The Collision Center’s Clean Room for Aluminum Repairs

The Collision Center is the only aluminum-capable auto body shop in the city of Lock Haven, PA and surrounding area. We have a fully dedicated aluminum room. Found within the room are all of the tools needed to quickly and effectively repair any vehicle with aluminum body panels. Our aluminum room can repair any damage, including scratches, dents, gashes and structural damage. No matter what type of damage your vehicle has suffered, we have you covered at The Collision Center.

tHREE BIG DIFFERENCES Between Aluminum RepairS

and Traditional Collision Repairs

 
 
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  1. Aluminum Does not have Metal Memory Like Steel

This means that when aluminum is dented or bent, it cannot be reshaped back to its undamaged state as easily as steel. A body repair technician needs better skills to reshape an aluminum panel without damaging it beyond repair, as well as aluminum-specific tools like an aluminum dent pulling station. Nearly every piece of equipment used on an aluminum vehicle needs to be specially designed for use with aluminum.

In addition, we employ two Aluminum Techicians who have earned their certifications through I-Car. Their education is an ongoing event to keep pace with the ever-changing technologies in new vehicles.

 
Properly welding aluminum sheet metal requires a MIG inverter welder witha a 220 to 240 volt power supply and synergic-pulsed technology.

Properly welding aluminum sheet metal requires a MIG inverter welder witha a 220 to 240 volt power supply and synergic-pulsed technology.

2. aluminum reacts to heat differently than steel

Aluminum conducts heat much more than steel, which means that heat travels through aluminum farther and faster. This makes welding aluminum parts more difficult. Welding aluminum requires both special welders unique to aluminum repair and the the skill to weld precisely.

Since excessive heat will compromise the integrity and strength of the metal, improper aluminum welding can create vehicle safety issues if the car is involved in an accident. With the Ford F150, many parts of the aluminum structure are joined not by welds, but by special rivets and adhesives. Joining these parts requires unique tools that are not used in traditional collision repairs. Special training is also needed to make these repairs properly so that the strength and safety of the vehicle is maintained.

 
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3. aluminum and steel do not play well together

Unfinished aluminum and steel are actually corrosive to each other. If shavings from one metal contact a panel made of the other metal, damage is immediate. Even using a tool to repair an aluminum panel that was previously used to repair steel will cause corrosion on the aluminum panel!

Because of this, a completely separate set of tools is required in order to repair aluminum. In addition, aluminum body repair must be performed in an area that is separate from the area where steel is repaired, as even steel dust is corrosive to aluminum.

Our technicians are required to be certified in Aluminum-specific classes, including welding, safety, Aluminum exterior panel repair and replacement, and Ford F-150 structural training, and more through I-CAR.

Our technicians are required to be certified in Aluminum-specific classes, including welding, safety, Aluminum exterior panel repair and replacement, and Ford F-150 structural training, and more through I-CAR.