Saturday, March 29, 2014

1998 "Honda Integra" Paint Job!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1998 Acura Integra. This Integra underwent some surgery before coming to our shop, its front end had been converted to the Japanese Domestic Market type body. In normal terms, this is how Integras look in Japan, where they are not branded as "Acura" rather they were sold under Acura's mother company name; Honda! With the replacement front on being white, naturally the car needed paint, we began by sanding all of the chips, scratches and other imperfections out of the old paint, sealing the car with a primer and finally painting the import in its original color with our Premium "Base Coat / Clear Coat" 2 Stage paint!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

2007 Honda S2000 Color Change! "Project 'Merica"

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2007 Honda S2000. This vicious little roadster came to our shop in pretty good condition however, it did have one problem, it was red. The car's owner wanted a color that stood out from the rest of the Thousands of Red, Yellow, and Silverstone "S2K's" and decided to have us repaint his car with a bright blue metallic, picked right out of our color book! The paint material that was applied to this car was our "Performance Base Coat / Clear Coat" paint. Once painted, the entire car was "Wet Sanded and Polished" for a show car shine and texture! At the end of this S2000's journey, only deep inside the engine bay remained the original red color, with its blue exterior and white Volk replica wheels, it had earned itself the title "Project 'Merica" due to its Patriotic color scheme.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Lifesaver

What Car Should I Buy?
We really have neglected Jalopnik recently, and we're really sorry.

Our Customer Service Manager, Joel, is helping someone buy a car. We hope this helps.

Almost Everything's Mobile Billboard!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is our BMW 528i Wagon that we posted a few weeks ago.  A major change happened since then, if you look extremely closely you may notice a small "Almost Everything" logo blasted down the sides of our "Torch Red" wagon. This final touch of understated advertisement was added by our friend and neighbor Chris from Vinyl-Ink ! Keep an eye out for our Bright Red BMW flying around the Bay Area!






Monday, March 17, 2014

Join Us to Stop Ferrari Abuse!

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ferraris - Another senseless tragedy
We like to stay out of politics. . . but on this issue our hackles have been raised! In the past week we reported 2 poor, defenseless Ferraris destroyed by senseless offroading. Today we add a third.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ferraris - F458 Italia Used for Offroading
Almost Everything's Wreck of the Day is an F458 Italia driven by what we are sure is a mature 18 year old from Norway. Sadly, the immense wealth of his parents could not buy knowledge that Ferraris cannot conquer all terrains, do not have 18" of ground clearance and have not been tested on the surface of Mars. Some argue that Ferrari has never made any of these claims and that most fools can tell that a Ferrari should be driven on pavement. The evidence is clearly to the contrary and until a permanent solution can be found, we think fools and their Ferraris should be parted. Send us your Ferrari and we guarantee not to off road it for you. 

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ferraris - F458 Italia destroyed by ignorant off roading
Please send your abused Ferraris along with generous donations to:

    Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ferraris (SPCF)
    c/o Almost Everything Auto Body
    37414 Centralmont Place
    Fremont, California 94536
    USA

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ferraris - You can help prevent this type tragedy

Won't you do your part? Tell Ferrari to stop promoting off road use of these innocent supercars! Leave the mud and boulders to Land Rover, Jeep and Steyr-Daimler-Puch.

Note: despite the severity of the crash, the driver was uninjured. And thankfully, no one at the school where this crash took place was hurt. Thanks to WreckedExotics.com for our regular doses of exotic car mayhem.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Almost Everything Named Best Body Shop by Bay Area Voters

Almost Everything wins 2014 Best San Francisco Bay Area Body Shop vote

Woo Hoo! Thanks!

The Bay Area A-List contest happens every year and has been sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC-7, SFGate.com and CityVoter.com. Tens of thousands of votes were cast. Hundreds of businesses were nominated. When the dust settled, Almost Everything came in 1st out of 78 nominees in the Auto Body Shop category. So thanks to the many happy customers who voted for us!

Best Collision Repair in San Francisco Bay Area - Almost Everything Auto Body

We've repaired thousands of cars. Here's a few examples of our work. . . 

