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Tuesday, 11 January 2022 19:41

Toby Chess Shares Best Practice Documents for Collision Repairers

Written by Toby Chess
Among the many SOPs Toby Chess is writing for auto body shop use is one on how to handle used sheet metal, like the door seen here. Among the many SOPs Toby Chess is writing for auto body shop use is one on how to handle used sheet metal, like the door seen here.

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...reduced the price by $50. I put my PDR light on it and asked the owner “Do you think that is a one-hour dent?" His answer was, "Probably not, more like two hours." I used my light to circle all the dents---five more.

 

I asked him who is going to pay for the additional labor, prime and materials for the door. That door needed between five and six hours of repair. His tech made $50, he lost a couple hundred dollars of sales and he increased his cycle time because the tech was not working on the customer’s door but a used door instead.

 

I have an SOP on handling used sheet metal in the future, so this does not occur again.

 

Moving on, the next example I would the highlight is aluminum dent repair using a weld-on pulling pin.

 

I received a call from Erik Spitznagel, owner of Dent Fix Equipment. He sold an aluminum repair station to a shop in the Midwest. The body shop was trying to pull out a dent on a cab corner on a 2017 Ford F-150. The problem was the pins would not stick and they were “blowing” holes in the aluminum.

 

I called the shop owner and asked him what procedures he was using. He did not know, but got his tech on the line. The technician said he sanded the panel to bare aluminum using a 120 grit DA sander. When the pin did not stick, he increased the voltage and blew a hole in the panel. He did another one with the same results.

 

I told him the recommended steps. First and foremost, the aluminum needs to be cleaned with a stainless steel brush, to prevent galvanic corrosion. I explained the small brush works the best to remove aluminum oxide from the weld site. Next, the site needs to be cleaned with good wax and grease remover.

 

Step three is to apply one silicon stud and one magnesium stud, turn the power setting to 3 and see which one sticks the best. After destemming the proper stud, load a pin into the gun, pushing it down with end of the stainless steel brush. Grease on your finger will...


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