The ugly dents are annoying. Especially when they are small yet visible enough to disturb the eyes. As per the size, it feels unjustified to spend a good amount on an Auto Body Shop. But can’t you help yourself? Of course, you can. Here we are to give you some easiest tips on how you can touch it up just with a handful of body filler, a durable plastic resin that can be shaped or sanded. Along with that, however, you’ll need a few more items to bring your car to the original shape, colour and grandeur.
- Sandpaper of 150, 220, and 400 grits both wet and dry
- Block of Rubber sandpaper
- Body filler with a hardener
- Glazing and spot putty
- Rigid and flexible plasticspreader
- Automotive primer
- Work gloves, Safety goggles, Mask
- Aspray bottle.
Step 1: Preparing the Surface
The Body filler won’t stick very well with the paint, so it needs to spread the sand on the damaged area to bare out the metal to make it easy for the filler to work. Use a heavier sandpaper with a 150-grit.
Step 2: Mixing Up the Body Filler
The Body filler is made ofa creme hardener and a base filler that needs to be mixed well before use. The mixing of the hardener can be done on any smooth surface that is clean and disposable. Strictly follow the instructions on the filler which can mix up a proper amount of hardener with filler using the rigid plastic spreader. Once mixed, the filler would start hardeningwithin 5 minutes, so make sure tofinish the work quickly with care.
Step 3: Applying the Filler
Now you need the flexible plastic spreader to spread overthe dent including surrounding 3 inches from all sides. This extra space is to patch up the dent work properly with smootheredges and to make the feathers of the hardener match with the rest of the body.
Step 4:Sanding the Filler
After the filler is hardened, start the sanding work. Wrapthe sandpaper around a sanding block and start sanding up the filler with a 150-grit sandpaper. Spread the sand evenly and lightly through the entire surface of the damaged area with broaderand circular strokes.
Step 5: Spread Glazing and Spot Putty
Spot putty is a finer variety of filler that is easier to sand whichcan be directly applied from the tube. Smoothenthis glaze or the spot putty all over the repair surface with the help a flexible plastic spreader.
The Last Round
Sand the entire spot putty evenly with a 400-grit sandpaper. After masking the area, spray the primer to safeguard the repair work.Allow some time for the coat to dry up, then remove thetape and paper of the mask. Smoothen the repair work with a 400-grit wet or dry sandpaper to make it ready for painting. Now all you are left with is fillingthe spray bottle with clean water and start sprayingon the repair area. Now paint with the car’s colour matching it smoothly with the rest of your vehicle. This is how you save on your visit to a Collision Repair centre.