Toyota Tundra Door & Bed Repair

High Tone Auto Body can easily and quickly repair light damage to vehicles.

This late-model Toyota Tundra had some damage to the passenger’s side rear door, cab corner, and extensive damage along the bedside. The paint was scraped off as well as extensive denting of the rear door and bed side during the collision. The good part about this damage is that it didn’t do any heavy damage to the frame or bend the overall structure of the truck at all. This type of damage is what you would refer to cosmetic damage because it ruins the overall eye-appeal of the vehicle, but the vehicle will run and drive normally. This is the most common type of auto body repair that an auto body shop will do.

To start the repair we start with the door and cab damage. This repair is a deep scratch that dented in the panel of the door significantly. To fix this damage we need to sand off the paint and extract the dented areas on the door and bed cab with a special tool. This technique helps us get the auto body work done in such a way that there is almost no need of any filler. Sub-standard auto body repair shops would have filled up the dent with filler, which is not a good way to do auto body work. We at High Tone Auto Body make repairs the proper way.

After the body work on the rear door and cab corner is complete, a technician sands down the surface to make it perfectly smooth and ready for a fresh coat of primer. After the primer has dried out, a few coats of matching paint get the looks the vehicle had before the collision. Finally, a clear coat is the final step. This coat will seal the paint and give the vehicle the sparkling looks it had before the collision. We usually do several coats of clear coat until the finish is perfectly smooth and shiny.

While one team was working on the door and cab corner, another technician worked on the removed truck bed. The expert auto body technician removed the tail light housing and started preparation for the repair. The rest of the bed that was not damaged was masked off so paint overspray and dust don’t end up on the good area.

Our tech started the repair by sanding the entire passenger’s side of the bed. He pulled out the damaged dented area and used almost no filler to smooth out the damaged area. Several sandings with fine grit sandpaper brought the damaged area to a perfectly smooth surface. After the sanding, a coat of primer prepared the surface for the base coat of paint. The base coat of paint was then sealed with several layers of clear coat until we achieved the perfect sparkling finish.

With the damaged parts repaired and painted, a team of technicians assemble everything together and the truck is back in the perfect condition that it was in before the damage occurred.

It takes an extremely talented auto body shop team with experience and formal training to complete a task that requires precision repair like we did on this almost-new vehicle. Everything from proper auto body work without excess use of filler, down to the clear coat spraying is a highly skilled work that we do here at High Tone Auto Body. The owner of this vehicle was extremely pleased with the results.

 

Ford F-150 Aquapel Treatment During a Basalt Trade Show

A customer of ours came in to have an Aquapel windshield application done on his Ford F-150. The application only takes about half an hour, but the results are amazing.
Aquapel is a glass treatment product that repels water, ice, and dirt by completely sealing the windshield with its patented formula. One application will last up to six months under normal conditions. It bonds to the windshield instead of just creating a thin layer of protection like other products. This unique feature allows for normal windshield cleaning without removing the Aquapel.
On Aquapel-treated windshields water drops instantly bead up and run off vastly improving visibility in rain. The unique formula continues to protect the windshield from dirt and debris, and always dries spot-free.

Application on a Ford F-150

Below is a step by step workflow of how our technician applied Aquapel on this Fort F 150 truck windshield:

  • Our technician extends the wiper arms out to prepare the windshield for cleaning. He thoroughly cleans the windshield to remove dirt, bugs, and any other debris on the windshield. The technician will also check the windshield several times to make sure that the entire surface is free of any dirt or debris. It is essential that the windshield is perfectly clean before the Aquapel application.
  • Next, the technician applies Aquapel to the driver’s side of the windshield. Since the F-150 has a large windshield, doing half first will prevent premature drying. He does a thorough up and down, and side to side motion to assure full coverage of the windshield.
  • The technician then thoroughly coats the driver’s side of the windshield with Aquapel. After that he carefully polishes the drivers side with a special microfiber cloth to make sure the Aquapel layer is completely dry.
  • Then the technician moves on to the passenger side of the windshield to carefully apply the Aquapel paste. He uses the same up and down, side to side motion to assure complete coverage of the entire windshield surface.
  • He then polishes up the passenger side of the windshield with a microfiber cloth until the Aquapel paste is completely dry.
  • After the entire windshield surface has dried up, it is safe for the wipers to go down, and the aplication of the Aquapel paste is complete.

Our technician was able to apply the Aquapel quickly and correctly. Having a professional perform the Aquapel application will assure proper installation throughout the entire windshield surface, and it will last much longer.

