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Questions tagged [body-work]

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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Rear wheel arch rust on 2006 Ford focus 5Door Hatchback

I have a 2006 Ford Focus 1.6 auto 5 door hatchback with bubbling paint and showing rust where the rear wheel arch meets the body sill. Can this be repaired or do I need a new wheel arch and respray, ...
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Can I DIY buff out small scratches?

I grazed my rear 1/4 panel with a shopping cart. The impact was very gentle. At first I thought it was just marked up. I tried the wet finger rub and it sorta/kinda diminishes its severity, but it ...
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Bit of a disaster with a paint job

Basically had a bit of an dent in my car when i brought it and I wanted to fix it up. I filled the body in with filler which worked well and had brilliant results, but when it came to painting it, it ...
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VW Passat leak. Where is it coming from?

I have a 2004 VW Passat wagon which has a frustrating leak. We thought it was caused by a leaking door seal, but today we caught it in action. The car was parked outside overnight in rain. This ...
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How to repair boot cover sticking out?

Boot lid is outright sticking out on one end. If I pressure the top it goes down but comes back up when I stop holding it. how can i get it down?
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Toyota crown body tune up

Is it possible to upgrade exterior looks of cars ? i.e. Upgrading the front look of a 2007 toyota crown to 2013 toyota crown From this look To this look Is there anywhere online where i can buy ...
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Preventing Rust

Someone ran into my car awhile ago. After the claim went through, I had minimal repair done to my car because I’m getting a new truck in less than a year. As pictured below, there is a slight bit of ...
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How to get rid of car paint smell after workshop repair

I have a quite tricky question. Recently i got two doors of my car painted at the workshop (professionally done). The problem is that it has been a couple of days now, and i cannot get rid of the ...
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How would body shop have put this fender on?

I tried to bang this fender out(I know I messed up) and then put it back on however in the process I found I was scratching surrounding panels, mainly the left side of door(you can see the scratches ...
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How to repair this side skirt?

As you can see side skirt has been denting inwards and left side of it outwards a bit as a result. How should I go about repairing this diy or is it better to get a replacement\give to garage? if ...
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fuel damaged body panel, how to repair?

Was in the process of filling up with fuel until I forgot what I was doing and sprayed fuel over body panel/fuel cap area. Has been there for 2 weeks now and looks quite bad, it seems the oil has ...
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Neighbor uses cans of spray paint on his car - can it travel to my car?

I have a crazy neighbor in my apartment complex that spray paints his car instead of washing it. I have a 2013 car with a nice paint job from factory when I bought it new. It has a nice clear shiny ...
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How tight should I make body panels?

Car is a civic vti 99. I don't believe body panels have a recommended torque setting, am I right? If you fit body parts loosely or tightly will both be ok or might they fly off when driving? I've ...
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Why do we continue to paint cars with plastics?

Why do we continue to paint cars with oil based compounds; plastics, solvents, resins, etc? It's surely the least (or at least, not the most) efficient method for preserving ferrous metals. Just +10....
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What kind of damage / body is this?

We purchased 72 Karmann Ghia to restore. Other than this damage, the body is in relatively good condition. I've got very little experience but everyone has to start somewhere, and this is my first ...
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Is it important to treat small surface rust on a bonnet?

There is a small amount of surface rust on my bonnet (maybe 3*3mm), probably from a rock falling on the car. Is it important to get this removed asap or can we expect it to stay small for a long time ...
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2019 Jetta - How to Remove Grille?

I just purchased a 2019 VW Jetta, and would like to remove the grille. (The car has a wimpy horn, and removing the grill would allow access to the space between it and the radiator/AC condenser, ...
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Why has paint started scraping off, how can I prevent it?

Here is a before and after I did of some damage to car. All I did was spray it black, I didn't apply primer before, no clear coat, polish or wax. I was scrubbing it in self car wash today with a big ...
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Why aren't these white lines disapearing?

I scraped a high kerb and this left some white lines\marks\scratch on my car. I wiped the area and then sprayed it repeatedly with black however the white lines are just not going. I also applied t-...
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What damages are these and is my idea of painting to repair correct?

1) As you can see from pics, there are white parts(I think thats the underlying plastic), non glossy black parts(I think thats the base coat of paint, is this correct? 2) Im considering doing a quick ...
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Why does rust need to be removed?

I previously asked this question: Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it? People are saying one needs to sand down to bare metal then paint over to prevent rust from spreading. ...
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Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it?

Hit a concrete pole and damaged my Hyundai coupe 2006. This is side view of car just under door where damaged has occurred. As you can see paint worked has been pierced and is showing some metal\...
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Roof is rusted and pitted - Use Flex Seal?

Will Flex Seal spray work to "fix" a vehicle with a rusty and pitted roof? By "fix", I mean: Keep all water out Keep the rust from spreading
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Body repair using non-original-manufacturer parts

My three-month-old Subaru Crosstrek was hit in the rear bumper. The body shop that the dealer sent me to says the damage was limited to that one part, but I notice on the estimate that they propose to ...
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How many hours of labor needed for this kind of body work?

My 2011 Toyota Corolla needs the following body and mechanical work: Front bumper replacement Front left fender and fender liner replacement Front left door handle replacement Replacement of the ...
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Large rust hole in spare tire area. (Completely rusted through) How to fix?

