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  • Sport Cars Precision Autobody of Southeast Texas has years of craftsmanship and experience needed to repair your damaged sports car, foreign or domestic.
  • Import Cars We can provide auto body repairs to virtually any type of import car. From Smart cars to Mercedes Benz.
  • Trucks Auto body repairs for Fords, Chevys, dodges and even those big old FREIGHTLINERs.
  • Motorcycles & Four Wheelers We can fix those dents and dings in motocycles and four wheelers.
  • Suv’s Has your SUV or Hummer collided with another vehicle? We can fix it.
  • Domestic Cars If your car has been a victim of bodily mayhem on the road we can help.

Aftermarket Parts
Automotive replacement parts (A/M) sometimes referred to or listed on an estimate as Quality Replacement Parts (QRP). These are parts that are not made by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Insurance companies use these because they are less expensive the OEM parts thus saving them money on the repair. There are times when these are appropriate on older cars, but many companies are specifying these for use on vehicles that are not current year models.
The process of drying fully during exposure to air at normal temperatures.
Basecoat (BC) / Clear
A paint system in which the color effect is given by a highly pigmented basecoat. Gloss and durability are given by a subsequent clear coat.
A heavy metal platform used to restore a vehicle’s structural geometry to factory specifications. This is done by securing a portion of the vehicle to the platform, then pulling appropriate areas of the vehicle into place using special clamps, chains and hydraulic winches.
Term used to describe an item replaced due to an accident that has some wear. The practice is often applied to tires and batteries that are several years old. If a battery has used up ¾ of its life, the Insurance company will pro-rate the item’s cost and in this case will pay ¼ of the cost to replace the battery and will ask the insured or claimant to pay the remaining 3/4. The premise being that the Insurance Company is only obligated to return the vehicle to its pre-accident condition.
Chip Guard
A chip resistant, protective coating normally applied to lower panels to avoid sharp stones etc. chipping the paint finish.
The removal of paint from a substrate by means of impact of sharp stones etc.
Clear or Clear Coat
The clear coat imparts gloss and protection to a basecoat clear coat system. It is essentially a pigment – free paint.
A single layer of paint on a surface.
The action of using an abrasive polishing material either by hand or by machine.
Corrosion Degradation of the metal substrate by oxidation. That is the formation of an oxide layer on the metal surface. This process requires that the metal surface be exposed to oxygen, and is favored in the presence of water. In the case of iron and steel, corrosion is often referred to as « rusting ».
The removal from the substrate of contaminants which would otherwise give rise to surface defects and performance failures. e.g. poor adhesion.
Final cleaning both inside and outside of vehicle, application of pinstripes, removal of over spray from under hood, trunk lids etc. as well as polishing.
Direct Gloss (DG)
A topcoat paint which contains pigment and resin, and gives the required gloss level without the need of the application of a clear coat. A DG Paint film has good weathering and durability characteristics.
Acronym for Direct Repair Program. These programs often involve a contractual agreement between an Auto body Repair Center and an Insurance Company. For the most part, the agreements set the rules of repair and standardized procedures such as warranties, billing practices and record keeping.
The process of change of a coating from the liquid to the solid state by evaporation of solvent, chemical reaction of the binding medium, or a combination of these processes. When drying takes place during exposure to air at normal temperatures, it is called 'air-drying'; if it can be accelerated by the application of a moderate degree of heat it is called 'Force-drying' (or « Low-bake »), as distinct from High-bake.
Edge-to-Edge Repair
A term denoting a complete panel repair as opposed to a touch-up or spot repair.
A topcoat paint which forms a film by chemical cross linking of its component molecules during the cure.
Acronym for Front End Alignment. Generally appears as a line item on a repair estimate or repair order. It will sometimes be accompanied by 4-W or 4-Wheel alignment. This simply means that the vehicle needs to have all wheels aligned.
The degree to which a painted surface possesses the property of reflecting light in a mirror-like manner.
Hazardous Waste
Any unusable by-product derived from the repair and/or painting process that cannot be disposed of through normal waste disposal streams. These products can be potentially harmful to the environment and require special handling as well as professional disposal. Federal, State and Local laws apply and may differ in their scope.
Acronym for Like Kind and Quality. Refers to a used part salvaged from another vehicle. It is inspected by the seller and re-inspected by the shop upon receipt and accepted if it is deemed appropriate.
Temporary covering of areas not to be painted.
A term used for finishes incorporating fine metallic particles, usually aluminum, in the paint.
