Chipguard on bedside
Audatex shows the labor allowance for chipguard on the boxsides as 0.3 hrs. Which is the same as any other panel (0.3 hrs). On this bodystyle, the chipguard on the boxsides is in front and behind the wheel opening. The front area is larger and higher than typical, so it has to take more than 0.3 hrs.
This is not just a small strip at the bottom of a panel
Revise and increase the chipguard allowance for the boxsides. 1.0 to 1.5 seems much more accurate.
Below is the explanation of Chipguard in the Audatex Database Reference Manual. If the requirements fall outside of the defined areas these additional needs would need to be accounted for manually. No changes are warranted at this time.
The application of chipguard material to the lower portions of panels (up to 8" of protection) is automated in the Audatex system and can be selected on a panel-by-panel basis.
Audatex\'s chipguard formula is:
0.3 for the first panel and 0.2 per each additional panel.
Note: This formula can be used to determine time to apply chipguard material only, and does not account for texturing or finish matching of any kind. Today\'s vehicles often require exact-match texturing in the chipguard process. These cases are not addressed by this calculation and must be considered individually at time of inspection.