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DIY Articles: How to Do Auto Body Repair

Whether you’re a classic car restoration hobbyist, body shop owner, service manager, school instructor, used car dealership owner or simply a DIY handyman when it comes to car repairs and restorations, we have you covered with expert insight on how to perform common auto body repair jobs.

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HVLP Spray Gun

Gravity Feed vs Conventional Feed Spray Guns

When choosing an auto body paint spray gun, you must decide between a gravity feed or conventional feed design. One has a cup on bottom, the other on top...but there's more to it than that. This article clarifies differences between the two spray gun designs, commonalities between them (atomization of fluid) and the advantages/disadvantages of the different designs in light of air pressure. Read More...

Auto Glass Removal & Repair

How to Remove a Windshield, Repair/Replace Auto Glass

Sometimes, removing and replacing auto glass is necessary for an auto body repair job. Doing a clean job with professional weatherstripping and masking (to keep paint lines out of sight) can difficult, but we show you how to do it right. Oftentimes, you will need to remove the glass in order to do total restorations on classic cars, and this step is critical to get right. Learn all the tools and equipment you need for the job, and do it like a professional. Read More...

Auto Body Shop Layout Floor Plan

Auto Body Shop Layout & Floor Plans for Anchor Pots

Looking for a layout for your auto body shop or home auto repair workshop? Use these floor plans to set up your shop with Champ floor anchor pots, such as the top-selling Champ 1600. By planning it right the first time, you'll make the best use of your space and maximize your options for pulling angles. Read More..

Rough Out: How to Beat Out a Dent

How to Fix a Dent in a Car: Basic Dent Removal and Refinishing

Need tips on how to do basic dent repair? Use these steps to get the job done. You will learn how to rough out the damage and then grind and fill the dent with body filler. From there you will learn how to properly shape and sand the body filler and finish with a final sanding. ...Read More...

Step 1: Sanding

3M™ Perfect-It™ III Paint Finishing System Kit

This article gives you step by step instructions on how to do large panel repairs using 3M™'s Perfect-It III Paint Finishing System. Begin with sanding the surface to refine scratches and do texture matching. ...Read More...

Champ Uni-Bench Stall

Setup Instructions for Champ Uni-Bench Stall System

This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to setup the Champ Uni-Bench Stall System. It also gives setup recommendations for the floor anchor layout for the Uni-Bench Stall. ...Read More...

Floor Anchor Parts

Installation and Removal Instructions for Floor Anchor Pots

A complete guide to installation and removal of Floor Anchor Pots. Also includes instructions for installing anchors for new floors. ...Read More...

Steck bIg Easy

Steck Big Easy Lockout Tools

The Steck BigEasy is a 55 inch steel rod coated in a high visibility powder coating. Because of its long length, it is ideal for depressing the unlock button, accessing the pull handle, and lifting the lock button. ...Read More...

Paint Booth Organization

Keep Your Paint Booth Clean & Organized

Maximize productivity and keep your paint booth clean by keeping it free of debris and clutter. Hose guides keep your floors clear and you can protect your booth walls liquid coatings. ...Read More...

Paint Booth Manometers

Paint Booth Manometers

Overtime paint booth filters will clog up. By installing a manometer you can determine exactly when a filter needs to be changed. Don't waste money by switching out your filters prematurely.   ...Read More...

Paint Booth Lighting

Paint Booth Lighting

Proper paint booth lighting should allow you to properly see paint color without any sort of tinting effects. Paint booth lights should provide consistent lighting throughout the entire interior. You should have good lighting on all areas of the vehicle that is being painted.  ...Read More...