. Our technicians examine the damage thoroughly to determine its depth and extent, ensuring that no hidden problems are left unattended.
Our SMART repair experts provide a detailed evaluation of the damage, giving you a clear understanding of what needs to be addressed. This assessment helps us tailor our repair process to match the specific needs of your vehicle, and helps guide the next steps in the repair process. Once the damage is thoroughly evaluated, the surface is cleaned to remove any dirt, debris, or contaminants that could interfere with the repair.
Step 2: Surface Preparation
People often worry about repairs that don’t hold up over time or look inconsistent with the rest of the vehicle. This is especially true for paintwork repairs that can easily stand out if not done correctly. Our surface preparation is a crucial stage that sets the base for a successful long lasting repair. This step creates a solid foundation for paint application, ensuring that the repaired area blends seamlessly with the original paintwork.
Step 3: Masking
When having your car repaired a mist is created when it’s spray painted. We always ensure to prevent this mist or overspray from affecting areas surrounding the repair, as overspray can lead to unprofessional results and require additional correction. Our technicians pay special attention to detail during the Masking step. By carefully masking off the untouched portions of the vehicle, we guarantee that the repair area is isolated, preventing overspray and ensuring a precise and contained repair within the designated area. This means when having your car spray painted the masking will stop any small droplets of paint landing on other surfaces or panels.
Step 4: Application of Primer
Primer application serves as the base layer for the repair process, and you might not be aware why primer is applied and how it contributes to the repair. It enhances paint adhesion, ensuring a long lasting and durable finish. Primer also creates a smooth surface, eliminating imperfections and ensuring uniform paint application. Moreover, it guards against rust and corrosion, maintaining the repair’s integrity. This stage is important to achieving a seamless, lasting, and visually consistent repair.
Step 5: Sanding of Primer
Achieving a flawless finish requires attention to detail. After the primer is applied and cured, our technicians engage in a careful sanding process. This will help ease any uncertainty about the final appearance of the repair that it might stand out or look uneven. This critical stage is designed to ensure that the repaired area achieves a seamless integration with the surrounding paintwork, helping ease any worries about texture, uneven appearance, and overall quality.
Step 6: Paint Application
A SMART repair not matching the paint colour of your car perfectly is a common concern. Customers fear that the repaired area might look visibly different due to colour discrepancies. Our Paint Application step relies on advanced colour matching technology. Our experts skillfully apply colour matched paint that matches your vehicle’s original factory colour, achieving an even coverage that seamlessly blends with the rest of the paintwork.
Step 7: Paint Correction and Finishing
The repair process finalises in a thorough inspection and correction. Our specialists scrutinise the repair area, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect finish. A final polishing step adds the finishing touch, restoring the repaired section’s gloss and overall appearance. For your peace of mind, we offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our SMART repairs so you can be assured of longevity of your vehicle’s repair.
From assessing the damage to perfecting the finishing touches, SMART repairs are all about making your vehicle look great again. By focusing on specific imperfections rather than undergoing extensive bodywork, SMART repairs offer a cost effective and convenient solution for minor car body damage. So, if your car is unfortunate to encounter minor dents, scuffs, or paintwork scratches, consider a SMART repair as you now know the full process we go through to get your car looking like new.