IRT Infrared-Drying Arch: How Does it Work on Your Vehicle?

IRT Infrared-Drying Arch

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs understands the importance to refinish your motor vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has an IRT Infrared Drying Arch installed in one of our spray booths to help assist with more efficient and energy saving spray booth cycles to minimise the bake time.

The IRT Infrared Drying Arch cures the paint from the inside out without retaining solvents and moisture. 

Infrared lamps are built with productivity and efficiency in mind. 

Facts About IRT PowerCure Infrared Arch

  • Predominantly designed for drying 1-3 panels of the vehicle
  • Easy to cure loose parts (for example a bumper bar cover) or a complete car
  • No pre-heating of emitters required
  • Latest design and electronics
  • Energy saving 
  • Integrated laser sensors for exact positioning
  • Integrated power transmission in rails
  • Arch garage parking in 1.2 m extended booth
  • Online control system – drive, service, update, and programming via the Internet
  • Accessible graphics with self-instructive menus on the touch screen
  • Schemes for all types of paint material like water, solvent, clear, base etc.
  • Lifetime of lamps: 20,000 working hours

Advantages of Using IRT PowerCure Infrared Arch

To help minimise the down time of our customers being without their vehicles we can use (were applicable to the size of the refinish required) the IRT Infrared Drying Arch to assist in more efficient turn around repair cycles. The IRT Infrared Drying Arch cures the paint from both the inside and out without retaining solvents and moisture. Transmitting energy without contact into materials to produce heat and therefore efficiently drying paints or primers and removing residual moisture in the process.

Infrared emitters precisely emit energy directly at the wavelength that is best absorbed by and converted into heat within the respective material. They can be accurately shaped to follow the contours of the product where just very small areas are to be heated and they transfer heat radiation without contact, with high power, and within seconds. In this way, the quality is improved and accurately heat, dry, and cure modern coatings.

By using this equipment it saves Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs:

  • Energy – we can save on energy with the drying arch as we don’t need to have the entire spray booth if we are painting a few panels
  • Space – Reducing the need for more spray booths, allows Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs more floor space for preparation areas
  • Time – some curing cycles in the IRT Infrared Drying Arch can take as little as 30 minutes

Infrared emitters offer efficient heat and significant advantage compared to other heat technologies:

  • No precise contact with the product to be heated or dried,
  • High-quality drying/heating rate with the product to be heated
  • Infrared radiation can be focused where it is needed in a definite time,
  • Infrared emitters can be adjusted accurately to the material properties or geometry,
  • Cost savings with lifetime optimal infrared heaters 
  • Possibilities to link the IR system with air drying sections to regain the energy.

Are you looking for a smash repair service?

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Feel free to reach us on 9890-3663, via our online booking system or email

Why is Spies Hecker Paint the Best Choice

Spies Hecker

Spies Hecker started in 1882 as a coach paint supplier and since has developed into one of the world’s largest suppliers of refinish products for Automotive Refinish Paint.

Spies Hecker has successfully created long-standing innovation by offering a user-friendly product range with extensive focus on technology integrations, advancements providing continuous education to distributors.

All About Spies Hecker

With over 130 years experience, Spies Hecker has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Automotive Refinish Paint, distributing to over 160,000 customers in 65 countries, launching in Australia in 1985.

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has been using Spies Hecker for more than 6 years.  Spies Hecker’s continuous commitment not only to the supplier of excellent quality paint products, but service provided through their driven customer-focus technological solutions supporting the developing advancements of motor vehicles.

Spies Hecker has 36 approvals by Automotive Manufacturer brands such as Mercedes, VW, BMW, Ford, GM, Nissan and Toyota just to name a few.

With the launch of the first waterborne base coat system in 1994 (Permahyd 280/285) and 2010 (Permahyd Hi-TEC) saw a new environmental direction for conscious coating systems.

Spies Heckers high performing product range reduces processing times, integrate colouring management tools and offer regular on-site support from trained Spies Hecker representatives.

Why Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs use Spies Hecker

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has been in operation for more than 40 years, and in this time we have used numerous different paint refinish suppliers.

Spies Hecker is by far one that we trust to provide a quality finish that aligns with the workmanship in both our repair and paint process. We understand the value our customers hold with their vehicles and we want to ensure we are able to return the vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

With the use of Spies Heckers waterborne paint products it allows Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs to be more environmentally conscious of the processes undertaken during the refinish process..

Both of our two spray booths run in conjunction with our 130 solar panels on the roof of our building. Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has been able to see a reduction in our use of electricity, reduced use of paint materials with the use of Spies Hecker refinish products and more efficient operations of our spray booths (and cycle times) with the IRT Infrared Drying Arch.

The Importance of I-Car Courses

The Importance of I-Car Courses

I-Car launched in Australia in 2006 with training programs focusing on providing skills, education, training, and information to qualified tradespeople within the Automotive Industry, ensuring technicians remain up to date with today’s vehicle trends. I-Car provides the flexibility of courses to be conducted at training rooms, through virtual classrooms, and onsite. The individual is equipped with course material, instructor manuals, and most courses require a quiz and/or exam after completion.

Described as a “technical tsunami” by I-Car, the past few years have seen over 200 NEW vehicles, models, and re-designs enter the vehicle market. Numerous of these new vehicles have come with the introduction of new advancements of lightweight vehicle materials, safety systems that have and will continue to change the nature of both the vehicle and Automotive Industry. Gold Status prepares and supports businesses to meet the new advancements throughout the ongoing technological changes. 

