Cold Weather and Auto Body Repair
Don’t Let the Cold Stop You from the Repairs You Need
Cold weather is just a part of Montana. And we don’t even have to wait for the winter! This year we almost hit 0 degrees before the end of October.
The problem with the cold is that it can make the auto repair world a bit more difficult… unless you have the proper facilities like Big Sky Collision Center does. With our fully heated repair shops, we don’t have to worry about what’s going on with the weather outside!
For other shops around the state, however, that’s not the case. And using a shop that isn’t adequately heated can lead to some issues with the repairs down the road. Here are two of them.
Dent Removal can be Nearly Impossible
Above 2,500 degrees, steel is a liquid. Most of us will never have to deal with steel at that temperature, and our experiences are with the metal in its solid state.
As the metal cools though, it goes through other changes. Warmer metal is more pliable and easier to manipulate the cool metal. When it gets downright cold, the metal doesn’t want to move nearly as easily, and instead of bending back into place, it can end up cracking.
In a facility that isn’t room temperature, the metal is often spot heated to get it to a temperature where it can be worked. Too cold and it cracks; too hot and it’s too soft.
If you’re planning to have dent repair done on your vehicle in the winter, make sure that your auto body repair shop of choice is able to keep the metal at the right temperature.
Paint May not Fully Dry or it May Crack
When you think of paint, you probably think of a can that you snag at the home improvement store. But what about artists paints? Watercolors? Spray paint? Natural dyes? Paint comes in a huge spread of varieties, all depending on what the paint will be used for.
Automotive paint is quite different than anything else. It has to be applied in a controlled environment, and it has to be allowed to fully cure before it’s exposed to varying temperatures (especially freezing ones). When it’s not done right, it can end up flaking off, cracking, or losing its luster.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we have ways to get around the long cure times for paint. It’s essentially an oven for vehicles that brings the temperatures up allowing them to quickly cure. The result is that you get your vehicle back sooner, with a paint job that is outstanding.
Big Sky Collision Center for Auto Body Repairs in Billings, Montana
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to be the best auto body repair shop in Montana. To do that, we make sure that there are no corners cut on any step of the process. The result is that you get outstanding repairs, done right the first time.
Have you been in a wreck recently? Then give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you on the schedule to have the dents and dings fixed.