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Three Ways To Protect Your Car After Collision Repair

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Protect Your Car After Collision Repair

If you were in a collision in which your car has been damaged, you likely filed a claim and had collision repair done to your vehicle. After having collision repair done, you want to be sure that you continue to protect those repairs so you won’t have to pay out of pocket to have them fixed anytime in the near future. Here are three ways to protect your car after collision repairs have been done: No Car Washes: If you have to have your car painted in areas after having collision repair done, you will want to be sure that you don’t get any car washes during the first month. This is because a car wash with soap and water can damage that paint by causing it to chip or even fade out a bit. If you feel the need to wash your car because it has become excessively dirty, only rinse with water that is not on high pressure and use no soap. Don’t go through any drive through car washes, which could irritate the paint.  Wax Your Vehicle: After a couple of months, be sure that you wax your vehicle if you had it repainted in areas. This is going to add a protective coating the new paint and ensure that no dirt or other debris causes it to become worn and chipped. You should wax your vehicle every few weeks for the next couple of months after this and then you can have it waxed once or twice a year to continue to protect your car from damage by dirt and other debris.  Park in the Garage: If you didn’t before, park your car inside of the garage for the first couple months. New paint on a vehicle is highly susceptible to damage from abrasive dirt. If you aren’t able to park in a garage, cover your vehicle instead. After the first couple months and after you have had the vehicle waxed for the first time since having collision repairs done, then you can start parking it outside with no worries about keeping it covered.  By keeping these tips in mind, you might be able to avoid damaging your auto collision repairs. Touch ups could potentially cost you a hefty amount out of pocket since your auto insurance will no longer provide coverage once the claim has been settled and repairs have been done. Contact a business, such as Absolute Collision Center Inc autobody repair, for more...

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Protecting Your Windshield from Cracks

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protecting Your Windshield from Cracks

Protecting your car windshield may seem impossible; you can never predict when something will hit your windshield and crack it. However, there are a few things that you can do to take care of your windshield, in order to minimize the potential for a large windshield crack.  Apply a Windshield Protection Film Some technicians will offer to install a windshield protector on your car. This is a thin, invisible layer of film that is adhered to the outside of the windshield. It acts as an initial barrier in case something hits your windshield. There are some over the counter and online options for buying a windshield protection film, but it’s a better idea to contact a professional to get this service. If you adhere the glue incorrectly to your windshield, you might actually damage or crack the windshield.  Weather-Related Windshield Cracks You may not be able to completely protect your windshield from flying debris, but you can take steps to prevent your windshield from cracking in cold weather. Even if you don’t have a garage to protect your car from ice and snow, you can purchase a car cover that shields your car from the elements when you’re not driving it. In order to avoid cracks due to temperature change, never pour warm or hot water on your car glass in order to defrost it.  How to Deal with Cracks When you get a crack in your windshield, it will often start as a small ding that widens over time. It’s important to take immediate action in order to keep the crack from spreading.  Some people try to dull the edges of the crack by lightly smoothing it out with a razor blade. This will protect your windshield wipers from getting nicked by the crack and possibly causing the crack to widen. You can also apply a layer of clear scotch tape over the crack to prevent the edges from widening. However, neither of these is a permanent solution for fixing the windshield. A crack places uneven stress on your window, which can cause the glass to crack even further. As soon as you can, take the windshield into a repair technician like Boyd Autobody & Glass for a comprehensive fix. A windshield repair will either involve sealing the crack with an invisible adhesive, or potentially replacing the glass if the crack is very big. By dealing with a crack soon after it happens, you can protect your windshield from even more...

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Fixing Small Car Dings With Auto Body Filler

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Auto body filler is not too hard to work with if you have a little bit of instruction. Many homeowners and DIYers feel completely comfortable when it comes to fixing wood or drywall dings, but they don’t try to fix similar dings in their automobiles. In fact, the skills and materials needed for all of these repairs are quite similar. This article will explain how you can fix basic auto body scratches, dents and dings. Using the Auto Body Filler Auto body filler comes in the form of a putty. The putty also comes with hardening agent that you mix in just before applying it. Because of this, auto body filler dries a little faster than wood putty or drywall paste. It will usually dry to the point that it becomes chunky within 15 minutes. The drying time also depends on how much hardener you apply to the putty. It is always a good idea to practice applying the filler (with the hardener) on a spare object. It does not necessarily need to be a piece of metal. The idea is to get used to the consistency, application and drying time of the auto body filler. Once you are comfortable and familiar with your product, you can apply it to your car. Applying the Auto Body Filler The key to applying auto body filler is to use a plastic putty knife. Also, make sure you always have a handful of spare paper towels or rags. Wipe the putty knife clean between applications so the surface is smoother. You do not need to spread the putty so it dries perfectly smooth and flat because you will be sanding it later. Allow the filler to dry for several hours before you sand it. Of course, you do not want to use typical sandpaper for sanding automobiles. You need to get extremely high grit sandpaper, from 1000 to 2000. Use the rougher sandpaper on the first coat, then step up to the 2000 grit paper. To get a smooth, glossy finish, you will need to use a wet sanding technique after you paint over the filler. Wet sanding is exactly like normal standing, but you lubricate the paper with water so it does not scratch the paint. If you have small chips or dents in your car body, do not be afraid to do some auto body repairs on your own. With the right tools and supplies, you can easily make these simple...

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