A naturally occurring mineral, based on silica, which after treatment, is used as an effect pigment in coatings. Their special property is that light falling on a mica particle, depending on the angle of illumination, reflects the light with a change in color. Because of this they are sometimes referred to as « pearls ».
Motor manufacturer’s primer
An undercoat system applied by the manufacturer to the metal surface of a commercial vehicle or to new automobile panel parts to give protection during transit, storage, etc. and which, depending on its type, age and condition, may be able to support the finishing system. It may consist of more than just a simple primer coat.
See “Mica”.
The coloring matter in paint. A pigment is different from a dye in that a pigment is insoluble in the media in which it is used.
The process of washing, degreasing and lightly abrading a panel prior to applying paint .
Pretreatment (metal)
The chemical treatment of unpainted metal surfaces before painting, for enhanced adhesion and corrosion resistance.
The first layer of a coating system. Applied to an unpainted surface. Its’ role is to protect the substrate and to prepare it for the application of a surfacer or topcoat. It must therefore have above all, excellent adhesion to the substrate and to the coating which will follow.
An undercoat which improves the adhesion of the topcoat, and which seals old painted surfaces that have been sanded.
Primer/surfacer primer/filler
A pigmented composition which acts as a primer and at the same time has filling properties such that it may be sanded to provide a smooth surface for the color coat that is to follow.
A plastic material with a high mineral filler content – used for filling deep holes or wide gaps.
Acronym for Remove and Install. Refers to a part removed from the customer’s damaged vehicle to be saved and reinstalled after the repair has been completed.
Acronym for Remove and Replace. Refers to a part removed from the customer's damaged vehicle that cannot be acceptably repaired. It is replaced with a new part.
Repair Authorization
The point at which a Consumer authorizes the repair to their vehicle (and in some cases contingent upon the Insurance Company settlement process).
Rubbing compound
An abrasive paste that smoothes and polishes paint films.
An abrasive process used to level a coated surface prior to the application of a further coat.
An undercoat which improves the adhesion of the topcoat, and which seals old painted surfaces that have been sanded.
Solid color
A coating which contains colored pigments only, i.e., does not contain pigments such as aluminums and micas.
A liquid, usually volatile, which is used to reduce viscosity. This is essential in both manufacturing and application processes. Solvents evaporate during application and drying of paint and therefore do not become a part of the dried film. In conventional coatings the solvents are organic compounds ( Alcohols, Esters and Ketones ) whilst in waterborne systems there is a mix of organic solvents with water.
The uncoated/unpainted surface.
Additional repairs needed to complete the repair that were not identified on the original estimate.
Tack rag
Cotton fabric, such as cheesecloth, lightly impregnated with a resin, used to remove dust from a surface after rubbing down and prior to further painting. Tack rags should be stored in an airtight container to conserve their tackiness.
Tape marking
The imprint caused by applying masking tape on to a newly-applied paint film before it has time to harden.
A blend of volatile organic solvents added to the paint to reduce it to the correct viscosity for application.
Three Coat color
A topcoat color, which consists of 3 parts, a basecoat, a midcoat and a clear.
Tint and Blend
The process of mixing toners to match the existing paint finish, then blending or overlapping the color into the adjacent panel to avoid color match problems.
Any colored pigment or paint mixture used to make small adjustments in color, or to the mix the color in the first place from a mixing scheme.
A localized repair usually confined to the smallest area possible (for example, repairs due to stone chips damage).
A paint supplied in two or more parts which must be mixed together in the correct proportions before use. The mixture will then remain usable for a limited period only.
U.V. Absorbers
Chemicals added to paint to absorb Ultraviolet radiation present in sunlight.
Ultra Violet Light
That portion of the spectrum which is largely responsible for the degradation of paint films. Invisible to the eye, causes sunburn.
A first coat; primer, sealer or surfacer.
The structural support found in most late model vehicles.
Acronym for Vehicle Identification Number. This is a unique number that identifies your vehicle. Although its primary purpose is to identify your vehicle, it often contains important information concerning the equipment and options that were installed on your vehicle at the factory. This information allows the Repair Center to order the correct parts for your vehicle. Any professional estimate or Repair Order will have this number on it.
  • Repairing a 2003 Tiburon

    Replacing the passenger door on a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon that has had the door smashed in to the point where the window could not be opened. The finished job. Looks like a new car. The paint is matched and then the entire car is washed and cleaned.

  • Trailer Painting

    When Doug Reedy needed his trailer painted for his new company, FloodMasters, Precision Autobody was where he went to get the job done.