Resources, Products & Equipment for Mobile Refinishing
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Mobile Auto Refinishing Tools & Supplies
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Job Area: Check job site and remove or cover vehicles or objects that are too close or may be damaged or affected by drifting overspray.
Power: Depending on the tools you have, you will need electricity, extension cord(s), compressor, air hose. If on large lot, a generator may be useful.
Materials: Cleaner, Bucket, Sponge, or Waterless cleaner; Grease & Wax Remover, Wiping towels
Materials: Drop cloth or tarp, plastic film, 3/4" & 2" masking tape, duct tape, cardboard, razor blade
Materials: Stud gun and studs if you use that method, dent puller, hammer & Dollies, rods. For bumpers; heat gun, dollies, extended dollies
Grind or Bevel
Grind or rough sand areas needing body filler for adhesion. Grind or rough sand, and bevel plastic bumper for flexible filler.Feather edge sand the outside of repair areas for adhesion of primers and to prevent "Bull's Eyes" and uneveness at edge of repairs. Blow or wipe off dust.
Materials: Electric or Air powered small grinder and/or "DA" (Dual Action sander); 5" x 7/8" grinding disc, 3M Roloc type 2" or 3" disc, 36 or 80 grit DA Disc.
Filler Application: Mix and apply Body Filler on Metal or Flexible Filler on Bumpers. Take care to protect your customer's driveway from droppings.
Materials: Body Filler, Flexible Filler, Plastic or Cardboard to mix filler on, Mixing Stick, Plastic Spreader, Heat Gun or Infrared Dryer if suitable.
Rough Cut: Rough level filler with half round "cheese grater" or sanding block. Re-Apply filler to low spots if needed.
Materials: half-round cheese grater, rubber sanding block, 36 or 80 Grit Sandpaper
Sand: Sand filler level with surface and feather edges. Apply flexible putty to pits and gouges on plastic bumpers and sand to feathered edge.
Materials: Rubber Sanding Block (2-3/4" x 5", 2-3/4" x 7", 2-3/4" x 16"), Air or Electric straightline sander; 80 and 180 grit 2-3/4" wide sheets or rolls of sandpaper, flexible putty
Prime: Prime repaired area with primer suitable for filler material and surface. Protect surrounding panels and areas on panel from unwanted over-spray.
Materials: Masking paper, masking tape, razor blade, HVLP Turbine & Spray Gun, primer, masking machine suitable for 6", 12" and 18" paper, tire cover
Finish Sand: Sand primer smooth, checking for any pits or imperfections that may need additional priming or glazing. Sand surrounding area or entire panel in preparation for blending or panel painting.
Materials: Hand sand paper sheets; 220, 320, 400, 600, and/or 800 depending on suface condition and paint spec requirements. Larger areas can use DA and same grit DA paper.
Paint Prep: If careful, you may be able to leave in place masking paper and tape from priming. Otherwise remove paper and tape; blow off ground and surrounding panels to remove dust or dirt that may blow onto painted surface during spraying; blow off and clean surface with glass cleaner or other cleaner, using lint free paper; compound blend areas if using that method; re-clean; mask off surrounding areas to prevent overspray (masking paper is cheaper than tape); tack off entire panel and nearby paper.Use "roll-back" technique to elimate paint edges and reduce blend areas.
Materials: Cleaner, Wiping Cloth, Polishing Compound, Masking Paper, Tape, Masking Machine, Single Edge Razor Blade, Tack Cloth, Plastic Sheet/Masking if neededPaint
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