What Exactly is Eco-Friendly Car Paint?

A paint technician is applying red eco-friendly car paint to a car

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a call to action in most industries to be more sustainably responsible. Now more than ever, consumers are calling for businesses to incorporate eco-friendly systems into their operations. This trend is starting to pop up in the auto body repair industry, and Ric’s Body & Paint welcomes it with open arms. As one of Scottsdale’s premier collision repair shops, we specialize in applying eco-friendly paint to our customer’s rides. 

What Exactly is Eco-Friendly Car Paint?

The key difference between eco-friendly paint and traditional solutions is that traditional paints are solvent-borne, while sustainable options are waterborne. Traditional paint will use petrochemical products that contain a large amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to thin the paint. You’ll often find VOCs in cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and cleaning products – so they are not very good for the air. Waterborne paints are thinned with water to cut down the amount of VOCs that dissipate into the air, reducing the auto body shop’s environmental impact.

Eco-Friendly Options Can Be Higher Quality Than Traditional Paint Options

Many people assume that eco-friendly car paint is inferior to traditional paint, however, this is a major misconception. In fact, many professionals believe waterborne paints perform better than solvent-borne options. Experts have noticed several benefits to waterborne paints, such as:

  • Superior color matching capabilities
  • Requires fewer coats
  • Drys faster than traditional paint

Eco-friendly products are of higher quality, therefore, consumers may see it reflected in the price. This is partially due to the extra processes it must go through to obtain certifications and tests. Customers who look for sustainable options will appreciate the business’ eco-friendly initiative and reduced environmental impact. 

In Need of Some Serious Paint Repair?

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we are experts in color matching and applying paint to damaged vehicles. We use the best quality waterborne paint to make your car look like it’s just rolled out of the dealership. Contact us today to let us know what we can do for you.

Handling Bad Drivers on Arizona Highways

A driver is initating in safe driving and being cautious of bad drivers

In case you haven’t heard, Arizona was ranked 6th in the country for bad drivers by SmartAsset. Their report was corroborated by another study from The Road Information Program highlighting the state’s recorded 1.09 highway deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled on the state’s interstates in 2018. This is twice the national average of .58 deaths that same year.  

With so much wreckage occurring on our interstates, the question is why are they happening so often? What can we do as drivers to avoid collisions? That is why we’ve broken down a few possible causes and ways to avoid them. 

Tailgating

Getting too close to the car ahead of you considerably increases the chances of crashing into them. If they suddenly brake you will have no time to adequately maneuver around them or adjust your speed. Legally speaking, when you get into these accidents it would be your fault.

Avoid tailgating, it’s simple. Make it a habit to be at least 10 feet away per 10 mph between the car in front of you. For instance, If you are driving at a speed of 45 mph, you should remain 40 feet away from the car ahead of you. Another rule of thumb is the “three-second rule”, where once a car passes a certain point such as a road sign, count “one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi, three-Mississippi”. If you pass the same sign before the third Mississippi, you are too close. 

Failure to Use Turn Signals

It’s not only irritating when someone fails to use their turn signal, it can be extremely detrimental. We’re not psychic, we can’t guess what someone’s next move is going to be. By signaling, you are giving the drivers around you notice of your next move; decreasing your chances of a collision. 

Disrupting the Flow of Traffic

While it may seem like driving slower than the posted speed limit is safe, it can cause several problems. For one, nobody likes being stuck in traffic. A lot of the time this is caused by a car or two not flowing with traffic. Another reason motorists may drive slow is due to their level of confidence. They are not comfortable going the speed limit or above and will stick to a speed they’re okay with.

If you are uncomfortable with keeping up with traffic, let the drivers behind you pass by getting into the right lane. This way other commuters can safely go around you. 

Speeding

We’ve just recognized driving too slow can be dangerous, but going too fast can be equally unsafe. It’s no secret that many of us drive a little above the posted speed limit. It entirely depends on the road conditions, the driver’s skill set, and the other commuters in the area. 

The most important thing a driver must do is be aware of their surroundings and adjust their speed accordingly. A winding road or inclement weather are good reasons to slow down. Don’t stand out amongst the crowd, reduce your speed if you are driving faster than the other speed limit breakers around you. 

Got Into An Accident? Let Ric’s Body & Paint Help

You can be the safest driver on the road but sometimes accidents are unavoidable. When they happen you may require an auto body repair shop to restore your car to its original condition. At Ric’s Body & Paint, we’re happy to help. Our expert technicians can perform quality collision repair and paint matching services to restore your vehicle to its former glory. Contact us today to learn how we can help you get back on the road.

