DIY Don’ts of Auto Body Repair
You’re Handy, but Skip these Auto Body Repairs
There is a certain joy that comes with doing something on your own. Whether you’re building your own furniture, remodeling your own house, designing your own clothing, cooking your own meals, or fixing your own car, the pride you feel after doing the job is immense. Your motivation may not be the satisfaction of doing it yourself, maybe you’re just trying to save money.
Whatever the reason, doing projects on your own can be rewarding. There are, however, times when you need to forgo that psychological reward, and let the professionals handle the job. Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to repair your vehicle to factory safety standards. There are some jobs you can do yourself, but here are the ones that you should leave to us to make sure you are safe.
Replacing a Cracked Windshield
We live in Montana where there’s a good chance you have driven on a gravel road recently. Even if you haven’t, many of us have experienced a chipped windshield that turned into a cracked windshield. A YouTube lesson later, and you can do this at home right?
Yes, you probably can get the old windshield out and the new one installed. The probability of it being installed correctly, sealed correctly, and up to safety standards isn’t very high. Professionals have the right equipment and training to do a great job.
Giving Your Rig a Paint Job
Painting a car is easy right? Just sand it all down, tape off the parts you don’t want painted, and give it a blast with some automotive paint. If you’re giving a quick paint job to an old vehicle and you’re not concerned with the outcome, give it a go. But painting a vehicle the right way is a lot of work.
Paint is hard to match. Many paints require multiple coats. Without a clean room you risk dust and debris. Without a controlled environment, the paint may not set just right. It’s more than a quick spray job, it’s a job that requires specific tools.
Fixing a Dented Bumper
Many bumpers will dent if you bump into something. Depending on a variety of factors, that dent can be pretty minor, or major with significant cracking. While you could go the DIY route, and heat the bumper with a hair dryer and pop the dent out, the real issue doesn’t always lie with the bumper.
Fixing how it looks is one thing, but making sure everything underneath is functioning is another. Popping the dent out makes it look whole, but there are electrical and frame issues that may not be dealt with.
DIY Repairs You CAN do at Home
It’s not all doom and gloom. There are times when you can fix your vehicle at home. Just be careful with what you are doing, and know that without the years of experience the technicians at Big Sky Collision Center have, your finished product may not be to your liking.
- Replace a cracked headlight. Many headlights are relatively simple replacements (some newer vehicles, however, are not easy). Pop the old one out, and put the new one in.
- Paintless Dent Repair. PDR can be done at home. Hail damage can wreck up the body of your vehicle, but it won’t dent the frame. Just keep in mind that pulling too hard can cause a bump instead of a dent.
- Door seals. There’s a rubber strip along the inside of the door to seal your vehicle from the weather. These wear out over time. Replacing them is straightforward, and the worst that will happen is rainwater will leak in if you don’t do it right.
Big Sky Collision Center does Auto Body Repairs in Billings, Montana
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our technicians have been thoroughly trained to ensure that the job is done completely and to factory safety standards. The result is that you have a vehicle that is restored back to beauty, and the confidence that all repairs were done the right way.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you scheduled for auto body repairs here in Billings.