Audatex DBRM Guide page 43 Section 4-2 Labor Exclusions states “Removal of panel bonding adhesive material” is a NOT INCLUDED operation in panel replacement times.

When repairers come across situations where after a panel is removed and the vehicle is left with “panel bonding adhesive material”, the labor associated with removing this material in preparation for the replacement part is NOT INCLUDED. This would be an on the spot evaluation depending on the process, equipment and consumable materials used.

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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