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.
What Are Minor Car Body Repair Works?
Before jumping into the auto body repair DIY wagon, you should know the type of damages that 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.
Car Bodywork Repairs at Home
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.
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
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.
Broken Tail Lights
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!
Check this tutorial to know how to fix the headlights.