What happens when the car or bike isn't made of metal?
With the increasing use of carbon fibre this has become a much more important question.
A keen cyclist recently asked if there was an easy way to see the extent of the damage to their carbon frame. It had suffered a minor crash and looked OK, but they understood that didn't mean it was fine underneath. They wanted to know if it was worth paying for the check or would it just be written off anyway.
We have seen numerous developments in inspection equipment which have made it easier to see the extent of the damage. (if you aren't aware of these, have a look at this website:
JR technologies Ltd).
It is getting easier to assess the damage, but the quality of the repair was still highly dependent on the skill of the person conducting the repair.
It was these difficulties in consistency which lead to our developing our Step Sander. We spent years developing a tool, using our own experience and that of our customer's and course delegates, to produce a way of conducting faster (dust free repairs) even over curves.
I won't tell you about it here, I'm sure you know about it already. (If you haven't seen it in action click here to see it).
My results weren't perfect, but they aren't too bad either and it took no time at all.
You need to know how to assess the damage
You need to know how a composite part is made in order to repair it (if you don't know, you need to know how to find out!)
You need to know how to remove the damage and replace the materials.
You need to do it safely (looking after yourself and any sensitive equipment like electronics).
You need to know how to cure those materials and finish the part to a high standard.
If any of this if of interest to you, come along to our Repair courses. We will show you how to do all this and more.