Sean Bryan, Owner
2634 Apopka Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32703
407 290-2300

seancfc01@gmail.com

 


Quality metal work/repairs start with the understanding that this is the foundation upon which every phase of your vehicle is based upon. This is the hidden part of the job nobody sees,  unless it is wrong. There are many aspects of metal work; partial panel replacement, full panel replacements, repairs of existing panels and so on. After we completely strip bodies and parts down to bare metal, they are coated in epoxy primer and assessed for damage. We try very hard to save as many original panels as possible. Original equipment panels are superior in most instances to after market replacements.  After market panels are used quite extensively in our industry, but they usually require a lot of tweaking and fine tuning to fit correctly. After market panels are generally made with inferior tooling and dyes compared to OEM pieces.  Since most are reverse engineered the fit is somewhat less than desirable.

In some instances original panels are just too far gone to save and have to be replaced regardless. We are very adept in this procedure and it is a non-issue for us. We try to locate used OEM pieces and cut out only the sections we need for repairs. When we use after market pieces, we do the same procedure as stated unless we have to use the whole panel. When we do floor and trunk pans, we butt-weld panels fully with no no overlapping. The welds are ground down and light filler is applied to give the appearance of a factory panel. This way, when you look under the under the vehicle there is no evidence of a repair. Overlapping panels is a problem waiting to happen. The overlap portion of the panel usually has no corrosion protection, has a lip that hangs down and acts like a shelf for dirt, water and debris. This will eventually lead to rust ? the exact problem you are trying to repair. It takes just a little longer to butt-weld and dress, but the benefit is a far superior, stronger and more aesthetically pleasing end result. When we replace rear quarter panels, we use the same technique. Most rear quarters are not available as a full configuration, they are a partial panel. When we remove existing quarters, it exposes the inner structures and inner wheel housings. At this point, these components are cleaned, inspected, repaired and epoxy primed for corrosion protection.  After quarters are tack-welded in place, doors and trunk lids are reinstalled to check for proper gap and clearances and then final welded in place. Welds are ground outside and inside where accessible and epoxied again before filler work. Once again we do this so no repair is detected.

When you open the trunk most vehicles are not finished with side panels or fabric which exposes the back side of the rear quarters and you don't want to see an obvious repair. After market doors, hoods and fenders have their own unique issues. Hoods are generally pretty good as far as fit, but are usually wavy in appearance.  This goes back to tooling, stamping and dye issues. Light filler work and tweaking will take care of this. Fenders and doors generally fit, but style lines and gaps are not as crisp as OEM panels. We sometimes have to weld 1/8"-5/16" steel rods on the edges of door or fender and grind back to the proper gapping. After this operation fillers are applied both to the front side and rear of the panel so no repair is evident. Once all metal work and gapping operations have finished, body work begins. The vehicle body components are all installed on the vehicle and aligned properly. All bar metal is epoxied and filler work begins. All weld areas are treated with a fiberglass/Kevlar filler compound to ensure strength and a smooth transition of panels. Then we use lightweight fillers for overall smoothing and shaping of panels to ensure a straight and true finished product. All fillers are epoxied again for corrosion protection to ensure no moisture can compromise the repairs. All filler products we use are corrosion resistant  and can maintain OEM corrosion warranty standards. Then the vehicle gets primed in a polyester surfacer and block sanding begins. Every vehicle  is blocked and primed until it is smooth and straight. Then we final prime with urethane primers and block sand with fine grits according to the finish paint specifications. Metallic and heavy pearl paint jobs require finer sandpaper selections than a solid color.  Most people don't realize the amount of cleaning operations performed. Before and after any and all phases of metal and body work vehicles are cleaned with a chemical based and water based cleaning solutions. If a vehicle sits for long, it must be cleaned. If you touch it, it must be cleaned. Chemical based cleaners remove grease, wax and airborne pollutants. Water based cleaners remove organic pollutants such as sweat, salt and oil from humans. This is extremely important as any of the above can cause paint problems such as actually seeing fingerprints, blemishes, blushing of the actual color and delamination  of the contaminated areas!

If you have questions about the metal or body work of your classic or show car project and would like more information, please call us direct at 407 290-2300.

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 2634 Apopka Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32703
407 290-2300
seancfc01@gmail.com

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