SCRS Members,

Feather Prime and Block is a Refinish Operation - All three estimating systems state the Feather Prime and Block (FPB) operation is a refinish procedure.

Audatex - Has the option to add FPB to a repair panel but also states in DEG inquiry number 8061: "FPB is recognized as a refinish operation and is so denoted within the body of the estimate."

CCC - Says FPB is a refinish operation in DEG inquiry number 6824:
"Prime and Block is a refinish operation and is not included in any labor operation."

Mitchell - Just like Audatex and CCC, Mitchell states FPB is a refinish operation in DEG inquiry number 3727: "FEATHER, PRIME & BLOCK IS THE NOT-INCLUDED REFINISH OPERATION."
Remember to setup your Audatex profile to calculate FPB materials. This can be found in a previous estimating tip:

Audatex Feather Prime and Block - In order to calculate for materials, Audatex users must go into each unique profile within the estimating system and define the materials rate for Feather Prime and Block in the rate tab. Like all undefined rates, this will default to $0.00 until defined by the user. During the estimate preparation process, you must factor the necessary time for feather, prime and block into the repair time, and then allocate the portion of the total repair hours that they want apply to the Feather, Prime and Block operation.
The estimating databases are all intended to be used as a GUIDE ONLY - it is important to remember that the auto body professional performing the repair is in a position to thoroughly inspect, diagnose and identify the methodology and their unique cost of the vehicle damage repair.

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