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If you’re someone who likes to stand out from the crowd, you are probably tired of driving around a car in the same old color that is so commonly seen on the roads. Whether white, black, red, blue, or grey, your ride deserves a unique makeover that lets everyone know just how proud you are of your vehicle. As a the son of an auto body expert, I’ve learned how to create colorful designs that look great on a car and that won’t be found on other vehicles out there. I thought I’d start this blog to share some of the design tips and tricks that I’ve come across throughout the years in hopes that I can help people like you redesign your ride so it stands out like the star that it deserves to be.

4 Auto Collision Repair Tips For You To Know After Being Involved In A Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, you probably are feeling like you’re lucky to have car insurance to take care of everything for you. However, the truth of the matter is that you should be more involved with the process of receiving auto collision repair to guarantee that you receive the best possible cost and outcome. Although your auto insurance company could take care of everything for you, you should generally keep these four tips in mind: Choose the Auto Repair Shop:  When it comes time to receive compensation and the repairs for your vehicle after an accident, your auto insurance company is going to suggest a repair shop for you to go to. Even though going to this shop may be worth it, it is always best to proceed with caution and even choose your own auto repair shop if it works better for you. You just want to be sure that the auto repair shop you choose will accept your insurance.  Ask About the Parts:  If any of your vehicle’s components need to be replaced while receiving repairs from the auto repair shop, you will want to inquire about what type of parts they are using. For example, a shop may used new, used, or aftermarket parts. If the shop mentions that they are using aftermarket parts, then consider removing your vehicle from that shop and taking it somewhere else unless you can convince the current shop to use used or new parts for replacement. Although the cost will be higher for used or new parts, you will find that it is well worth...

Blame It On The Car: What Is That Bad Smell Trying To Tell You?

So, you’ve noticed that your car smells funny lately. You’ve checked the carpets, seats and the trunk for the source of the odor, and nothing seems to be showing you a sign. Could it be that your car is trying to tell you that something is wrong? If you notice any of the following smells, that could be the case. Sweet Syrup Coolant, also known as ethylene glycol, offers a sweet smell, similar to syrup. If you can smell it, you may very well have a leak on your hands. This is not good news, considering that coolant is designed to keep your engine cool so it doesn’t overheat, which can be dangerous. Coolant leaks also result from bad heater cores and bad radiators. Rotten Eggs Unfortunately, this is one of the worst smells you can experience coming from your car. It’s also important to acknowledge it, as embarrassing as it may be. This rotten egg smell could be your catalytic converter failing, and the smell is sulfuric acid. Additionally, this rotten smell may indicate that your battery is leaking fluid. This is generally a much more affordable fix than the catalytic converter. Gasoline It’s normal to smell gasoline as you are pulling into the gas station. As you are drying down the highway? No way! Gas leaks are incredibly hazardous and could result in your car catching on fire. If you smell gasoline as you are driving, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Burning Do you smell something burning? It could very well be the brakes of your car, burning when the brake...

3 Auto Body Repair Myths

Have you recently been in an accident? Are you confused about what your next steps should be? If you’re having trouble navigating the world of auto body collision repair, the truth behind the following myths should help to clarify what needs to happen: Myth: You have to take your vehicle to the auto body collision repair shop that your car insurance company specifies. Truth: Your insurance company may give you a shop or a list of shops in your area that they would like for you to take your vehicle to. However, this is simply for the sake of convenience and making things easier for you. Many people may be completely unaware of what auto body collision repair shops are in their area, so the insurance company provides a list of preferred companies as a service.  If you have a different repair shop that you would prefer to use, you are free to take your vehicle there instead. Myth: When the insurance company gives you a lower estimate than the auto body collision repair shop, you have to pay the difference. Truth: It is the repair shop’s job to notify the insurance company of any difference and to negotiate directly with them. Because of damage that may not be immediately visible to your insurance adjuster, auto body collision repair shops often have to submit one or more cost revisions to an insurance company If you visit a repair shop that tells you otherwise, you should consider taking your vehicle elsewhere. They may be trying to get paid twice for the same repair work: once from you and once from the insurance company. Myth: Once...

