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How to Fix Car Dents without Hurting the Paint

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Car dents can be expensive to fix, and the body paint can also become damaged in the process. Here you will learn how to fix the dents and keep the paint intact. You do not need many materials; in fact, you may even have all of the materials that you need at home already. You will need the following: Glue Gun Glue Sticks Screws or Bolts Wood Dowel Saw Step 1: Making Grips and Cleaning the Area Cut sections of a dowel rod and screw in the screws to the side in order to make a grip. If you do not have screws, then you can use bolts instead. Drill holes in the side and then put the bolts in. After you have made your grips, set them aside. Clean the area of the car that is dented. You do not have to use cleaning solution—just take a rag or washcloth and wipe the area to ensure there is no dust. This is so that the glue will properly stick to the car. Step 2: Attaching the Grips and Fixing the Dent Use a glue gun to apply hot glue to the ends of your grips. Attach them to your car in a line where the dent is. Allow the glue to fully dry in order to get a good hold onto the dent. After the glue has dried thoroughly you will fix the dent. Pulling the grips outward does this. Make sure to not yank the grips. Start from where the dent is the most shallow and work your way down until the dent has been pulled out. Step 3: Repeat and Take the Glue Off You can continue to repeat step 2 if there are more dents or if a big dent needs more attention. Once the dents are removed you will then have hot-glue circles on your car. Do not panic. These glue spots will come off fairly easily. Make sure that you do not use anything sharp or abrasive or you may scratch the paint. After you have fixed all of the dents you may find that you have a scratch. The scratches can be easily fixed by getting a paint stick from the local car parts store. You can match up the paint to the proper shade and apply the paint as if you were using a marker. Ensure that you follow the directions on the paint stick. Ensure that you do not repair the scratches in wet weather, as the paint will need to dry completely. If your car is in need of some heavy duty collision repair, find a local auto body...

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Filling In A Paint Chip On Your Vehicle

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If you have recently noticed a spot on your vehicle where the paint has chipped, you will want to repair it as soon as possible to avoid having the underlying metal rust. When paint gets scraped you may want to take your vehicle to an auto body shop for an assessment. If it is merely a small chip, however, you should be able to do the paint repair on your own. Here are some instructions on filling in the area so that no one will be able to tell it was there at all. Materials You Will Need Bucket of soapy water Non-abrasive sponge Rust-inhibiting primer Paint pen Paint polish Sandpaper in fine, medium and coarse-grit Buffing pad Electric drill Cleanse The Area Before you fill in the chip with paint, clean it completely so the paint will adhere properly. Cleaning it will also remove any obstructions from the area. Use a non-abrasive sponge to apply a mild detergent mixed with water. Scrub down the surface and allow it to dry thoroughly. Assess The Damage If the paint is worn down to metal, you will want to add a rust-inhibiting primer to the area before you fill it in with paint. Allow this to dry according to the package directions and add a second coating if required.  Find The Paint Buy an auto paint pen from a car dealership or an auto supply store. Look inside your vehicle manual for a code that corresponds to the proper coloring for your particular make and model. If you do not have a manual, the paint code may be listed on a sticker on your driver’s side floor panel. Color The Chipped Area Use your paint pen to color in the affected area. A paint pen has a small brush on the end of the applicator. Simply brush on over the area that is missing color and allow it to dry overnight. Make sure when you apply the color, you drag it over the edge of the existing paint around the chip. Apply a total of four to five coatings with a full day to dry in between each one. This is how a professional auto body shop would color your vehicle. Finish The Project After the paint dries, it will need to be sanded down so it is uniform with the existing paint around it. First dip your sponge into some water and moisten the area you had painted. Add a dab of paint polish to the area and rub it over the paint.  Use a piece of coarse-grit sand paper and scrape it on the painted area until it feels smooth. Switch to a medium-grit sandpaper for a few minutes and then finish with the fine-grit sandpaper to give it a sleek finish. Lightly sand the edges of your existing paint to help make the entire area look uniform. Finish the job by placing some paint polish on the edge of a buffing pad. Place the pad on an electric drill. Plug the drill in and turn it on. Rub the buffer against the painted area using a circular...

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How To Be Active About Getting A Good Auto Repair

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After getting in an auto collision, there are a few steps that you need to take to get the car damages repaired. If you are looking to get the best service possible out of your insurance coverage, consider the following tips for a successful collision repair.  Research Your Options There is a wide difference between auto body shops, in terms of the quality of repairs and the service you’ll receive. Your insurance company may not be your best advocate for choosing a repair shop, because they will likely recommend a shop that gives them discounted rates. Instead, visit a few shops and talk with the mechanics yourself; you can often tell what kind of service you’ll get by how willing they are to answer your questions and help you through the repair process.  Get a Thorough Inspection When you are making a claim to your insurance company, it pays to get a professional inspection. While you may see obvious damage, its hard to tell when small parts are not working properly. More damage may surface over time if you continue to drive the car.  If you or your inspector does miss some of the damage, it may surface at a later date. If this happens and it’s been a reasonable time since you last submitted the claim, you may be able to submit a correction to your claim and get the additional damage fixed under your insurance coverage. This is subject to approval by your insurance appraiser. Check the Quality of Parts When you are getting new parts put into your machine, the worst thing you can do is be complacent about the parts going in. Check with your insurance coverage to see what kinds of parts you’re entitled to; while you may be eligible for brand new parts, your insurance company might have a default policy of providing used parts. In this case, good communication with your mechanic and your insurance representative is crucial to making sure you get a quality repair.  Be on the Lookout Again, it can be difficult to assess all of the damage done in an auto collision. Once you are through the repair process, you should still be on the lookout for additional problems that were missed. If you do find more issues after going through the steps above, you can return to the auto body shop (such as Ohs’ Body Shop’s Inc) so that they can help you file a new claim with your...

