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Emergency Auto Body Repair

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Emergency Auto Body Repair

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018Our automobiles are very important to our daily lives. Most of us need to drive to get to work, to raise our families, to get food and other supplies, and sometimes we just need to get out of the house and get to driving. Cars help us take vacations, move from place to place, and transport things we want and need. When something happens to the body of your vehicle, you may be in a bind. We get your car back to you as quick as possible, and we make sure the job is done right the first time. You won’t be coming back to us complaining of shoddy work because we don’t rush, but we know what we’re doing.

No one looks forward to a collision—but they happen. From being the victim of a careless driver to malfunctions in breaks, or simple mistakes, your car can take a lot of damage. We take in work other shops may consider “impossible.” We’ve seen cars from learning drivers hitting street lamps and we’ve seen much more severe accident results, but we can repair almost anything to get you back on the road without breaking your wallet.

Truck Front end damage beforeWe work with almost every insurance company around, and our high quality results and highly trained technicians guarantee the best work at the lowest cost to you. Collision repairs are usually covered by insurance, so don’t hesitate to call us and get started on getting your car back on the road. We treat every customer like we’d want to be treated. We never skip steps, we don’t cut corners, and we will always be honest with you.

While engine work isn’t our forte, all realms of body work are (within reason) right up our alley! Frame damage? We’ve got you. Huge dent in your fender? No problem. Read end collision, side impact, fender benders, and more? We will always do our best to restore your vehicle as best we can to get you on the road—from repair to paint.

Sometimes emergency repairs aren’t related to vehicle collisions! Sometimes nature is against us. Trees can fall, hail will surprise you, and other non-vehicle related accidents can happen, leading to damage to your vehicle. We’ve seen hoods banged up from all sorts of falling debris and whether it occurred while you were driving or not, we are willing to take on just about any project—even at short notice. We understand how important your car is, and we know the struggle of trying to find the right shop at the right time. We work quick and efficiently to save you time, money, stress, and your sanity.


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Types of Body Work (Intro)

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20150617_151458We’ve talked about a bunch of different kinds of auto body paint jobs you’ll find out there, so now we’re going to introduce some of the different types of auto body work as well as the reasons you may be seeking someone to perform some sort of auto body work. Come on a journey with us while we discuss how important it is for each of these jobs to be done right the first time. Sam’s Auto Body And Paint will never over charge or cut corners, since we want to provide the best body work for every customer. This is our job, our livelihood, our career, our passion, so let us treat you like family and get your car back on the road in no time.

COLLISION REPAIR

Auto body repair can be costly and scary, but don’t fear when a mechanic tells you that you may need some repairs on your body. The body of your car is almost as important as the engine and gas tank, so don’t skim on the body repair.

Body work from a collision can be as simple as repairing some dents or cracks, but it can get as intense as straightening the entire frame or repairing (or replacing) entire panels on your car. No one wants to drive around with a gash out of the front of their car, but it can be hard to find a reliable body shop. Look no further! From fender benders to T-boning, we can fix DSCF5993(nearly) anything. We will be upfront with you as to if the work can be done, but we’ve been known to repair vehicles other shops wouldn’t touch!

MAINTENANCE

With age, paint fades and rust can start eating up your vehicle. The structural integrity of some auto bodies can begin to suffer after time and replacement or repairs are needed, but no collision was involved. This makes it hard to afford since insurance companies don’t often work with repairs of this nature. Never fear, our competitive prices will ensure you get the work done at an affordable rate!

IMPROVEMENTS

Sometimes you want to add some spoilers, or replace your rood or hood, or you want to increase the strength of your chassis or add extra support to hold a bigger motor in your vehicle. Muscle cars sometimes require additional body work when altering the original motor or other mechanics. You can turn any car into a beast with the right body work.

All of these services can coincide with our auto body paint jobs! Once you have some body work done we can paint match to your original paint color, or we can add details, vinyls, stripes, or custom color the whole thing. You name it, we can probably do it! Our trained technicians are here to restore your baby to her formal glory.


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Paint Jobs for Work Vehicles

20150714_131817Sometimes having a specific vehicle for you or your employees is helpful. From gardening and landscaping companies to delivery companies and even business folks, having a company vehicle can be wonderful. You may even want to advertise your company on your personal vehicle! We can help make that dream a reality with custom paint jobs. Today we’ll talk about some ways to use a custom paint job to your advantage! Help your company through an investment on your car!

