Crash Repairs in Basildon | The Refinishing Process

As soon as the panel beaters at RPC Accident Repair Centre have finished working on the vehicle of a valued Basildon customer, it passes over to our paint shop for preparation and refinishing. In the world of accident repairs and crash repairs, these are both important processes which dictate the quality of our finished work. The paint shop at our premises in Rayleigh uses time-served preppers and sprayers with an excellent eye for detail.

The first step for our preppers is to check the quality of the repair. The preppers instantly reject anything which fails to meet the standards we set for accident repairs, and send the vehicle back to the panel shop for rectification. At RPC Accident Repair Centre, we reassure our Basildon customers that we make QC checks at every stage of our crash repairs.

Once our preppers approve the repair, they feather out the paint edges surrounding it and also key the rest of the panel. The next stage of our accident repairs involves masking the vehicle and applying primer over the rectified area as well any part of the panel with surface scratching or exposed bare metal. On crash repairs where new panels are used, we advise Basildon motorists that we use advanced wet-on-wet systems to simplify the process.

Once dried, our preppers ‘flat’ the primed surface using blocks and abrasive paper of a sufficiently fine grade so as not to leave scratch marks showing in the topcoat. If paint needs blending, we prepare adjacent panels which allow the sprayer to fade out the colour. Most accident repairs and crash repairs require fading these days because metallic colours are often harder to match and many solid colours now have their own factory variants.

Refinishing – The Final Phase of Modern Accident Repairs

Once masked, the preppers move the vehicle into a low-bake oven and cover it with plastic sheeting to stop overspray affecting other panels. Like all good workshops in the Basildon area with a great reputation for the quality of their accident repairs, our company has a full paint mixing scheme which allows us to find the best colour match. All paints applied at RPC Accident Repair Centre comply with industry regulations by being water-based.

Once cleaned and tacked, the next phase of our crash repairs is the painting itself. Our sprayers use guns from major companies such as DeVilbiss and Sata. They apply a sufficient number of base coats to cover the primed area and leave this to cure before adding a lacquer which protects the base coat and adds a high-gloss finish to the repaired panel.

The refinishing stage of accident repairs and crash repairs ends once the vehicles of Basildon motorists finish baking. After another QC check, our painters unmask the panels and send the vehicle back to the fitting shop where our team puts everything back together. Prior to collection, minor imperfections in the paintwork are cut and polished to leave a perfect surface which matches the pre-accident condition and the colour of adjacent panels.

One of the reasons RPC Accident Repair Centre enjoys such high volumes of custom from vehicle owners in the Basildon area is our attention to detail. That’s why we professionally wash and valet every vehicle before it passes back to the customer, and guarantee our accident repairs and crash repairs with a three-year material and labour warranty.

To discuss accident and crash repairs with the team at our Rayleigh workshop, motorists in Basildon can call us on 01268 782674.

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RPC Accident Repair Centre provides a complete range of professional services for motorists across the entire Essex area. We have more than 25 years of trade and industry experience in the field of crash repairs and car body repairs, and our company has an unrivalled customer service record where we achieve high satisfaction rates.