Inefficiencies in production at auto body repair shops can often go unobserved and unnoticed, slowly draining significant portion of your company’s profits. Have you been noticing these issues in your shop?
- Re-do’s and Repairs, Heavy Films, Nib and Buffing
- Long Dry Times
- Waste Removal/Disposal
Re-do’s and Repairs, Heavy Films, Nib and Buffing
Neglected spray gun cleaning processes can pose a great threat to the success of body shops. When spray guns are not cleaned properly paint builds up in the fluid passageways and air passageways, disrupting the flow of fluid and air. Built up paint in the fluid lines can cause contamination and tiger stripping resulting in nib and buffing or possibly even re-do’s. Built up paint in the fluid passageways can also cause the pattern of the spray gun to shrink, requiring the painter to spend more time painting vehicles while using more material to achieve proper coverage. This extra time and materials results in the cost of vehicle repair to increase per unit in body shops, an added cost resulting in longer dry times.
Long Dry Times
Every minute a vehicle sits in a booth drying is a loss of productivity for painters slowing down shop productivity while waiting on paint to dry. Many auto body repair shops do not have the appropriate drying system in their paint booths or do not have one at all. This results in additional time and money used to repair the damage that many air movement systems create, or long periods of waiting on paint to dry. Many air movement systems fail to utilize air movement and therefore create high velocity air movement hoping faster air will result in faster dry times. Though, the direct contact of high velocity air on wet surfaces may dry the surface faster the rest of the surfaces will take longer, especially bumpers or door handles on vehicles. High velocity air movement also increases the chances for nib and buffing as debris get stirred in the paint booth.
Hazardous waste, as most shop owners know, is an expensive by-product of auto body repair shops. Waste must be stored and handled according to government set regulations for body shops and disposed of according to each states laws and regulations. This becomes an expensive process if dealt with inefficiently. Hazardous 55 gallon waste drums can cost anywhere from $200 to $1000+ for hazardous waste disposal services, depending on what state your business is located in. A misconception that commonly occurs is the treatment for waterborne waste. Even though waterborne paint is free of solvents, it is still considered hazardous waste in regards to the TCLP test. Therefore, proper hazardous waste treatment is required, even for waterborne paint waste.