Monday, October 28, 2013

Plastidip is NOT a replacement for paint!

A recent trend gaining popularity is "plastidipping" cars--coating exterior with a matte rubberized "plastic-y" coating. We like "Plastidip". . . just not for painting cars. It is designed to give extra grip & cushion on tool handles. We've gotten a lot of these "plastidipped" cars recently for repainting. Although Plastidip may look good for a short time, many people find it does not stand-up to the sun, peels when you don't want it to and then won't peel when you try to take it off. Plastidip cannot be painted over with automotive paints and doesn't sand like normal automotive paint. Repairing cars with it has required us to go millimeter by millimeter, chipping off improperly applied fake paint. So if your car is in need of a paint job, we're begging you, bring it to us, a real automotive paint shop where we guarantee our work against peeling!

Peeling Plastidip on a (previously) nice car

Plastidip peeling in some areas, not in others. How do you get it off!!?

How to ruin a great car? Plastidip!



Friday, October 25, 2013

1993 Jeep Wrangler Full Exterior Paint Job

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a faded 1993 Jeep Wrangler. This off-road fun machine came to our shop looking old, faded and overall tired and worn out!  It had sat and gathered dust in a field somewhere for years. The sun had its way with the Jeep's paint! The once glossy red turned to a flat pinkish hue while the black top transformed into a chalky grey. We separated the hardtop from the truck's body, refinishing the top with our straight jet black Enamel while repainting the rest of the Jeep using its original factory red paint code! This Jeep left our shop glossy, looking like new again, and almost too shiny for the Rubicion!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1990 Honda Accord Paint Job!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1990 Honda Accord.  This dependable little coupe came into our shop looking terrible! its original paint was mostly gone and its body had been covered in some type of strange primer!  Since the car's owner "prepped" the car before it was dropped off, we simply completed our basic prep work before painting; Chemically cleaning the car, Scuffing all surfaces with an abrasive hand pad, and masking of all windows, lights and trim! Once everything was ready to go we layed on our paint, two coats of high grade "Single Stage" Enamel paint, in the original Honda color!
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Monday, October 21, 2013

"It's Just a Little Ding"

Almost Everything's Wreck of the Day is a Mercedes E-Class. This is what we imagine when customers say "There's just one small dent." We can only joke about this horrific accident because, amazingly, WreckedExotics.com reports the driver of the Mercedes "walked away without a scratch."

Car squeezed between truck & barrier on freeway
E-Class crushed under truck on highway
The accident happened in Belgium. The truck had a tire blowout and suddenly lurched into the Mercedes' lane.


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2004 Toyota Highlander "Touch Up"

Almost Everything's Car of the Day started out as the remains of a 2004 Toyota Highlander. This SUV came to our shop after a recent collision, the entire front end had been destroyed leaving a massive gaping hole where the front used to be! We worked with the owners insurance company to complete all of the needed repairs. As one can imagine, this Toyota needed plenty of new replacement parts such as the bumper, lights, grille, and many other miscellanious clips and panels. Once all of the new parts arrived at our shop we matched them to the factory paint on the rest of the vehicle, installed and aligned them and returned the Highlander back to its owner like new again, with our lifetime warranty!

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2004 Toyota Highlander Collision Repair at Almost Everything Auto Body
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2004 Toyota Highlander Collision Repair at Almost Everything Auto Body
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2004 Toyota Highlander Collision Repair at Almost Everything Auto Body
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2004 Toyota Highlander Collision Repair at Almost Everything Auto Body
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2004 Toyota Highlander Collision Repair at Almost Everything Auto Body

Thursday, October 17, 2013

1991 Nissan 240SX "S13" Body Kit Color Match!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1991 Nissan 240SX, this sparkling slide machine came to our shop as many 240's do; mismatched, primered, and ready for drift battle. The car's owner grew tired of the typical 240 look and decided to match the bumper and trunk (with spoiler) to the rest of the car!  One interesting fact about this paint job is that the body of the car had a very basic, slightly old "single stage" paint job from another shop.  Typically this would cause an issue with color matching due to paint material differences, luckily our painter has the expertise to match colors extremely closely as the pictures will tell!

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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body
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1991 Nissan 240SX with paint from Almost Everything Auto Body

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Acura TL Type S Paintjob!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2002 Acura TL Type S. This mid sized luxury sedan came to our shop looking terrible! It had loads of unpainted primer (unfinished 3rd party body work), its original paint had been scuffed and sanded down, and for some strange reason the car's emblems were all out of place and mis-aligned! We began our paint process with our "Basics"; Cleaning the surfaces to rid them of stuck-on contaminants, Scuffing the existing paint/body repairs, and Masking all of the windows, lights and trim. Next up we applied a primer sealer, which is a thin coat of material that paint can "bite" onto. Lastly we repainted the entire exterior of this TL with our Enamel paint, using the Factory Honda "Color Code" to get as close to the original color as possible, and reinstalled the emblems in the correct position!

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