Monday, October 29th, 2012 at
Get Your Headlights Restored Today – Before You Get a Fine!
Are your headlights so cloudy they’re just asking for an infringement notice? Don’t worry, Smart Finish can help. Recently, we restored a pair of headlights for a client who said she was actually pulled over by the cops after she had made her booking with us (but before the work was done, obviously ). The policeman was ready to issue an infringment notice (and $150 fine) when she showed him her calendar to prove she’d already booked a Smart Finish headlight restoration service. Luckily he let her go with a warning and we were able to work our magic on the headlights. Phew!
A Before/After Example of Car Headlight Restoration
This is a mobile service and we get results like these in under 2 hours.
Headlights Before – Cloudy, Opaque and Illegal!
Headlights After Restoration – Perfect!
Headlight Renewal Perth : Joondalup & Northern Suburbs + Southern Suburbs
You’ll be pleased to know we travel all over Perth, so whether you’re in Joondalup or Northern suburbs, or south of the river, we can book in your headlight renewal service. As always, we come to you for the ultimate convenience.
Use our easy contact form, or call 0423 667 851 today.
Monday, July 30th, 2012 at
Service Area – North and South of the River
To save driving all over the City, we try to keep all jobs on any particular day in one area. If you live more than 30 minutes drive from the City, you might need to wait until we can arrange a few jobs in your area to make it worth our while coming out.
North of the River Mobile Vehicle Repairs
The Smart Finish mobile van can be seen all over Perth. Despite the fact we will travel to most areas in Perth, it seems South of the River people call us more often… and we’re constantly surprised by the number of jobs South of the River! So this post is a little reminder that we also offer services North of the River, in Osborne Park, Joondalup, Wanneroo and surrounds. Our usual list of services applies!
Joondalup & North of the River
Given that we don’t often hear from you northern suburb people, we’d like to remind you that our services are available in Joondalup and other North of the River suburbs. So don’t be shy, give us a call!
- Ocean Reef
- All surrounding Northern Suburbs
South of the River
Yes, we also travel South of the River! We especially like those southern suburbs close the City.
Contact Smart Finish by email, phone or use our contact form. We will ask for a photo of the damage in order to give you a quote, then we can arrange a quote anywhere in Perth – including Joondalup and Northern Suburbs – so give us a call today!
Related Pages: Bumper Repairs Joondalup
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at
Polished Rim Repairs, Perth Western Australia
What Are Polished Alloys? (Machined Rims)
Polished alloy wheels, also known as machined rims, have a distinct factory finish that makes them appear scored (or textured) and not completely smooth like non-machined alloys.
Can Smart Finish Repair Polished Rims?
Yes and No. “Yes”, we can repair the damage (remove scratches) and repaint the wheel, but “no”, we cannot re-machine the wheel. Given the nature of SMART Repairs, we do not carry a wheel-polishing machine, so we cannot re-score (re-texture) your rims. That said, we can repair some polished rims, depending on the design of the wheel and the extent of the damage.
To find out whether we can repair your wheel without re-machining, you will need to send us photos for a quote.
Example – Polished/Machined Alloy with Kerb Damage
Photo 1: BMW BEFORE - Here is an example of a machined rim with kerb damage. In this case, the rim is highly polished. Other machined rims may be more or less polished, but their original/factory finish always looks textured, not smooth.
Photo 2: BMW AFTER - Because the damaged area was limited to the bead, we were able to achieve this result without needing to machine the wheel. We think this looks pretty good and so do our clients! When standing back from about 1/2 a meter away you can't even see the repair.
Photo 3: AUDI BEFORE - Polished Alloy, Light-coloured with light damage.
Photo 4: AUDI DURING - You can see how the repair process, which involves grinding out damage, not only removes the damage, but also removes the factory finish. The repaired area is smooth, while the original area is textured.
Photo 5: AUDI AFTER - By painting the area using a special painting technique, we have imitated the factory machined look, without a machine. The repair is still slightly visible, but 100% better than before!
Your 3 Options for Polished Rim Repairs in Perth
- Get us, Smart Finish, to repair the damage and imitate the original factory/machined look without actual machining.
