City Paint & Tool

Repairing your Car’s Paintwork after an Accident


It happens to the best of us – no matter how careful a driver you are there’s always that tree that pops up out of nowhere, the wall that’s just a little closer than you thought or the toddler who gets a bit too close to your new paint work with a bunch of keys. Ouch. And let’s not even get started with parallel parking!

So what now? First step is to assess the damage – if the bodywork is badly damaged, you will need to take it to a panel beater to get assessed. When your car gets sent for repairs, City Paint and Tool’s experts recommend that you try to make sure that you’re dealing with a company that uses Spies Hecker. This is a premium automotive paint brand made in Port Elizabeth by Kansai Plascon under licence from Axalta. This great quality paint, stocked by City Paint and Tool, is their top choice for any automotive repairs.

Spies Hecker has been approved by top car manufacturers and supplies products to a variety of car refinishing workshops. Their Permacon range uses the latest in technological innovation in order to make it more environmentally friendly. By replacing all the organic solvent with water, Spies Hecker has ensured that this paint complies with environmental and VOC guidelines. In addition to helping the planet, this range is also easy on the pocket; thanks to the great quality, it takes less time and less paint in order to achieve fantastic results.

By supporting a company which uses locally produced paint, you are in turn supporting our local industry and therefore the local economy in general, an issue which is a high priority for City Paint and Tool. Unemployment has an extremely detrimental effect on our community so they are focused on encouraging local economic and job growth. For more information on the products that are offered have a look here.

If there is no bodywork damage but rather just slightly scratched paintwork and you’re able to fix it yourself, City Paint and Tool also supplies a range of paint cans called ‘Touch-Up’ which can be matched to the colour of your car.

When attempting to fix minor paintwork issues yourself, be sure to work carefully to ensure a professional looking finish – it’s not as easy as it looks. Ensure that the area you are planning to paint is completely clean and dry. If there is any dirt or grease on the paintwork the new paint will not adhere as effectively as it should. It can also be necessary to apply a primer before starting with the paint, depending on the product used. If this all sounds a bit daunting, feel free to pop into your closest City Paint and Tool store and get some great advice from one of their experts.

So while you may not be able to avoid every tree and wall (though you should probably try to keep the keys away from the toddler!), you can rest assured that with the great advice and products from City Paint and Tool, your car’s paintwork will look great again.