Daily Archives: November 15, 2011

Smoothing out the rough edges

Yesterday we pulled the dent out of this Pilot and smoothed it over with a skim of body filler. Today, we sanded most of it off. You can see some of the filler filings on the ground under the vehicle in the first photo.

Which is a good thing. The thinner the body filler the better. Sanding the filler smooths it down and blends the edges into the bodywork so that it is undetectable after it is painted. You can see me sanding away with a sanding block in the second picture.

The last picture show the damaged area, taped off and sprayed with primer. The masking prevents the primer from going places I don’t want it. It seems like a small area, and it is, but this is just the priming step. Tomorrow, when the truck goes in the booth for paint, a much larger area will be taped off so the new paint can be seamlessly blended into the existing paint.

The blending, if done properly, allows me to paint a smaller area and avoid the expense of having to paint the entire side of a car just to repair a small section like on this Pilot.

Just another technique developed over the years to save you, our valuable customers, a few dollars on your repair when we can.

Roguish good looks

After allowing the pieces to dry overnight we reinstalled the hood and bumper on this Nissan Rogue today. Though this SUV wasn’t damaged, not in the traditional way most people would think when discussing bodywork, having the front painted has made a big difference in the way it looks.

No more dulled and sandblasted finish, rock chips or kamikaze bug jerky. All that has been taken away with a bit of sandpaper and a dab of paint.

And it is better for it. After all, a rash … it spoils it’s roguish good looks.

A painting Odyssey

I admit it, the title is a horrible pun … but I just couldn’t help myself.

This new front bumper, for a Honda Odyssey, is being painted to replace one that was damaged beyond repair in minor fender bender.

The first photo shows the bumper as it was delivered to the shop, taped up and ready to be sprayed.

The next two photos show the sealer going on. The sealer is a type of primer that seals the material below and gives the paint something to stick to. Because this is a new bumper, the prep is simple, scuff and shoot.

The next to last photo is of me spraying on the color layer. Later, after a couple layers of clear for shine and protection, and it dries overnight, the bumper will be ready to go back on the van.

The final photo, taken today, is of the van with the newly painted bumper installed, ready to return to the customer. And just like that, this Odyssey is finished.

Sometimes, the puns just write themselves.

Paint … for when it won’t wash off

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t keep your vehicle as nice as you would like. You can wash, scrub and polish all you like, but rock chips just won’t wash off. So is the case with this Nissan Rogue. No panels were replaced, but the hood and front bumper received a fresh coat of paint to remove the road rash.

Since this is a fairly new car and there was nothing wrong with the paint, other than a little cosmetic damage, the paint was simply sanded smooth and sealed. The first couple of photos show the hood and bumper after the application of the sealer, which seals and smooths the sanded paint below and give the new paint something to stick to.

The next two photos show the parts after the application of color. Because the sealer and color are coordinated there isn’t much color change between the two, though if you look closely you can see that the parts went from dead flat to a semi-flat. Many people are surprised to find that the color layer has very little shine and it is the clear coat that provides not only the protection, but the shine as well. But you can see it clearly (no pun intended) in these photos.

The last two photos show the parts after the application of the clear coat. The hood shows the shine a bit better than the bumper because it is flat and reflects the lights better, but both look good and just need to dry.

Tomorrow, after drying overnight, they will be ready to go back on the Rogue. And that annoying rash? Completely healed up in only a few days.

That’s some door ding!

This Pilot came into the shop to have a Grade “A” Large door ding removed … obtained when another car got a little too up close and personal.

Because the dent is too deep to fill with body filler alone, the first step is to pull the dent out. Using various tools around the shop, such as a slide and body hammers, the metal is teased out until is close to it’s original shape.

The next step, as seen in the third photo, is to smear a thin layer of body filler over the damaged area. The body filler, after it hardens, is sanded until the damaged area is totally smoothed over and the panel has the same smooth lines as it did before it was damaged.

After a bit of priming and painting the repair will be complete and the car will be as good as new.

That’s better

Late last week, before I was out of the office, I shot a couple of photographs of the Mustang after it returned from being fitted with the exhaust. I also took couple of snaps of the car fitted with it’s new wheels and tires.

It bothered me that in those pictures the car had the front fenders missing. The fenders were removed to facilitate the installation of the headers and I hadn’t yet re-installed them when I took the pictures.

Even though I was covered up with work after being gone a couple of days, I found the time to remount the fenders to the car. Partially to get them off the floor and back on the car where they would be safe, but also so I could grab a quick photo so it would quit bothering me.

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