Daily Archives: October 1, 2012

Cornered

The Altima that was attached to this bumper was involved in parking lot skirmish. The damage to the bumper wasn’t severe, but it needs a healing hand to make it look right again.

The first picture shows the corner that took the hit with a coating of primer applied. This will be sanded smooth before painting to give the new paint something to adhere to.

The second photo shows the bumper in the booth ready for paint. Simply wiping off the sanding dust improves the way it looks, but not as much as painting will.

After the paint dries we will pop the bumper back on the car and it will good a new.

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Keeping it cool

In a collision that damages the front of a car, it is not unusual to have to replace the radiator. This Nissan Altima is no exception.

In the first picture Chris is slipping the new radiator into place. The radiator support has already been installed. Though the car wasn’t leaking fluids the radiator was warped and needed to be replaced to insure that the engine received adequate cooling. You can see the damaged condenser lying, not quite flat, on the ground behind Chris.

The second picture shows that all the plumbing has been hooked up. The water you see in the picture is from rain, not leaks in the cooling system.

Since the mechanical repairs are complete, we started on the cosmetic repairs. The third and final photo shows the car with the replacement hood in place to replace the one that gave the car a sneering expression.

We still need to whip together the front bumper and grille, and of course add some paint, but this repair is well underway.

All keyed up

The dictionary defines vandalism as Action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. Yep … that pretty much describes what happened to this Honda Pilot. Someone with way too much time on their hands scraped a key along both sides of this SUV.

You can see in the first photo that we have already sanded the scratch out of the paint. The other side looks just like this one but the picture came out a bit fuzzy so I didn’t post it. The entire side of the SUV between the tape lines will have to be painted even though the damage from the key was only fractions of an inch wide.

The last two photos, numbers two and three, show the Pilot in the booth ready for paint. After cleaning off the sanding dust the car doesn’t look nearly so bad, but you can see by the difference in the gloss where we sanded and where we didn’t. The white splotches are places were the key cut all the way to metal. Those areas required additional sanding to feather the edge so it can’t be seen.

I don’t condone theft but I can understand it. I have something that someone wants so they take it. But vandalism … someone doesn’t want what I have, but they don’t want me to have it either? What’s up with that?

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