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Re: [T3-+mork Cont.


1Year older than my car!!



Shawn & Lisa Albertin
details@vwtype3.org
details@superior.net
65Variant(The EggCrate)
67Fastback(Piglet)
88Fox(Mabel)
GrandVoyager(wifes vehicle)
2 DuneBuggies

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Niles <beel@avicom.net>
To: type3@vwtype3.org <type3@vwtype3.org>
Date: Monday, March 22, 1999 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: [T3] Body Work Cont.


>>>I only wish that I had learned some of this useful stuff when I was your
>age instead of waiting until I was...well, never mind.
>
>Come on...don't be bashful.
>Which came first? you or your car?
>
>Bill (a year younger than my notch) Niles
>
>----------
>> From: Phil Dillard <dillard@suu.edu>
>> To: ycleped@hotmail.com; type3@vwtype3.org
>> Subject: Re: [T3] Body Work Cont.
>> Date: Monday, March 22, 1999 11:57 AM
>>
>>
>> >From Travis:
>>
>> >I'm starting to warm up to the idea of getting all of the painting
>supplies and >doing the painting my self,
>>
>> Since I am one of the guilty parties in fomenting the autobody work
>awareness, let me make a couple of observations (which will be amplified or
>contradicted by those more knowledgable than I).
>>
>> >getting the dents out still scares me
>>
>> Travis, this is the crux, the essence, the sine qua non of doing a paint
>job.  You MUST do complete, quality  body work or else your paint job will
>be wasted.  There is no substitute for, no way out of doing, the body prep
>work which usually involves sanding, sanding, sanding, hammering out dents
>of magnitude (or using a filler oH	Qmall ones), sanding, priming,
>resanding, repriming, ad naseum. There can be no rushing the job, only
>patient work followed by close inspection by eye (from different angles in
>different light) and hand (develop a "feel" for running your hand over a
>surface).  Any visual or tactile irregularity means "not yet."  Work on it
>some more.  Then some more.
>>
>> Read (no, don't just read, STUDY) some books from the library on this
>topic.
>>
>> Don't be afraid to try (but it's wonderful policy to do a friend's
>vehicle first, because there will be mistakes made on the first attempt).
>>
>> Get help and advice from folks who have done jobs correctly.
>>
>> The body prep work is of the utmost importance.  If you say that the dent
>isn't quite right, but the filler will cover it, or the primer still is
>rough but the paint will hide it.... well, you will be disappointed with
>the final results.
>>
>> Body work is tedious and demands an stubborness to stay with it until
>things are right.  Some people get bored (when I was your age--that was
>back when the earth's crust had just started to cool-- I had a friend who
>did most of the body work, became tired of the project, and painted the car
>with a straw broom!  The result was...how shall I say?...unique.).
>>
>> If I had to choose between doing the body work and the painting, I would
>opt for the first and pay some professional who has the tools and the
>experience to do the latter.  But... a car body is not ready to paint until
>it is ready to paint...if that makes sense to you.  If you are fortunate,
>your professional painter will give you some guidance about the suitability
>of your prep work.
>>
>> I admire your spunk.  Your age should be of little impediment to your
>success.  I only wish that I had learned some of this useful stuff when I
>was your age instead of waiting until I was...well, never mind.
>>
>> Please do not undertake body work/painting lightly without a total
>commitment to learning and careful work.  But, on the other hand, don't be
>afrOprying it if you have the fire in your belly.
>>
>> What I have learned about this subject was all self-taught, but there are
>more efficient ways to go about learning.  (I would suggest you get a
>girlfriend who is a professional painter!)
>>
>> Best wishes to you.  Keep us informed if it comes out well...otherwise,
>you have never heard of...
>>
>> Phil
>> dillard@suu.edu
>>
>>
>> a 16 year old kid with absolutely no experience in this area).
>>
>> Travis
>> Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com
>>
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