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Here Are Car Painting Mistakes To Look For

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There is nothing as inconveniencing as having to return your car to a repair shop for it to be redone. It a waste of time and money for both you and the people who worked on it. It is therefore advisable that you ensure that you are satisfied with the results of the repair work before driving your car off the the auto body repair shop’s lot. This is so especially when it comes to painting work. The following are car painting mistake-detection tips. Arm yourself with these tips. They will come in handy in helping you to avoid the need to make a return trip the next time you take your car to a collision repair shop. The foggy and the shiny Before painting, it is imperative for the person working on your car to clean the area to be painted. This is to get rid of any dirt that may cause unevenness in the paintwork. He or she has to also mask the other parts of the car for two reasons. The first reason is to avoid spraying parts that don’t need to be worked on. The second reason is to keep dirt that is on the body of the car off the area that is to be painted. If a repair shop fails to do these things, you car’s body will end up with extra-shiny and foggy patches. It won’t be a surprise if there are unnecessary bumps in the paintwork. All this will turn your car’s body into an eyesore. Before taking your car out of the repair shop, you should therefore inspect the paintwork in order to make sure that it doesn’t have shiny or foggy areas. Don’t dismiss these imperfections, as they are not temporary. Have them fixed first before driving off. The paint color mismatch The reason why color mismatch mistakes escape the eye of most car owners is because they are sometimes hard to detect, especially if your car has a unique blend of colors. There is also the fact that most car owners usually dismiss any mismatch as an on-the-way-to-drying effect. Add to this lighting complications and you have a problem that you are likely to detect way after leaving the repair shop. To make sure that the repair shop has the colors right, take your car out in the sun and inspect it. If the colors seem to blend, take a second look using fluorescent light. The colors should blend flawlessly, and if there are any glaring differences between the repainted area and the rest of the vehicle, don’t hang on the it-will-even-out-over-time hope. Have the job redone, and if that is not possible, have the entire side repainted. This is better than driving around in a car that has imperfect paintwork. For more information, contact a company like High Point Body &...

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3 Tips For Saving Money When Restoring A Classic Car

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If you have a classic car that you are wanting to restore, this can be an awesome project for you. However, one big factor to keep in mind is going to be the cost of the car. Restoring a classic car is going to range in price depending on what all needs to be fixed and what type of customizations you would like to add to it. However, no matter what type of classic car you are thinking about restoring, there are certain ways that you can save money.  Get An Estimate On The Price Of The Restoration Before Beginning Before you dive into your classic car restoration, it is an excellent idea to get an estimate on how much it is going to cost you. You can do this by taking your car into an auto body shop, and asking them to look it over for you. They will then give you an estimate on how much parts will cost, and also how much labor is going to cost you. This will allow you to save money because you can have the classic car looked at before you ever purchase it, or if you already own it, then you will know not to start the restoration and waste money on a project you can’t afford to finish.  Save Money On Labor By Working On The Car Yourself If you find that you can afford the parts for the car, but not the labor, then you can save money by doing the labor yourself. You can even get extra help by asking family members for their services in exchange for helping them with something that they may need help with. They will be able to speed up the process for you by adding another set of hands. Also, if you aren’t exactly sure how to complete a repair, you can watch online tutorials to help you figure out exactly how to complete them.  Search For Car Parts At Junkyards  Finally, if you are having trouble affording the parts that are sold for your classic car, then you can search for these same parts at a junkyard. You will pay substantially less for these parts, and there is a good possibly that the junkyard is home to several old cars that are no longer being used. You will pay a small fee for the parts when leaving the junkyard, which will likely be hundreds of even thousands less than you would pay for the car elsewhere. For more information, contact a specialist like Ray Donch Body Werks...

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Getting Vehicles And Promotional Items On A Budget When Starting A Business

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If you’re starting a business and you are trying to save as much money as possible, there are a few ways you can make your staff look like a team without going broke. You want matching company vehicles, vehicles that are marked with your business information, and staff wearing the same uniforms so everyone looks professional. All of these things can cost a lot of money, and it can be stressful if you are working on a tight budget. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider. Paint Vehicles Instead of spending a lot of time looking for used vehicles that are all the same model and make, or that are all the same color, find the best deals on trucks or vehicles that you need and have them painted. Sometimes you can get vehicles painted for a few hundred dollars, and this is going to help all of your vehicles look the same. If people want to use their own vehicles for work, you can offer to have their vehicles painted, instead of paying for and providing them with a company vehicle. This can be a solid color instead of a logo if you get signs or decals. Contact a company like Central Body Co Inc for more information about auto body work. Get Magnet Signs Magnet signs for the vehicles are more affordable than having the vehicles custom painted, and you can move them around to different vehicles if you update the vehicles you have or if you lose or gain employees. You also don’t have a large cost for paint work if you decide to alter your company information or logo. Screen Printing for Clothes Custom ordering screen printed sweatshirts and t-shirts from a local print shop can cost a lot of money opposed to embroidery. There are many online printing companies that allow you to order the items that you want in bulk, like hats and coats, and you can upload your logo or easily design the shirts yourself. Online Promotional Items Order pens, magnets, business cards and flyers at a low cost from online printing providers. You can get them shipped quickly and get anything you want from bottled of water to frisbees. If you are starting a business and you are worried about getting people into vehicles and uniforms on a low budget, these options are going to help you save a ton. Check around to the different auto body shops to see who offers the best deal for painting, and to see if you can get a discount for bringing multiple different vehicles in to be painted. These options will help everyone look like they are a part of the same...

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