DIY: How to Repair Car Dent with Body Filler

car dent repair

This car had a small dent on the side. To repair something like this, will cost you hundreds of dollars at the bodyshop. Who has extra money in this economy? In this post, I will tell you how to do the same repair  for a fraction of the cost.

All of my car paint repair tutorials are designed for beginners with no prior experience.  I try to provide  as much information as possible including step-by-step pictures and videos. [Read more…]

How to Touch Up Deep Bumper Scratches with Spray Paint

In this post I will show you how to repair deep bumper scratches on Porsche Cayenne. As you can see from the photo above, scratches went through the clear coat layers and paint layers, but didn’t damage the primer. Although the damaged area looks  small, you will need to spray paint it to get an even coverage. This type of repair can cost anywhere from $300-$500 at the body shop and you will be without the car for a few days. You can do the same repair yourself and save hundreds of dollars.

This project will take you a few hours to complete and can be done over the weekend. The key to success is patience. Make sure to take your time doing each step the right way instead of rushing it. [Read more…]

How to Repair Peeling Car Paint on Ford

peeling paint

This red Ford had a peeling paint on the spoiler. It was originally painted by a bodyshop which didn’t do a very good job, but did charge hundreds of dollars for it. The paint starts to peel if cheap products or incorrect process was used. In this post, you will learn how to fix peeling paint yourself. This step-by-step tutorial is designed for beginner with no experience.

This project will take you a few hours to complete. It can be done over the weekend. You will have to spend some time waiting for the layers of paint to dry, so grab a case of cold beer. All of the products I recommend, can be ordered online. They are high quality, but still affordable.In case you are on a very tight budget, I listed products under “necessary items” and “optional items”. [Read more…]

Save Over $300 by Spray Painting Car Bumper Yourself

bumper peeling paint

In this post I will show you how to spray paint a plastic bumper that was improperly painted by a local bodyshop.  After paying  hundreds of dollars to a bodyshop, you would think that the paint job would last. But it is not always the case. Not all bodyshops know what they are doing. Some of them just try to cut corners. As a result of improper repair process, the paint on the bumper of this Mitsubishi started to peel.

The only way to repair this damage, is to strip the old paint, apply plastic adhesion promoter, follow it with primer, touch up paint and clear coat. This project will take you just a few hours to complete. You can do it over the weekend. If the weather is nice, do it outside in a shade. [Read more…]

How to Repair Peeling Car Paint on Lexus IS

peeling paint

This Lexus IS had a peeling paint on the spoiler. The spoiler was painted before, but incorrect products or process was used resulting in a car paint peeling. The reason is that some of the layers lost adhesion with the surface under it. Since not all paints stick to plastic, you need to follow the plastic paint procedures to ensure a successful paint job. To fix this paint, you will need to strip as much of old paint as possible and spray paint it with new one. You can do this project over the weekend. [Read more…]

Repair Minor Car Paint Scratches and Chips With Touch Up Pen

minor scratches

Minor car paint scratches and chips are very easy to repair. These scratches damage the paint layer leaving primer layer intact.  Usually, these damages are caused by road debris, branches, or little stones from the driveway.

Compared to small chips and scratches that can be easily fixed with some touch-up paint, long scratches require more work. If you try to brush a long scratch with paint, the surface will look uneven. The best way to repair it is to carefully sand the area and then spray it with touch-up paint.

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Car Paint Touch-Up

Car paint touch-up is an inexpensive and easy way to fix paint scratches and chips. We all try to keep our car looking shiny and new as long as we can after driving it off the dealership lot. But over time, those ugly scratches just keep adding up. Unfortunately, car paint scratches are a fact of life. The only sure way to protect your car is to put it in a garage and never drive it again. [Read more…]

Car Touch-Up Paint Types

When it comes to car touch-up paint, there are multiple options available for every type of damage. Small chips and scratches can be easily fixed with touch-up pens. Long and medium size scratches can be brushed with paint. Large areas can be fixed by using spray cans. If you are planning on re-painting a whole car or one of the auto body parts, you will need to buy larger quantities of paint and a spray gun.

No matter what touch-up paint you choose, make sure it is good quality. Because even if you do everything right, a cheap low  quality paint will not give you the professional result you are looking for. When I am buying paint, I want it to be high quality, but still affordable. One of the places I like is AutomotiveTouchUp site. They have best prices and a high quality paint that is custom mixed to perfectly match the original car color. [Read more…]

How to Repair Deep Car Scratches For Only $50

deep bumper scratch

Taking your car to a body shop to repair deep paint scratches can cost anywhere from $500 – $1,000. Many people don’t know that this expensive repair can be done at home with very little time and money. With the right tools and a good amount of patience, your car will look like nothing ever happened. 

Learn exact repair techniques professionals at the body shop use to repair deep scratches. There is no good reason to pay someone hundreds of dollars of your hard-earned money to repair these scratches when you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.

In this post, I will tell you how to fix deep car scratches for only $50. First, determine how deep the scratch is. The scratch on the photo damaged the clear coat, paint layers and some primer, but didn’t damage the metal. This scratch can be easily fixed in just a few hours and for only $50. No experience needed. I recommend fixing all the scratches as soon as you can to avoid rust development. [Read more…]

Video Tutorial: Do-It-Yourself Car Paint Repair – Part 2

This is a second video of the 2 part video tutorial on how to repair car paint yourself.

This tutorial was made by professionals at the body shop revealing the exact steps they take to repair car paint. In case you missed it – Video Tutorial: Do-It-Yourself Car Paint Repair – Part 1.

Usually body shops will charge hundreds of dollars for a simple repair. But after watching these videos and reading my comments, you will be able to do it yourself for under $100.  I will also tell you what materials and tools you should use to save money and time.

In this part you will learn how to prepare an area for paint, mask properly, apply paint and clear coat. [Read more…]