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Audi A4 before auto body work at Almost Everything Collision Center
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Audi A4 after collision repair at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Audi A4 after collision repair at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Vandalized van before refinishing at Almost Everything Auto Body
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Vandalized van after repainting at Almost Everything Auto Body
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BMW M3 after auto body repair at Almost Everything's collision center
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BMW M3 before collision repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body
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BMW M3 after auto body repair at Almost Everything's collision repair center

Almost Everything Auto Body voted Best Collision Repair in San Francisco Bay Area

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Almost Everything Sponsors Gunn High School LeMons Racer

Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica LeMons Racer (and aliens)

Pizza Planet Truck as seen in A Toy Story by Pixar


Almost Everything Auto Body is extraordinarily. . . no. . . stupendifically proud to sponsor Palo Alto's Gunn High School Auto Tech in the infamous 24 Hours of LeMons! This year's super enduro for sub-$500 vehicles takes place (at least in California) at Sonoma Raceway, Sears Point.

Join Us!

Date:    March 22-23, 2014

Time:    . . . it's a 24 hour race. . .

Place:
           Sonoma Raceway
           "Sears Point"
           29355 Arnold Dr.
           Sonoma, California 95476
Spectator Admission:   $30

That's right, unlike the $140 NASCAR race a few weeks later, this one is nearly free!

Gunn Auto Tech students created as their LeMons entry a replica of the Pizza Planet delivery truck made famous by Pixar's Toy Story. 24 Hours of LeMons is a humorous take on the oldest, most grueling and prestigious auto race, the 24 Heures du Mans. The real LeMans race is held annually in LeMans, France with top auto manufacturers competing with the fastest cars in the world. The 24 Hours of LeMons is NOT like that. It was established in 2006 by Car & Driver editor Jay Lamm as “Endurance Racing for $500 Cars” (i.e. lemons.)

Before:Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica before paint at Almost Everything

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Gunn High Pizza Planet Replica after painting at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica in all its glory (before the race)

Almost Everything provides support for youth programs in the San Francisco Bay Area through regular sponsorship of the Washington High School Car Show, California School for the Deaf internships, Gunn High School and many other local events.

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Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica before paint at Almost Everything

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Gunn High Pizza Planet Replica after painting at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica in all its glory (before the race)

Mike Camicia is the Gunn High School Auto Tech Instructor, an SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) champion and local racing legend. Mike quips that his wife has actually won more SCCA championships that he has. Our kind of family!

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Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica before paint at Almost Everything
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Gunn High Pizza Planet Replica in all its glory (before the race)

Frank Barnard, Almost Everything's General Manager, says, “Kids that learn to build and race cars for the 24 Hours of LeMons better understand the need for safety, the potential and limitations of cars in general, and the potential consequences of an accident. It's a great education."

Pizza Planet Rocket under development:

Pixar/Pizza Planet Trivia: amazingly, the Pizza Planet truck has appeared in nearly every Pixar movie to date including: Toy Story (where it first appears), A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Brave (apparently, pizza and Toyota pick-ups have been popular since the dark ages.) See Wikipedia for the complete list and descriptions of how/where the truck appears.

More info. on Gunn High School Auto Tech, 24 Hours of LeMons & Sonoma Raceway:

http://www.gunnautotech.com/ (Gunn High School Auto Tech Website)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hIkpOIwSV4 (Gunn High School Auto Tech Video)
http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/
http://www.racesonoma.com/



1962 Ford Falcon Painted!

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1962 Ford Falcon. This classic came to us in primer, its owner had some bodywork started and was now looking to simply clean up some of his work and paint the car. Since the owner didn't want to break his bank we recommended our Enamel single stage paint. Once our clean-up and sanding were finished we repainted the car with its original (by the book) color! Unfortunately once the car came out of our booth, due to many chemical differences and decades of paint formulas since the car was made, the color was off.  We worked with the owner and came up with a solution, we repainted the car again with a color that matched much better that we found in our color book! We compared our swatches to panels that still had original paint inside the car. Luckily the second time it came out of our booth the color was spot-on!

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