The process of fixing or refinishing portions of the body on a vehicle. This could include metal work (straightening or replacing) or paint finishing/re-finishing.

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DIY carbon-fiber parts layup

I'm gathering the necessary equipment to start my next little hobby project building my own fairings. I got about 5 yards of carbon-fiber/Kevlar and another 5 yards of fiberglass, 10ft of 3' carbon ...
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How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement

I need to replace the roof reinforcements for my VW Tiguan. I am quite concerned about the amount of hours required by car dealer shop for this Namely items 3 and 4 need to be replaced. This ...
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Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
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Consequences of not fixing rusted body parts

My mother-in-law has just retired and given us her old Pontiac Sunfire 1996. It's been little used and generally well maintained, except for the body. Both front fenders have a small patch of about ...
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Replacing the 2015 Fiesta S's ugly chrome grill with a Euro kit?

So I have a 2015 Fiesta S (the one with the chrome braces) I'm hoping that the kit that I found on fordpartsuk will work, as it seems like it's the same shape... ...
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How extend a drilled hole

How do I extend/make a hole oval? It is in a rectangular beam (6 cm) and needs to be extended 5mm in one direction. When mounting a tow bar, I discovered that some holes in the tow bar are not ...
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Minor body rust sanding and repair

I had a minor accident a little over a year ago, the damage from which I did not immediately repair so a paint scratch has corroded over time. Finally, I'm getting the time to fix it. My questions ...
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How can I tell which body shop is better? Replacing or repairing parts with VIN numbers

I have a 7 month old car that was sideswiped when a driver drifted into my lane. It's a 2011 Ford Focus with a metallic gray exterior. It should all be covered by the other driver's Allstate policy. ...
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Collision repair with Bondo and used parts

This year, one of my New Year's resolutions was to become more of a DIYer. I was in a fender bender a few weeks back (not my fault) and insurance just cut me a check for the repairs. This car is a ...
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

I sanded and filled a dent in my cars plastic/foam bumper, applied primer and factory matched auto paint. This worked and look fine for about 6 months. Today I noticed the paint around where the ...
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first “non-replaceable” parts to break

I'm currently modifying my '08 Subaru WRX with everything from suspension(Sways/Strut/Springs...) to Engine(Turbo/TMIC/Injectors...) and much much more...However I would like to get ahead of the game ...
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How much of a difference will a splitter / diffuser would be on a FWD car?

Out of curiosity, if you can get your hands on a properly engineered splitter, what kind of handling difference would I see? Any recommendations for a splitter that's not just for show? Any effects ...
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Can I use spray paint to touch up my car?

I have several really small nicks and major scuffs on my car; the nicks from driving on the highway (flying debris hitting chassis) and the scuffs from two fender benders. The nicks have started to ...
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OEM vs. after-market bumper repair: is there a difference in quality?

Another vehicle hit mine, and the offending driver has offered to pay for repairs and a rental vehicle. That said, he is being cheap about using OEM vs. after-market parts. I have noticed that ...
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How to ensure body repair parts will fit?

How can you ensure, when you are purchasing body parts online or from a vendor, that the parts you get are going to be an exact fit for your vehicle? I’ve heard horror stories of body parts not lining ...
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Most acceptable way to get parts off another car?

I was in an accident about a month ago and I'm trying to figure out a good way to repair the damage (I'm a college student and the car has no collision on it, so having it fixed is gonna be tight on ...
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Sedan car door modified - inspection issues

I am interested in buying a car where the seller modified the car door into Lamborghini-like butterfly doors. Will there be safety issues, so that the mod will not pass state inspection? Let's ...
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How can I get rid of door dings?

Wife parks too close to my white car. Would love to get rid of these door dings as her car is only 3 years old.
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is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?

Someone with a provisional licence hit my 2008 Jetta on the side, and the side of my car had to be reshaped and repainted. It involved repainting the whole side, including the strip on top of the ...
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Removing scuff marks from paintwork

Hi could any one give me some advise on how to get rid of this mark please
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3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?

I have a large crack on the left rear corner of my white '05 Prius bumper from when my wife bumped into a another car in a parking lot when the temperature was around 4 below. I also have a large ...
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Is shop paint visibly different to factory paint?

I've got my 2008 Jetta painted at a shop in Northern California with a very good reputation and customer satisfaction. Whilst I was originally happy with the work, after not seeing my car for a ...
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What are the struts connecting the roof to the rest of the car called?

I need to have some work done on the part of the body that connects the roof to the rest of the car, and I'm wondering what is that piece of the car called? If it matters, I'm specifically ...
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How might I fix a dent in a Honda Rebel fuel tank?

In a silly move during an engine overhaul, I dropped my Honda Rebel's fuel tank and put a dent in the top side. Is it possible to pull this dent out? I've heard there is a method using heat and ice ...
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How to remove edges around body filler/bondo?

I have a curved area on fibreglass with a dent in it. I have filled it with body filler but when I sand it back there is still an obvious ridge where the filler meets the body. I have sanded it down ...
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Is it safe to take the paint back to the undercoat? (will it rust?)

I have a 94 Honda Prelude. The paint is absolutely shot from being in the sun too long. I was thinking about getting it repainted and sanding it back to the undercoat myself panel by panel to save ...
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What does bondo outgas?

Does anybody know the gas that Bondo outgasses when drying? A neighbour is sensitive to certain gasses and he needs to know if he will be affected by Bondo. Thanks.
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DIY Panel Beating - Got any Tips?

Well recently I bumped into the side of a fence while reversing out of my drive way. It wasn't very fast but there is a huge dent on the rear left of the car. Luckily I missed the brake lights and the ...
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What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?

I've been looking into a career in auto body repair and was wondering what sort of skills / knowlege one might need to get into this field.
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What's the name of the little plastic bolt (?) that is used by a passanger/driver to lock the door from the inside?

I'm talking about a (for example) seat/skoda/vw car, in which (un)locking the car from the inside requires the driver to press a locking bolt. Two of them broke in my car and I'm trying to find a ...
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Repairing some bodywork holes

A panel has come lose from my vw transporter t5 and on closer inspection its because of of the holes in the bodywork have flaired. Whats the best way to repair this? Should I just go at it with a ...
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What is the best way to prevent rust when cutting in your car's body?

For example, I want to cut a hole in the car's front left fender, to fit a snorkel. What is the best way to prevent rusting on the exposed metal on the edge of the cut?