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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.

Create Temporary Racing Stripes On Your Car Quickly And Easily

Many people think that racing stripes would look great on their car, but are afraid of the commitment that comes with actually having them added to their car. Fortunately, there is now spray-on paint that can be used to add temporary paint to a car without damaging it. The guide below walks you through the quick and easy process of adding temporary racing stripes to your car to see if you like the way that they look. Choose the Paint You Want to Use The first thing you need to do is to choose the paint that you want to use to create the racing stripes on your car. You can visit just about any automotive supply shop to find the spray-on paint. It will look like a can of spray paint that you buy to paint small items for your home. Be sure to choose a color that will complement the existing color of your car. Clean the Car After choosing the paint color, you need to clean your car thoroughly. You want to be sure that the paint has a smooth, clean surface to stick to and cleaning your car thoroughly will better your chances of the paint adhering well to the surface of your car. Create an Outline for the Paint After the car has dried, you need to create an outline for the paint. Use painter’s tape to create the outline. The tape will not cause any damage to the surface of your car, but it will ensure that the paint has a crisp, clean line when you are finished. Be sure to tape newspaper...

Three Ways To Combat Oxidized Automobile Paint

The paint on your automobile has a nasty way of oxidizing as the years go by, resulting in a surface that appears chalky, cloudy, or excessively faded. While many people consider this process an inevitability, the fact is there’s plenty you can do about it. If your car is showing signs of paint oxidation, read on. This article will outline three ways to combat this unwanted problem. Waxing The biggest factors in causing oxidized paint are oxygen and heat. When present in tandem, these two elements lead to a breakdown of your paint at a molecular level. Thus oxidation is an especial threat for those living in hot, sunny climates. Yet even those in cooler regions are subject to oxidation, especially people who keep their cars parked outside a majority of the time. Regardless of the particular conditions where you live, the strongest way to prevent paint from oxidizing is to apply a protective layer of wax to your car. Car wax provides a vital buffer between the heat of the sun and the surface of your car. When used regularly, it may be enough to ward off unwanted oxidation. But to be on the safe side, try to park in shady spots when you’re able. Buffing The surface of your car consists not of just one coat of paint, but of two. The tinted paint that gives your car its unique color lies below a layer of clear coat. In its early stages, paint oxidation will only have affected this top layer, and can often be minimized or eliminated by a professional buffing. Don’t wait to long to...

Three Questions To Ask When Arranging Heavy Equipment Repair

When you’re a contractor or work in construction, you rely on your heavy equipment to be dependable. A breakdown can cost you time and money, which is why it’s important to always have your equipment serviced regularly. Even when you take all the right steps to keep your machinery in top shape, you can quickly be dealing with an untimely breakdown. It’s crucial to take quick action by finding a reputable equipment repair service that can handle your needs and have your machinery back to you as soon as possible. Given that you shouldn’t trust your equipment to just anyone, it’s useful to consider a few repair services and speak to a representative of each to decide who you should hire. Here are three questions to ask. Are Your Mechanics Specifically Trained To Work On My Equipment? It’s important to find an heavy equipment repair service that has mechanics who are trained to repair your make and model of heavy equipment. It’s common for organizations to send their mechanics to sessions taught by equipment manufacturers themselves. Upon graduating from these programs, the mechanics will receive certification that shows they’ve been trained directly by the manufacturer to handle specific brands of equipment. You stand a better chance of having your equipment repaired to your level of satisfaction if you select a shop that delivers in this area. Are You Willing To Use Refurbished Parts Where Possible? You obviously want to keep your repair costs as low as possible without sacrificing the quality of the work. One way to keep the bill for the work manageable is to hire a repair shop...

How To Fix A Scratch In The Exterior Paint Of Your RV

If you scratched the exterior paint on your RV when you were out on your last road trip, then you will be pleased to know that you can save yourself some time and money by repairing the paint scratch yourself, using a self-repair RV paint scratch kit. Here is the procedure you need to follow to fix your RV’s damaged paint job: Visit the Auto Parts Store for a Paint Scratch Repair Kit The first step in fixing your RV’s scratched paint is to purchase an automotive scratch repair kit at your local auto parts store or RV dealership. The kit will contain everything you need to make your RV’s paint look new again. Clean the Scratched Area of Paint and Metal Automotive paints are designed to adhere to the steel metal used to make your RV’s exterior parts. For this reason, you need to sand down the damaged paint until you hit fresh metal. Once the scratch has been sanded clean using the sanding stick from your paint repair kit, then you should wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and let it air dry before adding the paint. Paint the Scratch with the Touch-Up Paint Using the touch-up paint and its small brush included in the repair kit, paint the new paint into the scratched area until it sits just above the surface of the surrounding paint. Having a little extra paint helps you to sand it flat and make it look seamless within the paint around it. Sand the Touch-Up Paint Dipping the wet-and-dry sandpaper from the scratch kit into a small bowl of water, wet...

Be Sure To Avoid These 3 Vehicle Wrap Mistakes

If you own your own small business, one of the best ways to advertise your business is to equip all of your company vehicles with a custom vehicle wrap. That way, when your vehicles are on the road, they are doing double duty advertising for your company as well. Here are the top three mistakes you should avoid when you apply a custom wrap to your business fleet. Mistake #1: Applying A Wrap To A Rusty Vehicle One of the biggest mistakes you can make is applying the vehicle wrap to a rusty vehicle. If there is rust on your vehicle, the wrap will not stick properly to your vehicle. It will peel and crack sooner than it would if your vehicle was rust-free. Removing any rust before you apply a wrap to your vehicle will ensure that the body of your vehicle lasts longer and that the warp you apply lasts longer as well. If you want to really get your money’s worth of advertising out of your vehicle wraps, your business vehicles need to be rust free. Mistake #2: Apply The Wrap In Non-Temperature Controlled Environment It is also important that the vehicle wraps you purchase are installed in a temperature-controlled environment. If your wraps are applied inside of a workshop that is really hot or really cold, problems could develop. Extremely cold or hot temperatures can cause the wrap to shrink or bubble up. Extreme temperatures where the moisture levels are high can also cause bubbles to develop. This can cause the warp to go on unevenly; your wrap will not look as aesthetically pleasing and...

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...