On Sept. 7, body shop owners, managers, technicians and estimators across the Hawaiian Islands attended “Tech Night---Repairing Cosmetic Aluminum.” It was held at Island Fender in Honolulu, which is owned by Van Takemoto. During the evening event, Montanez gave an overview of proper aluminum repair procedures and techniques for outer panels with cosmetic damage, which was followed by a hands-on demonstration.
Two days later, on Sept. 9, Montanez led an estimating class at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu focused on metallurgy, crash management and advanced damage report writing. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the different strengths of steel and aluminum, including their functions and designs, different attachment methods, repairability and the specialized equipment required. Montanez also covered diagnosing damage, pre-measuring and pre-repair diagnostic scanning, as well as how vehicles absorb, transfer or manage applied collision energy forces.