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My Experience with Auto Body

Paulo Pingol, Contributor

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So auto body, I started off with a paint faded, clear coat peeling 2000 Acura Integra. I didn’t have money to paint the car as I wanted to so I took an auto body class to learn how to repair dents, weld, use body filler, sand, mask, primer, and paint. Auto body is very simple but in this line of work you want to be a perfectionist! Just like in life you want to give everything your all.

In the beginning of the class you start with a safety test and learning all of the tools, before you go into the shop you need to learn about safety measures and safety precautions. Then you go into welding, it is very important to learn this skill just in case you need to repair an unrepairable dent. Next is body work, I have a love/hate relationship with it! Its very tedious sanding for 30 minutes straight but in the end when that dent you pulled out and put body filler on is non existent, its rewarding.

After is masking! One of the easiest things you can do in Auto Body because all you do is tape where you don’t want primer and paint to be. After masking you are ready for primer, you want to at least do 4 coats of primer so you can wet sand with 320 grit, after 320 grit you go on to 600 grit! Wet sanding primer allows the paint to bond better with the primer and also takes off orange peel. Mask again and your ready for paint! I did 3 coats of my base coat and 3 coats of clear! After that you wet sand any dusk particales and buff the whole car!

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