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Bumper Repair Terms

Every industry uses trade terms and the bumper repair business is no different. Below we have provided a brief list of bumper repair terms so you can understand "bumper-speak" the next time you  talk to a bumper repair technician.

A/M - Aftermarket indicates part was not made by original manufacturer.

Basecoat - a paint system in which the color effect is produced by applying a highly pigmented coat of paint (basecoat) followed by a transparent coat to provide gloss and durability (clearcoat). The basecoat and clearcoats in use today are generally urethane-based. This system is much more durable and resists fading to a greater degree than previous paint systems.

Blending - The process of gradually blending paint into an adjacent panel to reduce color variations.

Clearcoat - a paint system in which the color effect is produced by applying a highly pigmented coat of paint (basecoat) followed by a transparent coat to provide gloss and durability (clearcoat). The basecoat and clearcoats in use today are generally urethane-based. This system is much more durable and resists fading to a greater degree than previous paint systems.

Color Sand and Buff - the process of sanding a repainted surface with ultra fine sandpaper to remove minor surface imperfections in the paint. The repainted parts are then buffed to restore original gloss. Also called denib and buff, final sand and buff, or finessing.

Heat & Pop - The process by which a bumper dent is heated and reformed into it's original shape.

OEM - Part is made by the original vehicle manufacturer or its licensed supplier and is warranteed to be genuine.

Primer - the first layer of a coating system, applied to an unpainted surface. The purpose of primer is to protect the surface from corrosion and properly prepare it for the next coat. It must have excellent adhesion to the substrate and to the coating that follows.

Primer-Sealer a combination primer and sealer, designed to improve adhesion of the basecoat and to seal old painted surfaces that have been sanded.

QRP - Quality Replacement Part - Another term for Aftermarket parts (see A/M)

Tint and blend - see tinting, blending.

Tinter - a colored pigment or paint mixture used to mix color. Typically a painter will input a color code from the vehicle into a computer that uses various tinters to reproduce the color of the vehicle. Tinters are also used to make small adjustments in color when color variations occur. See tinting.

Tinting - the process of mixing toners to a paint in order match the existing paint finish. Even though we use a computer to match the paint back to the factory specifications, variations occur even at the factory. Tinting is used to more closely match the color to that on the vehicle.

Topcoat - the final layer of a coating system. The topcoat may also impart ultra violet (UV) protection from sunlight.

Touch-up
applying paint to a localized area. For example, covering up a small scratch. Typically touch ups do not look as good as a correctly applied paint.

Two-part a paint or lacquer supplied in two parts that must be mixed together in the correct proportions before use. The mixture will remain usable only for a limited period after mixing. Most modern paints are two-part systems. Also called two-pack.

Undercoat - the first coat applied to a vehicle, typically a primer, sealer, or surfacer.
 

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