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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Need Honda Accord 2019 bolt that fits engine splash guard

I am replacing a splash guard on my Accord and it missing a bolt , not able to find it on Google, only similar once , maybe anyone knows the serial number?
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Is there an easy way to determine whether paintless dent repair is viable for large hail dents without going to a shop?

We had a very big hail storm last night and the hailstones were between golf ball and tennis ball sizes. Fortunately, there weren't a ton of them, they were just huge. I'm in a position of not knowing ...
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Will pushing this dent out make the job harder for a Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) specialist?

I have a 9.5" x 7" dent on a front fender: Because it's right by the wheel well, it'd be easy enough to just reach behind and pop it out. I'm curious to try it and see how far that gets me. I also ...
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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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Alternator gone bad after collision repair

I have a 2011 Honda Accord (92k miles, being driven about 10k/less per year) that was recently involved in a low-speed front-end collision (I rear ended a car in front of me at a stopped signal when ...
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Repairing bumper scratch

I have scratches on both sides of my bumper. They are invisible while standing. Thus, they don't need to be perfect. Can I fix it myself?
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How to make a Patch for the bottom Inner Fender

I am trying to figure out what is a good design for the bottom right inner fender patch: OPTION A (First Pic) Technically, I should put the patch on top of the arch (blue): But that would be more ...
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How to properly reaffix this rubber (?) belt onto the car body?

I'm not sure if this belt is completely for decoration only. It looks like a kind of plastic or rubber. How to properly reaffix this belt onto the car body? Edit: As per comment request, the car is a ...
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Reclipping Toyota Fender clips

My Corolla bumper has been partially detached after being lifted by a kerb. I have reattached it fairly well (only the right side was damaged) but there are some clips which won't reattach. I'm ...
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Can a "punctured" plastic bumper be repaired?

My dad's car was hit in a parking lot and there are 2 holes or "punctures" in it from the numberplate bolts on the offending car. The holes are about 10mm (.4 inch) diameter. I've used ...
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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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Will insurance companies add a record to the Carfax if they only pay for the repair? [closed]

Few days ago I saw my car's door has been kicked by a jerk and there was a footprint still on the door. This caused a dent around 10-15 inches on the door and 2-3 inches of chipped paint. I called to ...
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Best Way to Repair Damage to Exterior Door Shell

I am trying to determine the best way to repair some body damage to the exterior door shell on my 2010 Honda CR-V. I took a look at a bunch of YouTube videos on the process but most cover repairing ...
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Is it possible to fix this? Clear coat turned out matte looking

I applied 4 coats of clear, waiting 10 minutes in between, but it came out matte looking and it is not smooth. Is it possible to fix this?
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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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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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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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How would you approach fixing this panel part?

This is a continuation of this saga. I just removed my rear window and grinded down the fix area, finally past the point of no return. Found out that I was scammed by the body worker worst than I ...
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How to fix deep dent in Subaru Legacy Outback wagon front bumper?

I’ve got an old car with a deep dent in the bumper. I would like to pop the dent back out. I’m not looking to restore it to original condition — we’re way past that— but making the bumper convex again ...
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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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What's the right way to weld patches in the joining of panels?

I have a body work job on my car's roof panel on the 4 edges. I'll probably have to cut a square piece of it including a piece of a previous terrible job that I paid for, then weld a patch to replace ...
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What would the result be of re-painting a slightly rusting door?

Im going to be getting a Macao paint job inn the coming weeks. they're not doing any primer or anything, the car has its factory paint job, just getting something to match up door paint after ...
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Which is better for bodywork repairs: Gasless MIG welder or Stick Welder?

I was planning on investing in a small welding machine. On the future, I intend to use it for car bodywork repairs, but for now I'll probably be practicing making small tools. For a number of reasons ...
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How to fit cowl panel smoothly?

Civic coupe vti 1999. When fitting a cowl panel, as the bonnet was in the way, I really struggled to fit it in smoothly and instead forced/snapped it into place. In the process I believe I caused my ...
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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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How to remove these trim clip retaining fasteners?

