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Updated by roccoscollision on Feb 27, 2018
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Do-It-Yourself Auto Body Repair

To get your repair painted, we suggest resorting back to the “Auto Body Repair Near Me” Google search. Leaving it to the pros is best in this case. Good luck with your project, and do not be afraid of reaching out to an auto body shop in your area.


Auto Body Repair

When bigger car accidents occur, the “Auto Body Repair Near Me” Google search cannot be avoided. However, for smaller cosmetic problems such as dents, you can cut costs by doing the work yourself. You will need a few items to accomplish this task



Body filler with hardener


Rubber sandpaper block

Glazing and spot putty

Plastic spreader

Automotive primer

Work gloves, safety goggles, mask

Spray bottle filled with water

You can find these items from your local Philadelphia Collision Center, or home improvement retailer. Follow these steps, take your time, and try to have some fun.


Prepare the surface of your car

In order to put body filler on your car, you will need to sand the dented part of your car down to bare metal. Remove at least 3 inches under the dent to make sure the dent is fixed.To make this job a little easier, use heavier sandpaper, such as a 150-grit.


Mix the Body Filler

Body filler comes in two parts that must be combined with the plastic spreader before you use it on your car. There is a creme hardener and a base filler that, once mixed, will harden quickly. Follow the directions on the box, or from the Philadelphia Collision Center where you bought the filler.


Apply the body filler to your car

Using the plastic spreader, apply the filler to the area of the dent with a wide girth around the dent because you will need extra space to smooth the filler when it is hard. Don’t worry if this process ends up looking a little messy. You will be sanding away the messy areas once it all hardens.


Sand the Area

Wrap the sandpaper around your rubber sanding block, and start sanding the repair area using broad, circular motions. Continue until the entire area is smooth, and repeat the entire process if you end up missing spots.



Apply spot putty directly from the tub to the repaired area of your car. It will fill any imperfections in the applied filler. Glaze the putty across the surface you have been working on with the plastic spreader.


Prime the Repair

Put on your mask, safety goggles, and gloves. With the surrounding, unrepaired area covered, apply spray primer evenly over your work. Coat the area lightly, and repeat this process a few times.


Sand the repair one more time

After this dries, use your spray bottle to spray the repair and on the sandpaper. Sand the primed area with a back-and-forth motion. You will know you have sanded enough when you see the old paint of your car through the primer.