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Old 03-26-2013, 09:09 PM   #51
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Guide coat on the hood. Didnt finish tonite but started on the corner. Blocked out well. Block very lightly in all directions on the flatter areas,if there is guide coat left over = low. If you got to bare metal (not counting edges/thats where all materialnis the thinnest) within the first couple strokes= high. If you're left with just primer= just right. Has been a busy past couple of days s havent been able to do much. Trying not to lose my resolve. Have been thinking about just painting these parts and then polishing the car up as best I can to get it back on the road cause I havent drove it in nearly two months. Well see what happens.



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Old 03-28-2013, 04:02 PM   #52
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Don't back out now...keep up the good work!!!
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #53
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I keep going back and forth with myself but I dont think my wife will let me NOT paint the entire car ha. She knows I wont be happy till the paint is perfect and doesn't want to hear me bitch about it later. Think ill have to bring my tools home and do the bodywork in my garage on my off time and then bring it to the shop for masking,prep and paint on a slow weekend or something cause I have so little time to work on my own stuff while im at the shop doing customer work.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:37 PM   #54
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I wish I had the access to all the tools to do bodywork and paint!

Keep up the hard work. I can't wait for the outcome
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:15 AM   #55
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you an me both. Im so impatient, ready to be done with this already, haven't drove it in 2 months except for pulling it out to warm it up and cycle the fluids and driving up and down the street in my neighborhood.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:07 AM   #56
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are you posting spam or what ?

ban stick possibly.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #57
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I wish I was local to you man. I would pay you to let me watch you doing your work
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:10 PM   #58
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I am willing to teach anyone who is wanting to learn for free. Mind you it would take years to learn everything as things change, products and methods change depending on the situation your in so you would only get the basics unless you stuck around for a while. Haven't even gotten to the paint side yet, there are so many things that can go wrong and so many tips and tricks to learn, its pretty unbelievable really.

Just went over my car with a marker to mark the obvious spots. Think I need to just go ahead and buy new fenders or get the paintless dent guy to come out. Id have to do entirely too much bodywork on them. New fenders from subaru would cost me 370 bucks. Hopefully can get the paintless dent guy we use to come out and do the whole car. The guy is simply amazing. He is just unbelievable at what he does, he was one of the first people to do it around here 20 some years ago. Dude makes a hell of an earning ill tell ya that much. But hes worth every penny, hell get dents out of body lines that you just never thought possible. Hope hes not to busy to come and do this car so I can get it into paint soon.




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Old 03-30-2013, 01:41 PM   #59
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Pulled the mirror covers off. Alot easier than taping them up.

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Old 03-30-2013, 04:41 PM   #60
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Yay, updates!
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:33 PM   #61
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Had to bring the car up to the shop for the paintless dent guy to come look at it. Had to put the headlights and tailights back in, and I didnt feel like pulling the fender liners last nite so put the front bumper back on..





Once he came and looked at it he said he couldn't do anything about the door crease since the crease was so long and wide. So I figured might as well bring my tools home and start on the door. He should be able to get everything else out. He said hed get back to me in the next few days to let me know when he could do it but if I dont hear from him at the end of the week Ill just go ahead and fix everything myself. I am trying to have this done by the end of the month.



THE POINT OF NO RETURN.

stud gun, slide hammer, grinder and my little boy. Starting him young ha.







Work the metal, I like to start on one side of the dent and work with studs a few inches away so that I dont end up pulling the metal too far out.











Had to stop there cause the kid was getting hungry and it was dinner time. Tomorrow ill bring my flat dolly home and since the panel is off. I can get behind the door skin real easy. Ill hammer it straight as much as I can, it wasnt creased too far in so should hammer mostly flat.

Shall continue tomoroow hopefully.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #62
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From the pics the dent doesn't look deep. What would happen if you skipped pulling the dent out and just filled it ?

How deep is too deep for applying filler ?

I like thread like this where you can learn things. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:54 PM   #63
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I keep going back and forth with myself but I dont think my wife will let me NOT paint the entire car ha. She knows I wont be happy till the paint is perfect and doesn't want to hear me bitch about it later. Think ill have to bring my tools home and do the bodywork in my garage on my off time and then bring it to the shop for masking,prep and paint on a slow weekend or something cause I have so little time to work on my own stuff while im at the shop doing customer work.


