Thursday, February 13, 2020

2012 Honda Civic Collision Repair

2013 Honda Civic with auto body damage before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

We replaced the fender and mirror and fixed the dent on the door. We often explain to customers what the difference is if we repair vs. replace a part. In this case, the customer was paying for repairs themselves. Replacing the fender resulted in a better quality repair and also cost less than trying to repair it. On the other hand, it was far less expensive to repair the door than to replace it. Feel free to ask us why you should choose one option over the other. We always provide honest recommendations from both a quality and cost perspective. If an option is both better quality and less expensive, that is the option we will always recommend.

Before:
2013 Honda Civic before collision repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Damanged fender, mirror and door on 2013 Honda Civic before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

After:
New fender, mirror and repaired door on 2013 Honda Civic at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Doing It Right--High Quality Paint Job

Car getting ready for top quality paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body.
This is what you do if you want a great paint job: you take the car apart so that paint can get into the nooks and crannies and so that paint does NOT get on the chrome, rubber, windows and other trim parts. Then you fix all of the little dings, dents and gouges. The owner of this 2002 Chrysler 300M takes very good care of his car but the years had taken their toll and up close it had chips, scratches and dings. When we finished, it looked like a new car again.

Trim Removal:
Lights, chrome and trim removed in preparation for complete paint job.

Trim Removal:
"Trim Removal" refers to taking off all the parts that are not supposed to have paint on them.

Trim Removal:
Trim can include lights, weatherstrips, windows, door handles, bumpers, etc.

Trim Removal:
If you don't want parts painted together, you disassemble the car prior to paint.

Trim Removal:
Trim removal as shown in this series is optional and at additional cost.

Ding Repairs:
Small ding marked on hood in preparation for repair.

Fixing Scrapes & Gouges:
Paint chips & scratches sanded smooth. Dings & gouges marked for repair.

Fixing Scrapes & Gouges:
Paint chips & scratches sanded smooth. Dings & gouges marked for repair.

Completed:
Finished product--a virtually new car.

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Complete base-coat/clear coat paint job on 2002 Chrysler 300M at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Overall paint job on 2002 Chrysler 300M at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Whole car paint job on 2002 Chrysler 300M at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Two-Stage paint job on 2002 Chrysler 300M at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Completed:
Top quality paint job on 2002 Chrysler 300M at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Scraped Bumper Repair & Paint

Scraped bumper at Almost Everything Auto Body for repairs & repaint.

The bumper on this Honda CR-V was scraped. We disassembled the bumper, repaired the scrapes and restored the factory paint. The customer chose to also replace broken fog lights at the same time because most of the installation labor was already included in the disassembly of the bumper. It saved them about $100.

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Close-up of bumper scrapes before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Scraped bumper on 2013 Honda CR-V before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Bumper repairs on 2013 Honda CR-V at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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2013 Honda CR-V with repainted bumper and new fog lights at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

1995 Honda Accord with Microchecked Paint

Almost Everything Auto Body technician masking a car prior to paint.

This 1995 Honda Accord was still performing well when it came to us in 2019. But the paint looked like hell! The paint had develop a problem called microchecking. Over time microchecking leads to paint failure and rusting. It is characterized by small cracks (or "checks") in the paint. They look like lots of small razor cuts and are usually the result of temperature extremes. So it is common to first see the problem over the car's radiator where the paint experiences the most extremes of heating and cooling. The cracks allow water to get under the paint so metal body parts start rusting.

This post provides a very nice photo progression of the car going through sanding and masking processes in the shop.

Before:
Stripping a car is a lot of work. This vehicle owner started then turned the job over to us when he realized how much more he needed to do.

During Sanding:
Microchecking paint has been remove to expose bare metal in preparation for repainting.

Masking Process:
1995 Honda Accord getting masking for paint at Almost Everything Auto Body.

After:
1995 Honda Accord with new paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Failed paint that was partially stripped by the owner before bringing the car to Almost Everything Auto Body.
After:
Honda Accord with Enamel, single-stage paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body.

Before:
Microchecked paint that was partially sanded before the car was brought to Almost Everything Auto Body.

During Sanding:
Failed paint has been sanded to bare metal in preparation for repainting.

Masking Process:
Windows, lights and trim parts being masked prior to painting at Almost Everything Auto Body.

After:
Honda Accord with single-stage complete car paint from Almost Everything Auto Body.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Vandalism

Ford Escape Hybrid with broken window and key scratches.

Vandals broke the window and keyed this 2009 Ford Escape. We worked with Allstate Insurance to repaint the scratched panels and replace the broken glass and damaged interior trim.

Key Scratches:
Scratches in paint from vandalism.

Key Scratches:
Scratches in paint from vandalism.

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Vandalized car with key scratches and broken window.

After:
Ford Escape with new paint where it had been keyed and new quarter glass.

After-New Glass:
Quarter glass replaced where someone had smashed the window.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

1995 Mercedes E320 Respray

Mercedes Benz E320 with new paint from Almost Everything Auto Body.

These 1990s Mercedes Benzes were built like bank vaults. But even a Mercedes will need to be repainted when the original paint gets old enough. In the case of this car, the paint was faded. At some point the trunk had been replaced. And the owner had 2 new tail lights that she purchased and wanted to have us install.

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Mismatched paint on Mercedes Benz before repainting by Almost Everything Auto Body.

After:
Mercedes Benz E320 complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Multi-color Mercedes Benz before repainting by Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Mercedes Benz E320 overall paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Sad-looking Mercedes Benz before getting complete paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Mercedes Benz E320 complete repaint at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Faded Mercedes Benz before complete car paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Mercedes Benz E320 after new paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Faded Mercedes Benz before complete car paint job at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Mercedes Benz E320 after new paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Tired-looking Mercedes Benz before respray at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Mercedes Benz E320 after overall paint job from Almost Everything Auto Body.

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