DEG DATABASE INQUIRY
10/18/2017
 
Track_# Estimating Platform Inquiry Category Year Make
Model
Resolution Status Origination Date Submission Date Resolution Date Total Time to Resolve
8462 Audatex - Refinish Operations
 
2013
Audi
A4
Resolved  9/16/2015 2:00:30 PM  9/17/2015 4:57:00 PM  10/20/2015 7:12:00 PM  17 Days 
 
Inquiry Description Resolution Description
Clear Coat Extension
AreaVehicle
uniside, roof, etc.

Section6_IssueSummary
How does Audatex calculate "extension of clear". Example of a quarter panel repair, no color applied to any panel other than quarter, but there is no break point on the roof rail, roof, opposite quarter etc. Clear coat must be extended "up and over". CCC and Mitchell basically use blend time (one is 40%, the other is 50% of the refinish time). I have been unable to find a defined formula in Audatex.

Section6_EstimatedSurface
Varies, not an issue only with this model car.

Section6_SuggestedAction
Please provide a defined formula for extending the clear to end of the nearest panel. With the time to normally included to prepare the panel, I believe blend time is appropriate as very little time is actually used for color application on a blend panel, it is primarily prep time and clear coat application.
 
IP Explanation
Audatex does not support a clear coat only formula. In instances where the adjacent panels would require clear coat only due to the body construction, the user may select either the full refinish allowance or the blend refinish allowance, or create a manual entry for the operation they wish to accomplish. It would be up to the discretion and judgment of the professional estimate preparer to determine which operation best suits their repair situation.