Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Complete Paint Job to Fix Delaminating Paint & Microchecking

2008 Honda Civic Coupe with horrible case of sunburn (delaminating or peeling paint)

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2008 Honda Civic Coupe. The original paint was peeling off in chunks. It also had microchecking, something that can happen to any car but we see more often on certain years of Hondas & Acuras. Microchecking looks a bit like cracked ice. It usually occurs when the primer under the paint is failing. Microchecking can allow water to penetrate to the metal and cause rust.

We sanded off the delaminating paint and repaired a quarter panel. We stripped the panels with microchecking down to bare metal. Then we applied a coat of primer-sealer and painted the entire car in the original Nighthawk Black Pearl using single-stage Enamel+UV Protection paint.

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2008 Honda Civic Coupe with delaminating (peeling) paint.

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2008 Honda Civic Coupe after whole car paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Close-up of microchecking on 2008 Honda Civic Coupe before painting at Almost Everything Auto Body
Close-up of microchecking: lots of small cracks that can be caused by repeated heating & cooling.
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Peeling paint on 2008 Honda Civic Coupe before repainting at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Whole car paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body

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Dull, faded paint on 2008 Honda Civic Coupe before repainting at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Complete car paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body

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Delaminating paint on 2008 Honda Civic Coupe before repainting at Almost Everything Auto Body

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2008 Honda Civic Coupe with new auto paint at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Oxidized paint on 2008 Honda Civic Coupe before whole car paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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2008 Honda Civic Coupe after complete auto paint at Almost Everything Auto Body

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fixing the Work of Scam Artists

Example of auto body scam prior to real repairs

Don't be embarrassed if this happened to you. Once a week we see a car that has been "fixed" by a scam artist. He approachs people and offers to repair damage on the spot for a reasonable price. He may hammer, apply fillers and paint. When he's done he explains that you just need to let things dry then everything will be perfect. He may even offer to come back to finish the job. You won't see him again and you will have no way to contact him. These guys create more damage than they started with. Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu that has been attacked by one of these scam artists. As you can see in the photos below, he didn't fix anything but he made the car uglier and in need of more repairs.

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Panels do not align, parts damaged, paint is chipping prior to repair at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Scam repair--damage remains & overspray on trim--prior to real repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Scam repair--damage remains plus new damage from overspray--prior to real repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Damage from auto repair scam cleaned-up at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Car looks horrible before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Damage from auto repair scam fixed at Almost Everything Auto Body

Monday, January 18, 2016

Old Friend Gets Some New Paint and TLC

1974 Volkswagen Beetle painted in single stage enamel at Almost-Everything Auto Body

Today's Car of the Day is a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, an old and trusted friend for the owner who wanted to help it look young again. We painted the entire vehicle in our economical enamel single stage paint.

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle before getting new paint at Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle with complete car paint job from Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle with faded paint before repairs at Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle painted in single stage enamel at Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle before getting complete car paint job at Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle with new overall paint job from Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle in need of paint job at Almost-Everything Auto Body

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle with complete car paint job from Almost-Everything Auto Body

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Collision Repair on 2001 Toyota Avalon

Collision repair on 2001 Toyota Avalon at Almost Everything Auto Body

A dented door and broken door handle make for a pretty tough driving experience. Having to crawl from the passenger seat to the driver's seat gets old the very first time you have to do it. Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2001 Toyota Avalon. We replaced the damaged door, mirror and door handle and blended new factory paint onto the fender and rear door so that everything matched.

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Damaged door, mirror and handle on 2001 Toyota Avalon at Almost Everything Auto Body

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2001 Toyota Avalon with replacement door, mirror and door handle from Almost Everything Auto Body

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Collision repair on 2001 Toyota Avalon at Almost Everything Auto Body

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2001 Toyota Avalon after collision repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Damaged door, mirror and handle on 2001 Toyota Avalon at Almost Everything Auto Body

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2001 Toyota Avalon with replacement door, mirror and door handle from Almost Everything Auto Body

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Damaged door, mirror and handle on 2001 Toyota Avalon at Almost Everything Auto Body

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2001 Toyota Avalon after auto body repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rusty Honda Makes a Comeback

Rust reconditioned on Accord with new paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2000 Honda Accord Coupe. The owner did a great job fixing damage himself. However he soon found his brand new hood was rusting.

The hood had been primed but not painted. It is a common misconception that primer prevents rust. It is true that primer is essential in the fight. But primer and paint are designed to work together, separately they fail. Primer "bites" into metal and plastic to establish the bond between a surface and paint. Primer is porous, full of microscopic holes. These holes allow the paint to sink in and connect. Paint is not porous and keeps out water and rust.

It is critical to paint a primed part as quickly as possible to prevent rust. Once rust starts, it is like cancer. It is hard to fight and can return and grow again.

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Accord Coupe with rusty hood prior to paint at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Accord Coupe with a new overall paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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New hood rusted because paint was not applied to the pre-primed surface.

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Rust reconditioned on Accord with new paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body

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New hood rusted because it was not painted quickly after customer installed it.

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Beautiful Honda Accord with new paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body

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Old, dull Honda before getting a complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Beautiful Honda Accord with complete paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body

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Old, dull Honda before getting a complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Shiny Honda after complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Faded Honda before getting a complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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Accord Coupe after getting a complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body

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