- Ask Smart Finish to repair the damage and don’t bother restoring the machined finish. Yes, that’s right! Some people could care less whether their wheels are machined or not – they just want the damage gone. If that sounds like you, we can easily grind back the damage and give you shiny, smooth wheels. This is especially useful for people with damage on all four wheels who are trying the keep the costs down.
- Get your rims properly re-machined. In Perth, this service is offered by Alliance Rim Repairs in Malaga. These guys do a great job and we highly recommend them. Please note you will need to either leave your car with them, or take your wheels to them for a day or two. Alliance’s repairs are more expensive, but you will get the original finish. Our repairs are cheaper, can be done at your location, and although we remove scratches we can we only “imitate” the machined look.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at
After answering the same questions over and over again… just a few too many times , we’ve decided to put together a FAQ page.
We’ve aimed to answer all your Frequently Asked Questions on one convenient page! Whether it’s a general business question (how can I pay you?), or a repair-specific question (will the colour match?), the FAQ covers it!
I will be linking to this page in my auto-reply emails too, so hopefully new customers will be able to have their questions answered up-front.
Have a read and let us know what you think. And if there’s a question we’ve forgotten to include, tell us and we’ll update the page ASAP. You can use the comments form (link at top right) for this page to let us know.
Check it out here >> Smart Finish FAQ
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at
Smart Finish is very happy to provide a mobile EFTPOS facility with Australia’s award winning bank, St George. Making it even more convenient to our customers for purchasing our services. Most people don’t use cheques anymore, cash is still popular but not always convenient and EFT is somewhat unreliable leaving many accounts still overdue. This puts stress on our business.
We are looking forward to using our new facility and launching it for the new year 2012
Friday, December 9th, 2011 at
DeVilbiss SRI PRO HVLP
SMART FINISH is excited to have taken delivery of our NEW SRI PRO series DeVILBISS HVLP spray gun. This is a highly engineered gun, made specifically for the SMART repair industry. It’s precision and finesse will undoubtedly prove to meet the highest quality in auto refinishing.
We all like getting new toys to play with in our various industry’s, and for us this is our new toy! The Ferrari of HVLP spray guns.
Without boring one with all the details of the SRI PRO series gun, it basically means as a repairer, we can provide the highest quality given to you “the customer” with absolute satisfaction in the end result. If we’re happy, you’re happy!
This is the 1st if our DeVilbiss guns and we aim to upgrade all our finishing guns to this reputable and high quality brand.
A little info about HVLP.
HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure)
This is similar to a conventional spray gun using a compressor to supply the air, but the spray gun itself requires a lower pressure (LP). A higher volume (HV) of air is used to aerosolise and propel the paint at lower air pressure. The result is a higher proportion of paint reaching the target surface with reduced over spray, materials consumption, and air pollution. A regulator is often required so that the air pressure from a conventional compressor can be lowered for the HVLP spray gun.
For more info and all credits regarding this article on HVLP go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spray_painting
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new headlight sealant, all the way from the USA. Our new sealant is very different from all those “conventional” type sealant kits purchased from auto stores and used by other companies. It is as rare as gold and costs the price of a fuel booster pump from a space shuttle! .
Our unique product reseals all polycarbonate lenses from disclouration after the headlight has been restored. The headlight restoration process, combined with this sealant, will add clarity and better visibility to night driving as well as looking good. Our headlight restoration process only costs $100 per pair of headlights.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at
New colour box
One of our 75 fan decks, This one is for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Lotus
We are excited to announce the arrival of our new colour box, making it much easier to match colours. It’s a great backup to our powerful paint software program for looking up any vehicle’s colour code. Our new colour box consists of over 75 fan decks, containing more 4000 sprayed colour & variant chips, grouped by car manufacturer, it enables us to visualize the different variant shades of original car colours without making a spray out. Getting the colour right the first time will save us time, money and mistakes.
How we match a vehicle’s colour starts from finding the paint code from the vehicle, usually on a plaque under the bonnet, sometimes in the door jam or even in the spare wheel well. Once we have found that code, it is entered into the computer to identify the colour. There are usually multiple variants of one colour and that is when our new colour box comes into play. Being told by the software that there are variants we are then sent to the colour box to identify the actual variant. After we have visually identified the coloured card against the vehicle body and confirmed the colour its time to mix. Telling the computer how much we actually want to mix, it gives us a formula where we can mix using all of our various tints in specific order to exact measurements.
