IP Explanation The Audatex database includes the labor for seam sealing where required per the OEM manufacturer service procedures and this labor is allotted in the body repair allowance not the refinish allowance. The cost of body materials are not addressed within the Audatex database. The Audatex refinish allowance for a repaired Quarter panel is for the exterior surface only. This does not include any edges of jambs. When the .Quarter panel is replaced the edges/jambs are included in the refinish allowance and will be displayed as EDGE in the refinish breakout. The inner quarter panel and floor are not considered when the Quarter panel is repaired or replaced. The Final Sand, Polish, and Buff operation is recognized by Audatex as a process that may or may not be required and is defined as wet sanding the entire panel by compound buffing and mechanical or hand polishing. the Audatex formula is 30% of the Audatex single stage refinish labor (not including final wash). Nib sanding/De-nib is defined as the removal of isolated dirt and dust particles and polishing the affected area and the Audatex final sand, polish and buff formula does not apply to this operation. These operations would need to be estimated on sight to determine if they are needed for each individual repair situation.
Inquiry Type: Procedure Page Issue
Description: Refinish operations and Materials