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SMART repair FAQs: How do we fix dents and scratches?

The SMART technique has transformed car repair. It allows us to fix just the damaged area without replacing the entire panel or bumper.Minor dents, scratches and scuffs are now quick, easy and cheap to repair. We can restore the car’s bodywork to make it look as good as new in just a few hours. Sydney Autobody introduced the innovative SMART repair technique to Sydney 20 years ago. In this blog we answer your most frequently asked questions.

What is SMART repair?

SMART stands for Small to Medium Area Repair Technology. It’s a technique for repairing small areas of car bodywork damage. Sydney Autobody uses specialist tools, materials and paints to blend the repair with the surrounding panel. It’s much quicker and cheaper than traditional car repair.

Do all repairers use the SMART method?

No, many do not. But all Autobody Sydney repair specialists are trained and certified SMART repairers.

How long does it take?

A standard bumper scuff repair will take as little as three hours with a Autobody Sydney specialist. Your repairer will give you an approximate time with your repair cost estimate.

Will the paint colour match?

Yes, we can match any paint colour and finish with our colour-matching technology.We start with the manufacturer’s colour code and then use our spectrophotometer machine to scan the paint and identify the specific tone. We can then replicate the colour with our specialist range of tints.

How exactly does SMART repair work?

Here are the steps for repairing scratches and scuffs:

  1. Clean and dry the area to remove dirt and waxes that may interfere with the repair

  2. Carefully mask off neighbouring panels and details like lights, badges and moulding to protect them

  3. Sand back the damaged area to reveal paint and primer layers – we rebuild the colour layer by layer for a high quality finish

  4. Prime with a grey base and cure with an infrared lamp

  5. Apply the paint in thin layers with a spray gun, heating it to dry between each application

  6. Cure the entire area with an infrared lamp

  7. Allow to cool, then remove any paint nibs with extremely fine grain paper

  8. Polish and buff the panel

For how long is the repair guaranteed?

All our paintwork and dent repairs come with a Lifetime Guarantee. For alloy wheel repairs the guarantee is 6 months.

Will the damage still be visible?

No, you shouldn’t be able to see the damage once the car has been repaired. We aim to get your car looking as good as new.

Where will the repair be carried out?

Our repair specialists are mobile and will come to you at home. It’s a convenient way to get your car repaired.

How much does a repair cost?

The cost of a bodywork repair depends on a lot of factors. We take into account the size, depth and location of the damage, as well as the car’s paint finish.

List of service areas:

Eastern Suburbs

Hills District

Inner West

Northern Beaches

North Shore

Southern Sydney

South-Eastern Sydney

South-Western Sydney

Western Sydney




Baulkham Hills


Botany Bay





Canada Bay




Hunter's Hill




Lane Cove






North Sydney









City of Sydney





Dent Repair, Wheel Repair, Bumper Repair, Car Paint Repair & Car Scratch Repair.

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