Metal Auto Body And Panel Repair
Each car is unique and even when collisions seem similar, each car is different, that means the damage to your car is unique. Regardless of what type of accident your car might need minor to major metal and panel repair.
At West Coast Body and Paint we study the damaged area of your car to locate the point of impact. We study the damage of your car carefully in order for us to write a more approximate estimate. Our bodyman will assess the damage thoroughly so we can determine the best procedure to follow when removing the damage(s) on your vehicle. This avoids additional work or cause further damage to your car.
The Metal Auto Straightening Process
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 and the type of damage it is.
There are four basic types of metal damages:
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:
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 Panel Repair
In theory, dent repairs are very simple, but when two vehicles collide, or your car strikes a tree or utility pole, dents become much more complex. Automotive collisions are not that simple since the actual crash is rarely limited to a single point of impact.
The Metal Panel Repair Process
- Remove the paint from the panels that need to be repaired
- Straighten the deformed sheet metal as much as possible
- Apply a thin coat of filler or bondo to perfect the surface of the shape
- Paint/Color and Clear
Repairing bent sheet metal components is a relatively simple but when the body damage to your vehicle is more severe, it will need to be replaced.
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.
“Couldn’t be happier with both the work and communication from Jaider and West Coast Body and Paint. I never leave reviews, but this merits a sincere thank you. Took care of some rust on my Jeep, which required custom panel fabrication in a tough spot (which NO OTHER SHOPS wanted to work on because of the difficulty). They got it done quick, seamless, and looking factory good! Sent me progress pics along the way and was very reasonably priced too. Totally unheard of in my past bodyshop experience. Very recommended.”
-Elliot G., 2019
Where can you find a metal auto body repair shop in Van Nuys or the Los Angeles area?
At West Coast Body and Paint! Our bodyman technicians combined have over 80 years of experience. We work on all makes and models, classic cars, mopars, and luxury vehicles. Since Van Nuys is known to have the most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles, we are here to help out where we can. Come to our shop for a free auto body repair estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639, text 818.793.7728, text 818.793.7728 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located in Van Nuys, we serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.