If you’re like most people, you probably think of car painting as a job that’s best left to the professionals. However, there are a lot of things you can do yourself if you’re willing to take on the challenge. In this blog post, we’ll answer some common questions about auto body repair and maintenance. We’ll cover everything from repairing dents and scratches to dealing with corrosion and paint peeling. So whether you’re just curious or thinking about taking on a DIY project, read on for some helpful advice!
QUESTION: My Jetta single-stage 2k paint is 1yr old now. Would you think if I scuff it with 400 and clear it will have a nice effect? Or should I just use bc and cc?
You could sand it down. I would go over 800 grit, I wouldn’t go over 400. Scuff it down with 800 and clear over that and you would get a good paint job with that. You could lay a clear coat on top of 800 it will come out nice, so it depends. Also, you could just scuff it down with 400 and just put a new coat of base coat – clear coat on it.
QUESTION: What would you recommend primer on bare metal or primer after body filler on pitted rust?
Sand everything down, you got pitted rust, get it down to the metal. And then basically shoot some epoxy primer on top of that, followed by a 2k filler primer, then you could do your bodywork, depending on how much you filled.
You might not need to glaze, but you don’t have to sand your epoxy. then you could just let that flash. Let it cure, you let it dry for an hour or so give or take your epoxy, and then you can spray 2k filler primer on top of that and go from there.
If you’ve got a scuff up to do some body filler or put some glaze putty, you can put it on top of that, cut it, block it, reprime if needed, and then you’re pretty much ready for paint after that.
QUESTION: How hard it is to straighten out a pillar or replace it? My passenger side door hinge is bent.
Your door pillar basically got dented. You might just need a Porter Power, little hydraulic Porter Power that you could brace from the inside of the car. Pump it and push that pillar out of that all. That’s probably all you need to do to just get your door to get aligned.
And then depending on the crinkling and the creasing on your door jamb.
You might be able to just sand it, bodywork it, fill it, and just repaint your inner door jamb. It’s not that hard to do that to get a door to line up. If it’s a mild hit, pushed in an inch or two, even three inches you could pretty much line it up pretty easily.
We do have some sample videos and some videos of using a Porter Power Hydraulic Jack combination in some of our VIP videos (auto body repair)pushing out quarter panels, aligning doors, and whatnot. We do have videos in there, so I definitely recommend checking those out.