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When it comes to quality auto body repair, a picture is worth a thousand words! At TOTAL Collision & PDR, the best way to see our top-notch auto body repair is to see the environment we work in, actual before and after pictures of our work. So, take some time to browse through some of our recent jobs below and then call us if you want your car looking great — as good or better than it did before your accident.

At TOTAL Collision & PDR, we take all kinds of projects into our shop. If you are looking for auto body, painting, collision repair or to restore your classic car, there is almost no limit to what we can do. We handle all manufacturers from domestic to high end vehicles as well as classic restoration projects. You can view examples of our repair cultures below to give you a personal understanding of our projects and processes.

Paintless Dent Removal on Rails and parts of the car where you can’t get behind the panel and push a dent out.

We use special glue, apply on glue tab, after glue hardens we use mini lifter or slide hammer to pull tab out.

It might sound easy but sometimes it takes a lot of time and attempts to pull dent several times to actually make panel flat and even. and it’s because you can’t control glue pulling process as well as you can control pushing dent out from underneath.

Usually after dent is pulled out it requires to knock a high spot down to reach a pre accident condition.

Send us a picture of your damage and we will send you a quote right away.

After any paint work buffing is necessary.

You can’t skip that step. Even if you have the most advance spray booth and it’s clean and maintained properly; even if painter is skilled you would still need to finish that panel with buffing and sometimes sanding down little dirt or run spots that occurred in painting process.

We never undermine this procedure and execute on it. The best equipment and materials are used.

 

Even on a rainy day we stay productive, positive and always ready to help.
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We work with all insurance companies. We blueprint the car and make sure we didn’t miss anything while we write an estimate . This helps us to estimate a vehicle right from the first time, helps us to determine the right parts and procedures.

If it requires to disassemble bumper or additional damaged parts we do that before we finalize an estimate. This will allow us to cut our cycle time and return a car back to customer faster and properly repaired.

Call us for an estimate. We find the best solution for you.

Precision is the key to repair the car properly. If you want to cut the corners you can always do that but you can’t win a customer for life. 💡

Render more service than that which you are paid and you will soon be paid for more than you render. The law of increasing returns takes care of this” ☝️Napoleon Hill

We provide alignment as well as other mechanical services.

Give us a call if you are looking for the shop that you can trust to maintain your car .

Painting or refinishing a car is very sophisticated and detail oriented process that will require a lot of experience and knowledge.
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It takes 80% of time to prepare, mask , tape, mix a color and probably 20% of actual paint work sometimes even less.
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If you miss a little thing or don’t follow the right process or cut corners the whole paint work needs to be redone.
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When you are choosing the body shop make sure they follow the right process.

Finally our new sign was installed! Guys did a great job. Main entrance looks even better now! 👍

What do you know about Paintless Dent Removal? There are a lot of concerns with that type of repairs that we hear from customers . Some of them don’t believe that it’s possible to remove a dent without actually painting the panel, but majority of people don’t even know about this service at all. ⚡️
This brand new 2018 Subaru Outback had a big crease on the fender and we are very happy that customer trusted us with this dent repair and we didn’t let them down.
⚡️ We provide Paintless Dent Removal in Chicago metro for years and always ready to help you if have damage that can be fixed by PDR. ⚡️
Paintless dent removal saves original finish of your vehicle.
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Saves time and money because it’s faster and less expensive repair than conventional body and paint work.
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Send us a picture and we can determine if that is a candidate for Paintless dent removal and a quote.
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Total Collision & PDR is ready for any challenges. Shelving unit fell on the back of this beautiful Land Cruiser. ⚡️
We followed original Toyota procedures and replaced quarter panel with sectioning upper quarter panel. ⚡️
Sometimes following OEM procedures can mean longer repair process but it will get your car back to original crashworthy state . ⚡️
We are very proud that we don’t cut any corners and work for customers first. ⚡️

We provide full exterior, interior details and ceramic coating for our customers .
But before apply ceramic coating we need to prep a car which means wash it couple times , clay bar and buffing in between. 
That takes almost a day of work before doing any application of ceramic coating. 
It is very important step otherwise all the dirt, tree sap or other imperfections, such as scratches will stay underneath it. 
This S550 Mercedes enjoyed this procedures of full detail and ceramic coating and now it’s ready go 
Customer is very happy 😊

Rear End Collision on 2017 VW Passat ; following OEM repair procedures we are replacing quarter panel and rear body panel. 🚘 . Being certified VW means following original manufacture repair procedures and using only original factory parts. . 🚖. Also being certified VW means having right equipment , such as approved by manufacture spot welder, MIG welder, frame bench machine.

