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How To Do Auto Bodywork Yourself

Posted: 23rd August 2017
Type: Blog

I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I’ve opened my car door too quickly and scuffed the paintwork. It’s an incredibly frustrating feeling and something of a bad habit that I really need to break.

If you’re to understand how to do auto bodywork you need to become familiar with a couple of basic rules and components.

Master these and you’re sure to be OK.

What Is Bodywork?

It certainly pays to have an understanding autos and the type of paint that is applied. Failing that, you can have the paintwork colour matched and tested to be sure.

. . . So what is bodywork?

Car bodywork is the panels and bumpers that are fitted onto a car. Many people assume that these are in place to make the vehicle look more appealing, however; panels and bodywork are fitted to protect the internal components of the engine and parts.

Without the bodywork, car parts and major components when be extremely vulnerable to damages and corrosion. Many people use spray paint cans to paint their components to make them better looking.

How to Paint Bodywork . . .

Unfortunately, you cannot simply run down to your local DIY store and purchase a tub of your favourite paint. You need to make sure that you use specialist car bodywork spray paint for the correct application.

Failing to use the right products could result in further damages or earlier corrosion during damp or wet conditions.

Preparing Your Auto:

Before you can begin the repair, you need to take the correct measures of preparation. Make sure that your work area is clear of any debris and move any items that you don’t want to get damaged.

Assess the area that is in need of a bodywork repair and get the colour match confirmed.

You’ll need to smooth out the area that contains the scratch using the correct tools. For any assistance on panel beating or panel sanding, contact us here.

Starting the Repair:

When the area is smooth, you may need to fill the scratch with approved automotive filler. You can purchase this from most car auto centres or hardware stores.

When the filler is applied, you’ll need to sand back the area once more using an automotive sanding block. Make sure that you do not use normal sanding paper, as this will damage the car more.

When the filler has dried, use a damp cloth to wipe the area that you’re working on. This helps to remove any remaining dirt and grit that may have built up.

Applying the Paint:

Unlike traditional car paints, for bodywork it is slightly different.

Using a car aerosol for alloy wheel repairs is perfectly normal, but not for bodywork and panels. When painting a door or body panel, you’ll need to use a specialised airless spray-painting gun.

These can be purchased from hardware and DIY stores; however, it is heavily advised that you contact a local car body repair specialist. Even more so if your profession is trailer training and you need to paint a large commercial vehicle.

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