Auto Body Repair Salt Lake City Like the Accident Never Happened

auto-enthusiastsPicture the crumpled wreck of an automobile sitting in the bay of an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. The question is: what needs to happen to transform this wreck back into the fully functional vehicle it was before the accident? Well, the first thing that must happen to accomplish this intention is that all the damage must be fully assessed. Once the damage has been fully assessed a plan of repairs must be mad because the order in which the repairs are made will depend on many factors most notably including the spatial relationships between the parts requiring repairs as well as the relative importance of the repairs.


Picture the distorted hulk of the automobile resting in the garage of an auto body Salt Lake City shop. What was the series of events that led to this car being in its present location? What could have been done to prevent this accident from happening in the first place? Would it be enough for the driver to have pulled out of his driveway ten minutes later than the time he actually pulled out? Of course the answer to this question can never be known with certainty because in the time line in which we live (at least for the purposes of this mental image) that is not how the events unfolded.


Now picture a fully repaired car emerging from the bay of the collision repair Salt Lake City shop appearing as if it is good as new. From the appearances of the car it is hard to tell that it was ever damaged in the not too distant past. This is the goal of the auto body repair shop. That is, to make the present reality seem as if the accident never happened. In this reality, the car owner takes his car home and goes about his daily business just as he did the day before the accident.

Dirt Nibs

2-collision-repair-advertisementI work in an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City. There are two auto painters who work under me whom I supervise. One is named David and the other is named Bobby. Yesterday the two of them were working on a Crown Victoria that required a repaired metal frame to be repainted. I thought everything was going fine between them but around 3:00 PM in the afternoon (I remember because the Rush Limbaugh program had just ended) I heard them arguing about something. It sounded pretty heated.

First I heard David yell, “Damn it Bobby, we sanded the dirt nibs from a metallic base coat before applying the clear coat!”

“Yeah,” replied Bobby. “So what?”

“So the clear coat can now be applied directly over the sanded basecoat,” said David.

“You got that all wrong,” said Bobby.

“How so?” asked David.

“We have to apply another basecoat,” said Bobby. “It will help prevent the sand scratches from showing up.”

I heard all this from the other room. Of course I agreed with Bobby on this one. Those sand scratches would show up clear as day without the second basecoat. But I wanted to see if they could work it out on there own. That way I did not have to intervene.

Luckily the next thing I heard was David say, “Okay we’ll do it your way.”

I breathed a sigh of relief. I do not like to intervene if I have to. It just causes unneeded friction that I do not want to deal with. This is one of the many things I have learned not to do while working in this collision repair shop in Salt Lake City all these years. It is not merely about fixing cars in this shop. It is also about keeping relationships from needing fixing.