We provide mobile dent removal service throughout Chicago metro. One of these vans will come out to you and we can repair your dents, door dings , creases and even hail damage at your convenience. ⚡️.
Send us your pictures with the damage and Total Collision & PDR will be glad to help you. ⚡️.

We provide all type of repairs and replacement options on bumpers with minor scratches and dents.
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Sometimes it can be more cost effective to repair the bumper rather than replace it.
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Send us picture of your damage and we can give you a quick estimate. 🙏.
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To return some parts of your car back to original look, sometimes it is necessary to paint them. Of course, the technology is far from simple and easy, but from thorough and responsible preparation depends on how your the car will look like, and how long the paint work will last.
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After all, literally one or two mistakes – and the whole paintwork will be hopelessly lost. If you didn’t know but for painting itself takes only about 10% of the time, and the rest 90% consumes preparation work.
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TOTAL Collision & PDR provides lifetime warranty on paint work. We spray only high quality materials such as BASF paint line Glasurit. Give us a call today.
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Paintless dent removal is the art of removing dents, dings and creases by slowly pushing them out or using special glue and tabs by pulling them out 

Bumper repair was done with replacement of one parking sensor. 👆Bumper and sensor refinished. 😉Full detail performed. 🚗 Paintless dent removal on right bed side.

We take pride in what we do. Give us a call . 847-532-2208

💎100% color match on all paint jobs
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😉 Computerized tinted formulas and camera device to match the right color
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😏High-quality paints and clear coats from BASF Glasurit paint line
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👍🏻Only proven supplies and materials from premium brands such as 3M, BASF etc .
👌🏻Correct technological conditions for repair and painting
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📈Modern European frame machine, welding equipment and GFS paint booth .
📊Reliable trained body technicians and painters. .
🖇Experience of painters in painting foreign cars exceeds more than 15 years
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🚗Highly qualified structural body technicians
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🚙Reasonable prices
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👋🏻Limited Lifetime Warranty for body repair and painting
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🙂We provide all necessary documents that are needed to maintain the warranty

🔻In need of regular maintenance of your car?
🔻Can not find certified auto body repair service at a reasonable price?
🔻Maybe you need to restore your vehicle? 🔻You had some bad experience with previous body shop you worked with? ⠀
🏻 👍 Then You need us!

⚙ Our Collision Center provides a full range of OEM services on repair and diagnostics of the car.
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🚘We have our own paint shop with top notch quality paint!
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🚛To perform a full repair of cars and trucks. .
🙌🏻Ready to cooperate with corporate clients
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🚗 Auto parts from authorized dealers.

😉The main directions of TOTAL Collision & PDR:
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– Restoration of frame and structural elements🚗
– Complete paint jobs 🚙
– Local painting of the body elements🔧
– Details, polish, wax⚙
– Removing dents💡
– Removing dents without repainting🛡
– Hail damage repair🔥
– Glass replacement 👀 – Repair on bumpers and plastic parts🚘
– Body repair after an accident🖲
– Aluminum body repair😉

🛠Keep your car in great shape. We provide all source of mechanical services for your vehicle. Starting from oil change to more complex repairs we make sure your car will be in a great shape.
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🔧Scanning (Pre and Post Scan) is very important procedure when repair is needed, because a successful repair is only possible with accurate diagnostics. It also is very good tools for prevention support when car is in good condition. We also use Pre and Post scan on all Collision related repairs.
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How to bring shine to your car?
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Regardless of where the polishing work is performed – in the detail shop or in your own garage by your own hands – the polishing process and its consistency always remain unchanged:
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wash your car, remove all the dirt, dust, stains etc;
degrease the surface;
Mask your moldings, lights, or parts of the car that can be ruined by compound.
Apply polishing compound paste or spray;
Rubbed it off with a polishing sponge or buffer.
Clean the car after words, put coat of wax.
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If you have a lot of imperfections such as, scratches, chips, cracks, abrasions it’s better to address it before hand, either fix it or to be prepared they will get more noticeable after polishing;

If your car has lost its appearance, scratches are visible to the naked eye, the bumper has long been damaged, and the chips are all over you vehicle, then it’s time to give the body of the car a new life.
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All you need to do is contact the TOTAL Collision & PDR experts.
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Many years of experience allow them to undertake the removal of scratches and chips on the body of cars of any complexity.
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Removing small scratches is done pretty quickly and is quite inexpensive. But the removal of deep chips and scratches can require several stages of repair process, up to the restoration of the geometry of the body, if damage is more significant.

