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How To Repair and Restore Bodywork

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Metal, Fiberglass and Plastic Bodywork

Drive your car and sooner or later it's sure to suffer some degree of body damage. Parking lot dents, collisions and the effects of time, all combine to mar the smooth perfection of your car's bodywork and, if not repaired properly and quickly, will result in further damage from rust and corrosion.

How To Repair and Restore Bodywork is your complete hands-on guide to repairing the metal, fiberglass and plastic bodywork on your car. From bumper to bumper and from roof to undercarriage, this book shows you how to repair every part of your car's bodywork?including such modern innovations as vinyl bumpers, and fiberglass and plastic ground effects?in step-by-step detail.

Chapters explain bodyworking tools and materials, assessing damage, disassembly, finding parts, straightening and cutting metal, welding, applying filler and preparation for paint. More than 200 photos show how to do it all yourself!

Table of contents

1. Autobody work defined.

2. Talking to an autobody specialist.

3. Tools and materials.

4. Assessing damage.

5. Part replacement versus repair.

6. Minor ding and dent repair.

7. Moderate damage repair.

8. Multiple panel repair.

9. Major collision damage considerations.

10. Autobody repair extras.

11. Preparing for paint.

Appendix: Repairing a medium hit?Start to finish.


  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Author: David H. Jacobs, Jr.
  • Pages: 160 Over 300 b&w photos
  • Binding: Paperback 8 x 10 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-87938-514-9
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