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Exploring Dent Pulling Procedures

Hey everyone, my name is Ty Baker. I would like to discuss the different ways auto body workers pull dents. The dent pulling process often makes damaged body panels look like new in an instant. Suction based dent pullers are most commonly used, especially on fiberglass panels. However, body repair experts have pullers that screw into or weld onto the damaged vehicle panels. From there, the pros carefully tug the material back into shape. I hope you will learn about this process to help you understand how your vehicle is repaired after a collision. Knowing how the experts approach the job will help you stay stress free throughout the procedure. Thank you for coming by my website about pulling dents out of automotive panels. Please come back soon.

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How To Fix A Damaged Vehicle Clear Coat

by Jill Robinson

If you notice a peeling or scratched clear coat on your vehicle, you don't have to get a new paint job. Clear coat is a clear paint with resin that provides a protective layer to fight RV rays.

 However, many factors can damage clear coat, such as age, poor paint jobs, and exposure to weather. It is simple to fix the clear coat by following these steps.

Prepare to Fix the Clear Coat

To fix the clear coat, gather:

  • plastic work gloves
  • dust mask
  • eye goggles
  • newspapers or plastic
  • painter's tape 
  • microfiber sponge or rags
  • car soap
  • bucket
  • scrap cardboard or large paper 
  • 1200 -grit /2000 sandpaper 
  • rubbing compound
  • buffing pad or buffer 
  • high-grade spray clear coat

Park the vehicle in a space not on grass, close the windows. Fill a bucket with water, and add several drops of car wash soap. Avoid using plain dish soap, since it may damage the surface.

Dip the cleaning sponge or cloth in the mixture. Wash the vehicle, then rinse with a hose or a fresh bucket of water, then let it dry.  

Sand the Damaged Area

Soak the 2000-grit sandpaper in a bucket of water for an hour. Skip to wet/dry sandpaper for missing clear coats. Wrap the sandpaper around a sanding block, and sand the damaged are applying firm pressure in circles or a cross motion. Don't sand in one place too long. 

Sand several inches past the damage, even if the paint is still good. This helps make an even surface after repair. If the pigmented coat underneath is still intact, avoid rubbing too hard, so you won't remove it. 

Use the wet/dry sandpaper to even the lines between the good paint and damaged area. Keep the sandpaper wet, and stop when you see a bit of the vehicle color on the sandpaper. Rinse sand dust with a damp sponge, and let the surface dry.  

Fix the Paint Clear Coat

If possible, move the vehicle to an enclosed area with good ventilation to protect the repair, and tape plastic or newspapers to the windows. Make a border with painter's tape extending five to six inches beyond the damaged areas, and cover handles, keyholes, and panel seams. 

Shake the can of clear coat for one to two minutes, then spray the area in back and forth motions, holding the nozzle six inches from the surface. Let the first coat dry to touch, checking after several hours, then spray a second coat. and third coat, if needed. Lightly sand the last layer to blend the new clear coat.

Attach a pad coated with the compound to the buffer. If you have never used a buffer, read instructions. Keep the buffer moving to avoid heating the clear coat, and wipe the surface with a dry rag. Contact a service, like Chehalis Collision Center, for more help.

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