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Friday, 28 September 2018 16:43

Airpark Collision Meets Ford, I-CAR Aluminum Requirements in AZ



Airpark Collision Center, a professional collision repair shop in Scottsdale, AZ, recently completed advanced Ford and I-CAR aluminum repair programs.


Its technicians completed role-specific aluminum repair classes with hands-on aluminum welding training. Already a Ford-certified collision repair shop, this allows them to offer expert repair services on aluminum found on Ford F150 trucks.


Many newer vehicles are made partly of aluminum panels. Audi, Tesla, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan are also building with aluminum materials. Airpark's training in aluminum repair gives them expertise in these makes as well.


Investing in Aluminum Collision Repair


Because collision repair technicians traditionally have been trained to work with steel, not all have the skills or equipment to repair aluminum. Many body shops will refuse to work on a vehicle made with aluminum. Some facilities will try to work with this material even though they are not properly trained and end up with a poor repair or take longer than necessary to complete the job.


Airpark Collision Center has recognized the demand for more body shops that offer repairs for aluminum and has invested its time and money in filling this need. In the auto body repair industry, I-CAR is the professional standard.


Airpark Collision Center has continued to invest in training for its technicians to become one of the leading I-CAR Gold Class-certified collision repair providers in Scottsdale, AZ.


"We realize we are one of the few collision repair facilities to invest in training and equipment, but we are committed to safe, proper repairs and keeping abreast of the latest industry trends," said shop owner Tina Small.


Aluminum Auto Body Repair vs. Steel


When working on vehicles in an auto shop that does repairs for steel and aluminum, it is important that the particulates or the two do not mix. For this reason, Airpark Collision Center has invested in a dedicated clean room for aluminum repair.


Small explained how they return each vehicle to its pre-accident condition.


"Our facility is 10,000 square feet, and we have dedicated 20 feet x 30 feet for aluminum restoration,” Small said. “We are careful to dispatch each car to specific work areas in our facility depending on the damage and the type of metal. Repairing aluminum, the safe and correct way prompted us to create a clean room. This area is sectioned off with industrial curtains and contains various tools and equipment like a pneumatic vacuum to suction aluminum dust while sanding.


“The clean room is also equipped with a MIG welder featuring pulse technology. This special welder prevents burn-through on aluminum panels. A self-piercing rivet gun and dent extraction system are also designed specifically for aluminum repair."


Airpark Collision Center has the latest tools, equipment and facilities to help its technicians restore aluminum and other materials used in vehicle construction. Its collision repair services go beyond aluminum work, but knowing how to treat this material is a critical piece of knowledge for the advancement of Airpark Collision Center in the future.

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