But what happens if the color has faded I hear you ask? No problem, we can still tint the color out to match the existing colour.
Monday, October 17th, 2011 at
NOTE: Hire our mobile service. Read our auto paint repair Perth webpage
to see what we can do for your car's paintwork.
Mobile Auto Paint Touch Ups
Smart Finish can repair a variety of paint problems anywhere in the Perth metro area. When our customers ask for paint touch up to their car, the repair typically involves one or more of the following:
- Brush-touching tiny chips – including stone chips.
- Spray-painting larger problems areas – including scratches from wear and tear.
Colour Matching Your Car’s Paint for the Perfect Touch Up
The Smart Finish mobile vehicle is equipped with on-board computer and colour matching software. We use the software to match paint to the manufacturer’s specifications for your car’s make, model and year. If your car is old and faded, our experienced technicians use their expertise to tint the manufactuer-specified paint colour to the correct shade. This allows us to get the perfect shade for any vehicle – no matter whether it’s metallic or non-metallic auto paint.
Does Your Car Need a Paint Touchup?
A few small chips can ruin the entire look of your car. You’d be surprised how touching up the paintwork – even small stone chips or scratches – can restore your car’s good looks.
Why not give Smart Finish a call? Our mobile auto paint touch up service Perth prices start from only $59/visit. Prices vary depending on the size of the touchup job, but you always get value for money. Your car will look better and you will add to the resale value of the vehicle.
Give us a call today!
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at
Types of Auto Scratch Repairs
NOTE: If you need our mobile service, read the scratch repair Perth page
to see what we can do for your car.
Scratch Repair Perth
Smart Finish is called out to a variety of scratch repair jobs in the Perth metro area. Scratch damage typically involves one or more of the following:
- Paint Scratch Repairs – Superficial/Shallow. This kind of damage is usually easy to fix with some careful (expert) sandpapering, followed by polishing treatments. Common causes include home-detailing with a dirty/sandy chamois, bush-bashing, children (!) and overuse of drive-through car wash.
- Paint Scratch Repairs – Deep Scratches. Deep scratches, especially those that break through the clear coat of the car will require more work to fix. These scratches may result from key scratches (vandalism), car park damage and general wear and tear. In most cases we will repaint (respray) the area.
- Bumper Scratches. Bumper scratches – including painted and plastic bumpers.
- Headlight Scratches. Damage to headlight lenses.
- Wheel Scratches. Kerb damage to alloy wheels (also called ‘kerb rash’).
Scratch Repair Perth – Our SMART Process
Unlike body shop repairs, mobile repairs using SMART brings the cost down. Our low pressure paint spray guns and purpose-developed technique means we can complete scratch repairs from our mobile vehicle in a matter of hours. This allows us to charge small fees for jobs that might otherwise cost thousands.
Frequently Asked Questions About Scratch Repair
How much does it cost? To give you an idea, our mobile scratch repair Perth services generally range from $159/visit and up to $600 for scratches on multiple areas. From time to time we complete larger (multi-day) jobs which may cost more. When compared with panel shop prices, our scratch repair Perth service is great value for money.
How do you get the paint colour right? Our mobile service vehicles are equipped with on-board computers. The computers are loaded with software that enables us to colour match the exact paint to your car’s make, model and year.
Are the scratch repairs permanent? Yes, all repairs are permanent.
Do you have a shop front? No. All our repairs are conducted at your home or work. From time to time we will pick up your car and drop it back – but this is usually for larger 1-2 day jobs. If you think you need a pickup/dropoff service, please ask.
How long does it take? Superficial scratch repairs can take as little as 1 hour. Large scratches may take 2 hours and deep/long scratches can take 3-4 hours. The reason it takes so long is because we spend time preparing your car to create the perfect final result. We first mask up your car to protect the overall vehicle while we work. We then sand, smooth and polish to remove the damage before priming, painting, clear-coating and blending. It’s a many stage process that takes time to do well.
Why are panel shops so expensive? Most panel shops do not use SMART for their repairs. This means they will often repaint an entire panel for a small-area problem. Unlike body shops, we focus only on the small area (usually less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper) and we use specialised techniques to get a great result in a much shorter timeframe.