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How to: Body Work 101

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by MONMIX, November 7, 2004.

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      What brand and type of black paint did you use. The stuff I bought said it was high gloss but it was still more dull than original paint.

      Help me out.
       
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    3. MONMIX

      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      We use Sikkins paint products. Base coat, clear coat.
       
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      ok awesome, now I gotta find that stuff
       
    5. MONMIX

      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      it is a product of Akzo Nobel
      It is imported.
      Look in your yellow pages for Body Shop Supply.

      That being said, PPG is an easier paint to spray ( or so I have been told )
      Contact Glaicer, he has done some painting he can help you
       
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      bates Shine on Benevolent Sun

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      My buddy is a painter and he likes dupont, but he'll use anything.

      EDIT: What type of paint were you using?
       
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      I've shot PPG and think it was pretty easy to work with. Used it in my HS auto body class. Sprayed my whole 91 with it.
       
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      I use DuPont Products, and I like tham alot. Once you decide on a paint manufacturer to use, it is best to stick with it. Every manufacturers paint sprays a little differently, and it is hard to make a transition to a different manufacturer once you get used to a brand. Also, once you buy supplies for a particular brand, you can't just mix and match products of different brands. It is more economical to decide on one and stick with it. IMHO
       
    9. MONMIX

      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I shot my Ex with Sikkins.
      We have used Sikkins forever and a day.
       
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      bates Shine on Benevolent Sun

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      wow! forever AND a day, thats long time.

      :D
       
    11. MONMIX

      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      yeah but it was only a half day though :D
       
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      I agree with /99 Sport/. There is a guy (Len) back on the East Coast who makes his living painting cars. His site is awesome. Best autopainting site on the net (in my humble opinion) with a very active board like this one. It is www.autobodystore.com. He is an upright straight shooter and has great prices on painting needs. Freely gives great advice! Has a video on the process too.

      (He is also a strong believer is health issues in painting (as am I). A DIY'er should read up on Isocyanate issues and make his or her own decisions. I will paint outdoors with a charcoal mask. I will only paint ISO's indoors with supplied breathing air and a vent system. Check out his site!)

      ps. I like PPG products, not saying there isn't other as good or better systems, but with PPG, as with others, it is a "system". Adopt the one you have a good supplier for.
       
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      Very nice, now what do you do with a crunched rocker panel? :p
       
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      That'll be the next one to start I guess.
       

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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Wow I made a stickey post !!!!!!!

      I am honered :)

      As for the rocker panel, cut off the old one weld on the new one.
       
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      was stickey'd.. I think having it listed as a useful thread is good enough. Now lets work on Body Work 201. Maybe something like Ben mentioned.. A quarterpanel or fender or door skin.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Bring me a victem
       
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      What about 2 huge dents in my hood? :D j/k
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      here is the only " problem "
      I am not allowed to do side work at my shop.
      So we will need to find a place with an air compressor.
       
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      Thats no problem i have an air compressor what type did you need?
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Just enough to run a grinder and a DA.
      Not a lot.
       
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      Here are some of the pictures of my "dents" they are right on the lip of the hood so im not sure what needs to be done other than that my truck has a pretty good body tho :D


      (dead photo links removed)
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      yeah that will take a good bit of work, but it is no nightmare
       
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      Very nice write up.

      About your "tupperware", did you just remove that and not paint it? How is that held on?

      See, I have a Limited that was apparently in an accident at some point before I owned it. The entire driver's side was repainted and they did an absolutely horrible job. The paint is chipping around the windows (I don't believe they removed the windows and only painted up to the molding), around the tupperware (apparently they didn't remove it), and even chipped off when I removed the pinstriping. I also have some "spider cracking" (don't know the proper term) on the hood.

      So basically, I need the entire X repainted. I'm keeping it for at least a couple more years, even though I'm buying another vehicle soon, so it's worth it to have it painted. I'm not experienced with body work so I'm pretty much going to have to have it all done by a shop. But any advice anyone can give me in this situation would be much appreciated.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Yeah, I poped them off to avoid the paint edges that you are experancing.
      Any self respectiong shop would do as such.
      I did not paint any of my trim.
      The wheel flare is held on with clips and 11mm bolts between the bumper and the wheel.
      With the quarter interior trim off you will see the clips from the inside.
      Pinch them with some long needle nose pliers and it will walk right off.

      Have a buddy out side to catch it when it falls though.
      The rocker trim is a bit more tricky. It has the identical clips as the wheel flare, but no rear acess. I would get a little lift with a clip tool and pop the little " feet " with
      pick tools.

      Sorry your paint job turned out crummy. Time to take it to a shop that cares about the end product.
       
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      Wonder who you two know that has a open shop with a air compressor, welder and heat :p

      PS: and happy to feed someones truck to the plasma rig :smoke:
       

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