Classic Car Repair in Guildford | Accident Repairs and Paint Contamination

Nothing spoils the appearance of a classic car repair quite as much as contaminated paintwork. The fields of cosmetic paint and accident repairs are both susceptible to this problem, but the progress of your classic car restoration doesn’t need to hit a wall just because a few foreign particles have landed in wet paint prior to it drying. In fact, minor contamination is an extremely common aspect of most car body repairs.

When classic car enthusiasts from the Guildford area come to us for accident, body or bumper repairs, they expect a perfect finish and rightfully so. Hillary’s Coachworks has innovative systems onsite which we use to deliver blemish-free paintwork.

So, what causes contamination in the first place?

The last phase of a classic car repair project, or a classic car restoration, is the application of paint. We do this in a low-bake oven which has extraction facilities to reduce the volume of airborne contaminants and overspray. Even with the best housekeeping, particles on the floor or those trapped in the filters lift then circulate in the air as the oven runs.

Most of these particles go back into the filters, but some will land in the paintwork and ruin the finish.

Customers from Guildford who use us for accident repairs or car body repairs needn’t worry. We cut paint to remove grit, and we use compounds and polishes to restore the shine of the finish. From minor bumper repairs to complete resprays, we at Hillary’s Coachworks always have your best interests at heart and never turn out workmanship of an inferior quality.

The Cutting Process

The thought of taking something abrasive to fresh paintwork is one that might fill you with apprehension but, in the hands of experienced tradesmen like those at our popular workshop in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this is usually the first step towards a finished classic car repair that is faultless in appearance. Using a sheet of P1200-grit paper wrapped around a rubber block, we “cut” contaminants to leave a flat painted surface.

The paint, because of the abrasiveness of the paper, looks dull where we removed the imperfections. The next step in completing classic car restorations and accident repairs to a high standard is to remove coarse abrasive marks from the first cut with a finer paper, usually a P2000-grit.

We understand that for our Guildford customers, classic cars are a passion. We’re equally as passionate about car body repairs and bumper repairs so, to deliver the finish that our customers expect, we move forward to the polishing phase.

The Polishing Process

To restore the dull spots in paintwork, we apply a small bead of cutting compound over each one and then, using a polishing machine with a foam attachment, we move over the surface slowly to restore the shine. We must be careful to keep the foam attachment moving or it can burn through the paint. This then means we’d need to start your classic car repair from scratch which subsequently increases the turnaround time.

Next, we complete accident repairs and car body repairs for our valued Guildford customers by applying polish over the entire panel. This polish removes minor scratches caused by abrasion in the cutting compound and leaves a mirror finish.

Note that we use a polishing machine for this too, but with a lambswool attachment that is much less aggressive than foam.

After a final inspection and a QC check, we fit components back onto your vehicle and call you to arrange collection.

Hillary’s Coachworks uses the exact same system on all paint imperfections, irrespective of whether they affect a complete classic car restoration, or just some minor panel or bumper repairs. Our keen eye for detail, and our relentless pursuit of perfection, has made our company a trusted choice for body repair and refinishing services across all parts of Guildford.

Call 01892 520500 for car body, bumper and classic car repairs. We cover Guildford, Surrey and Southern England.