Repairing dents is carried out pretty considerably along the exact same lines as the filling and/or repairing of auto physique rust holes.
Dents grow to be much more noticeable in a car the nearer they are to eye level. This indicates that we are also much more probably to see a poor repair in the upper half of the physique then the decrease half.
Discovering all the dents
The larger the gloss of the current paints, the less difficult it will be to see all the dents. It is not as uncomplicated even so, when the paint is dull. Even skilled painters are typically caught out by an obscure dent that only became noticeable when the new gloss paint was sprayed.
Firstly, make sure that the car or truck is clean. Then park the car or truck in an unlit garage. Now crouch down and sight along the sides from the front towards the rear, seeking out towards the light that comes from the entrance. This really should reveal most of the dents that may he missed. Then stand up and stroll about the car, seeking at it from just about every conceivable angle. Lastly, verify it once more outdoors in complete daylight.
If a garage is not out there, park the car so that the low early morning or late afternoon sun is permitted to shine at an oblique angle along the sides. This is extremely efficient at displaying up dents, but requires a lot of maneuvering of the car or truck to make sure that the sun illuminates all places. Dusk is almost certainly the greatest time to verify the upper half of the car or truck.
It is a superior notion to clearly mark all dents with a thick felt pen. Outline specifically the line in between impacted and unaffected places. This will be a helpful guide in the course of repairs.
Repairing smaller dents
To repair dents up to 50mm across you will have to have:
1. 80 grit Drilube sandpaper
two. Carpenters hammer
three. Flat block of wood
four. Auto physique filler.
Do not try to knock out smaller dents. It normally causes much more difficulties than it is worth. The exception to this would be exactly where the dent has triggered an outward bulging of the metal surrounding the dent. If this really should be the case, tap the bulged metal inward with a hammer and block of wood till it feels flush or beneath the surrounding undamaged metal.
Modest dents are in some cases outward bumps in the metal. These are most frequent on the leading and side panels of the rear compartment, normally triggered by closing the leading, or movement of, sharp heavy products carried.
Tap these bumps inward with the hammer till they grow to be smaller inward dents, and treat as above.
Sand the dented region all more than and a small beyond the edges of the unaffected region. Attempt and leave sufficient of the felt pen mark displaying for a guide to the shape of the dent in the course of filling.
If the original paint is not lifting off, there is no have to have to sand it all off, just roughen the surface and take away the gloss.
Subsequent proceed to fill and sand.