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Aluminum Repair Resources from Around the Web

Posted by Chief Technology on Jul 25, 2016 4:30:00 PM


We’ve written a lot about aluminum repair since launching the Collisionology blog in April of 2015. We hope, these posts have provided you with the confidence needed to work on the growing number of aluminum-bodied vehicles on the road.

Aluminum repair is such a broad, evolving topic, though, that today we’re going to highlight some other places where you can learn more. Here’s a list of some of our favorite resources for aluminum repair information:


I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair)

Where to look:

What you’ll find:

I-CAR’s OEM information database includes technical articles, bulletins, position statements and repair instructions. Everything is grouped by vehicle manufacturer, so you can quickly find vehicle-specific information.

Where to look:

What you’ll find: provides MIG welding guides for a variety of metals. Its aluminum guide covers electrode and gas selection, surface preparation, welder settings and common issues experienced during the welding process.

Where to look:

What you’ll find:’s in-depth aluminum welding page covers the basics and more. Readers can learn about aluminum production, characteristics and alloy classification before moving on to welding techniques and tips.


The Aluminum Association

Where to look:

What you’ll find:

The Aluminum Association’s dedicated aluminum vehicle information site includes reports, webinars and statistics about aluminum’s use in cars and trucks.


Each of the following collision repair industry events includes a substantial training component:


August 9th - 13th, 2016

Anaheim Convention Center - California

Full schedule



Nov. 1st - 4th, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center

Full education schedule


Automechanika Chicago

Spring 2017

McCormick Place, Chicago

Full education schedule TBD


For in-depth instruction on aluminum characteristics, damage analysis and repair decisions, Chief University offers Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology throughout the year at locations across the country. This one-day course is designed specifically for insurance professionals and technicians, and includes classroom and hands-on training. Registration is currently available for these upcoming sessions:

Sept. 15 – Morrisville, NY

Sept. 23  – Portland, Ore.

Oct. 14 -- Chamblee, GA

Oct. 21 – Nashville, TN

Dec. 9 -- Wichita, KS

Looking for even more info on repairing aluminum? Download our guide.

Terminology guide for the aluminum industry

Topics: Welding, Training, Aluminum