In an era where the automotive sector has seen a sharp rise in the increase of mobile SMART repair technicians, there’s a misconception that body filler isn’t a suitable long-term choice for dent repairs. We’d like to dismiss this as nothing more than part of a sales pitch. While we totally understand why SMART repairs have grown to become a critical addition to the trade, it simply doesn’t render body filler as redundant.
Keep in mind that most mobile SMART repair technicians working in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding Crowborough, East Grinstead, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge areas do so because it is a low-cost way to run your own car body repair business.
Traditional bodyshops make significant investment into their facilities. Why would they use a material for dent repairs that will only lead to profit-sucking rework? Today’s fillers are advanced materials which undergo meticulous research and testing to make sure they are suitable for a sector that has higher standards now than at any other time in the past.
When is Body Filler Used?
The answer to this question is increasingly less, but not because there’s an inherent problem with the material. A modern car is much lighter than the models of years ago and, because the panels have a thinner gauge of steel, it is more likely a bodyshop will replace them completely rather than repair them in the event of major collision damage.
Add in that most bodyshops use SMART repair techniques to perform dent repairs too, and there’s just less demand for filler today than there once was maybe 25 or so years ago.
We tend to use filler on the cars of our Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge customers if it is the most professional way of performing a repair. When we do, we only use materials which have been rigorously tested to withstand vibration, heat and ultraviolet light.
Is Body Filler Likely to be a Problem?
We can perform dent repairs on steel and plastic panels using a filler that is suitable for the surface material. Rumours abound that filler will cause paint discolouration, or it could blister, bubble or crack under extreme conditions. This simply isn’t true with modern fillers. In our experience, we believe that body filler is only a potential problem in the hands of an inexperienced tradesperson or a hobbyist.
If you mix and apply filler incorrectly, there is, of course, the potential for problems. In the hands of an experienced repairer, however, body filler is an essential material and one that is readily used to perform dent repairs across thousands of bodyshops in the United Kingdom every year.
At Hillary’s Coachworks, customers from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and the South can have their cars repaired with complete confidence. We guarantee our workmanship and all materials used so, in the extremely rare event of a problem with any repair, whether we have used filler or not, we’ll address the issue for free.
We hope this blog post inspires trust in our services and our workmanship, and in the materials used for dent repairs.