At 1st Class Collision of Murrieta we strongly believe in our responsibility to help preserve the environment and reduce its ecological footprint. 1st Class Collision is one of the first shops in California to adopt this new "waterborne" paint. We are proud to be leaders in this technology and are excited that your vehicle will be repaired with a paint system that is fully compliant with the strictest legislative regulations.
At 1st Class Collision of Murrieta we provide:
Honest and helpful advice
Essential assistance in processing Insurance Claims
Computerized repair estimates and digital imaging
Approved Direct Repair Shop for USAA, AutoClub, Mercury and Safeco
Foreign / Domestic vehicle repairs
Free shuttle within 10-mile radius
Modern Frame Machines - Chief and Car Bench
Computerized paint mixing system and color matching
What's New at 1st Class Collision of Murrieta:
At 1st Class Collision of Murrieta we strongly believe in our responsibility to help preserve the environment and reduce its ecological footprint. 1st Class Collision is one of the first shops in California to adopt this new "waterborne" paint. We are proud to be leaders in this technology and are excited that your vehicle will be repaired with a paint system that is fully compliant with the strictest legislative regulations. Simply put, solvent-based coatings use chemical compounds as the main solvent for thinning pigment solids. Although effective, this method releases Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) into the atmosphere. Waterborne coatings use water as the primary solvent which greatly reduce VOC emissions. These waterborne coatings deliver exceptional results in a way that is environmentally responsible.
Quality & Workmanship
1st Class Collision of Murrieta is fully equipped with the latest high tech equipment necessary for the expert repair of your vehicle. We use Car Bench and Chief S21 frame straightening equipment, Genesis Velocity Measuring equipment for Chief, Blowtherm paint booths, dual prep stations, Blowtherm edging booths, as well as premium quality line welders, electrical analysis equipment, and air conditioning unit recharging equipment. Our computerized paint mixing chambers and downdraft spray booths are state-of-the-art.
Our personnel are thoroughly trained and tested on the use of our equipment and its exacting application in the repair process. Our technicians are ICAR-trained—an industry recognized certificationprogram that provides ongoing technical training in the collision repair business. In addition, our technicians are trained by the manufacturers of our high tech frame, body repair, and paint systems on the proper use of the equipment and application of all materials. BMW factory trained technicians on staff.
We believe strongly that skilled craftsmen and the right tools are the keys to top quality repairs.
Computerized Color Matching (BASF - Glasurit and BMW Factory Line Color System)
Color matching the paint on your vehicle is both an art and exacting science.
Auto manufacturers apply paint to the bare shell of the vehicle in ovens where the temperatures exceed 190-degrees Farenheit. This is because the auto manufacturers paint the car before any of the wiring, electronics, hardware, or interiors are assembled into the vehicle. In the collision repair business, the paint can only be dried at temperatures up to 180-degrees—any hotter and damage will be done to the car's mechanical, electrical, and interior systems. In addition, all auto manufacturers use an electrolitically applied "E-coat" primer that is applied to the bare vehicle unibody or sheet metal—this is an immersion process in a liquid, electrically charged solution that is impossible to duplicate in the repair industry.
Finally, the colors used by auto manufacturers may vary widely on the same models painted with the same color. Variations in shading and coloring depend on if your car was painted at the front end or tail end of an assembly line run of paint. Most new cars today are also painted with "two coat" or "tri-coat" paint processes—where mica, pearl, and metallic materials are applied sequentially in the factory finish. These finishes often vary in appearance based on the angle from which they are viewed. For example, a green metallic paint can appear "teal-colored" when looking at a straight or flat surface such as a hood, but nearly "black" when looking at a rounded surface such as a fender.
All of these factors make paint mixing, tinting, and blending in the collision repair process even more critical. To properly repair a minor dent of several square inches, an entire panel may need to painted and the adjacent panels may need to be blended in order to achieve a precise color match. At 1st Class Collision of Murrieta, we use computer-controlled sensing devices that provide the refinish technician with a precise formula to match the paint color on a vehicle.
At 1st Class Collision of Murrieta, our goal is to provide you with a car that has been so expertly repaired that it is indistinguishable from the manufacturer's quality in original construction of the vehicle. Equally important, we repair every vehicle with your continued safety in mind. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service possible at a fair price.
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