I’m trying to remove this cowl/scuttle panel in order to get under and clean the area which has leaves and filth inside. I have managed to to remove the circle clips marked a in the picture. I ...
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How to repair crack in a pillar exterior panel

I am considering purchasing a 1972 Monte Carlo with a crack in the metal of the a pillar panel. I was wondering if it is possible to repair such damage or if I should avoid this vehicle.
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To remove this type of "hard, metallicish" sticker?

My very lucky teen daughter just got a wonderful honest '08 Mustang GT; the black paint work is fair. One of the old dealers left this hideous sticker on it: It's one of "those" stickers - ...
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Can Maaco do exact/close to exact colors from auto dealers?

I’m looking to get a paint job from Maaco, and I really like the “destroyer grey” dodge offers from 2017-2020, can Maaco match this paint code without being thousands of dollars? They quoted me at $...
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Which sandpaper grits are needed for bodywork prep?

I've got some stone chips and clearcoat damage on my hood, and want to do a spot repair myself. I'd like to know the proper sandpaper grits to use as I'm not sure. So far I have used 400 and 800 wet ...
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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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Trunk Lid Rust Removal worth it?

My car's trunk lid has a nasty rust spot. My Dad recently asked me why I don't just sand it down, bondo and paint it and that probably isn't a bad idea. The thing is that from the outside it looks ...
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Body spot welds all let go - what's going on?

2004 Nissan. Have been feeling like the hood and front part of the body (i.e. fenders) really move around a lot when off pavement (washboard logging roads, etc). Feels like the whole truck was ...
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How can I legally put number plate on without repairing bumper?

Bumper has fallen off and plastic is cracked in places you can't just put a bolt on and put it back in place. I asked a police officer if I can remove the bumper and put a number plate in window and ...
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How to remove subwoofer carpet?

I am allergic to fabric so want to move the carpet on my subwoofer. It seems to be glued down. Preferably without using chemicals, is there a quick and easy way to remove it? Also what is the ...
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Fixing cracked door trim piece?

What's the best way to fix this? Is there some specific adhesive that is going to hold up well on that type of plastic? It's a 1st gen Acura TSX, and the seatbelt got stuck when closing the door ...
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Does a cracked paint blister corrode faster than if grinded?

Recently a paint blister cracked open on the roof of my car. It has rust under it, so my guess is it was one of those lazy ass "repairs", where body filler was added over rust just so it could be ...
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Car bodywork welding: Is that enough penetration for a panel repair?

I'm practicing welding with the purpose of doing some bodywork on my own car soon, and lately I've been working with flux cored MIG (gasless MIG). I've some scrap 1.25mm (18 gauge) steel sheet, which ...
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Can I apply new layers of cleat coat on top of old and what preparation steps are needed?

I used aerosol painting kit purchased on automotivetouchup.com, and while base color matched well, their "Aerosol High Gloss Clear Coat" does not seemed to be of the highest quality, it does not make ...
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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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I design custom motorcycle tanks, will the weight of the body filler used offset the balance?

I have done a couple of custom 3D tanks, utilizing body filler mostly, then carving out. I don't use loads of it, but if one side of the tank has the design, can it offset the balance? I just do not ...
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Paint is cracking and showing lines, like dried mud

4 years ago, after repainting my 1980 Chrysler LeBaron, I'm seeing many lines appear in the paint. These lines appear all over, but especially around corners, and much more on flat, upright facing ...
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Removing wax from motorcycle plastic fairing

What's a safe way to remove wax from a plastic motorcycle fairing? I may have used an inappropriate cleaning product in the past, and UV may have made it worse. I can remove some of it with friction (...
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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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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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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 Use Glue on Dent Puller Tabs

I just got a little dent pulling kit that uses glue on tabs: As can be seen, the tabs come in many shapes and sizes, and different surface textures; some have a ribbed surface, while others of a ...
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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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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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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 ...