Ideally, your shell should be stripped down as far as possible. All mechanical parts should be removed, together with any rubber components you wish to re-use. Any Aluminum or diecast parts, e.g. locks and hinges must be removed. Only steel parts can be processed through our oven. Any doors and panel work must be removed from the body tub and these are processed separately.
We can unload your vehicle or trailer etc, by hand or by fork-lift on your arrival. Ideally larger vehicles should be presented on a pallet, which saves us transferring by hand, as we do not lift shells with a forklift directly. Shells are then mounted on a trolley so they can be moved around our workshop. If your vehicle is already fixed to a bogie or trolley that’s great! We will keep it safe for you and remove it if necessary.
Not at all. Our oven is specifically designed for this purpose. Thousands of shells and panels have been processed in this manner without damage. The process applies heat indirectly and uniformly across the whole oven. There is no danger of any warping or twisting. The oven programme also follows a gentle heating and cooling cycle so the metal is not damaged in any way. We only remove the contamination we want to.
As our stripping process is a thermal one and lead loading present will be removed. Zintec coated steel is not affected and remains to provide a protective finish. Several Zintec shells can be seen in our galley.
As our process operates in specific stages, if required, we can just strip and clean you shell and parts and return them to you. This provides you with a clean surface to weld and repair and allows you to see and areas that require attention. Once you’re happy with your repairs the shell is returned to use and we continue to the process.
By doing it this way, when you collect your vehicle the second time it’s all clean and protected, ready for paint if necessary.
This makes our process particularly attractive to the auto sport community
Yes. Phosphated surface do not produce any adverse fumes or gasses when welded, unlike zinc for example.
Our primer finish is applied as a charged powder before its cured, so the finish is very comprehensive in terms of coverage and very tough when cured offering excellent protection against corrosion. The coating is a fully cured epoxy which is generally compatible with all standard auto refinishing. It is advised to lightly abrade the surface before applying any further primers.