Back-To-Basics: Reading Repair Procedures For Foam Filler Application

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to reading repair procedures, there are some common mistakes that are easily avoidable and can have a huge effect on the durability of the repair.

It is important to read through the repair procedure in its entirety. Repair procedures, both the removal and installation, have key information for a quality repair. The removal procedure often shows the locations of foam filler or foam carriers. In some cases the information on foam filler may not be in each repair procedure, but in a different part of the repair manual. It’s important to know where foam filler is located so that it can be removed to prevent accidental burning while cutting or welding. A small fire at the location of any foam filler can quickly spread and damage other components in the vehicle.

The installation procedure tells you where to reapply products that were removed in the repair process, as well as what product to use. Another thing that the installation procedure may show is how to prepare the surface of a new part. Some vehicle makers allow you to reuse certain foam fillers/foam carriers/sound deadeners on a vehicle if undamaged. Whatever foam filler is removed from the vehicle must be replaced to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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