Only repair centres that have in the new equipment and specialised training required are equipped to deal with the challenges associated with aluminium repair.
The traditional methods used in the repair of steel-based vehicles couldn’t be further apart from those now required in aluminium vehicle repair. Where steel panels were once spot welded into position, aluminium panels are now positioned using ultra high strength bonding materials coupled with self-piercing rivets that are driven into the panels at high velocity.
Aluminium is a very brittle material compared to steel and does not bend as easily so extra care must be taken when re-shaping panels in order to avoid cracking. Incorrect repairs by repairers without the necessary knowledge can result in hairline stress fractures in the alloy that will fatigue and break after time. This, of course, is particularly dangerous when an aluminium chassis or structural panel is repaired incorrectly.
Reynolds' has upgraded again this year with the installation of a brand new dedicated aluminium repair facility at a cost of £70k. Our senior panel technicians have attained their full structural aluminium repair qualification following training with Audi in Germany and with Tesla in Holland.
Don’t accept anything less than a certified aluminium repair centre when getting your aluminium bodied vehicle repaired.