Repairing Vehicles the Right Way with Bondo
We Don’t Cut Corners
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, there are two things that we take pride in. First, we take pride in the fact that we don’t just fix cars, we build leaders. Second, we take pride in the fact that our leaders don’t cut corners. We fix cars the right way, even if that means it takes a little extra time.
The problem is that as the consumer, you don’t get to see the behind-the-scenes aspects of what goes into auto body repair. What you see is that you brought your car in and it was dented, and when you picked it up, it was no longer dented. What happened in the meantime?
As we strive to be the best collision repair shop in Billings, we want to show you what shouldn’t be done, and what we see come through our doors on a semi-regular basis.
Using Bondo or Filler Putty
Filler putty, often referred to by the brand name Bondo, is a way some shops can speed up the repair process, and lower the cost for the customer. The idea is that a small dent doesn’t need to be cut out and a patch welded back in, nor does the entire panel need to be replaced. If the dent or ding can’t be fixed with paintless dent repair (PDR) then some body shops just fill it with putty and call it good.
While using filler putty for some small applications is perfectly acceptable, it’s also a highly abused substance.
What that means is that when a body shop is applying putty, they should be following the manufacturer guidelines. Those guidelines recommend that the putty never be caked on more than 1/8 inch thick; many restoration specialists say that if you need more than 1/64 inch then you’re not doing your restoration process correctly.
Inappropriate Use of Filler Putty
What we have seen come through our doors are vehicles that have been repaired in the past at another shop. They suffered subsequent damage in the same area, and we get a glimpse behind the scenes at the previous repairs.
Take the photo below as an example. The filler putty was caked into this panel to about ½ inch thick. In other words, the previous repair shop used about 4 times as much as they should have.
The end result was a fender that looks great. It appears to be normal, the paint glistens and the customer is happy because the car has been restored. But underneath that paint is filler putty that should never have been put on as thick as it was. Had this gone undiscovered, the putty would likely have put an unsightly crack in the paint.
Big Sky Collision Fixes Cars the Right Way
Here at Big Sky Collision Center our goal is to be the best auto body shop in Billings. To get there we make sure that every repair is done to excellence, and corners are never cut.
Have you been involved in an accident on these icy roads around town? Then give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time when you can bring your vehicle in for repairs.
Is your car just dirty? Give us a call to schedule a time when you can have your vehicle detailed!