As you can see from the images below, using a solid ladder helps technicians to not touch the Aquapel surface with their clothes, and this also helps not to damage the paint. There is no climbing and reaching over the vehicle here. It is such attention to detail that sets us apart from the rest.

 

Repairing a minor front area damage on a Saab

Have you ever had a situation while pulling in your driveway, and you go one inch too far before making a turn and end up scraping the front left bumper? These minor accidents are very commonplace. They happen while pulling in or out of your garage, in a tight spot at the supermarket, or during parallel parking.

Most of the times, these minor accidents end up causing some damage in the front-right area, usually the bumper, indicator lights and sometimes even the right headlight suffers.

In this case, a silver Saab had this well-known damage: front right bumper and fender damage. As the Saab has the indicator lights embedded in the fender, the right indicator was broken too.

Saab Minor damage on front left bumper and indicator light
Minor damage on front left bumper and indicator light

As you can see on the image below, the Saab damage is not as big as it could have been. None of the body parts are broken or damaged beyond repair. The headlight got away by less than an inch, and the indicator lightbulb is not broken, so there was no electrical damage. This driver got lucky.

Minor damage of front bumper and indicator light
Indicator light broken and fender scratched. Headlight barely survived.

To repair this damage, we replaced the indicaror, did some body work on the bumper and fender, and gave them a fresh coat of paint to restore the looks to the original, pre-accident looks.

minor damage on front fender and indicator light
Front bumper and indicator light repaired, like-new looks

Thanks to our skilled technicians, this repair was done quickly and at minimum cost for the owner. The end result, as you can see from the image above, is flawless.

If you also have a similar problem with your vehicle, and would like to get it properly repaired without spending too much money, give us a call at 970.927.4351

Nissan Collision Repair: An Unfortunate Encounter with a Deer

Deer collisions are unfortunate and common events on our roads. This is especially true for commuters in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Sometimes people ask us “Why do deer jump in front of a moving vehicle when they can easily just stay off the road and wait for the vehicle to pass by?” The simple answer is that they don’t see the world as we do. Here’s a very good explanation of why deer end up in front of a moving vehicle:

When deer see something coming at them, they take off running in a random direction, running away from the predator. Most of these potential prey species have eyes on opposing sides of the head, making depth perception very hard… This means that deer can’t tell how fast a car is moving, (or how far it is). Therefore, when a deer sees a vehicle, they take off in a random direction and sometimes that random direction happens to be in the path of the car. (Source)

This natural reaction of deer means that you have a 50-50 chance of hitting a deer if you see one running close to the road. This is why it is very important for yours and the safety of your loved ones to pay attention to road signs and adjust your speed accordingly.

In the image gallery below you can see how much damage a deer collision can cause even with to an SUV like this Nissan.

repaired Nissan Moriarty from a deer collision

This photo is from the vehicle after the repair. Thanks to the patience and hard work of our skilled auto body technicians, this SUV looks as good as ever. But it wasn’t so when it was towed in.

SUV damage from deer collision
The entire front area of the vehicle is damaged: right bumper, front bumper, hood, radiator…Massive damage

As the image reveals, the deer was obviously coming out of the woods and onto the road when this collision happened. In fact, the distinct damage on the right bumper reveals that this collision was probably caused by the deer “taking off in a random direction”… and ending up in front of this metallic predator. All jokes aside, this bad call the deer made caused significant damage, although the deer itself walked off.

Airbags went off at collision of a deer running in front of SUV
The impact was severe enough for the airbags to go off

Usually, if a driver notices the animal on collision course, things go by without any problems. But in this case, the deer came out of nowhere and the driver did not even have the time to slow down enough to avoid airbag activation. This of course increased the overall damage to the vehicle and its cost.

Because of the severity of this animal encounter, the front bumper and hood could not absorb the impact and the engine compartment and radiator were also damaged.

radiator damage on SUV from deer collision
The bumper was not able to absorb the collision, and the radiator is damaged beyond repair

The damage to the radiator was so severe that our technicians had to replace it altogether. The front structural beam of the engine compartment was also damaged and the repair technicians had to replace it, together with several other elements forming the headlight area.

frontal collision caused significant damage to this SUV
Right fender crumpled from the deer collision

With some technicians working on the frontal area of this Nissan SUV, another technician started working on the front door that was also damaged in the collision. The damage was not severe though, which was good news for the owner. A standard auto body set of repairs restored the like-new appearance of the door, ready for re-installment back on the vehicle where the broken mirror was replaced with a new one.

