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Car Body Repair: How To Fix Minor Damages At Home

It is a hassle to take your car to the workshop every time it gets a scratch or dent. Many people would love to do their auto body repair at home, as it is a cost-effective solution for minor damages. Well, it just takes a few well throughout tricks and techniques to do your car body repair by yourself.

However, before trying to do the car body repair in your driveway, you should know that the first attempt would not deliver perfection. Nevertheless, a satisfactory result will be on the way if you are patient and determined.

Car Bodywork Repairs at Home

Before jumping into the auto body repair DIY wagon, you should know the type of damages: There are some problems you should not fix yourself, and some are possible to fix at home. You can repair all types of minor damages such as scratches, paint breaks, bumper scrapes, door dings, and more. It’s actually a great relief because minor body damage occurs all the time and now you can fix them all by yourself!

However, remember that fixing damages caused by serious accidents or major collision with other vehicles requires professional skill. In those cases, you should find a good body shop to repair your vehicle.

Paint Scratches

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The paint scratches are usually hard to fix

Repairing a paint scratch is easy but not as easy as just filling in the damaged spot with a coat of paint. Fill in the scratch with either multiple coats of touch up paint or some scratch filler if the damage is deep enough to expose the primer.

Sand the area with extreme care and patience, and then, wax the area until it looks smooth and shiny.


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It requires equipment to be able to fix a den

Suction cup dent pullers work if the dent is minor and pops out from behind. However, most dent marks require a filler and paint job. You have to repair the affected area with body filler and then give it a coat of paint to have a brand new look!

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Gouges And Scrapes

car Gouges and Scrapes
With small gouges, you can easily fix them with paints

The plastic bumpers in modern vehicles catch gouge and scrape marks easily. The damages are minor, but they can look very ugly. However, you can do your car body repair at home with the help of fillers and paints through car care tips.

Broken Tail Lights

broken light tail
You can fix broken lights at home with equipment

Fixing broken taillights sounds a bit more complicated than just dabbing filler and paint. However, you can still do it yourself with the help of a few tools. Removing the bolts that are attaching the lens is the first step. Now, carefully remove the clips and rubber sockets that are still holding the lens. Pull the broken or faulty bulb, replace it with a new one, and reassemble everything. You are done!

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  1. Moses Sekannyo says

    My name is Moses from Uganda.
    I greet you. I want to start up a vehicle body repair workshop here in Uganda. I want to be advised on the the types of equipments I need, cost and how to get them.
    Eagerly awaiting for a response please.

  2. Semba Geoffrey says

    thank you very much for the well explained information. continue helping us in this manner. We really appreciate the effort and resources you are putting in. thank you so much.

    1. Trang Tran says

      Arigatou. Thank you. Your comments encourage us a lot.

  3. Laibai Laiboni Kallaghe says

    Good thanks for explanation,about fixing Small damage at home.I am from Tanzania East Africa.

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you. We will provide more useful information like this. Stay tuned

  4. Nick says

    Hi,i scrathed the bumper of my bosses car,against a rough wall,and would like to repair it myself before he returns from abroad,cause he trusts me only in the office to take care of all his cars.Pls advice me what i need to repair the scrath.I already sent him the picture of the damaged bumper.

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. However, we cannot answer your problem because there are many things we need to see at your car. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop to solve your problem.

  5. Silvia silayo says

    Thanks indeed for useful explanation..

    1. Trang Tran says

      We are glad that you like the article. Don’t forget to share with your friends!

  6. Silivia Silayo says

    Thanks indeed for useful explanation..

    1. Trang Tran says

      We are glad that you like the article. Don’t forget to share with your friends!

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