The History of Car Paint

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

Go slow, children at school. Back to school means sharing the road again. School days bring chaos with school buses picking up their passengers, kids on foot and bike hurrying to beat the first school 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 school 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 to school 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, school zones, playgrounds, parks, and residential areas
  • Always stop for a crossing guard or school 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

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!

Drive Safely in a Haboob

Ric’s Body & Paint reminds you that monsoons have returned to Arizona, and that means you might end up experiencing a haboob sometime this summer. The word haboob derives from an Arabic word, “habb,” which translates to “wind.” A haboob is an intense wall of dust, formed during a thunderstorm when the storm collapses and wind gusts outwards in a rush. Cold air quickly moves downward and is pushed forward by the front of a thunderstorm cell, gathering dust as it travels across the land, obstructing visibility and even blocking out the sun. While haboobs occur in the deserts of Arabia and North Africa, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Arizona experiences an average of three haboobs each year. 

Haboobs can be a sight to behold. Picture a wall of dust stretching 100 miles across, that starts at a height of around 1,500 feet, and can quickly double in height. The infamous haboob that hit Arizona in July, 2011 grew to an astounding 5,000 feet as it made its way across the Valley; to put that in context, the Empire State Building is “only” 1,454 feet tall! 

As you might imagine, you definitely don’t want to be caught on the road when the next haboob strikes the Valley, plunging you from daylight to total darkness within a minute. While you may never experience it for yourself, you should be prepared for how to deal with a haboob. Here are some tips that could potentially save your life if you find yourself driving into an approaching haboob.  

  • Slow down and assess traffic around you. Act quickly to scout a path away from impending danger. Immediately close open windows and air vents, to prevent as much dust as possible from getting into your car. 
  • Pull off the road as soon as possible. Do not stop in the emergency lane – other vehicles might end up there and run into you. 
  • Once you’ve safely stopped, immediately turn off all lights, including emergency lights – inside and outside your vehicle. While this may seem counter-intuitive, you’ll be greatly reducing the chances of another vehicle rear-ending you. Activate your emergency brake, take your foot off the brakes, and keep your safety belt buckled. 
  • Listen to the radio for updates on the haboob. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) regularly updates stations on hazardous conditions on our roadways, and keeps drivers updated via overhead message boards and social media.
  • Once you’ve determined the storm has passed, use caution when you return to the roadway. 

Of course, it’s always a good idea to check weather and road conditions before you head out to drive anywhere. The best way to not be caught in a haboob is to avoid it in the first place, and always make sure you have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle.

If you’re unlucky enough to be caught in a haboob or your vehicle is damaged by any other type of storms this summer, contact Ric’s Body & Paint. For more than 40 years, we’ve been the Valley’s go-to shop for top-quality repairs and excellent service. At Ric’s, we make getting you back on the road as painless as possible.

Common Causes of Car Paint Chipping

At Ric’s Body and Paint, we want your car to last as long as possible and look taken care of when driving around here in the Valley. Car paint protects the body of the vehicle from external factors. Some examples of that are weather, road debris, and sharp objects

If your car has paint damage, it’s important that you get it fixed by a reputable auto body shop. Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we use various techniques to accurately match your car’s color. We use a meticulous sanding, masking, and painting process to help ensure a perfect surface quality. Contact us if you are in need of a fresh and high-quality paint job.

Assured Performance Certifications

Recently, Ric’s Body and Paint has been Certified by the Assured Performance Network as an official auto repair for certain brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications. We are proud to say that we have been officially recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, and Kia.

The Assured Performance Network is a non-profit organization to ensure consumers that auto shops are supplying the right tools, equipment, training, and facilities to repair participating brand vehicles, according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Our Certification means that we ensure proper and safe repair to the new generation of advanced vehicles. Fewer than 5% of body shops across the U.S. are able to meet the requirements to become recognized.

