A technician completing complex repairs, especially on your vehicle, needs training, confidence and the right body shop tools. Removing dents, refinishing and repainting delicate surfaces – all the elements of collision repair – takes skill. And it takes a selection of specialized, professional quality tools. Two things make the difference between a straightforward, standard job and a real headache:
Having the proper tools for the job and the experience to use them correctly.
An amateur mechanic can make many repairs with the tools at their disposal – either basic shop tools they own or specialty tools they borrow or rent. Besides years of experience and training, the professional body shop technician has the right body shop tools at hand every day. A good auto body shop is equipped with specialized hand tools, power tools and automated equipment to make quick, efficient work of most challenges. Professional collision repair technicians have invested thousands of dollars to stock their tool boxes.
‘Must Have’ Body Shop Tools
The auto body repair profession includes tools and gadgets of all sizes and shapes from industrial-size air compressors to fine files and abrasives. Included in a professional’s “must have” roster are:
- High-quality Spray Gun – a critical tool in a professional body shop, the high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) spray gun is required to apply base coat, finish and clear coat consistently and evenly
- Industrial-grade Sanders – hardworking air-powered sanders cut down the time spent in sanding and working with body filler. A disc sander is the first choice.
- Sanding Blocks – simple but important tools for delicate work sanding colors and buffing. For final shaping and details sanding blocks are must have basic shop tools.
- Power Grinder – for heavy-duty material removal and cutting jobs on sheet metal and body parts a heavy-duty grinder with an assortment of blades is mandatory for successful collision repair.
- Hammers – a professional auto body shop will be filled with hammers of many shapes, sizes and specialties. When it comes to body shop tools, hammers are the most basic.
- Body Hammer with Dolly – the hammer does the heavy work and physical shaping and the dolly holds the shape and directs the metal as it’s manipulated by the hammer.
- Slide Hammer – these specialty hammers are for pulling out panels and repairing dents. With a long, round shaft and a sliding hammer weight these body shop tools produce force without actually hitting a panel. Most have several screw/hook attachments.
- Dent Pullers – the number one requirement for collision repair is taking out dents. Custom-designed dent pullers are used every day by a body shop technician.
- Suction Cup Dent Puller – for a quick fix to remove surface dents by pulling metal using suction force.
- Stud Welder Dent Puller – similar to a screw-in dent puller but these newer designs don’t leave a hole in the sheet metal. A stud is spot welded in place to pull out the dent. Once the dent is removed the stud is clipped off and ground smooth.
This is just a basic list of body shop tools a professional uses every day and the average Do-it-yourselfer doesn’t have access to. Equipping your garage with these and all the other things required for a quality repair – from basic hand tools to filler materials, sanding papers and paints – is costly. Especially for a one-time repair.
Choose Professionals for Quality Results
When you need reliable collision repair for your vehicles, call Auto Color. Visit either of our two complete auto body shop locations in the Madison WI area – West on Parmenter Road in Middleton and East on Stoughton Road. These professionally-equipped shops serve all of Dane County.
Call Auto Color Middleton at 608-831-9554 or Auto Color East Madison at 608-221-5041, or email us for trusted collision repair using quality parts and professional body shop tools to get your ride back on the roads around Madison WI.