As part of our CERTIFICATIONS by various manufacturers, we are required to purchase state of the art tools specifically for aluminum repair. A lot of modern cars have aluminum panels and aluminum structure parts that require some special aluminum welding, weld-bonding, or rivet-
bonding. With the increase concern for cars to perform more efficiently, manufacturers have utilized more aluminum than ever before because of its light weight. Who is equipped to repair aluminum vehicle?
The costly tools necessary in order to do so are specialized and require segregated conditions. TOTAL Collision & PDR has an isolated aluminum repairs work station to accommodate all these repairs without delay. Our technicians attend factory training and have all necessary specialty tools. Our certified Aluminum Master Technicians are qualified to repair those cars with the same quality and precision as when they were first built.
Aluminum IS MUCH more expensive to work on than steel and more difficult. Here are a few
– The MIG welding requires precision in the shielding gas mixture and travel speed. Tesla certified
shops (also Mercedes and Audi) are required the shop to purchase a Fronius aluminum MIG
welder because that’s what they use in the factory.
– Aluminum is prone to galvanic corrosion so there must not be ANY steel that comes near the
repairs (dust, debris, etc…)
– The tech/shop must purchase a duplicate set of tool to be used exclusively with aluminum
panels (to prevent galvanic corrosion).
– Aluminum dust is explosive. So the shop must be equipped with extra safety equipment like the
explosion proof vacuum cleaner.
– Aluminum conducts heat much better than steel, which makes the process of heating for repairs
very different. Also, aluminum does not turn red before reaching its melting or annealing points,
so an untrained tech can easily turn a simple dent into a nightmare.