Aluminum repair is a specialized area of auto body repair that involves repairing vehicles that have aluminum body panels, frames, or structural components. Aluminum is a lightweight and strong material that is commonly used in modern vehicles, but it requires specific tools, equipment, and techniques to repair.
The process of aluminum repair typically involves the following steps:
Evaluation: The first step in aluminum repair is to evaluate the extent of the damage to the vehicle and determine the best repair method. This may involve using specialized equipment such as ultrasound or x-ray machines to check for any hidden damage.
Disassembly: Once the damage has been evaluated, the damaged parts are removed from the vehicle. This may involve removing interior components or other parts to gain access to the damaged area..
Straightening: If the aluminum panels or frames are bent or misshapen, they may need to be straightened using specialized tools and techniques. This may involve using hydraulic presses or heat to reshape the damaged area.
Welding: If the aluminum panels or frames are cracked or broken, they may need to be welded together using specialized equipment and techniques. Aluminum welding requires specific welding rods, shielding gases, and temperatures to ensure a strong and reliable repair.
Finishing: Once the welding and straightening is complete, the repaired area is sanded, primed, and painted to match the rest of the vehicle. The paint and finish used must be specifically designed for use on aluminum surfaces to ensure a durable and long-lasting repair.
Aluminum repair requires specialized training and equipment to ensure that the repair is done correctly and safely. iNetwork Auto Collision offers aluminum repair services by certified and trained technicians who are specially trained to ensure that the repair is done correctly, and that the vehicle is restored to its pre-accident condition.