The first thing that you should ask the repair shop about is doing minor body repair before the paint job. If you’re worried about those minor dents and small scratches getting in the way of a perfect paint job, you don’t have to worry about that. A standard auto body repair shop will fix those blemishes before the paint job – but it could you cost more. When you get a brand new coat of paint, you shouldn’t have it worsened by having to look at those same unsightly scratches and small dents from before.
The next step is surface preparation. You’ve seen those scratches, chips, and excessive peeling on your car. If you don’t treat those, and they get exposed to the elements over time, they could have the effect of ruining your paint job. Fixing such issues will help your car get the highest possible shine and smoothest finish. Estimators should examine your car and suggest surface repairs. Surface repair before you have the paint job done is always a smart move.
The next thing that should happen is that surface sealer is applied. Some paint jobs don’t hold their shine over time. Sealer would help establish a solid barrier between the old and new paint.
Once all of this basic repair work is done, your car will be ready for the paint job. The next thing will be protection & finish since a stellar paint job deserves excellent protection. A clear coat should be applied to a paint job to protect the paint and give you a great gloss match and a repair that is flawless and seamless.
As you can see, professional auto body painting isn’t as straightforward as you would think. The car needs a lot of preparation done before and after the paint job.