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Even if you’ve never picked up a wrench before, you can learn how to maintain your own vehicle and cut your car repair expenses by doing simple repairs. How do I know? Because, with the help of some books on car repair and some online research, I learned how to do my own maintenance and minor repairs on my vehicle. I started this blog to help others learn the same skills. Here’s where you can learn which tools you need to have and what supplies to keep on hand. Find out how to locate used parts and save money where ever possible. Knowing how to do DIY car maintenance and repairs can save you a lot of money every year.



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Sand And Repaint Chipped Areas On Your Truck's Body

If your truck was involved in a small accident and paint is chipping off in a few areas, remove them by completing a few steps. Apply new coats of primer and paint to the damaged areas. Once finished, your truck's paint job will appear to be flawless and you won't be able to tell that your truck was involved in an accident.

Use These Items

  • electric sander
  • sandpaper (low and fine grit)
  • hand sander
  • primer
  • cotton swab
  • thin brush
  • touch up paint
  • rubbing compound
  • lint-free cloth
  • soft polishing cloth

Remove The Chipped Paint

Wash off the damaged areas with soapy water and a sponge. Use an electric sander to smooth out the surface of the truck's body. Any chipped paint will be removed during this step. Begin with low grit sandpaper. Once the surface feels smooth and the paint is no longer coming off, finish up with fine grit paper. If you do not own an electric sander, you can use a hand sander. The results will be the same, but it may take longer to complete the sanding process. Once finished, wipe away debris that is left behind with a dry cloth.

Add Primer And Paint

Stir up the primer and apply a small amount with a cotton swab. If the damaged areas are considerable in size, a thin paintbrush can be used to apply it. Make sure that the coat being applied is even. Wait for the primer to dry for a couple hours. Apply the touch up paint with the applicator that comes with the bottle you purchased. Use thin, even coats when applying the paint. Wait for the first coat to dry completely and determine whether an additional one is needed to darken the color so that it matches with the rest of the truck's body.

Polish The Surface

Apply rubbing compound over the new paint to provide protection and a polished appearance. Pour a small amount of the compound onto a soft, polishing cloth. Wipe the compound onto the repainted areas, using circular motions. It is important to use light pressure during this step so that the fresh paint isn't damaged.

The polish will look glazed and hazy in appearance when it is ready to be removed. Wipe off the excess with a different cloth. You will no longer be able to see the damage that was once present. Wash and care for your truck as you normally would.  

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