Teen Driving Habits to Avoid Vehicle Collisions

Young man with silly face behind the wheel of a car

It is every teenager’s dream come true when they’re finally able to drive themselves to their favorite places. However, the excitement of this newfound freedom can be interrupted by a vehicle collision due to unsafe driving habits. This is why parents must find the time to discuss and teach their kids good driving habits that will lower their chances of getting into an accident.

Limit Cell Phone Usage on the Road

There’s no question that teens love their phones, therefore parents must set a zero-tolerance policy for using a cell phone while driving. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driving habits a person can do, it’s just as unsafe as drinking and driving.  

Some ways to prevent your teen from using their phone while driving include turning it off completely while they’re behind the wheel or putting it inside the car’s glove box so it’s out of sight and out of mind.

Practice in Different Driving Conditions

By teaching your kids to drive in different conditions, they will gain a certain level of experience that will be necessary for their everyday lives. Don’t be afraid to put them behind the wheel in a rainy, snowy, or night-time setting. They need to be ready for any situation and it’s your job to guide them through these obstacles as they learn. By gaining experience in these conditions, they will become more confident when they occur, which will reduce the chance of any sort of vehicle collision.

Limit Passengers

We all know teens like to hang out with their friends, and if they’re one of the older ones in the group, people will likely use them for rides. In order to limit the driver’s distractions, the parent should not let their teen drive more than one friend around at a time for the first six months. This will help them focus on gaining driving experience and allows them to be cautious of their surroundings.

Respect the Law

One of the most important aspects of learning to drive is being aware of the laws of the road. These rules are put into place to keep everyone on the road safe. Everyone must wear their seat belts, always leave extra space between you and the car in front of yours, don’t drink and drive, and obey the speed limits.

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we understand some things are out of the driver’s hands. Our team can help repair any mild to severe vehicle collision damage to get your teen back on the road.
We offer free estimates to examine the vehicle and provide a detailed assessment of the damage and its cost to repair. Visit our website to check out the services we offer or contact us today!

Keep Your Car’s Paint in Tip-Top Shape

hand washing car with yellow rag

Whether you just bought a car or are preserving an older one, maintaining its paint job is important to make it look sharp and to retain its value. Without proper care, the car’s paint will become dull over time until eventually it will become so badly oxidized that it will need extensive paint repairs to restore it to its former glory.

What Do You Do?

Wash the Car

A simple precaution that will help keep your vehicle from oxidizing is washing it. By washing the car, you are getting rid of all the debris that collects on the road, such as dirt, oil, bugs, and other particles that find their way to your car’s surface.

Repair the Paint

The more you take the car out for a spin the more likely there will be damage. Inspect your car’s paint for any signs of damage such as scratches or white patches caused by oxidation. If the scratch is only minor, then you can fix it with a simple rubbing compound you can buy from any big box or auto parts store.

Wax Your Car‘s Paint

While you can polish your car’s paint to remove tiny scratches and marks, waxing your car can do just that as well as add another coat to its finish. When you wax your vehicle, you are adding an extra layer of protection against the elements. It is important to keep in mind that over-waxing can occur and eventually compromise the look of the paint.

Apply Sealant

For the paint to stay clean and crisp as long as possible, we recommend applying a sealant to the car’s surface. Much like wax, it will act as a shield against damage taken from everyday use.

If you need a repair to your car’s paint, Ric’s Body & Paint are here to help. Our expert painters will match your car’s color precisely to its manufacturers’ specifications. We guarantee our water-based, environmentally friendly paint will have your car looking like it just rolled out of the showroom floor.
Contact us to let us know how we can help you with your repair needs or drop by the body shop anytime. We work with all insurance companies and our estimates are always free!

Know Your Rights as a Car Repair Consumer

man under a car repairing, Collision repair industry

Finding yourself in a car repair situation is never fun, but it is important to know that you have rights as the consumer. As repairs seem like an inevitable necessity, finding a reliable and honest mechanic is important, and being an informed customer is one of the best defenses. Check out a few tips and tricks to ensure your protection when it comes to car repairs.  

Car Repair Parts

Whether you know it or not, you have the right to choose your repair parts. If something in your car needs to be replaced, you can usually choose from three kinds of parts: OEM, non-OEM, or recycled parts. Depending on your insurance policy, only some parts are covered. Each kind of part has its own set of benefits, so be sure to ask your repairman to do a little research. 

