If your car was involved in a car accident, it might have sustained body damage. After all the dents and dings are removed from the body of your car, you may notice there are scratches and places where the paint is missing. Typically, after a significant car accident, your car needs to be painted because of these issues. If you have never had a car painted following a car accident, you may have questions. Here are a few of the questions you may have about this process.


Is The Whole Car Painted?

Typically your entire car is not painted. Typically, only the affected panel or part of the car that was damaged is painted. For example, if the bumper was dented and paint was scraped off, only the bumper would be painted.


How is Color Matching Done?

Since the entire car is not painted, color matching is done to ensure the painted area matches the rest of your car perfectly. Auto body shops have years or decades of experience working with cars. They know what colors each manufacturer uses and are able to mix up that color exactly, the same way a home improvement store mixes up the color of paint you want for your home.


How Long Does it Take to Paint My Car?

You should expect the painting process to take about two to three days. This is because there are various layers of paint and sealer that are applied. The last coating takes 24 hours to set and dry, making this a time-consuming process.


When Can I Wash and Wax My Car?

As a general rule of thumb, you can hand wash your car with cool water and a mild soap a few days after your car has been painted. You should hold off on having the car washed in a car wash for at least 30 days and having the car waxed for at least 90 days. You want to give the paint time to completely cure and harden before engaging in these activities. The company that painted your car may have longer time frames, depending on the exact types of paints and sealers used on your car. So always follow their directions to prevent damage to the paint on your car.


When your car needs auto body repair after being involved in a car accident, let Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, MN help. We can help with the auto body and collision repair and paint process, helping your car get back into pre-accident condition. Call us today with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment to bring your car in for an estimate or repairs.