SMART is an acronym that typically stands for Small to Medium Area Repair Technique.
SMART Repair is a specific discipline that has grown rapidly and several mainstream automotive dealers embrace smart repair as a professional repair. Before smart repair, all bodywork restoration used to be carried out with traditional equipment and techniques that involved painting or repairing entire and adjoining panels even if the damage was small.
The smart system began as an alternative to full re-sprays for chipped paint and evolved from there. An entirely new discipline was originated related to but separate from body shop techniques. It is able to professionally repair all the everyday damages a vehicle is likely to acquire.
However, these specialist techniques are not suitable for repairing vehicles that have been involved in serious accidents. If the structure is damaged, panels need to be replaced due to corrosion or extensive devastation, or when a vehicle requires a complete re-spray. Such repairs will always require the techniques employed by a traditional body shop.
SMART Repair is particularly designed to rectify scratched, chipped, and dented paintwork in the car body or plastics. It can repair scuffed and kerbed alloys as well as damaged bumpers. Dents, mirror casings, scratched bumper, alloy wheel kerbing, vandal scratches, windscreen damage, leather seat fading, upholstery wear, and interior trim tears are all well taken care of within the competence of the process.
As each of these rejuvenation techniques focus on micro not macro repair, the end results are far cheaper and considerably faster. The repairs typically take 1-2 hours maximum.
Furthermore, the equipment and materials to be used do not require specialist environments like specialist paint booths or expensive machinery.
There are numerous techniques being employed today in the process and the technology and materials keep evolving. Typically, the following disciplines are delivered as SMART Repair:
• Paint Spot Repair
• Alloy Wheel Repair
• Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)
• Windshield Repair
• Plastic Trim Repair
• Interior Repair