A safe and correct car repair

Once your vehicle is taken into the shop, you are ultimately paying for their services to correctly repair your car. Never be afraid or hesitant to ask questions so that you understand how your car is being repaired. Not sure where to start? You can ask your technician about their experience or qualifications and what your options are as far as the repair itself. 

Choosing your own car repair shop

Whether you get into a fender bender or an extensive collision, you have the right to choose the shop that you want your vehicle repaired at. If you are unsure about where to go, ask a friend, make a quick internet search, or head down to Ric’s Body and Paint. 

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we specialize in all of your auto body needs to get your car back on the road in a timely manner. Our team can repair severe collision damage to get your vehicle back looking like showroom new.

We offer free estimates with no appointment needed to examine your car and provide a detailed assessment of the collision and the cost to repair. Visit our website to review our other services and Contact Us today! 

Ding or Dent? What’s the Difference?

A worn-out fiat parked on the side of the road

You are walking out of the grocery store, preparing to load your bags into your car when you see it… the side of your car has damage on it from the person’s door next to you. This is a situation every car owner dreads. After spending a few seconds evaluating it, it becomes difficult to figure out if it’s a ding or a dent. 

If you find yourself in this position where you are not able to tell whether it’s a ding or dent, call Ric’s Body & Paint for all of your auto body needs. 

What is the Difference Between a Ding and a Dent?

“Ding’s” are usually classified as a mark lesser or equal to 1⁄2 inch in diameter of damage that did not damage the paint or leave any area exposed. This is normally only annoying, unsightly, and will most likely not critically damage your vehicle. 

More extensive damage to your vehicle are described as “Dents.” This is any damage that would require repainting, replacing or any type of metalwork. 

Should You Fix Dings and Dents?

If the ding appears to be merely cosmetic on your vehicle and is not affecting its performance, getting it fixed is not necessary unless you are leasing or planning to resell the car. If you are leasing your vehicle and the ding or dent looks to be anything more than normal wear and tear, you are running the risk of paying a fee when your lease is up. If you plan to sell your car, it will most likely lower its value.

Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option?

Ric’s Body & Paint offers paintless dent repair to vehicles that meet the right conditions. To start, it is important to determine if Paintless Dent Repair is the option for your damage. The premise of a Paintless Dent repair method is to restore a dented vehicle back to its original pre-damaged state. Basically, the easiest, and fastest way to get from point A to point B.

Even in largely damaged areas, dents and dings can possibly be repaired with painless techniques. The only obstacle that may arise, is if the paint is damaged. As the name suggests “Paintless Dent Repair” should not require repainting.

If your vehicle has any paint chipping, peeling, bubbling or lifting, cracking in a sharp dent – Paintless Dent Repair is not an option.

Is There No Paint Damage? Great!

There are a few factors that determine the cost of Paintless Dent Repair. Size and depth are the main factors. Dents can be dime-sized to half-dollar sized. Most of these are easy to repair.

Dents can be very shallow to very deep and misshapen, like from a vehicle collision. Asking Ric’s Body & Paint to remove the dent is your best option.

Our skilled dent repair team are like artists for auto-body work. It’s best to refer to auto-body repair professionals so your car won’t become further damaged.

Past the Point of Paintless Dent Repair As An Option?

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we specialize in all of your auto body collision repair needs to get your car back on the road in a timely manner. Our team can repair severe collision damage to get your vehicle back looking like showroom new. Our skilled auto-body technicians are also experienced in applying environmentally friendly paint, side-view mirror replacement, molding or window repairs. We offer free estimates with no appointment needed to examine your car and provide a detailed assessment of the collision and the cost to repair. Visit our website to review our other services and Contact Us today!

The History of Car Paint

A auto body technician is putting red car paint on a vehicle.

The paint job is one of the first things people notice when looking at your car. Automobiles with bright color and high gloss topcoats are what draws people’s eyes. When a car looks faded, dull and lackluster, it will look old no matter how new or good of shape it is in. However, automotive paint, wasn’t always what it is today. History provides a very interesting understanding of the development of modern automotive painting processes. Take a look at how the different technologies of painting have changed through the generations below. 

THE ROARING 20’S

The discovery of chrome plating and paint guns- in the 1920s Ford Motor Company revolutionized the automotive paint industry and started using paints made from nitrocellulose lacquers on assembly lines, this formula dried significantly faster than the older varnishes making it the choice car varnish. 1924 was the year of the chrome plating and spray gun advancement. Colin Fink and Charles Eldridge of Colombia University discovered this process making it the most popular of its time.

