Between Google and YouTube, finding something telling you how to make just about any repair on a vehicle is easy. However, if there is one bad component of the ready availability of information, it is the fact that it ca breed false confidence. Even though some auto body repairs may look and sound simple, they can get really complicated once you are knee-deep in a project. If you have a vehicle in need of some cosmetic repairs, you should know that there are some jobs best left to an auto body repair professional.
If you've got some paint damage on your car, you might want to tackle the problem yourself. In order to get the best results and protect yourself as you work, use the tips below.
Have the Right Protective Gear for Yourself, the Car and the Space
Before you even get started, you'll need to ensure that you have the right protective gear for yourself and the space. You might already have some gloves on hand to prevent spatters, but it's also important to have a respirator mask to protect your lungs from any paint fumes.
Has your car sustained damage in the parking lot? Did you come out of work or the grocery store one day to find a new and unsightly scratch marring the paint? While having your paint damaged isn't as dramatic as getting into an actual accident, it can still be heartbreaking. Although you may be wondering how much it's going to cost to take your vehicle to the local paint shop, you could actually take care of the damage on your own by purchasing some auto paint supplies.
You just bought a new – or new-to-you – convertible with leather seats! You probably can't wait to drop the top and get on the highway to feel the wind in your hair. But before you do, take a few minutes to learn how to care for those leather seats so they'll stay clean, comfortable and beautiful for many years of cruising.
Keep Your Car's Interior Clean
Keeping the interior of your convertible clean can be more challenging than keeping the interior of your hardtop clean.
Those who live and drive in the city seldom think about hitting an animal with their vehicle, but this is a common concern shared among people who live in the city. Deer can especially be a concern, given that they often move around at dusk, when the visibility is low. Deer are also a concern because they travel in groups; this means that you might steer clear of the first deer crossing the road but subsequently hit another deer and cause significant body damage to your car that requires you to take it to a collision repair shop.