The use of aluminum in vehicle construction continues to increase with each model year. Some vehicles are constructed almost entirely out of aluminum, while others may only have certain parts and panels made of aluminum, such as the hood, fenders, doors, and trunk lid. Aluminum is also commonly used in mechanical parts. When aluminum is used for exterior panels, the benefit is less weight with strength similar to steel.
Aluminum Vs Steel
Typically, aluminum panels will be thicker than a steel panel and still weigh less. Aluminum panels may be used in conjunction with aluminum, magnesium, steel, or composite materials
Aluminum Panel Repair
Aluminum repairs are much different than steel. Steel has “metal memory” which means it easily can be returned to its original structure. Aluminum is more pliable and special tools are needed to repair dents. Aluminum also reacts differently to heat. Too much heat can compromise the integrity of aluminum. Due to this act, many vehicles with extensive aluminum components use alternative methods to connect parts besides welding.
At NB Collision Center our technicians are equipped with advanced knowledge and modern tools to repair aluminum panels to meet car manufacturer standards.