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How-to Videos: Paint & Body

How-to Videos: Paint & Body

Most people are comfortable replacing mechanical parts on their cars, yet many believe paint and body repairs are too complex or require some artistic skill.  Nothing could be further from the truth, however, it helps to learn from those who have been there, done that!

Listed below are some sources I’ve used over the years.  Some are more colorful than others, but that is the fun of automotive!  If you have any favorites that you feel should be added to this list, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Dip Your Car is a YouTube channel devoted to “painting” your car, wheels and trim with Plasti-Dip, which is a peelable coating. 

Plasti Dip International has been developing and manufacturing specialty coatings and adhesives since 1972, and it all started with their most popular product, Plasti Dip. The air-dry rubber coating began as a grip solution for tool handles and has become a DIY commodity for crafters, handymen and automotive enthusiasts.

This is an interesting product to customize your car, as it can be peeled off if you ever tire of it!  

D.I.Y. Auto School is a place to learn Automotive Repairs from Collision, Rust Removal, Welding, Paint And Body, Car and Truck Restoration, Automotive Mechanics, and much more. “My Friend Pete” and Southwest Rod And Custom have been in business for over 35 years with experience and techniques of how to do a major repair with minimal knowledge and tools.

Pete is a pretty colorful character, but his advice is solid.  I learned how to repair the urethane bumper on my son’s 2007 Monte Carlo from Pete.  It saved me HUNDREDS of dollars doing it myself.

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Tony B Ritchie runs an online paint and bodywork course, and also has a YouTube channel to share tidbits of information.  I took the online course in 2019, as I was looking for tips to improve my technique.  It was pretty well organized and helped me perfect my craft.  Expect to pay around $100 for the course and access to VIP material.  Well worth it.

Tony also conducts live 30 minute Q&A sessions on YouTube every Monday and Thursday.  It is open to VIP members and non-members.

If you are serious about learning about paint and bodywork, his Learn Auto Body and Paint (LABAP) online course is worth the $100+.  I have no affiliation with his business, so this is just an honest endorsement.

The above sources should provide you with most of what you need for your paint and customizing needs.  Please leave a comment below if you need any help or have other sources you would like to share.

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