Aluminum is the metal of the future in the automotive industry and car production. Aluminum can increase the size and energy absorption capacity of the front and back of a car crumple zones. This enhances safety without increasing weight, and that saves gas consumption. It’s a brilliant metal to use for safety and economy, but it comes with some difficulty to repair.
At RPS, we understand what it takes to fix an aluminum panel, and not all shops and technicians are created equal when repairing this type of damage. When choosing a technician or shop to repair your vehicle, you need to ensure that they have a lot of experience repairing this type of metal.
Aluminum is seven times more difficult to move than regular steel or high-strength steel. Also, aluminum does not have the memory to go back into place like steel does, so it is essential to have a master craftsman who can really rebuild that panels shape how they came off the factory floor. Because aluminum is so much more timely and difficult to repair, it is more costly but less expensive than conventional autobody repair.
Vehicles made from lighter aluminum require shorter stopping distances, helping to prevent collisions.
If tools used to repair steel panels are not cleaned before they are used on aluminum alloy surfaces, the tools will leave behind steel particles and corrode the base metal. When aluminum comes into contact with another type of metal (especially steel), galvanic corrosion will cause the base metal to corrode.
We always ensure the cleanliness of our tools, so we don’t contaminate your aluminum panels. We understand that we need to follow the repair’s factory procedures so that the structural or cosmetic repair does not jeopardize your vehicle’s lifespan, paint, or panels.
There are a lot of car companies that are moving to aluminum for their automotive production. We see more and more panels on automobiles made of all aluminum. Hoods are very common, and as time has progressed, we have seen fenders and even entire vehicles like the Ford Trucks made completely out of aluminum.
All techs at RPS have undergone years and years of industry training and keep up with trends and repair procedures. We undergo training yearly and keep up with all of the latest technology to ensure that your repair is done correctly and safely.
If you have questions about door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. Aluminum is one of our specialties. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to help. Our goal is to explain the process to you to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to get an estimate on the damage to your vehicle. We restore hail damage on aluminum vehicles as well!