Why does Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs undertake I-CAR training?

Our technicians at Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs undertake I-Car courses. A way to ensure our workplace knowledge and skill level is relevant to the latest vehicle systems and technological advancements. These courses include role-specific training for vehicle estimators, non-structural technicians, steel structural technicians, refinish technicians, production management, and aluminium structural technician. 

Training for our Technicians:


Estimators play an important role as they generally have the first interaction with the vehicle and the vehicle damage. Inspecting the vehicle allows the estimator to create a scope of repairs, allowing the estimator to analyze and evaluate the damage to provide a detailed assessment report.

Non-Structural Technician

Non-structural damage to exterior panels of the vehicle is returned to their original integrity, functionality, and appearance.

Steel Structural Technician

Trained Steel Structural Technicians restore vehicle dimensions and the structural integrity of damaged vehicles. 

Refinish Technicians

Refinish or spray painter technicians both prepare vehicles for paint. They also paint vehicles in a spray booth, restoring the vehicle’s refinish appearance back to pre-collision condition.

Production Management

Production Managers provide support to all technicians to oversee and efficiently manage the vehicle and workshop processes. 

Aluminium Structural Technician

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has a dedicated Aluminium work bay where vehicles with aluminium panels are returned to the original integrity of pre-collision condition. 

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs is currently on the road to hold an I-Car Gold Status. I-Car Gold Status is the highest role-relevant training accreditation to Automotive Industry repairs Australia-wide. To earn I-Car Gold Status recognition, Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs is currently in the process of equipping our role representative technicians to achieve individual I-Car Platinum Status. 

Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Local Smash Repairer

Top 5 Questions To Ask Your Local Smash Repairer

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs is a well-established small business. We are fortunate enough to have an excellent reputation in the community. Composed of professional smash repairers, ensuring quality vehicle repairs. We take the time to ensure you as the customer are comfortable and understand the repairs and the repair process to be undertaken to your vehicle. We truly value and take the time to create a relationship with our customers, understanding the needs of the customer and the vehicle.

1. Does Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs use genuine parts?

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has a long-standing relationship with Part Manufactures. We use genuine parts as stipulated with your Insurance Policy (*please see note below).

*It should be noted that some Insurance policies detail the parts options covered under that Insurance Company. In some cases, your policy might stipulate the use of alternative parts, for example, non-genuine/aftermarket and/or used.

This is out of the control of Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs to what your Insurance Policy covers. Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs suggests reading over the terms and conditions of your Insurance Policy. Ensuring you are fully happy and aware of the conditions listed. 

In most cases with our long-standing relationships with part suppliers we are able to source genuine parts at competitive prices. 

2. Does Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs offer warranties?

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has been an established, family-owned business for more than 40 years. We have a team of qualified and experienced panel beaters and spray painters who take pride in their workmanship.

If the repairs to your vehicle have been undertaken through an Insurance claim through Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs then your warranty is held by your Insurance Company. 

For private repairs, we offers a three-year warranty. Warranty for replacement parts are in line with the Manufacture warranty. 

3. How long CPSR has been in the industry?

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs is a well-established small business that has been operating for more than 40 years, commencing with Daniel’s father, George, in a small town called Coolah (nearby to Mudgee). Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs moved from Coolah to Carlingford, before moving to the current location at North Rocks as the business continued to grow requiring larger premises. 

With this extensive time in the Automotive Industry, Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs has been able to gain invaluable experience, knowledge, and understanding of vehicles.

However, maintaining relevant training and technological equipment is also always a priority so that Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs continues adapting to the forever changing nature of the vehicle, new technology associated, and advancements. 

We are fortunate enough to employee highly experienced and qualified tradespeople to ensure we meet manufacture and industry standards of repairs. Our tradespeople are provided with continuous training, through courses (for example I-Car certifications) and onsite learning from suppliers (for example, Axalta for paint)

Currently, we have four apprentices who work closely with our qualified employees helping them gain the knowledge and experience required to complete their tradesperson qualification. Both the sign-up rate and retention rate of automotive apprentices is sadly declining, Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs places importance on providing education to apprentice tradespeople, so they themselves will one day become a qualified and highly experienced panel beater or spray painter.

4. How does CPSR choose your methods of repair?

Taking into consideration the extent of the damage, and in some cases, the brand of vehicle. For example, some panels are made from aluminum. Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs uses the recommended Manufacture Standards alongside our team of qualified panel beaters and spray painters when choosing the repair method for each individual vehicle.

We are frequently in communication with representatives from all the Manufactures to assist in the repair method we use. As we have long-term relationships, representatives (from both vehicle manufactures and Insurance Companies) are only a phone call away for information and onsite visits (if required). 

5. Does CPSR offer assistance with an accident replacement vehicle?

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs unfortunately does not offer replacement vehicles. However, through your Insurance Company, you might be entitled for the duration of repairs or we are more than happy to recommend replacement vehicle companies that will be able to provide you a competitive hire car rate. 

For those customers with no hire car allowance please let our Estimators know so we can prioritise your vehicle repairs where possible. 

Are you looking for a smash repair service?

Carlingford Prestige Smash Repairs is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Feel free to reach us on 9890-3663, via our online booking system or email