Often car owners forget that taking care of their vehicle is not only a mechanical inspection and maintenance, but also maintaining the appearance of the vehicle. Doors, fenders, quarter panels, bumpers, headlights – details of the car, which require special attention, because otherwise they will lose their appearance or even begin to rust and will be covered in corrosion. In this case it will require a body work or sometimes complete replacement of the element and additional costs and time. The simplest way to prevent problems with this is detailing, polishing and waxing your vehicle.
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Now car polishing and waxing is very popular with car owners. In addition to improving the appearance, polishing and waxing the car helps to get rid of minor scratches, chips and abrasion that inevitably occurs during every day driving.
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Polishing a car can be:
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local – polishing one panel of the body;
full – polishing the entire body.

The engine is the heart of any car.  And the better it works, the more comfortable the ride.⠀
.⠀ Unfortunately, any element of the vehicle is going to wear and break due to the constant use.⠀
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All that car owner can do is to prevent malfunctions before hand.  And it’s not as difficult as it might seem at first glance.  You only need  to make a diagnostic of the engine and related parts periodically.⠀
.⠀ Some breakdowns can be determined on their own, or at least recognized the problem areas that need attention later.  The test itself is inexpensive, and you should not avoid it.  Refer to a specialist if you noticed:⠀
.⠀ -increased fuel consumption;⠀ – high rpms of the tachometer in “idle” mode;⠀ – Extra noise when the motor is running (hum, squeak, knock, screech);⠀ – salon or engine oil in the cabin;⠀ – not natural color of smoke from the exhaust pipe;⠀
.⠀ These signs may indicate both minor malfunctions, for example: lack of engine oil, or leakage of oil pipes, and for more serious breakdowns, such as deformation of the cylinders or grinding of the timing belt.

Car engine repair is a responsible process that should be carried out only by professionals using special equipment.⠀
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The modern internal combustion engine is completely different from those that were repaired by our fathers on their own.⠀
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Now this is a much more complicated mechanism, requiring precise testing and high qualification of the technicians.⠀
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So try to avoid self-interference in this work.⠀
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Trust TOTAL Collision & PDR⠀

How to get the right color before painting.⠀
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There are three ways to choose a color:⠀
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By manufacturers paint code.  A Professional painter will rarely select the paint “by eye”, they typically will use the color selection according to the code.  This refers to the code that you can find underneath a hood.  This method successfully shows itself in many cases, but nevertheless, there are times when choosing a color comes only visually, for example, if you want to paint only a small area or in cases were the factory color has faded. In this case the painter will match the color by eye through a tinting process.
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Color matching by camera. In this case, the desired color is chosen by the computer program inside a digital camera. comparing the color with the original paint color is done by hand then the paint will be tinted for a perfect match.
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Color cards or chips.  This is an instrument that allows you to determine the color “by eye”. Painter attaches different painted test cards to the old paint to determinate the right code.⠀

COLOR MATCH GUARANTEE⠀
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If it is necessary to paint individual elements of the body, the master performing these works faces an obvious problem – choosing a color of paint that is ideal for the main color of the car and will not stand out.⠀
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This can be quite a complicated process, but, fortunately, there is a way out: TOTAL Collision & PDR⠀
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After we paint your car, it is impossible to find the damaged area.  In addition, the masters of the TOTAL Collision & PDR⠀
will easily repair any type of damage on your vehicle . We are waiting for you!⠀
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Please note that the company TOTAL Collision & PDR provides warranty on all work performed !!!⠀

TOTAL Collision & PDR: REPAIRING BODY AND PAINTING.⠀
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At first glance, it seems that repairing scratches is easy.  But to achieve maximum quality, specialists follow a certain process.⠀
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Being in the hands of TOTAL Collision & PDR employees, you vehicle undergoes following repair stages:⠀
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damaged panel is cleaned of dirt and degreased;⠀
damaged spot if scuffed with sand paper ;⠀
a thin layer of filler is applied;⠀
primer is applied;⠀
panel is painted and blended within the same panel or to panel right next to it accordingly;⠀
sanding and buffing afterwords.⠀
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It is necessary that the boundaries between the new and old paint become invisible, blending in most cases is required.⠀

