No matter how careful you are as a driver, you will suffer car dents one way or another. You may be the safest driver in town, but you can’t be sure if the driver of the car behind you is the same. So, you can assume that getting car dents is a normal part of a driver’s life.
Give Attention to Car Dents
Hopefully, the dents that your car will suffer are small enough for you to repair. If not, you have to call professional mechanics such as Walmart or Pep Boys. The thing is: even if it is a small dent, you need to repair it right away. For if not, the damage will get bigger, and your repair costs will be higher.
The Magic of Fiberglass Resin Jelly
If you have rusts and holes in your car, one of the best remedies you can apply is by covering the rusts and plugging the holes with fiberglass resin jelly. If the jelly is applied and allowed to cure properly, the rusts and the holes will no longer bother your car. You can use your car as if it has no rusts or holes at all.
How to Apply Fiberglass Resin Jelly
Fiberglass resin jelly is a substance that you should not take for granted. This is a product that can cause harm if you are not careful in using it. It contains chemicals that can hurt your eyes and skin.
Therefore, you need to avoid long exposures to this substance while you are using it. To protect your eyes and skin, you must use safety goggles, a face mask, a pair of worker’s gloves and if possible wear denim coveralls. It is important that you are wearing all these items before handling the fiberglass resin jelly.
You need to prepare the following:
- Enough amount of fiberglass resin jelly preferably from a reliable brand name
- A ruler and a protractor
- One saw for cutting
- A pair of scissors
- Several pieces of sandpaper
- A hammer
- Several pieces of resin cloth that adheres to fiberglass
- Several pieces of lint-resistant cloth
- Enough amount of water resistant paint
- Two pieces of paint brushes, medium and large, bristled
3. Start repairing the car’s surface damage
With all your working gears on, use the saw to cut the debris surrounding the damaged surface. Use the hammer to remove the waste debris completely from the cut-off area. As you are lightly hammering that area, examine if the surrounding metal or fiberglass is giving way. If so, you should also remove it.
4. Use the lint-resistant cloth to wipe the damaged area.
This cloth will not only wipe off the stubborn dirt that you weren’t able to remove with the saw and hammer, but also absorb all the moisture from the surrounding area to be repaired. If need be, use as many cloths you need to and discard them after their use.
5. Measure the exact area to be repaired.
Get your measuring tool and measure the damaged area. Add one inch to the area that you have measured. This is your final measurement.
6. Cut the resin cloth.
Cut the resin cloth according to the final measurement that you have taken on the damaged area. Use the scissor to cut the resin cloth.
7. Cover and seal the damaged area.
Cover the damaged area with the cut resin cloth. Dip your paintbrush on the fiberglass resin jelly until you have a reasonable amount in its bristles. Apply the resin jelly over the entire resin cloth.
Continue applying additional coats until the cloth is completely soaked with the adhesive. Allow the covered area sufficient time to cure. The time will be according to the instructions indicated on the bottle or container of the fiberglass resin jelly.
If it is needed, you have to repeat this process until the damaged area is evenly leveled with the rest of the car’s surface. You need to put on additional resin cloths and fiberglass resin jelly coats until the level of the damaged area is the same as that of the car’s surface.
It is also important to observe the proper amount of curing time in each coat to ensure the strength of the repaired area.
8. Smooth the repaired area.
Get a sandpaper and start sanding the repaired spot. This will take time and you may have to use several pieces of sandpaper before the repaired area becomes smooth. You can only stop if there are no more rough spots and edges on the area.
9. Cover the repaired area with paint.
The final touch is by covering the repaired area with paint. Use the large brush and dip it into the paint can and start coating the repaired spot. Continue coating the area until its color and level of paint is exactly like the rest of the car’s surface.