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HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MACHINE PERFORMED?

TIPS
1. The fact that the car was repainted is evidenced by the difference in shades of body parts, even the most insignificant. You can consider this, being at a distance of about 10 m from the car, preferably with side lighting. To make sure that body parts (for example, the door and wing) should be viewed from several angles. Having fixed a look at suspicious elements, one should move along a curve that approximately coincides with a circle whose center is on the object in question. Colorists who can pick up perfectly matching shades can be found not often, therefore this method allows detecting the discrepancy of colors.
2. Another characteristic sign of a repainted machine is the dust particles deposited on a part that has not yet dried up at the dyeing site. Dust is present in any room, even in the cleanest. As for the average body repair shop, it is definitely there. However, this method does not always work, because the sellers have got the hand to grind and polish the machines so that there is no dust or mote on the body.
3. Repainted car can be recognized by a special feature – shagreen. This indicator characterizes a certain unevenness of the body covering, which is obtained after spraying paint. Even on the new, just descended from the conveyor car, there is shagreen. Moreover, for each type of paint is characterized by a different degree of irregularities. It is clear that it is not possible to purchase paint that is identical to the factory one from the specialists of the service workshops, so it is easy to determine the repainted elements by shagreen. And it’s not just the paint grade: on the conveyor the body painting process is robotic, and in the workshop people spray it, so the surface is not so perfect. Experts understand this, so after dyeing apply polishing and grinding. After all these manipulations, the surface of the part becomes too smooth compared to the factory coating. The difference can be noticed if we compare the differences between reflections and highlights on the for example, in a minor A thickness gauge will help to recognize a battered car, but its cost is high. In this case, you can either rent it for a day or buy a cheap device, but it does not cope with the determination of thickness on plastic and aluminum parts. An alternative to the thickness gauge is a regular magnet, if the body is steel and the putty layer is large. If you notice that the car had previously been repainted, this is not a reason to abandon the purchase. If the damage is small, for example, in a minor accident, then this gives a good reason to reduce the price.

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