😬What you need to know about car scratches?⠀
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😀External damage can be divided into these types:⠀
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😏On top of clear coat.  When the main layer of paint is not damaged, the main work consists of  sanding and buffing;⠀
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😒Through the paint Scratches at which the material of a body is visible.  In this case, the local painting method is applied;⠀
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🌟Deep scratches with visible damage, affecting not only the paintwork, but the body itself.⠀
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PAINT CORRECTION – AN INVESTMENT TO YOUR VEHICLE⚡⠀
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✨Of course, buffing and polishing can be done with your own hands, but it’s quality will be much lower than after professional detail work.  The masters of TOTAL Collision & PDR will perform all kinds of services such as different level of detailing, paint correction, ceramic coating and quality is guaranteed.  In addition, the cost of polishing the entire body will pleasantly surprise you and perfectly fit into any budget.⠀
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How to bring shine to your car?⠀
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Regardless of where the polishing work is performed – in the detail  shop or in your own garage by your own hands – the polishing process and its consistency always remain unchanged:⠀
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wash your car, remove all the dirt, dust, stains etc;⠀
degrease the surface;⠀
Mask your moldings, lights,  or parts of the car that can be ruined by compound.⠀
Apply polishing compound paste or spray;⠀
Rubbed it off with a polishing sponge or buffer.⠀
Clean the car after words, put coat of wax.⠀
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If you have a lot of imperfections such as, scratches, chips, cracks, abrasions it’s better to address it before hand, either fix it  or to be prepared they will get more noticeable after polishing;⠀

😀There are two types of buffing and polishing. They have fundamental difference from each other:⠀
.⠀ 🙃Basic.  Applies to update the appearance.  We can say that these are “cosmetic” work that do not require special preparation.  This level is design to remove light haze and swirl marks in the paint. It is fairly quick detail and are inexpensive.⠀ .⠀
☺️Advance. Deep polishing of the body is necessary if the coating of the vehicle has an extremely poor condition, noticeable corrosion defects, deep scratches and chips. It gives as much correction to the paint as possible .⠀
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😛Both of these details are available please give us a call to discuss details.

Developing a repair plan for auto body repair⠀
.⠀ In general , any work on the restoration of the body is carried out in the following order:⠀
.⠀ Blueprinting and estimating the damages,⠀
calculation the cost of repairs;⠀ disassembly of damaged elements;⠀ Body repair or structural repair (frame repair, if applicable) of damaged areas;⠀ painting repaired or new parts;⠀
Assembly back to pre Collision state.⠀
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Unfortunately, in most cases, it is not possible to avoid painting the damaged element.  Only if the damage is insignificant and paint is intact.⠀
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In this situation, dents can be fixed by paintless dent removal method with use of special set of tools.⠀
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After all, any damage to the body changes its geometry, and this can lead to yet another accident.  Professional auto body shop will determine and eliminate all the distortions and damages.⠀
.⠀ TOTAL Collision & PDR provides any services for the restoration of the body, the prices and quality of which you will be pleasantly surprised.  All work are performed by qualified technicians in the short period of time. Working stations are equipped with modern equipment, and only high-quality materials are used.  Any type of body repair is guaranteed.⠀

Auto Body Structure Repair⠀
Specialists of TOTAL Collision & PDR perform straightening operations of varying degrees of complexity.⠀

All Work are carried out by certified and qualified specialists only!⠀

Straightening work is performed using the latest equipment and tools that meet certified repair procedure standards and quality.⠀
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.⠀ It  is not so much in correcting external damage, as in restoring the geometry of the body.  Measurement and adjustment of this parameter is carried out on special frame machine or frame bench and can have quite a high price.  The cost of straightening is mainly determined by the area of damage and type of the vehicle as well.⠀
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What you need to know about painting a car?⠀
.⠀ To achieve the best results, you must adhere to certain rules and procedures, because paintwork is a multi-stage process that requires certain skills and techniques.⠀
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-disassembly .  At this stage, the panel or part needed to be removed (if applicable) ;⠀
-the amount of work and the final color are determined at this stage.⠀
-cleaning and scuffing.  The surface that needs to be painted is cleaned of rust, dirt and other foreign substances and sanded so that the paint lies evenly;⠀
-primer;⠀
-application of paint;⠀
-drying of the applied material;⠀
-clear coating;⠀
-again drying;⠀
-and the last action is sanding and. polishing.⠀
.⠀ After the painting is finished, panel is mounts back on the original place.⠀
.⠀ These actions are the same for single parts, and in the event that a complete painting of the car.⠀
.⠀ For better quality of work, before application of the paint, panel needs to be scuffed and all imperfections are fixed before spraying any paint otherwise this issues can come back later down the road.⠀
.⠀ Car repair and painting is a very detail oriented process, which should be entrusted only to professionals.⠀

