Metal Auto Straightening

Metal straightening requires more skill than any other task in the auto body repair shop.  To straighten damaged metal components properly on your car we need to understand the basic properties of metals

At West Coast Body and Paint we study the damaged area of your car to locate the point of impact.  This helps us determine the best procedure to follow when removing the damage on your vehicle.  This avoids additional work or cause further damage to your car.

Metal Auto Damage Repair

Each car is unique and even when accidents seem similar, each car is different, that means the damage to your car is unique.  In order for us to understand what are the best steps to take to repair your car’s damage, we study the damage of your car carefully so we may repair it properly.

Direct Auto Damage

Direct damage is the result of direct contact with an object.  About 10% of total collision damage is direct damage.  Examples of direct damage are:

  • Holes
  • Tears
  • Gouges
  • Scratches

Indirect Auto Damage

Indirect damage is the results of direct damage.  For example, a front-end collision may result in direct damage to the front of the car, but indirect damage may occur in the underbody and the rear panels.  About 90% of all collision damage is indirect damage.

Minor Auto Damage

Minor damage involves repairs that require relatively little time to complete.  A simple dent can be considered minor damage.

Major Auto Damage

Major damage involves repairs that require more time, equipment, and skill to repair.  Repairing major damage generally involves replacing body panels and straightening structural parts.  Examples of major body damage:

  • Severely bent body panels
  • Damaged frame
  • Damaged underbody components

Metal Panels

Repairing bent sheet metal components is a relatively simple, five step process. Remove the paint from the are to be repaired, straighten the deformed sheet metal as much as possible, apply a skim coat of filler to the perfect the surface shape, prime, and then paint.  

Panel Repair

In theory, dent repair is very simple, but when two vehicles collide, or your car strikes a tree or utility pole, dents become much more complex.  Automotive collusions are not that simple since the actual crash is rarely limited to a single point of impact.

Panel Replacement

If the body damage is more severe than it can be repaired it may need to be replaced.

Panel Alignment

Once the panel is straightened, dent free, no ripples, and the panels have been repaired or replaced, we make sure that all of the panels fit together as they should.  All the bodylines will align form one panel to the next.