When your car gets scratched, dented, or dinged, the paint may chip away, exposing the bare metal underneath. This cosmetic damage may not seem like a big deal, but leaving it unrepaired could lead to rust and other more difficult-to-fix problems. Professional auto body painting is also the last step when repairing your car after an accident, returning it to like-new condition.
Don’t choose just any auto body shop in Chicago to find your car’s perfect shade—team up with an Axalta Coating Systems certified shop like B&L Automotive Repairs. Our technicians provide absolutely flawless results thanks to the technologies we invest in from Axalta.
Who is Axalta Coating Systems?
Axalta develops, manufactures, and sells high-quality liquid and powder coatings for vehicle manufacturing, auto body refinishing, and industrial applications. With over 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, Axalta has solidified its place as a leading global coatings company. The firm is based in Philadelphia, PA, and conducts business in 130 countries, with over 100,000 customers worldwide.
In addition to exceptional refinish products, Axalta offers advanced color-matching tools and application technologies. These systems, combined with our team’s technical skills and application know-how, ensure results that exceed our customers’ expectations every time.
The art of vehicle refinishing demands the very best products to meet customer approval. Every refinish product from Axalta is formulated to meet the needs of body shops operating in different climates and coating different substrates. The latest waterborne coatings meet stringent environmental standards, providing better coverage with fewer coats than conventional products.
Fast-cure, low-energy systems support body shops by offering the perfect balance between speed and energy savings. The surfacers, basecoats, and high-gloss clearcoats from Axalta can cut processing times by up to 50% and energy costs by up to 70%—all without compromising on quality.
Look for Axalta’s flagship global brands—including Standox, Spies Hecker, and Cromax—along with leading national and regional brands. These are the trusted choices among refinish technicians working worldwide.
In years past, body shop technicians had to make their best guest when mixing paint to match the color of a vehicle. A good place to start was to look up the manufacturer’s paint code based on the vehicle’s make, model, and year. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t account for slight variations in manufacturer dye lots and color fading that occurs after years of exposure to sunlight, road chemicals, and other elements.
These days, advanced paint matching tools from Axalta eliminate the guesswork, resulting in a perfect color match every time. Here’s a look at the tools Axalta provides its certified auto body repair shops.
Tinting charts contain color wheels, color chips, tint codes, color names, and shading information to help technicians match paint faster. Color chips are arranged by color family to make them easier to navigate.
Fan decks provide a comprehensive color-matching reference to help technicians match even the most challenging colors and variants, including metallics, pearls, and special effects. This resource makes it easy to determine if blending, tinting, or using the color as-is will achieve the best color match.
Each chip within the fan deck is sprayed with the actual coating product for a real-life representation of the color. In an effort to ensure ongoing accuracy, Axalta releases new fan decks anytime a color variant is updated.
Computerized Color Proofing
While physical tinting charts and fan decks are useful, computerized color matching all but eliminates the need to reference these tools. An easy-to-use computer application from Axalta called ColorNet provides precise onscreen color proofing in seconds. The vivid, accurate visualization of this digital color rendering enables the technician to proof an alternate color formula without using a single drop of paint.
Retrieving digital information and comparing colors onscreen significantly increase the speed of paint matching during the collision repair process. This technology can even eliminate the need for time-consuming spray-outs, improving turnaround times even more.
The process begins by scanning the car with a spectrophotometer. This device measures the wavelength of light reflected off the paint and sends the information to a computer. Then, ColorNet calculates the exact formula of pigments required to reproduce that paint color. To double-check the calculations, the technician sprays newly mixed paint onto a chip. Once dry, the chip is compared to the car, and any necessary adjustments are made before applying the first coat.
Color technologists are always looking for new application tools to improve the finished product. After all, a refinish job at an auto body shop is only as good as the tools used to apply the new coating.
Cutting-edge application technologies from Axalta provide consistent application of water-based and solvent-borne coatings adapted for different temperatures and humidity levels. This results in a superior refinish job with fewer coats and faster turnaround times.
Visit an Axalta Coating Systems Certified Repair Shop in Chicago, IL
When nothing but a perfect refinish job will do, turn to B&L Automotive Repairs. Our auto body shop can provide an exact color match and apply a high-quality coating product in fewer coats, all thanks to the innovations available to us as an Axalta Coating Systems certified repair shop. Investing in these advanced collision repair technologies allows us to ensure the very best results for our customers!
Have you been in an accident or want to repair cosmetic paint damage on your car? If so, please stop by, call us at (773) 463-1622, or contact us online to schedule professional auto body painting at our family-owned and operated auto collision repair shop in Chicago.