Often car owners forget that taking care of their vehicle is not only a mechanical inspection and maintenance, but also maintaining the appearance of the vehicle.  Doors, fenders, quarter panels, bumpers, headlights – details of the car, which require special attention, because otherwise they will lose their appearance or even begin to rust and will be covered in corrosion.  In this case it will require a body work or sometimes complete replacement of the element and additional costs and time.  The simplest way to prevent problems with this is detailing, polishing and waxing your vehicle.⠀
.⠀ Now car polishing and waxing is very popular with car owners.  In addition to improving the appearance, polishing and waxing the car helps to get rid of minor scratches, chips and  abrasion that inevitably occurs during every day driving.⠀
.⠀ Polishing a car can be:⠀
.⠀ local – polishing one panel of the body;⠀ full – polishing the entire body.⠀
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Why detailing and polishing you car is important ?⠀
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.⠀ Protective.  It helps to protect paint and clear coat from chemical and mechanical external influences, and also prevents the occurrence of corrosion.⠀
.⠀ Restorative.  It gives the car a  very nice appearance and shine.  In addition, polishing is necessary after the paintwork to take minor imperfections and clean any dirt that occurred during painting in the booth.⠀
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Repair and painting of the bumper is a complex process, which must be treated with special attention.  First of all, TOTAL Collision & PDR specialists will analyze the nature of the damage.  After an expert evaluation, the bumper is sent either to body work department or straight to preparation for painting.⠀
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– cleaning and scuffing an old paint;⠀
– applying primer where repair was performed ;⠀
-color matching by a certified painter;⠀
-painting, drying and polishing in a specialized paint booth.⠀
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Various technics are used to repair plastic bumpers.  Their use depends on the material of the affected part and the method of its production.  Minor damage, for example, is simply removed by sanding.  For more serious “damage” of the rear and front bumper, you need to do some body work .⠀
Also our specialists can conduct gluing bumpers, heat sealing or soldering bumper.⠀
Send us a picture of your damage and will give you a detailed answer and a quote.⠀

Damage to the bumper? Did you run into something? Have you hit the curb? Do not rush to get rid of damaged plastic parts!
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Contact our Collision Center, and we will do our best to make any of the plastic elements of your car look like new again. Our Center has special Pro-Spot plastic welder and adhesives that will make the job right.
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Our specialists at Total Collision & PDR will perform quality repairs on bumpers, which can significantly reduce the total cost of work and significantly reduce repair time.
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Removing scratches and paint chips.
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The body of the car most often suffers from all kinds of different damage.
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And the reason for this is not as much traffic accidents as completely irrelevant of the driver’s factors, for example, branches of trees, rocks from under the wheels of cars passing by, dents, dings or even worse hail damage.
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Therefore chips, scratches, scrapes, dents and corrosion appear quite often and significantly worsen the appearance of the vehicle.
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And if you need to eliminate minor body damage or hail damage, then the TOTAL Collision & PDR Collision center will be the best choice for you.

🚗What causes a car to get painted ?
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🚨Sooner or later, each car has some issues with the paint and clear coat and it requires to paint certain elements of the body, and the car gets to auto body shop. The reasons can be very different:
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🚖Bumpers are the most common panel to be damaged because they constantly get scratched out and rocks or stones could chip the paint .
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🚙Small damage, such as scratches, dents with broken paint , rock chips , rust spots, etc
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🚥Generic abrasive cleaners, dirty cleaning cloths – all these can cause paint damage.
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⭐️Paint restoration, specially on older vehicles.
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🤗In this case, there is nothing you can do but look for the right shop that you can trust. Total Collision & PDR has certified master technicians that are ready to help you to resolve your concerns or any problem you have. In addition to long-term experience, we use the latest technology and only quality materials.

🔥BODY REPAIR

💎100% color match on all paint jobs

😉 Computerized tinted formulas and camera device to match the right color

😏High-quality paints and clear coats from BASF Glasurit paint line

👍🏻Only proven supplies and materials from premium brands such as 3M, BASF etc

👌🏻Correct technological conditions for repair and painting

📈Modern European frame machine, welding equipment and GFS paint booth

📊Reliable trained body technicians and painters.

🖇Experience of painters in painting foreign cars exceeds more than 15 years

🚗Highly qualified structural body technicians

🚙Reasonable prices

👋🏻Limited Lifetime Warranty for body repair and painting

🙂We provide all necessary documents that are needed to maintain the warranty