Resolution: We have reviewed the current Audatex refinish procedures for the blending process. In accordance with database reference manual, the Audatex blending formula does not include the basecoat blender application process. If this process is needed, we suggest to add a manual entry for this labor allowance. No change warranted at this time.
Inquiry Type: Refinish Operations
Area of Vehicle: Pillars, Rocker And Floor
Issue Summary: This issue will be applicable to all repairs regardless of the OEM or Paint manufacturer and is in regards to panels with no damage that must be refinished for color matching purposes, or spot repairs with full refinish time. Nearly all paint manufacturers require a basecoat blender aka wet bed to be applied to the entire panel before basecoat is applied to the blended area, or to the spot repair area. Solvent and Water line list this step on the refinish process to ensure the area of the color blend is less detectible, either to help the metallic lay down properly, or to help ensure a smooth transition even with solid colors. Blend time, and Extend Clear Coat times do not appear to account for this added step needed for today's modern paint lines.
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Estimated Part Surface Area: square inches
Suggested Action: Could the P-pages be clarified to state that if a wet bed of blender is needed the refinish formula should be used. Or perhaps a separate classification that would allow for 90% of base coat refinish time.