Automotive

How To – Mixing Automotive Paint

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    Whether you are doing a touch-up or a full paint job following the correct methods of mixing your paint will provide accurate repeatable results and a finish you can be proud of.

    The main difference between professional paints and the type you get out of a spraycan or touch-up bottle is that it needs to be mixed.

    Each paint type and manufacturer selection will have different requirements so it is very important that you get specific …

    How To – Picking a Portable Power Inverter For Your Car

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      Whether its while driving to work everyday or while on vacation there are times when having access to AC voltage can be a life saver or more then just a convenience.

      Depending on how far you are willing to go you can install an inverter that can power just about any ac device you can think of.  There are limits though and tradeoffs for instance you might notice that many refrigerated vehicles like ice cream …

      How To – Understanding Tire Ratings Before You Buy

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        If you own your car for more then a few years and that includes most of us then you will endup needing to replace your cars tires.

        Most States require replacement if your tire tread reached 2/32″ of an inch.

        If you live in an area that sees lots of rain you should at least double that to 4/32″ and if you are in a snow area 6/32″ of an inch should be your limit.

        Most Tires …

        How To – Bleeding Brakes And Tools Needed

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          When you are replacing or repairing your brakes it is important to bleed the air out of the system. Air is easily compressible compared to liquid brake fluid and if bubbles are trapped in your lines you will end up with a soft brake that won’t perform well. Also the air will get entrapped in the fluid and cause poor breaking once your brakes heat up.

          It is also important to change the fluid in …

          How To – Repairing Stripped Bolts And Threads

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            There are a number of times when working on your car or home that you end up messing up the threads on a bolt or spark plug or wind up with a nut that you strip the heck out of.

            So what can you do in this situation other then grab a beer and start crying …..

            Well in some cases you are going to endup replacing the item or bringing it to a machine shop …

            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 …