How To Repair Car Paint Damage
How To Repair Car Paint Damage
Gary Dorman shows VideoJug viewers the ins and outs of repairing simple body car damage. He shows you the way to do it yourself by using filler, sanding techniques and a panel beating hammer in such the way that creates a professional finish. By watching and listening to Gary on this video tutorial, you will master the basic steps required for minor body repair.
We're now going to do some car paint damage; this is how to do it. The first thing we're going to do is get the panel clean, so that we can see what we are dealing with. Myself and my staff, we always use some sort of marker.
I have a crayon here to mark things out. The panel's clean, I'm looking down the side of it, I'm feeling it with my hand to see exactly where the damage is. So when I marked out where the damage is, I'm getting the area exactly, which is affected.
Sometimes, once you start rubbing down either with machine or by hand, you lose where the edges are. Now, I don't know if you can capture that damage from where the cameras are but from where I'm standing, looking at the side of it, there they are, the three main dents on the car. They're very shallow dents.
Sometimes, we use a machine to pull out dents which as a three PI white person, it's just far too expensive to do, but all these dents are fairly shallow. Now, we unlock the door, we don't want to get any of these panels. I'm getting the lock on the inside.
We put the lock on. Now, what that would do, that will pull the door out that when I'm rubbing down the door, you don't catch the adjacent panel. Only get the door with damage.
If the door was closed, as I was rubbing down I would catch the rear quarter which would just make a mess of everything else. Always try to keep it as small as possible, and that's the best way. The damage now is all marked out.
Now, I'm going to get the sander, also known as a DA, it has and 80 grit DA pad on it. Any work that you are doing which involves a lot of dust, put a mask on. Okay? Now, for this, I'm going to put a mask on, then we're going to rub down one with a machine and one by hand.
Alright, I've rubbed that down with a machine, and kept it nice and flat. In doing so, you can see the levels where it is nice and level and you can see the areas there in the middle which is love. Now, I've still scuffed the areas up so that when I put the filler in there, it sticks.
But by looking at it, you can see straight away where your damage is. Okay? I will do the same peppering preparation on the bottom one. If you haven't got a sander or as a DA, this doesn't cause so much dust but it's nowhere near a switch.
Now, there's other trouble to do it this way, if you've got a lot more scratches, you've got a soft hand as the job progresses. Now, that's done. Now, in doing so, there are a couple of little high spots here which really come through a bit too much.
A couple of little bits that come through - just get a panel beating hammer and just tap it in. Panel beating - this is a panel beating hammer, this is a normal hammer. If you haven't got a panel beating hammer, you can get away with this.
But all you want to do, first of all in the aspect of this repair, just tap down those high spots. If you don't tap them down when you put your filler on, these bits will come back again to haunt you because that's a prayer. The dent goes in and makes a high spot in the surrounding areas.
Sometimes, you don't need to worry about it, other times you do. When you're rubbing them down, when you rub it down flat, if there's an obvious high spot, it will show an obvious high spot. Right from there, bare metal there, but at the same time, I've barely gone through to the primer coat underneath so I know this is big right to there.
So, the high spot's in the middle, the high sport is moved to the outside, so I'm going to get the panel beating hammer and I'm just going to flip up, I'm not going to hit in. I want that damage to go back that way so it can't pop in, so it fuses out the high spot back to where it should be. So, get the panel beating hammer, just squeeze that up.
There's a little high spot there and there. And it's pretty out there as well. When you feel it with your hands, it won't really feel any different, to be honest with you.
But, you have achieved what you want to do. A li