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Collision Repair: Hammering out the Dents

7 APR 2014

Even though we’re keen on making great strides in the area of automotive safety – everything from enhanced safety features on vehicles to new laws and legislations that make being on the road just a bit safer – accidents still happen. That’s why we’re lucky that the industry is teeming with extremely competent and wonderfully capable collision repair technicians right now. Not only that, but demand for collision repair professionals are steadily climbing year after year. This is partially to do with the fact that people are more and more concerned with keeping their new cars brilliant and shiny, and also to do with the fact that technological advancements have made collision repair not only cheaper but much more efficient in the past two decades. The days of getting ripped off by a collision repair specialist are definitely over. Check out this awesome blog post by Automotive Training Centre to see how the industry has evolved over the last few years, and where it’s heading now!

Self-Healing Paintwork

While not necessarily a completely new idea, more and more collision repair shops are stocking “self-healing paint,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Applying this special automotive paint ensures that when a car is dinged or scratched, the paint can heal itself to a degree, meaning that damage will show considerably less than normal paint. The most popular version of this paint uses an “oxetane-substituted chitosan precursor in a two-component polyurethane.”

What this means in laymen’s terms is basically that, when damaged, ultraviolet light splits the molecules in the paint that then spread out over the surface of the automobile, covering the damage.”