Automotive

How To – Automotive Trim Removal And Tools

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    Interior and Exterior Trim on vehicles is installed in a way that fasteners are hidden from view. This makes the removal of these parts without damaging them one of the more difficult processes in auto repair.

    For the most part understanding how trim parts are attached is a combination of experience and guess work. The process should be performed slowly and with much thought to find exactly where and how you should pry on a …

    How To – Picking The Right Wheel Size For Your Car

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      When you want to add upgrades to your vehicle after putting in a better sound system your car’s wheels and tires are usually next on the list.

      There are a variety of reasons to upgrade your OEM Wheels and tires other then visual appearance most of the time its for better handling on or off road. You might also install aftermarket wheels if they are lighter then the OEM version to improve your ride and …

      Paint Products – Manufacturers Guide

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        When painting your projects you always want to use professional grade products.  Skimping on the finish after weeks of hard work is always a bad idea.

        The following list of manufacturers may not provide direct sales so look for a distributor in your local area.

        This list will be updated as needed. Also see our Directory.

        Kirker Automotive Finishes – Provides a specialty line of paints at discount prices. Pre-selected factory fleet line is wide enough to provide a good section along …

        How To – Garage Floor Paint

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          If you have a garage that you park a vehicle in or use as a project work area then you probably keep wishing the floor looked a little better. Well with a few gallons of Epoxy Paint and a weekend your floor can look better then new.

          To prepare the garage for painting the first thing you need to do is remove everything. If you can’t get everything out …

          How To – Best Use Of A Auto Body Rotisserie

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            It seems that a fad started about 5 years ago where auto restorers would say they used a Rotisserie to complete the project. Since most people have never used one we thought we should take a look at how they are best used and if your project can benefit from using one.
            So, what is a rotisserie?
            A rotisserie is a body lift unit that bolts onto your front and …

            How To – Paint Strippers

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              Paint stripper can be used for a number of projects whether you are removing paint from brick, refinishing an old table or repainting a classic car there are times when using a liquid stripper is both faster and more effective then sandpaper or other mechanical methods of paint removal.
              Because there are so many different types of coatings from varnish to urethane paint there are different formulations and methods …

              Natural Gas As A Gasoline Alternative

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                A number of people have been pushing the idea that Natural Gas CNG fuel can replace our dependence on Oil used for Gasoline but can it really be the answer? Lets take a look at some of the hurdles that need to be overcome and what part natural gas can play as an alternative to Gasoline.

                First we should understand where natural gas comes from and how it is harvested. Natural Gas deposits are often found thousands of feet below the …

                How To – Compounding A Fresh Paint Job – Automotive

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                  After you have applied your final coat of clear you will more then likely have some imperfections in your paint that need to be removed. If you were diligent with your preparation then that dust or hair should be located only in the top clear coat of your paint and can be removed by sanding and compounding.

                  If you find that you missed a run or dirt in the primer or …

                  Understanding Automotive Sandpaper

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                    Automotive sandpaper comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes and grits to be used for specific applications in the refinishing process. Actually Automotive grade sandpaper is completely different then what you might be use to in wood working. Wood workers or general purpose sand paper may actually be made of sand particles that are roughly graded into course medium and fine ratings. The abrasive particles on automotive sandpaper …

                    Professional Grade Paint Guns For Automotive Painting

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                      There are a number of different manufacturers and models of Paint Guns so how do you pick the right one when you want a professional finish on your vehicle.

                      Well today there are 2 basic types HVLP and Standard Flow. For the most part HVLP models have taken over the market due to restrictions placed on professional painters.

                      HVLP High Volume Low Pressure guns are used to reduce over spray …