This is a beater car and I'm not worried about fixing it "properly" really. Trying to spend minimal dollars on this. My main concern is keeping rats or bugs out of the car. Basically the car ...
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Ford Focus CC missing panel

I have a Ford Focus CC-3 2008 with a missing panel that I want to replace, however I don't know what it's called or where to find it (I'm in the UK). The panel is seen when the roof is down and it ...
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fixing a hole in a bumper cover

I have a crack in the bumper cover of my car (photo below) that I would like to fix myself. This is my first car, and I have no prior experience of car body work. Because of this and financial ...
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How to fix a shallow bump dent?

Noticed a shallow bump under the tail light recently and wondering whether there's a DIY way to fix it. I heard that deeper dents could be fixed with a suction cup, but not sure it will have any ...
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Affordable-ish but not-too-cheap-looking rust repair for wheel arches?

I have some rust forming around my rear wheel wells. No holes, just some bubbling and a couple of small areas (<= 1 sq cm each) where the paint has chipped off. The shop quotes a full repair at $...
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Plastic damage from throttle body/carb cleaner

I didn't realize carb cleaner was so damaging to plastic and unfortunately left marks on my car's plastic grill. Notice how the matte-ish black plastic looks shiny like water was spilled on it, but it ...
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How serious if corrosion on the inner sill of a Ford Focus?

I realise that can't be answered without me saying how serious the corrosion is. The context is that I'm looking at a 2004 Ford Focus on eBay and the MOT history on the DVLA web site reports an ...
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Can I fit any model variant body kit on the same model?

Okay so we all know that you distinguish a car by its make, model and year of manufacture... But of course, there is another piece to the puzzle, aka the model variant. I was looking to buy, say a ...
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Non-destructive cost-efficient method for measuring state of rustedness of a vehicle

Besides visual examination, is there some way to find out reliably how much a given car is affected by rust? I mean, which parts (possibly covered by paint) are rusting in the inside, and to what ...
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Do these dents warrant replacing the doors altogether?

Thanks to a deer, a friend got some dents in her driver's side doors and a crack in her bumper just under the headlight. A local mechanic said the doors and bumper will have to be replaced altogether ...
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choosing between the many ways to fill exterior trim holes

Deleting exterior trim mounting holes on a car body means bodywork and paint. Before that happens, there are at least five possibilities, and probably more, for how the holes can actually be filled: ...
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Welding sheetmetal

I'm looking at purchasing a 78 Chevrolet truck which has some modest rust which would most likely need to be taken care of via replacement sheetmetal and welding. I'm a decent welder (a little better ...
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Hiding bodywork lines with body filler?

One day...this year :) I will be working the body work of the car I'm rebuilding (Skoda 120 Estelle '72) and one of the things I want to do is to hide a line it has half way down, from tip to tail. I ...
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Body kit attached with some kind of rubbery adhesive. Anyway to detach it safely?

My Mk1 Golf Cabriolet has a factory fitted body kit (the 'Clipper' kit). There are some scratches on one of the wheel arches and I thought it would be easier to remove them to re-paint but there seems ...
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Hit by a bus - can I use a dent puller to fix this?

It turns out that two vehicles shouldn't occupy the same space at the same time :( Thankfully the damage is superficial. As the local dealership is notorious for its long body shop waiting list, I ...
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When buying a used car, how much to discount for cosmetic body damage/scrape [closed]

I'm trying to get a handle on used car pricing and the difference between clean and average. In my case I'm looking at a used VW Golf that looks like it has a scrape from a column in a parking garage....
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Are these signs of a bad body shop paint job?

A piece of debris gouged my hood in a windstorm. I went through insurance and had the repair done at their recommended shop, which I suspect was a mistake. The car is red metallic, and I can see the ...
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How to repair a cracked plastic bumper

My wife's brand new bumper cracked from some road debris (image): Body shop quoted her something ridiculous like $1100 (a $280 part plus a ton of labor, to replace the whole thing). I know there ...
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How do I treat aluminium oxidation on body panels?

Like most of us I have dealt with steel rust on many occasions, but how should I deal with aluminium corrosion bubbles under the paint? I have just bought my first aluminium car, which are becoming a ...
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Cheap diagnosis/repair of damaged fairing

There are already a number of answers regarding ways to fix small scratches in bodywork, but I'm not sure of the exact "nature" of the damage to the fairing of my motorbike: It's not my bike, though I ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

A while back I fixed up some rust spots on stone kicks on my hood, and ended up repainting my whole hood to cover them up after grinding/puttying/priming. I got custom matching spray paint made and ...
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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

I'm looking at buying a car that is only 2 years old, has good miles, a price about a third lower than I would expect...but it had an accident listed on the CarFax. The previous owner hit a deer and ...
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Does body side molding damage the paint?

I just got a new 2016 RAV4. I'm thinking about getting a body side molding to protect it from door dings. They will install it right in the Toyota dealership I have three questions: 1. In general:...
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Is sand blasting safe on old cars?

As the title says, when restoring a classic car I've been typically taught it was proper to get the entire vehicle sand blasted to see any issues and make any needed repairs them move to paint. ...
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What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

With a sand blasted cab and bed I am looking for a solution to protect the metal body of a C10 hot rod on air ride. I have looked into possibly rhino lining the under side of the bed and cab but I ...