Replacement panels which may require e-coat (protective coatings) to be removed prior to welding, bonding, riveting process are NOT INCLUDED per Audatex DBRM Section 4-2, page 44. The labor to remove any coatings required by the OEM prior to installing the replacement part will require an on the spot evaluation.
Material / supplies used to remove coatings is NOT included in any Audatex labor times.
The estimating databases are all intended to be used as a GUIDE ONLY – it is important to remember that the auto body professional performing the repair is in a position to thoroughly inspect, diagnose and identify the methodology and their unique cost of the vehicle damage repair.
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