After a collision, many things need to happen in order to properly restore your car. While it may not seem like the most important part, paint plays a much more significant role than looking pretty. There is usually a clear coating over the paint that protects it from dust, dirt, and every day wear from the roads. The paint protects the vehicle from the elements, preventing rust, which helps to maintain the integrity of the auto parts, and ultimately keeps the vehicle safe to drive and lasting much longer. Remember, a car is the sum of its parts working together in harmony. So after a collision, each component should be treated with the proper detail. Every vehicle must be carefully prep to ensure paintable surfaces provide proper adhesion and a smooth finish. Parts are sanded then primer is applied, now the color or base coat is applied, followed by a clear coat to protect the finish. After curing, the painted surfaces will be polished to a glossy finish.