Getting Quality Fiberglass Panel Repairs
Does your vehicle have fiberglass panels?
- Have you noticed the panels are constantly attracting damage, no matter what you seem to do to protect the vehicle?
- Do you know the best ways to improve your vehicle’s durability and prevent this kind of damage from happening to your car?
- Do you know where to get your fiberglass repairs completed?
Although there are many perks behind fiberglass, it’s a lightweight material which improves its performance and reduces wind resistance.
However, there are some rather major flaws as well:
- Because of this light material, it is incredibly easy to damage, even if you just accidentally open the car door too fast and strike the car door next to you.
- It can be incredibly difficult to locate a panel beater who knows how to work with fiberglass and what they are doing when it comes to looking after your repairs.
Due to this, you need to know who to look for, what to look for in a repair shop and what to check, all of which helps you keep your prized vehicle looking as beautiful as the day you purchased it.
Difference Between Fiberglass and Traditional Repairs
You might initially think that fiberglass and traditional panels are similar, and while they do attach to the frame of the vehicle in a similar manor, the two materials are incredibly different. The plastic and metal design of the traditional panels allow panel beaters to be a bit more tough with the installation of the new sections. These kinds of panels can take a bit more wear and tear, although they are heavier and reduce your car’s performance.
Because fiberglass is lighter and more fragile, panel beaters have to be careful when installing new panels, if not they are just going to damage the new panel. As there are some major construction differences, when searching for appropriate panel beaters, you need to first look at what kind of cars the repair facility works on. High-end performance cars are desirable, so always check to see if they regularly work on fiberglass. There is no reason to pay for a repair if it is just going to end up inferior anyway.
Time to Check
So you’ve found the perfect panel beaters to replace the damaged area of your vehicle. You’ve taken your baby into the shop and now are waiting for word of the finished repairs. When you finally catch wind of the finished car, you probably want to drive over as quickly as possible and check it out. You are free to do this; just make sure it is during the day. You might feel inclined to go to the shop after work or sometime in the evening when you have a free moment, but the problem with this is it is harder to spot scratches in the fiberglass in low light. Because fiberglass is so susceptible to scratches, you need to have as much natural light as possible. Due to this, schedule a time during the day to check it out. It’s your beautiful car, so you want to make sure it remains looking great and you’re entitled to seeing it at any time during the day.
You wouldn’t buy a high-end performance vehicle with a panel bent out of shape, so you shouldn’t be stuck with one after a repair either. As fiberglass is very delicate to install, some panel beaters are not going to make sure the panel is installed completely and fit properly, in fear of damaging the panel. However, having the panel out of place is just going to throw off the wind resistance of the vehicle and actually not only reduce the performance of the car, but also further damage the vehicle.
You definitely don’t want to deal with that, so you need to make sure the panel is properly installed before driving it out of the repair shop. The best way to do this is to show up with a print out of all the measurements of the vehicle. You can easily find this off of the manufacturer’s website for no cost, and it is very helpful to have along with you, in order to compare to the measurements performed by the panel beaters. This way, you know if anything is not properly installed or set up.
It is necessary for the panel beaters to provide you with the best repair possible. Due to this, you need to request any further repairs should you find it is not up to factory specifications. Never listen to any excuses as to why the panel is not completely the way it should be, because this could just end up costing you more money further down the line, not to mention the reduction in performance by the vehicle. Due to this, you need to stay on top of the repair shop and make sure everything is set just as you want it. It should look like the day you bought the vehicle.
If you want to ensure that your repairs are completed in a quality and timely manner, contact PJ’s Panel’s today for a free, no obligation quote. Phone 1300 545 363 and we’ll sort you out.