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Truck Body Repair: An Introduction

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After a collision, the bodywork of your truck will need to be repaired. If you have been in a collision and need your truck's bodywork repaired, these are the steps that will be taken. Read on to discover more.

1) Remove the damaged parts and panels

The first thing a mechanic will do is remove the damaged parts and panels so the mechanic can inspect the damage. Trucks are much larger than civilian cars, so reaching the damage can be a little more challenging. If the damage has occurred to a difficult part to remove, such as the roof, the mechanic may choose to work on it where it is.

2) Repair the bodywork

The type of repair will depend on the extent of the damage. For example, if the surface of the truck has been scratched, the mechanic may attempt to polish out the damage. If the scratches are deep, they may spray filler onto the area that needs repairing and allow it to dry. This will help to strengthen and smooth out the surface and make it easier to work with. If the panel cannot be repaired, they may recommend that it be replaced.

3) Sand and prime over the filler

If the mechanic has applied filler to the damage, they will wait for it to dry. After the filler has dried, the mechanic will sand it over to smooth out the surface. This will create a level surface for painting. At this point, you will be asked if you want the mechanic to repaint the surface. Some truckers choose to leave damage unpainted for the time being because they want to get back on the road. However, if you opt for a paint job, the following steps will be taken.

4) Apply coats of paint

Once the primer is dry, the mechanic will match the paint with the colour of your truck and apply the first coat. They will allow this to dry before applying a second coat. This process will be repeated until all of the coats of paint have been applied.

5) Apply matt clearcoat to seal

Once the final coat of paint has been applied, the mechanic will spray it with a matt clear coat. This will help to protect it from scratches or marks.

This is how the bodywork of your truck is repaired following a collision. If you have any further questions or concerns, be sure to speak to your truck repair service. They will be happy to help.