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Old 04-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #64
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From the pics the dent doesn't look deep. What would happen if you skipped pulling the dent out and just filled it ?

How deep is too deep for applying filler ?

I like thread like this where you can learn things. Thanks for sharing with us.

The car is white, you cant even really see any of the dents ha. But the crease was deep enough to be pulled, not just filled. Reccomendations are no more than 1/4 inch of filler to retain structural stability and strength, for lightweight filler like I am using. The more filler you put on, the WEAKER it becomes, simply because what is backing it, is just body filler and not actual metal. I like to use as little amount as filler as possible. I do as much metal work as possible so that I can use the least amount of filler to get the job done.



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Old 04-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #65
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Awesome! Keep up the great work. Subscribed.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #66
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Thanks for all the encouragement. It really is helping ha.

Ugh just not enough time in the day. Just got home from the shop and its 8pm. Dark and cold. I gotta work at the firehouse in thr morning for my 24 hr shift. Than back to the bodyshop all day friday. Hopefully I can finish up the door on saturday and start on some other bodywork.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:50 PM   #67
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Well after about 10 minutes of working on the car at the house. I said EFF it. Couldn't take it. The compressor I was using was too small and I was draining it in about 8 seconds, needed the massive one at the shop. Luckily, this past Thursday and Friday at the shop was a little slower than normal so we were able to get some cars out and had some room for my car to fit in. So today I went in and started attacking it. The paint less dent guy will be doing the fenders. I'm doing everything else cause I can knock it out fairly quickly and get it ready for primer. Current progress.


Also. Traded trunks today with a local guy for an 05 trunk. I had on 07 trunk on there and I was going to weld and shave the holes, but was able to trade him for the 05 with no emblem holes so that saves me some time. Stoked on that.

First things first.

Hammer it straight as much as possible. Had access to the back of the door skin so that made it convenient.



Prep the surrounding of the damaged area a little more/ 80 Grit. ( After bodywork is done I go over everything with 320 on a soft pad to make it a little easier for the primer to fill the scratches, again just personal preference )



Filler- I use Z grip by Evercoat. Its lightweight non-clog filler. I decided to tape up any openings to try and keep as much dust out as possible since I spent so long cleaning it, but Ill have to do it again anyway, hopefully can keep it a little cleaner.



Knock it down. Air file and of course the almighty BLOCK.





I was able to get to the driver side quarter panel and the front door as well. After initial hammering and filler is knocked down, I apply Dolphin Glaze ( " the self leveling glaze"...not really what it makes it sound like) but it does a good job of filling any pinholes or any imperfections in the filler, this is the last coat of glaze before final blocking and primer.








Hoping to have all the bodywork done by the end of the week and into primer, Ill have to hope the dent guy can come this week as well. Wish me luck on that. Stay tuned for more progress.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #68
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Keep motivated!! You're an inspiration for all of us that want to revamp our paint to better than showroom!
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:19 PM   #69
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Alrighty. Got the current bodywork done.









Paintless dent guy is coming on wednesday to do the fenders.. I just need to finish the driver front and rear door. Then get the car into primer. Think ill start prepping the other parts I already have primered as well. Certainly hoping to have the car all done by the 20th. If I had more time it would be done this week but I dont think thats happening. Not really trying to rush it either.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #70
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:18 PM   #71
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Amazing work! Just a quick question though, How did you remove the door handles?
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #72
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Very simple. Remove door panels. All you need is a phillips head and a small flat head or pick to remove the screw covers and a clip tool or something to get a push clip out. Theres a small clip that holds the panel near the rear of the doors. Peel back the plastic weather barrier if its there. Disconnect lock and latch rods, done with your fingers.. Then unbolt it with a 10mm and pop it out. Takes less than 10 mins. 3 or 4 once you have done it a million times on subarus like I have.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:53 AM   #73
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Dent guy came and took care of the fenders.



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Old 04-13-2013, 11:30 AM   #74
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1. Your wife is awesome! 2. Your chase for showroom quality is an inspiration! keep up the awesome work!

I wish I could learn this kind of stuff.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:22 PM   #75
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^^agree!

Once this car is done it'll look better than brand new

I'm jealous of your body work skills :/
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