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muzzrx 04-07-2013 04:11 AM

Hail damage - Paint Prep (previously Vinyl Wrap Prep)
 
Hi All,

Firstly thanks to 'ArcTec34' for the inspiration.

I am going to fix up my hail damaged 04 LGT and Vinyl wrap it. I love the Matte Black, but im still deciding on color.

Anyway. Today I started fixing the body work. The car has been hammered by hail. I will post more updates during the week.

Only did the boot, rear pillars, sorry I didn't take any before shots, but there's some of the bonnet to give you an idea on how bad it was.

Before:
http://i.imgur.com/zLYswx9.jpg
http://imgur.com/RIvveWt.jpg
http://imgur.com/GCArkfo.jpg

Sanded back to bare bones:
http://imgur.com/QgZM6Hu.jpg
http://imgur.com/GUGHNLY.jpg
http://imgur.com/qZmyx1Q.jpg

Filled:
http://imgur.com/dHOXmVP.jpg
http://imgur.com/iy95GEs.jpg

Sanded multiple times:
http://imgur.com/4AjBi9d.jpg
http://imgur.com/T9iIqWx.jpg

Washed with wax and Grease Cleaner, Coated twice with primer:
http://imgur.com/PWe2V7i.jpg
http://imgur.com/fnGvapF.jpg
http://imgur.com/PskuXCD.jpg

SBT 04-07-2013 07:56 AM

Sucks about the hail. Always on my mind when a winter thunderstorm rolls through the area. No paintless dent repair guys in your area? Whenever we have a hail-damage area, the PDR guys descend on the location and fix all the cars that they can. Looks new, with no evidence of the previous damage.

Good luck on yours.

Brprs 04-07-2013 08:00 AM

I really want to wrap mine as well. I do live literally 3 miles from a paint shop. Hmmm

muzzrx 04-07-2013 03:39 PM

There's loads of PDR here in Aussie, but they cost thousands. like 3 minimum for that sort of a job. Cheapest option was was prep myself then wrap/paint.

SBT 04-07-2013 04:58 PM

That's expensive. PDR guys around here are usually $70-$100 USD per panel.

muzzrx 04-07-2013 07:06 PM

Wooahh, that's mega cheap. Poor guys must live on 1 can of baked beans per week... lol

SBT 04-07-2013 08:03 PM

Production - that's the name of the game. Easily make $2-3K a day doing several different cars - travel from one used car lot/new car dealership to the next. Take off and go fishing, surfing or camping/hiking when you want.

BTW - that must be fun working with the aluminum bits in the car.

Wang Lung 04-09-2013 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SBT (Post 4379325)
Production - that's the name of the game. Easily make $2-3K a day doing several different cars - travel from one used car lot/new car dealership to the next. Take off and go fishing, surfing or camping/hiking when you want.

BTW - that must be fun working with the aluminum bits in the car.

So, PDR guys easily make $500,000-$750,000 per year.

You are so full of shit.

SBT 04-09-2013 10:47 AM

Is that what I said? No. PDR guys can $2-$3k a day and then do what they want for the rest of the week/month. And many thanks for the constructive input. :rolleyes:.

solidkevlar 04-09-2013 11:44 AM

i can see them making 2-3 k its not like it hails every day.
cant wait to see what the car looks like when its all done.

SBT 04-09-2013 12:24 PM

Yeah - someone didn't get their Wheaties today.

OP - Are you going to color-match your paint under the vinyl or just primer, then wrap? Was thinking that, at some point, you may want to take the vinyl off and having it color-matched would make that a lot easier.

BTW - another successful wrap project

muzzrx 04-10-2013 09:07 AM

Because the hail has already made such a mess, things can only get better :) I'm pretty sure im going Matte Black. I am going to Sand back, prime all of the door jams, hidden parts and get the whole thing looking mint. I'm not sure how to tackle the engine bay though :(

This weekend, I will finish the roof and bonnet.

It's hard not to shop for body kit's while im doing all this. Drool @ K2 Gear Trunk Lip & G Corp Eyelids. Think I'm about to spend moolah on Japan parts...

muzzrx 04-13-2013 09:24 AM

A little behind schedule, but started the roof today, got about half of it done, along with the door sils. I also tidied up a few spots on the boot that I had made a dogs breakfast of.

One thing I am having trouble with at the moment is making sure im keeping it all level and smooth. I am finding it difficult ! My best solution so far has been wet sanding, and using the sponge to cover the area in water, and the deformities seem to show up more. Marking them and giving them more attention.

I'm going to youtube lots more vids :)

http://i.imgur.com/YflctZy.jpg

solidkevlar 04-13-2013 11:05 AM

are u using a long sanding block. if not it works great also they sell this spray cant remember the name but it allows u to see the low and high spots primer should do the same..

solidkevlar 04-13-2013 11:14 AM

if u spray a very thin coat of dark primer down and block sand it, it will make it easy to see the spots..


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