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You need to make sure that the car is clean before you do any body work. If you need to remove parts, then go ahead and do so. The more parts you take out, the better and more professional your paint job will look.
You also need to put screws back where they belong. I like to hit it screws like these with a wire brush to make them look new again. If you want, you can spray paint them black. Sometimes, they just look good by cleaning them up.
Also remember to remove weather stripping if you’re painting door jambs as well as decals to save your sand paper and not make a mess. You can use a heat gun or a hair dryer for this.
The cover has been damaged, so we’ll heat it up quick with a heat gun. If you don’t have one, you can use a hair dryer. You need to heat it then bend it back in place.
This part of the video [1:28], we are repairing the front cover by welding new plastic in with 3M Epoxy. Scuff with 80-grit sand paper so the epoxy can adhere.
The 3M 08115 Bonding Adhesive which is perfect for plastic repairs and body kits.
Rule 1 when doing body work on a brand new project is to go around the car and mark the defects. For the Daihatsu Mini Truck Project, we’re not going to worry about all the spot welds. I just want to make it look cool and nice.
We’re now grinding to metal on large dents to prepare for body filler and for this, we’re using A-16 grinding disc. [2:28]
Now, we’re using a stud welder to pull out dents. You need to squeeze for more than 1.5 seconds otherwise, you can burn a hole. [2:37] Tap high spot with hammer when pulling out dents as well.
For every golf ball size of filler, you need to put about 6-8 drops of hardener. Of course, if you put more, then it’s going to dry quick. Same way, if you put less, it will take longer to set up which is good because you can play with it and shape it. But, if you don’t put enough, then you’ll have problems because it will never dry.
I like to shape bondo or filler with 80-grit sand paper. Then, you can move to 240-grit or 280-grit before primer. Block sanding is also great to ensure you are keeping it flat.
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