  1. Free Advertisement: Well, the paint job isn’t free, but once it’s done you have a moving ad for your company. A fresh paint job followed by your company name, phone number, location, or logo can help bring business. Don’t just slap that logo on any vehicle, make sure the paint job is fresh and beautiful and the work is long lasting!
  2. Custom Colors: Consider custom color paint jobs to match your company name or logo to help people recognize your brand! Try two-toned paint jobs, detailed stripes or patterns, or bright colors to draw attention! If it’s something out of the ordinary, people are more likely to remember it. If the colors of your car match the color of a print or online advertisement, potential customers will remember that name from when they were driving to work. It’s all about recognition.
  3. 001 (2)Upkeep: Keeping a company car clean and in good repair is a great way to improve your image. If the truck that arrives at a job is covered in rust, dents, and body damage it will evoke a certain feeling towards the customer. It can also make them think you buy junkers just to save a buck because you’re not good enough to make a decent profit. Even a 10 year old car can look amazing when in good physical repair!
  4. Company Rides: If you have a company car but it’s not a mobile advertisement, you may still want a specific paint job. Why have a white sedan as your company commuter car when you can spruce it up with a deep black or a classic red? Impress clients and feel great turning heads in your beautiful car. We offer lifetime warranties on all of our work, so once you get that car to the true beauty it can have, you’ll be coasting confidently. Drive clients around in a piece of art instead of a boring piece of transportation equipment.
  5. Your Imagination Is Your Only Limit: We can do just about anything you could come up with! Call today and tell us your ideas and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

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Basic Repainting Jobs

013There are a lot of reasons to get a new paint job on your vehicle, and today we’ll talk about just that! Let’s discuss basic paint jobs and if you’ve been considering a new paint job before now, you’ll be rushing down to Sam’s Auto Body for a fresh paint job on your car, truck, or SUV.

  1. Age: Maybe your car has had a lot of internal work, and your car is running better than it did when you first bought it, or all of the guts are in good shape but the outside is scratched, sun damaged, wind damaged, or just faded it may be time for a new coat of paint!
  2. Change: Sometimes the factory paint color is great and fine, but it can get boring if everyone else has the same color car! We can provide you with custom colors so you stand out! Never lose your car in a parking lot again, and turn heads at work, at the store, and on the highway! You don’t need to add pinstripes, flames, or racing stripes, but something a little different from factory defaults can be refreshing and fun.
  3. Vintage: Some vintage vehicles look best in specific colors—and those colors can be hard to come by. We can obtain or miDSCN1624x nearly any color you could imagine to fit your desires.
  4. Damage: As discussed in our earlier blogs, good body work ends in a great paint job. If you’ve suffered scratched, dings, or frame damage, your old paint job may suffer during the process, and we can repair your paint to the original luster (factory colors or custom).
  5. Repair Bad Work: If you tried to paint your car yourself, or a less-than-superior company tried their hands at it, we can undo what they did and you’ll leave happy.
  6. Improve Car Value: if you’re trying to sell your car, a paint job can increase your car value! Your vehicle will look like-new, and no one can complain about discolored paint or other aesthetic problems. WARNING: Consider the Blue Book Value of the car before investing money. Don’t spend more on the car than you’ll get out of it in the end.
  7. Selling: Sometimes a car salesman can make much more money off of a vehicle when it’s in a specific color. Some dealerships will have a car in the customer’s choice of color from another location, but decrease the time and money spent in getting that car to you by using our services!
  8. Business Cars: If you’re looking to use your car for business or advertising, you may want to have the paint job redone so it’ll attract customers. A beautiful car advertising a wonderful company will gain more customers than a faded, scratched up car.

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Pinstriping: Paint and Vinyl Options for Detailing

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DSCF5984We’re going to spend some time in the coming weeks talking about different types of body detailing using color, paint, vinyl, and other materials. These are cosmetic changes that, unless you ask a small child, has no effect on the speed at which your car can travel, but it will turn heads, drop jaws, and make your car more unique.

The idea of pinstriping is common on older models of cars, often after they have had some body work done, including a new paint job. This type of work is found on motorcycles, cars, and trucks alike, making them a common addition, but every job is different.

