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Complete Basic Repair Steps To Improve The Appearance Of The Classic Automobile That You Have Inherited

by Leon Payne

If you inherited your grandfather's classic automobile when he passed away and would like to remove minor corrosion from the car's exterior, fill small holes in the vehicle's body, and add primer and touch up paint to repaired areas, the following auto body repair project will help you achieve your goal and will noticeably improve the appearance of the vehicle. 

Materials You Will Need

  1. sanding disk
  2. power sander
  3. emery cloth
  4. tube of body filler
  5. caulk gun
  6. plastic putty knife
  7. automotive detergent
  8. bucket of warm water
  9. mixing stick
  10. large sponge
  11. scrub brush (flexible bristles)
  12. primer pen
  13. automotive touch up paint
  14. wax
  15. buffing cloth

Treat Rust Spots And Fill Holes In The Vehicle's Body

After attaching a medium grit sanding disk to a power sander, move the sander across corroded metal. Take your time as you sand the vehicle's body so that you do not accidentally remove paint from parts of the car that do not contain rust. If rust spots are located in grooves or next to trim on the car's body, use an emery cloth to sand them. Press against the backside of the cloth as the sandpaper is moved back and forth over corroded metal.

Insert a tube of automotive body filler in a caulk gun. Fill each of the holes by inserting the tool's tip in the damaged areas and pressing the tool's trigger. Move a plastic putty knife across the surface of each filled hole. Wait for the body filler to harden. Lightly sand the repaired portions of the car's body until they are as smooth as the rest of the vehicle's exterior. 

Wash The Vehicle And Apply Primer, Paint, And Wax

Pour a few capfuls of automotive detergent into a bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket with warm water. Rapidly stir the bucket's contents for  a few minutes. Use a large sponge or a brush with flexible bristles to apply the soapy water to the vehicle's body. Rinse the vehicle off with water afterward. After shaking the contents in a primer pen, remove the pen's cap and press the barrel's tip against bare metal on the car's exterior. Move the pen's tip evenly across the metal. Continue pressing the tip against the car's exterior to release primer. Wait for the primer to dry.

Stir a container of touch up paint and brush the product over the portions of the car's body that were primed. If you would like to apply more than one coat of touch up paint, wait until the first one is not tacky. After you have satisfactorily matched the color of the new paint with the rest of the car's body, pour a small amount of wax onto a buffing cloth. Buff the entire vehicle's body and add more wax to the cloth as often as necessary. The wax will provide the vehicle with a protective coat and will give the car's body a shiny appearance.