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Simple Tricks for Fixing Your Auto's Body Yourself

Although damage to a vehicle can result in hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in auto body repairs through a professional mechanic, most drivers do not need to pay these high prices. It is entirely possible to perform many of these repairs for a fraction of the cost with a little DIY know-how. Consider the following low-cost tricks for fixing common auto body repair issues.

Paint Scratches

When you do not have the time to immediately fix a scratch, rub clear wax or a crayon in a similar color into it to prevent rust. You can also use a similar color of model enamel paint like Humbrol or Testors in a pinch. When you are ready to make the repair, use a do-it-yourself auto paint repair kit, or surface filler and spray cans of primer and paint designed specifically to match your car's color. 

Rust Spots

If your vehicle is losing chunks of metal, you do not have to cut out panels or have professional welding experience to get it fixed. Several companies make steel-reinforced epoxy putty that is almost as durable as steel. Look for products like JB Weld SteelStik or Blue Magic QuickSteel in auto parts supply departments and stores. To apply the product, you only need to warm and knead the putty with your hands, fill the void, smooth the material flush with the surface, and then sand and paint the area after it cures.

Surface Dents

Most auto body panels are made of materials designed to "warp" and "pop" back into their manufactured forms. Heat the surface with boiling hot water or a hair dryer and then try to pop the dent with a red cup toilet plunger. If that fails to work, buy a do-it-yourself dent repair tool that performs the same type of suction and popping action. If you aren’t confident in doing this repair yourself, ask a professional what they might recommend.

Loose Accessories

Several long-lasting and weather-resistant double-sided adhesive tape products are designed specifically for reattaching loose emblems, door trim guard/bumper strips, and other auto accessories in a snap. You only need to carefully remove all the old adhesive without damaging the surface, measure, cut, and affix the tape, remove the paper on the opposite side and attach the accessory. 

Keep in mind that you might not be able to fix everything on your own. Professional repairs might be needed and don’t be afraid to get advice when possible. If your repairs are needed because of an accident, a personal injury lawyer in Denver from Bachus & Schanker Law recommend getting legal aid for repairs and costs.

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