Most pinstriping jobs are done by applying thin lines of paint or other materials in intricate and sharp patterns. Commonly, it’s done with a lot of curvy lines, vaguely mimicking a tribal tattoo. Larger areas like motorcycle fuel tanks, hoods, roofs, or trunks feature a symmetrical pattern whereas doors and other areas of the car may not feature symmetrical patterns, but it’s usually mirrored on the opposite side of the vehicle. Some of the pinstripe jobs are done to accent unique features and textures in the car, like raised sections of the hood or side panels of the vehicle. Blacks, white, silver, and red are common themes but it’s available in as many color combinations as you can imagine!

At first glance, many of these jobs “look all the same,” as some may think, but they’re not! When done correctly, they are all different, individually designed, and beautiful. Some artists in body shops to all of it by hand, whereas others design the pattern using vinyl transfers or stencils. The level of customization is up to the vehicle owner, so if you’re considering this type of artwork, have your ideas ready and our auto body experts will help you get the paint job and detailing of your dreams!

100% Lifetime Warranty on all auto paint and body workWhile this is often found on high end vehicles, motorcycles, muscle cars, and retro automobiles, it can be done to any vehicle. We won’t judge if you want to get your 2000 Honda Civic pinstriped! In fact, that’s something you don’t see every day! If you’re wanting to add some flare to your vehicle in a tasteful manner that doesn’t involve intricate patterns or commonly used details like racing stripes or flames, consider pinstripes for a classic, edgy, and unique look.

We guarantee the happiness of every customer and the longevity of our work on every vehicle we work on. Stay tuned and we’ll talk about paint jobs from unique colors, vinyls, decals, hand painted details, racing stripes, and more! Once we’re done talking about different types of custom paint jobs we’ll start talking about the types of body work we do here at Sam’s Auto Body!


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Other Types of Paint Jobs

Paint Jobs

Paint Jobs

At Sams Auto Body and Paint we spent some time talking about the steps of a full paint restoration job, so now we’ll focus on different types of paint jobs. Today we’ll give a brief outline of what’s to come! There are so many reasons, ways, and times to have your automobile painted and we’re glad to help!

  • Detailed Jobs: From pinstriping to vinyl details, to racing stripes and anything you can think of, we can provide many types of paint jobs. We can use stencils, vinyls, decals, and hand painting techniques to provide you with the beautiful car of your dreams. Stay tuned for some great paint job ideas and maybe something will light a fire in your heart and we’ll see you soon!
  • Time leads to Necessity: After years and years of wear and tear, many factory paint jobs will fade. Repainting a car can be a way to give it new life and boost your mood while you’re in your vehicle.
  • Change: Sometimes we just want something different, right? Changing up the color of your car can be fun and exciting. Sometimes the color of our car doesn’t reflect our personality, so it’s time for a change! Sometimes we’re just sick of losing our basic colored car in a parking lot! And sometimes we can save a bunch on a car that’s a boring stock color, and that money can be then used for a much more exciting paint job with us!
  • body shouts to show the start of before auto body workRepair: Sometimes a door panel needs to be replaced, or dents and scratches are addressed and the paint on your vehicle is distorted or removed in certain areas. We can paint match and blend to any color! Including car manufacturer specific colors! Don’t drive around with a mismatched car and never feel like you MUST repaint your entire vehicle. We want you to be happy without paying for unnecessary services.
  • Work: If you have a company vehicle we can paint it in your company colors and with your company decals or vinyl to turn heads and draw in business.
  • Variety: We offer different colors and types of paints, so every job is custom to your wants and needs. Never again feel stuck working with an auto body shop who puts you in a corner and makes you feel pressured to use their services even though they can’t do what you want. Get it done right the first time!

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Paint Job: The Complete Restoration Process Finale (4 of 4)

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Complete Paint Job

We’ve talked about all of the steps leading up to the actual painting of the car, so today we’ll wrap up the discussion about the general restoration process of this truck.

Last week we talked about sanding and priming the car for the coat of finishing paint. This is always an exciting part of the job because this is where we begin to see a major difference in the car since it was brought to us. You finally get to see the finished product! We’ve come a long way in 4 weeks, haven’t we?

