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How NOT to do Body Work!

The above pictures prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that not everyone can do body work...nor should they!

Your vehicle is one of the most valuable possessions you own and many of us develop quite an attachment. It's more than a car, truck, or motorbike. It's a source of pride, your favourite toy, the most fun you'll have during a long commute, the limo that takes Junior to his ball games or your grand-daughter to ballet class, the ambulance, grocery's never been and never will be just a car.

So when it needs some TLC after a fender bender or if it begins to develop rust, who will you trust to restore her to her former glory? We hope you won't attempt to do the work yourself, unless you are a trained professional, or you just may end up with the above results. And nobody wants that. If you're main concern is money, shop around but be sure to check their online reviews before making a final decision. Money should not be the deciding factor when choosing a body shop. After all, "you get what you pay for".

This video proves my point perfectly.

The following is an excerpt from the book "Automotive Body Work and Rust Repair" by Matt Joseph:

"One of the worst forms of damage you will ever encounter is bad repair work. A range of people, from the truly clueless to the dedicatedly inept, may have tried to repair the damage before you. Their misguided efforts...may have made things worse or much worse than they were.

Bad body work, the kind that roughs out damage and then gobs filler over crude work, tends to make these problems more severe. These situations will tax your (body man's) abilities, talents and patience.

Impact is not sheet metal's only enemy as it ages. The other major problems gather under the brown banner of corrosion, a.k.a rust. Rust is birthed by a chemical reaction between water and metal. Road salt, an electrolyte in dirty water, enhances the speed of this reaction. Rust occurs when rust gets through or around paint and other anti-corrosion surface treatments. Since water is very adept at infiltrating small spaces (through capillary action) and at penetrating coatings, it is a cinch to attack vulnerable areas like door seams and panel attachment points. A great deal of body work on cars involves repairing the ravages of rust. Sometimes, small areas of perforation damage can be welded shut. More often, panels require the excision of diseased areas, and replacement with sound metal."

If rust is the issue, very few body shops will be able to help you and often don't know who to refer you to. So you will most likely need to do an online search for a body shop that specializes in rust repair. RustBlasters, in Chilliwack, BC, is such a shop. We have the expertise required and years of experience. We've seen it all and repaired it! So come down and see us. We'll take good care of your baby.

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