The 1930’s

Spay on chrome was all the hype in the ’30s, these paints provided glossier shine and much faster drying times. Dr. William Peackock was the first to develop the silvering spray to silver mirrors. Originally, mirrors were extremely expensive because they were individually produced by master craftsmen. With Dr. Peacocks 1932 discovery, thousands of mirrors were being manufactured each day, lowering the cost and making them widely available.  

The Age of Acrylics: 1950’s and 60’s 

In 1955, General Motors started using a new paint technology that required a base layer of new acrylic paint to be applied followed by the car being baked to give the car a consistent finish. This process was still under development as the finish was not as glossy as the stoving enamels that were previously being used. In 1960, Ford Motor Co. changed the game and began using acrylic stoving enamels which gave the long-lasting tough finish with the same eye-catching shine as the earlier technology.

The 1980’s: POLYURETHANE AND URETHANE

The late 80s brought the usage of urethane and polyurethane paints on vehicles. Car manufactures deemed this the most practical of its time. After the application, multiple clear coats were then applied which resulted in durable ad highly glossy finishes. 

TODAY

As the technology of automotive painting continues to evolve, some car manufacturers now use a process called electrocoating. This process submerges vehicles into a primer bath using electric currents to bind the coating to the metal of the frame of the car.  Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we specialize in collision repair. We use not only quality automotive paint but also environmentally safe paint. Our painters are certified by PPG to use Aquabase Plus, a waterborne basecoat paint.

From the times of chrome to present-day techniques, such as Aqueabse Plus, a lot has changed in the car paint world. At Ric’s Body and Paint, we find innovative ways to integrate new technology to provide precise color alignment to solid colors and metallic—including today’s tri-coat pearl and special effect colors. To learn more about Ric’s and getting your vehicle back to like “it never happened” condition contact us today.

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

You have probably frequently seen, on the road or even in your own neighborhood, driver’s texting while driving. While stopped at a red light, or passing someone on the street, you may have noticed the driver next to you staring down at their phone. Texting and driving can be as detrimental as drinking and driving. It has been well established, in controlled tests, that texting impairs driving to the same extent as alcohol. Many think that looking down to send a quick message, only for a few seconds, is harmless. However, a lot can happen in just a few seconds. These essential facts about texting and driving will hopefully show you how dangerous and life-changing something as simple as looking down for a few seconds can be. 

  • In America, 43 States have outlawed texting and driving in an effort to keep drivers safe
  • Around 9 people are killed on a daily basis in the U.S. due to distracted driving, according to the CDC
  • 18% of fatal crashes involve texting and driving
  • During daylight hours, across America, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving
  • Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey

What can we do to help?

Lead by example – Nobody should text and drive, regardless of your age. Be an example for others around you, if you need to take a call or answer a message, pull off to the side of the road to do it safely. If you are a parent, set rules for your teen regarding distracted driving. 

Be informed and be active –

Spread the word and tell your friends, family, and organizations about the importance of fully focused driving. 

Set clear rules –

Give new drivers in your life instructions and encouragement to practice safe and non-distracted driving. Discuss the fact that if they get distracted and take their eyes off the road, it could cost someone their life. 

It is important to understand that when you make the decision to text and drive, you are not only putting yourself in danger but also everyone around you. You are unfairly putting people at risk. There is plenty of time to talk, text, and tweet when you are not behind the wheel. 

We care about your driving safety, visit our website and contact us today for all of your car care needs.

Back to School Safety Driving Tips

Back to school means sharing the road again. School days bring chaos with buses picking up their passengers, kids on foot and bike hurrying to beat the first bell, and parents rushing to drop their children off to make it to work on time. It is the season to slow down, pay attention, and be aware of your surroundings even after school hours. Ric’s Body and Paint would like to help you with your preparations by offering these simple safety tips. 

School Zone Tips:

  • Never use a cell phone unless it is completely hands-free while in a school zone
  • Slow down when entering a school zone and obey all traffic laws
  • Always stop for buses that are unloading or loading students
  • Never pass other vehicles while in a school zone
  • Be aware and look out for school zone signs, signals, children, bus stops, and sidewalks
  • ALWAYS obey the speed limit

Sharing the Road with Pedestrians:

At Ric’s Body and Paint, we think it is important to educate the community to keep and raise awareness on transportation-related incidents. Below are a few precautions to let children get across safely. 