All paint for this type of job is applied in a spraying fashion, done with proper equipment with paint thinned to work with the spraying tools. Over thinning can cause a decrease in the glossiness of the finished product and can cause runs, bubbles, or other imperfections with the paint job. Some paint manufacturers have different steps which need to be taken before and during application, so we ensure the type of paint and equipment are paired properly.

The paint must fully cure, meaning it is not to be touched for up to 24 hours. Full curing can take up to a week depending on the products used. It is vital that the car is in a dust-free environment because there is a long period before the car is dry enough to not be affected by debris. Some paints can be used with a catalyst to cure the paint faster.

Parts that can be removed and need paint on both sides are suspended to prevent paint collecting in areas and to allow for proper drying. This is done with things like doors, hoods, trunks, and any removable sections.

The car must then be sanded again with 1200 or finer grit went sandpaper until the finish coat is smooth, followed by a thorough rinse. It must then be allowed to dry once more. A clear-coat can be added to increase the intensity of the gloss and it should be sanded with 1500 grit wet sandpaper.

A rubbing compound is then applied to the finished paint job, best done by hand. This is an important step, but when done incorrectly, especially with a power polisher, it can ruin the paint job. Some parts of the truck we could not put back together because the owner has more custom parts they are going to be adding to the truck. So when those parts come in they’ll bring it back so we can professionally install them. The few things missing are all the ford emblem, decal, badges, mud flaps, billet grille and the front valance. (We suggest you have these part before we start the job so when the truck rolls out of our shop it never needs to come back)

We now have a fully repainted and basically restored truck. Full restorations will also include engine or other work to make the car run better. This truck did not need such drastic measures, but we brought it back to a new vigor and beauty, giving the customer exactly what they wanted.

Come to us for all of your body and paint needs, you won’t regret bringing your vehicle to us. Stay tuned for more project updates and explanations.

( Sam’s Auto Body and Paint just did a great job on my sons new truck. I can not believe how awesome this truck turned out(looks brand new). My Boy is beside himself. I do have to say we made it a little hard for them cuz of all the custom things we wanted. Sam’s was great and did just what we wanted. When it come to getting your truck painted I would only suggest Sam’s. The other shops would never ever do it right, talk to Mark and he’ll tell you why Sam’s Auto Body and Paint do it the right way, and the most important thing is my kid is going to have this truck for 4 years minimum and the work / paint is guaranteed for life. No one else does this in Phoenix and that is why we trust and used them.) Thx Mark you rock.  Devin


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Auto Painting: The Complete Restoration Process (3 of 4)

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Welcome back to the journey of truck restoration! We’ve cleaned and prepped the truck for paint, and now it’s time to get to the fun part! Paint!

We’ve now brought the truck into the shop, cleaned and prepped. All of the scuffs, bumps, scratches, dings, and other texture issues are dealt with and it’s more than ready for paint! Our truck is rust free and ready for the next step.

Alongside the cleaning and sanding, we ensured the truck engine and other parts were clean and running smoothly before putting some of the truck back together and sealing everything before the paint job. We don’t need paint leaking into the most important part of the truck, now do we?

Anything that can be damaged by the paint we’re about to apply is removed or covered up. This usually includes gas caps, windows, hub caps, tires, bumpers, door handles, headlights, tail lights, and more. Covering is often done with masking tape or plastic/tarp and tape. Don’t worry, all of this will be replaced before you, the customer, pays a dime.

For this job we’ve decided to return the car to the white glory it once was in. White is a common color for cars and it’s a nice option for trucks for work or play. It’s easy to clean the, since some dirt will show very easily and be hard to miss during cleaning, but some kinds of dust do not show up easily—decreasing your need for washes!

It is important that all of the equipment is clean and properly working before a drop of paint touches the car. This will ensure a clean and even coating of all paints, primers, and sealers throughout the job.

Primer is applied to the car and allowed to cure. Times may vary depending on the type of primer, but this is a very vital step to ensure the paint adheres and dries properly. Sometimes you see cars driving around with just primer on their vehicles, showing how sturdy and important this layer is to your vehicle body.

After the primer is applied, the surface must be sanded down again to ensure the paint has no drips, bumps, bubbles, or other imperfections. The primed area is then cleaned using wax and something to remove grease and other dirt or grime.

