Las Vegas Aluminum Repair
With the current trend to use aluminum more commonly within the automotive industry, the need for experienced mechanics who understand the best strategies to use in repairs related to this material increases greatly. The practices and tools required for aluminum repair are similar to those techniques developed for the repair of more traditional metals (automotive steel). However, as the auto industry continues to incorporate more and more aluminum into vehicles, the need for qualified, capable auto mechanics who can handle aluminum repairs of all sorts continues to rise.
Aluminum Repair – Heat Shrinking
If your aluminum skin panels have suffered damage that has created dents, a process known as heat shrinking can be used to eliminate them. The area of the aluminum panel that is situated around the dent is heated with a torch. As a result of the stress created by the heat, the dent pushes outward.
Las Vegas Aluminum Repair – Welding
Proper training is required for all mechanics who intend to specialize in welding repairs for aluminum auto parts. The surface must be completely clean to avoid unnecessary damage or poor welding. In particular, the presence of any residue containing certain gases (hydrogen or oxygen) can contaminate the welding process. It is also important to avoid external contaminants on the aluminum in order to avoid the potential danger of noxious fumes during TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding. Aluminum responds well to conventional Gas Metal Arc Welding, also known as GMAW.
Las Vegas Auto Aluminum Repair
Our industry-trained mechanics are skilled in all manner of aluminum repair tasks. This is important, especially since aluminum does not change color, even when it is fully heated to its melting point in the repair process. Therefore, it takes a skilled technician to properly handle this type of task. Additionally, aluminum has a soft nature, and so, it must be dealt with properly in order to avoid gouging the material. This means that only certain types of tools can be used in the process of repairing aluminum auto parts.