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Auto Body repairs DIY

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Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you a product that easily removes scuffs and smudges from your car’s painted body panels. And how to chase out dents and make them disappear using BONDO body filler and spot putty from our sponsor PRINCESS AUTO.

Same as mine

My friend Lizzie has the exact same car as mine. When she asked if I could help her out with the dent that she had in the hood, I said I’d be happy to – just like I’ve helped all these other friends of mine with their projects.

Did you know that you can remove scuffs, scrapes and paint transfers with rubbing compound?

She parks on a really busy street and her car has been battered from every angle – including this humdinger of a dent.

So I found a paint pen and some cans with TOYOTA classic silver mica in them and I set about touching up all these black scars.

Rubbing Compound

Rubbing compound is a gritty paste used to sand off small imperfections in your paint without destroying the finish.  Just rub it in until the marks disappear then wash it off with water.

So you want to find an access hole near the damage and find something to pry it up that fits through. Hammer the high points to release the tension and pry the dent up as best you can. A little light hammering may help with the creases.

See “My Backyard Paint Booth” video for instructions as to how to set up an inexpensive spray booth.

I used sixty grit to break the paint and expose the wound. Then I used this homemade scraper to dig at the crevice and a rotary stone on my cordless drill to eliminate any rust.

BONDO for body repairs

I sanded my first layer of BONDO with three-twenty grit. It had these air holes in it so I filled them with spot putty, sanded and laid up another layer.

It started to rain so I quickly put some primer down to protect my work overnight.

The next day, I sanded down with three-twenty grit and mixed up another batch of BONDO. This time I held the plastic spreader curved to allow it to follow the contour of the hood. After another sanding I stirred up another smidge of spot putty and filled the tiny air holes. Once again, it started to rain, so I primed it and called it a night.

After sanding that layer of primer with 600 grit, I hit it with a few coats of 1F7 Toyota classic silver mica, taking time to dry between coats.

Tips & Tricks I learned the hard way

Whipping or stirring body filler vigorously introduces air bubbles that you will just have to fill and sand later. 

Sand contours by pulling towards the center from the outside edges.

Wipe the nozzle on your spray paint cans frequently to avoid sputtering. 

auto body repairs before during and after

So because our dogs are friends, I cleaned out the inside of her car, washed her windows, and shampooed the driver’s seat. Then I topped up her tires and put it all back together again. Far from a perfect job – but done at no cost to the owner.

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So for the record, Repairs101 was never supposed to be like this with me pretending to be some kind of uber know it all. I wanted to be able to hire professionals to show you how they did their jobs but the show never generated enough income to justify hiring experts so… you know… here we are.

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