Next week we’ll discuss the final painting process and discuss our guarantees and the pride and attention to detail in our work. We will also discuss final touches and show you the completed paint job. Thank you for reading our posts and following us on this journey from drab to fab for this lucky customer. Stick around and don’t forget to call Sam’s for all of your auto body and paint needs!

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Auto Restoration: The Complete Restoration Process (2 of 4)

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In our last post we discussed the state of a truck we were asked to restore and discussed the pride we take in our work. Today we’re going to show you the preparation work that was done on the truck before the harder work began.

Above we see the truck in its initial state. It’s a little worse for wear, but when we’re done, you won’t be able to recognize it. Below you can see a little more of the sides and that the bed of the truck has been removed. This is done to prepare each and every part for painting.

Once the truck is cleaned of debris, certain parts are removed to allow access. It also allows us to inspect every inch of the truck for structural damage or problems. Certain problems will lead to the need to fully replace parts of the body or the engine itself. The major issues with this truck related to the outer work. There were some areas we needed to address—seen in the images as the dark gray areas as well as some issues with head lights. Much of the truck is still very functional, but it needs a makeover of sorts.

Before the car sees a new coat of paint, we have to prep everything. All rust, dings, dents, and other imperfections need to be addressed and taken care of so the paint will adhere correctly, the body will stay intact, and the truck will look like new with minimal work! Rust or scratches that are not properly prepared will lead to imperfections in the paint job and it will lead to the paint not adhering properly in the long term.

Our technicians use the best tools and equipment available for every job to provide the best final result. We thoroughly clean the metal with the appropriate chemicals and tools (like wire brushes and power brushes) to remove all rust or other related damage.

 

The car is sanded and filler is placed as needed to handle areas in which the paint needed to be removed. Every piece of the truck that will require paint or work is inspected, sanded, filled, and many parts are removed before the painting can begin.

This truck has had the main portion of the truck bed removed before the painting can begin—so paint will be the first big step and we’ll discuss that in the next post. Stay tuned and we’ll give some detailed instructions on how the paint job goes down.

Sam’s auto Body and Paint is here for all of your restoration needs at great prices to keep you and your baby on the road for as long as possible.

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Paint Job: The Complete Restoration Process (1 of 4)

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For the next 4 weeks we are going to be talking about how you can get the best results for a long lasting repair from an auto body shop. Many of these steps we will discuss are overlooked by other paint and body shops for two reasons; they lack the knowledge of what should be done or they don’t care about the customer, only the payment. Either of these reasons can leave you with a bad paint job or a shoddy repair that can backfire in a matter of months or years. Full restorations and complete repaints require detailed steps and we make sure every car rolls out with confidence that the work that was done was completed by skilled professionals who care about what they are doing, and it doesn’t hurt that they also leave with a lifetime warranty on the work! If you’re shopping around for some body work, ask around for a Lifetime Warranty and ask about the small print or exceptions. Not many shops offer this, so ask questions to ensure they truly do offer the warranty you’re looking for. Shops that offer these warranties stand by their work and chances are, you will not have to act upon that warranty.

complete auto paint projectThroughout this blog and future entries you will see images of a truck going through the repainting and upgrade process. For the next few posts we will talk about what that process entails for this 15 year old truck. By the end of the process, the truck will look brand new and the Lifetime Warranty covers any and all paint defects as long as the current owner possesses the truck.

The images you are seeing in this entry is how the truck arrived to our shop—it is before any body work had been done by us. It had been the victim of some bad body work which we were here to save. This type of work is commonly referred to as hood before any auto body work is donea restoration, which is often done on older cars; however, we are not doing a full restoration because the age of the truck doesn’t require it. We are not fully removing everything down to the motor, which is often done to treat, fix, or repair rust or other frame and body problems the car might have with age.

Every project we take on is done carefully and with skill so you get the best work available in a timely manner. We will never cut corners to save money on our end. Our jobs include the paint and all other equipment of the highest quality. We ensure the job is done right every time and have been doing this for over 35 years and will continue doing it to continue to provide this service for our community.

The photos throughout this post shows the truck at the start of our project, so we start by finding and treating dings and dents. If this is not done correctly it can cause problems later on. You can’t have a brand new looking truck when there’s flaws, dings, dents, or waves in the body.

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