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we are happy to provide the Valley with the most advanced auto repair capabilities since 1976. We provide top-quality repairs and excellent service. Contact us today if you are in need of an auto shop.  

Tips for a Longer Lasting Car

Most of us here in Arizona are highly dependent on our cars for transportation. With this summer heat, you’ll want to make sure you are keeping our cars in top shape to last for as long as possible. There are many things you can do to keep your car in shape for long life. Some of the most important things include:

Keep it Clean


Being in the hot sun makes cars more vulnerable to paint oxidation. This can diminish the car value as it is expensive to remove and fix. Waxing your car several times a year and keeping it in the garage can prevent oxidation from happening. Also, washing your car regularly can help the exterior last longer with the removal of paint damaging debris from the outdoors.

Maintain Regular Service


Your car’s oil is the heart of its engine. Servicing your car every 4000-5000 miles or every 6 months is critical in ensuring that your car is running smoothly. Making sure you let your car warm up to let the oil pump will help your car perform better on the road and last longer.

Maintain Regular Service


Your car’s oil is the heart of its engine. Servicing your car every 4000-5000 miles or every 6 months is critical in ensuring that your car is running smoothly. Making sure you let your car warm up to let the oil pump will help your car perform better on the road and last longer.

Stay on Top of Repairs


Having a reliable body shop in mind is important in the event of a minor fender bender. The slightest of accidents can have a big effect on your car long term. Ric’s Body and Paint is a certified collision repair shop that gives you the best quality for repairs and customer service. Contact us today to learn more about collision repairs and how we can help your car stay in tip-top shape to last as long as possible.

Car Value After an Accident

Accidents happen, it’s a part of life. Your insurance is there for you in case of a collision. However, dealing with them is not always easy. It can be stressful and exasperating, therefore it’s important to know the value of your car after the accident. Here are a couple of key points about your car value after a collision.

The value of a car depreciates after an accident. The decrease in value is dependent upon a few different variables including but not limited to; accident history, type of car, and severity of the accident. The way insurance companies determine the value is through an algorithm called the 17c formula. The formula was invented to standardized the way of calculating claims after a wreck.

Understanding your insurance is critical. Before looking into signing a contract or agreement, it is important to look and see how much coverage you have when a collision occurs.

Handling insurance claims and policies can be difficult but getting your car repaired doesn’t have to be. Our top priority is to give you the ease of mind that your car will be taken care of whether you have minor dents and dings, or full-on collision damage. Our experienced technicians will carefully repair or replace all damaged parts, bringing your vehicle back to manufacturers’ specifications.

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint, we want to make sure your repairs are hassle-free because we know how stressful a collision can be. We want you to know you are taken care of and that we provide the highest quality of repairs.

Contact us to learn more about how we can make your collision repairs go as smooth as possible.

Paint: Questions and Answers

Here at Ric’s Body and Paint we always want to be able to answer our loyal customers’ questions, especially when it comes to paint. Here are some of the top questions we hear from our customers concerning the paint on their cars.

Q: What are the benefits of waterborne paint?
A: The paint is better for the environment. Less toxic paint is important since elevated concentrations of paint can persist in the air long after painting or repainting is completed, according to the EPA. Using waterborne paint creates healthier working conditions for our staff. Waterborne paint reduces the emission of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), improving air quality and reducing the health risk to everyone involved. For multiple shades and striping, waterborne paint has an advantage when it comes to spraying due to a thinner application.  It takes a less clear coat to even out the surface for the different layers. Wet paint tends to have a different hue from the true color. Once it dries, the waterborne paint will take on the true hue. We have found that waterborne paint comes out cleaner and brighter than solvent-based paint.


Q: Can clear coat fade?
A: This is a tricky one. The answer is Yes and No.
Technically speaking, since the clear coat has no color, it cannot fade or lose its brightness. It can, however, become dull, but that’s not the same as fading and is more typically a sign of oxidation and the buildup of above surface contaminants.

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