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- Feb 26, 2021
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- Blue Oval City, TN
- 2020 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 Black Supercrew
- Collision Repair Instructor
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I is practically impossible for any body shop to 100% completely and totally reproduce what the factory can do. Even the "crappiest" of factories. In the factory, the bare metal panels are dipped in a corrosion preventing coating and finished in dust/contaminate free facilities without the panels ever having been exposed to the outside environment. Is it always perfect? no but robots don' t have bad days and never have girlfriends break up with them etc.I would say that the acrylic urethane paint most body shops still use is more durable than the water borne paint the factory uses. Plus the base clear systems in use today allow the paint to be feathered into the surounding panel(s) then cleared over making it impossible to see where the repaint was done.
I never made the switch to water borne paints. Even most of the shops that did switch, only switched the base to water borne (water borne clears are a very new thing) and many are switching back to full solvent based systems.
When I say "factory is better" I'm speaking purely from a long-term durability standpoint. When you see a 2002 Tahoe, or whatever, that has a door and fender pealing but the rest of the trucks finish is largely ok, most likely this Tahoe had that door and fender repainted when it was new for whatever reason.