Front door repair damaged in deer collision
A spark of good luck: the deer was pushed off the road instead of ending up on top of the windshield

 

After removing all the damaged panels, technicians started working on the chassis of the vehicle, replacing or repairing any structural beams, the radiator and the radiator protective mesh were also replaced. After all the structural work was done, the Nissan Moriarty was ready for panel replacement.

Auto body repairs done, the Nissan awaits panel replacement phase
Auto body repairs done, the Nissan awaits panel replacement phase

 

The finished work of this wildlife encounter was excellent. It is very difficult to make all parts fit flawlessly. This takes time, skills and great attention to detail. As you can see from the image below, the lines between different body parts are even. These even gaps are signs of a job well done.

As you can see from the image below, the edges between the right bumper, hood and front door are uniform on all their length. Achieving this precise alignment of all parts is a clear sign that this auto body repair was done by a team of detail-oriented professionals.

repaired SUV after deer collision
Notice the seamless joints between the various panels

 

We take pride in being so precise in our auto body repairs. There are very few auto body shops out there that complete their work with this level of attention to detail!

 

Keep a Clean Windshield & Avoid Glaring: Aquapel Glass Treatment

In several previous posts we talked about the crucial role a windshield has for vehicle safety, and safe driving in general. Today, as is only to be expected, let’s talk about the issue of heavy snow or rain, and how that affects your driving experience. Also, for night driving, we will touch on the problem of glaring which is especially a challenge for people with glasses.

Aquapel repells water and dirt, prevents glaring
Two months after application and Aquapel still works flawlessly
  • Have you ever found yourself driving at night and the glare from other car headlights blind you?
  • Have you ever wished that your car wipers worked just a bit faster during heavy rain?
  • Do you have problems with snow pileups on your car windshield?

Glaring, heavy rainfall and snow buildup are among the most annoying situations we face almost daily. Research shows that under heavy rain and snow, visibility significantly drops. Things get even worse at night. Thankfully, there is a solution to combat all three.

What does Aquapel Do?

Unlike many wax based water repellants, the Aquapel Glass Treatment System is a Fluoropolymer, which forms a strong, water-resistant bond with the glass surface. This means that the Aquapel solution will last a lot longer, up to 6 time longer than any other wax based water repellant solution, and makes driving a lot easier:

  • prevents raindrops from sticking on the windshield
  • prevents snow from bonding on the glass surface
  • minimizes glaring from sun and headlights
  • Reduces windshield streaking.

Take a look at the dramatic difference Aquapel makes in keeping your windshield clean, and helping you drive safely:

The Harvard Nanoscale Systems lab analyzed the Aquapel solution and concluded that it is insolvable in water, and is resistant to temperature. This means that you can wash your vehicle even with windshield cleaning solutions and the Aquapel system will remain firmly attached onto the glass surface. In fact, it helps cleaning the glass further:

  • Makes it easier to clear ice, snow, and even dirt and bugs.
  • Helps reduce water marks and salt water residue.
  • Lasts for months in normal driving conditions.

The University of Michigain did a study to see how the Aquapel System helps to improve visibility during heavy rain and snow, as well as its positive effects on glaring. Using complex measurement systems the scientists discovered that the combined effects of water repellant and anti-glaring properties account for a 100% improvement in visibility when driving at night during heavy rainfall.

The High Tone Auto Body team is very experienced in Aquapel Application services, and our clients in the Aspen-Snowmass area say that we are excellent at customer care and high level of service.

Experts say that everybody who has Aquapel applied to their car windshield has a safer driving experience: there is no glaring, no snow pileups, and any water or dirt just rolls off the windshield. Vehicles with Aquapel have 32% better chances to aviod a car crash than vehicles without Aquapel.

Here are some quotes from people who now have Aquapel applied to their vehicle windshields:

Aquapel 2 months later and still working great for today’s wintry weather. This should be standard on all motorvehicles.

I applied it about 6-8 weeks ago and I was driving in the rain yesterday without my wipers (except when going under 45mph). The slope of the Civic windshield helps, too.

It never really wears away entirely it seems. Over time it becomes less and less effective (for example the water beads get larger), however, it keeps on going! Also as it gets older if the glass is dirty and you clean it or swipe the wipers over it to clean the glass, it restores the effectiveness a good bit. I’ve had it on for a while now, it’s still working pretty well!