  • Use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians no matter who has the right of way
  • Never block the crosswalk when at a red light or waiting to turn – this forces pedestrians to go around you, putting them in the path of moving traffic
  • Be aware of children in all areas, zones, playgrounds, parks, and residential areas
  • Always stop for a crossing guard or patrol officer holding up a stop sign
  • Never honk to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists:

Bicyclists have the same rules and responsibilities as vehicles, however, bicyclists are often hard to see. It is important to us that we keep the community safe and protect young children, especially on bikes.

  • Check all mirrors before opening your doors
  • Watch for bikes coming out of driveways or from blind-spots
  • Be aware when turning left – if a bicyclist is approaching, wait for the rider to pass
  • Take note when bike riders are turning in front of you without signaling

Ric’s Body and Paint supports families and safe driving habits. By taking an extra moment to be aware of your surroundings during the hustle and bustle of school mornings, pedestrians, and motorists can co-exist safely in school zones and the children in our community can make it to school on time and safely!

Tips on Car Care in the Midsummer Arizona Heat

hand washing car with yellow rag

Picture this: It’s the middle of July and the 115-degree weather is becoming a bit too intense for your preference, you decide to take a weekend getaway to California to escape the Arizona heat. You reach the halfway point between Calexico and Yuma when suddenly your relaxing weekend getaway turns into a disaster in seconds – your check engine light glows and you’re forced to pull over.

With proper attention, care, and vehicle maintenance, these situations can be avoided. Unfortunately, your engine is not the only thing that you have to worry about. It’s no wonder why Phoenix is nicknamed The Valley of the Sun- it often feels as though you are living on the surface of the sun. The harsh UV rays and extreme heat can deteriorate the paint and interior surfaces of your vehicle.

Ric’s Body and Paint can assist you in taking steps to protect your vehicle and preserve your ride from the harmful effects of the extreme heat that Phoenix brings that can prevent costly repairs in the future. Keep your vehicle looking good and driving better by keeping these tips in mind.

INTERIOR CARE


Put that Shield up


Have you ever gotten into your car and the heat of the interior almost takes your breath away? Have you noticed small cracks on your dashboard, steering wheel or center console since the summer months have hit? These can all be avoided or improved by the simple use of a windshield sunshade. Preserve your interior while improving the temperature, it’s a win-win!

Sunglasses! (for your car)


According to Bloomberg Business-week, properly tinting your windows can help reduce glare, UV exposure, and heat, however, be sure that they adhere to Arizona state laws on tinting application.

Crack ‘em


The 115-degree heat is pretty miserable especially when your car has been baking in it. Cracking your windows to relieve some of the built-up heat that can prevent it from turning into an oven. These high heat temperatures can cause the interior to fade and deteriorate

EXTERIOR CAR CARE

Scrub-a-dub-dub


Small pieces of dirt can easily scratch and damage the paint of your car. The infamous haboobs can also damage and leave water spots on the car paint. Regularly washing your vehicle can prevent damage to its topcoat, however, if it is permanently damaged, we provide services to make your ride look like new!

Wax, wax, wax


A simple coat of wax can protect your vehicle’s paint from dirt, sun damage, and water spots to make your car look shiny and brand new! Consumer reports recommend polishing your car in the spring and fall.

Don’t forget your Sunscreen!


If you don’t have the option to park in a garage or have other covered parking options, a car cover might be a good investment. Car covers are a great alternative to combat the heat, sun, and dirt from reaching your car. This weather-resistant car cover acts as SPF to your ride’s paint.

Look out for trees!


Finding a shady place to park will help keep the sun away and reduce your car’s interior temperature. If you have leather seats, you will thank us later when you don’t get your seat scorched when you sit down!

Keep up with your battery.


It is well known that the extreme desert heat depletes your vehicle’s battery. Make sure to regularly test your battery and keeping the top clean to preserve its lifespan.

The engine that could (not)


If heat affecting your car’s battery came as a surprise to you, then this may blow you away. High temperatures can hurt your engine. This is a common misconception because as long as you are driving, your engine is hot. But the engine itself is more apt to take a hit in the summer heat. The oil inside the engine oftentimes breaks down at extreme temperatures which can do a lot of damage. Regular oil changes are vital to your car’s health, at least every 3-5,000 miles.

Protecting your car from the Arizona heat will increase its longevity and keep it in better shape. Let us assist you in any issues that this extreme heat brings to your vehicle. For more auto tips and to contact us, visit our website to learn more!