5 Things To Check For When Picking Up Your Car After Auto Body Repair

Whether you are paying for the work or have had it done by your insurance company, you probably want to make sure that your car looks great after auto body repair work has been done. It can be tough to notice some problems with body work until you get your car home and really take a good look at it, but there are a few things that you can look at before leaving the shop. Check for these five things when picking up your car, and you can help ensure that a satisfactory job was done. 1. Does the Paint Look Even? Take a look at your car from an angle. The paint should look even, and you should not be able to tell where it starts or stops. 2. Can You Feel Any Uneven Spots? In the area where the repairs were done, you should run your hand gently over the surface of your car. If you can feel any uneven areas, then there might be an issue with the paint, or the dents or scratches might not have been gotten out correctly. 3. Can You Open and Close the Doors and Windows Easily? One thing that many people don’t think about is to check their doors and windows. If your car isn’t repaired properly, there could be damage, and your doors and windows may fail to open and close or might not do so smoothly. This is not an issue that you should ignore, because it will more than likely only get worse with time. 4. Is There a Film on the Windows or Light Covers? When...

7 Artistic Paint Ideas For Your Classic Sports Car

If your classic sports car is in need of new paint, then there is no reason you should settle for a boring paint job. Instead, you can make your car stand out from the crowd on the highway, by having it painted with an artistic paint scheme. Here are seven ideas to help you begin the process of deciding how to paint your car: Idea #1: Black and White Graphic Design Black and white designs always look classic. The painting technician who is painting your car can make a nice black and white design in paint for you. These designs can be as complicated as you would like. In fact, you can even have the images contain text or your favorite video game character. Idea #2: American Flag Show your American pride by painting your classic car with a red, white and blue, flag motif. Rather than having the flag simply painted on the hood or roof area of the car, have the flag image wrapped around your car with a nice background of white. Idea #3: Single Color and Multiple Shades If you prefer a more subtle painting effect, you can have your car painted a single color, but with multiple shades of that color. The auto painter can vary the colors in a continuous rainbow design, or they can paint each section of your car a different color. Idea #4: Three-Dimensional Design With the amazing computer graphics possible today, you can have a three-dimensional image painted on your car, or applied as a large decal. The 3-D effects can really cause heads to turn as you drive...

How To Prevent And Repair Rust On Your RV’s Undercarriage

Rust is a major enemy to your RV. It eats through metal and can weaken the entire frame of the vehicle. Your best offense is prompt defense – know what leads to rust and how you can prevent it from attacking. If you already have a rust issue, prompt repair can keep your RV like new. Causes of Rust Several things can result in rust on your RV. These include: Collision damage. Any exposed metal on your RV, whether it’s metal siding, the bumper, or the hitch, can develop rust once the paint and clear coat are scraped off. Even a minor dent can eventually develop rust if it’s not promptly repaired. Road salt in snowy areas can lead to rust on the frame and undercarriage of the RV. RVs that frequently spend time in ocean areas are exposed to salt in the air moisture, which can cause undercarriage and frame rust. Prevention The best prevention is to keep metal protected under a coat of paint. This means touching up small exterior scratches with a touch-up automotive paint and having big dents professionally repaired. For the undercarriage, climb beneath the RV periodically when it’s safely parked. Perform a full visual inspection and locate any new rust as soon as it begins to form. Rinsing off the undercarriage with clear water after driving on salted roads or once a month in areas near salt water will also prevent rust from forming. Baking soda can also help neutralize salt, so mix a box with your wash water before spraying the undercarriage. Repair If you find small patches of rust, you can...

Coats Of Many Methods: 3 New Trends In Auto Body Painting

If your vehicle suffers a collision, and you find yourself at an auto body repair shop, don’t be surprised to see new paint technology being used. Advanced methods for applying protective coatings to vehicles have been proven to give more even coats, and the materials are subject to less bubbling or pocking of finishes. One type of paint is far more sustainable. 3 new methods you may encounter at the collision repair shop: 1) Gas catalytic drying. This method of drying and curing of paint is also sometimes called “robotic drying.” It’s already heavily used in Asia, Australia and Europe, but the technology is catching on in the US. The system uses a process that turns methane gas into infrared energy. The devices, which are track-mounted or handheld, are directed at the area to be dried. The infrared energy will dry and cure filler, primer or paint within minutes. A more detailed explanation of the process is available here. Repair shops love this technology because they can take care of more customers each day, boosting their profits and keeping customers happy at the same time. 2) Nitrogen spray systems. When done properly, using nitrogen rather than compressed air for spray-painting leads to better, more consistent finishes. That’s because there is no moisture in nitrogen lines as there is in compressed air. Nitrogen can also be heated and ionized so that it flows consistently no matter what the barometric pressure or temperature. Nitrogen generators are used to filter out the element, then it’s added back to the spray system. Shops that have been using the method for a while report...