My car got vandalized last year with some flooring glue, the glue lifted the paint. I took the cash settlement from the insurance company and have been waiting for the summer to attempt my first bit of body work and paint job. I have painted three bumpers before, each time a little better (but still with TONS of orange peel). What I’ve read is that I need to turn up the PSI on the gun, I was using about 30 before on a HVLP gun.
Anyway’s I’ll get to the specific painting related stuff later, I’m far from that stage at the moment.
Let me preface this with a little disclaimer: I am no professorial, I am an avid backyard mechanic that has learned everything I know from working on my car. I’ve replaced engine’s and transmissions but now it’s time for me to learn a few things on the bodywork side of things. I’m not trying to make a show car, or spend a lot on the project. My goal is to fix the flaws where I can and learn as I go to create a decent looking final result (as we know, your paintjob is only as good as your prep).
Okay now to the pictures:
Flaw in fender
Dent in hood from leaving a wrench in the bay while closing hood
Flaw in door
This is partially where the glue hit, and where a thief broke into while with the previous owner
Rear quarter rust
Old emblem remnants
Not sure what’s going on here on the hatch
Other side rear quarter rust
Any specific advise on fixing these issues? As for where the glue hit on the doors and such, I realize I will have to sand down to metal and go from there. As for the rust on the rear quarters, I realize to fully fix this I would need new metal welded in, this will be too costly for me as I cannot do this myself, what’s my next best alternative?
I’ve never used Bondo either, any tips on that?
The weather seems to be slowly improving here in Vancouver, so hopefully this project will be underway shortly!
Any thoughts and input are welcomed! Thanks guys!