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How to Paint Your Car: Revised & Updated (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

How to Paint Your Car reveals the techniques, tricks, and technology behind automotive painting through 400 color photos, clear captions, detailed text, and step-by-step how-to sequences. You’ll learn the latest information about paint chemistry, waterborne paints, spray guns, body fillers, surface prep, site prep, as well as respirators and other safety gear that every automotive painter must know.
 
With step-by-step detail, you’ll learn how to properly prepare your car for paint work, including minor bodywork, surface preparation, rust removal, masking, priming and final coating. How to Paint Your Car also includes information about custom touches and effects as well as how to care for your paint after application, including information on buffing compounds, waxes, and other care products. Everything you need to know to feel comfortable and confident in undertaking your own paint project, whether a touch-up job or a complete respray, is covered in How to Paint Your Car.

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Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair (Paperback)

There comes a time when just about every car on the road will need some form of rust or body repair. Quite often, if the car is a daily driver for running errands, repairs are never made, and the car eventually ends up in junkyard heaven. For our beloved collector cars, hot rods, and muscle cars, dents, dings, and rust are not an option, and neither is the scrap heap. And for just about any restoration project, the bodywork is by far the most expensive part of the process.

In Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair, veteran restorer Matt Joseph shows you the ins and out of tackling both simple and difficult rust and metalwork projects. This book teaches you how to select the proper tools for the job, common-sense approaches to the task ahead of you, preparing and cleaning sheet metal, section fabrications and repair patches, welding options such as gas and electric, forming, fitting and smoothing, cutting metal, final metal finishing including filling and sanding, the secrets of lead filling, making panels fit properly, and more. Also included is a comprehensive resource guide.

Whether you decide you want to tackle a full restoration project, or just want to save money by doing minor repairs yourself, Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair is the book to get you through it.


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How to Paint Your Car on a Budget (Cartech) (Paperback)

If your car needs new paint, or even just a touch-up, the cost involved in hiring a professional can be more than you bargained for. Fortunately, there are less expensive alternatives–you can even paint your car at home! In How to Paint Your Car On A Budget, author and veteran DIY hot rodder Pat Ganahl unveils dozens of secrets that will help anyone paint their own car. From simple scuff-and-squirt jobs to fullon, door-jambs-and-everything paint jobs, Ganahl covers everything you need to know to get a great looking coat of paint on your car and save lots of money in the process. This book covers painting equipment, the ins and outs of prep, masking, painting and sanding products and techniques, and real-world advice on how to budget wisely when painting your own car. It’s the most practical automotive painting book ever written!

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The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair, 2nd Edition (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

Everything you need to know about auto body repair–updated and revised to cover water-based paints, the latest panel adhesives, and other body repair technologies.

The only thing more reliable than rising gas prices is the wear and tear your car endures over its lifetime. Knowing how to repair your car without taking it to the body shop is a valuable skill for any car lover. If you want to restore, modify, or just fix up any car, from collector to custom, this is the book for you.

In this updated and revised edition, author Dennis Parks covers new tools and techniques for dealing with ever-changing vehicular guidelines and technologies. New photography and updated step-by-step projects cover the latest information on panel adhesives, improved repair strategies, unibody vehicles, media blasting, panel overhaul and replacement, and tools and techniques for water-based paint products.

The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair provides all the information you’ll need to deal with any bumps, bangs, and bruises your car encounters, as well as the many repairs required during a car restoration project. From tools to materials to techniques, this book takes you all the way through the process. Learn how to disassemble, repair, and reassemble bodywork, as well as how to prepare surfaces for paint. The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair equips you with all the information needed to return your car to its former glory and avoid paying a body shop for work you can do yourself.


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How to Restore Metal Auto Trim (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

Whether youre restoring your vehicle for show or personal enjoyment, this book provides basic, step-by-step information for restoring and repairing metal trim pieces on your vintage car or truck. Plus information on all the necessary tools and materials essential for metal trim work repair, including what youll need, where to purchase items, and how to use the tools and materials. Covers the repair of stainless steel and aluminum trim, including decorative strips, fenders, bumpers, hub caps, wheel covers, and door and trunk handles.

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How to Paint Classic Cars: Tips, techniques & step-by-step procedures for preparation & painting (Enthusiast’s Restoration Manual) (Paperback)

How to Paint Classic Cars takes you through each stage of painting a car, from planning, to safety, to finishing. Move forward on your painting projects with skill and the confidence you need for a perfect finish.

This guide will teach you how to make minor repairs, handle filling and undercoating, pinstripe like a pro, and to properly care for and clean equipment. Everything you need to create a paint finish fit for a classic car is covered right here through 200 color photographs illustrating every stage of the process.

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How to Paint Your Car (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

Everything you need to know and everything you need to do to have perfect paint on your specialty car. Whether it’s a concours-quality restoration or a ground-pounding hot rod, this book will fit your painting interests. The auto body and paint business is changing at an incredibly fast rate, mainly in response to environmental rules and regulations. This book emphasizes what parts of the job a hobbyist can, and should, do himself and what should be left to the pros.Topics include:, Tools, equipment, and safety, Planning the paint job, Environmental concerns; Types of paint and materials, Removing trim, Repairing damage/rust, Prepping metal for paint/bodywork, Applying fillers, Applying sealers and primers, Final paint options; custom paint options, Custom graphics, flames, pinstriping, Paint care and touchup

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Fix It! How to Repair Automotive Dents, Scratches, Tears and Stains (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

Fix It! How to Repair Automotive Dents, Scratches, Tears and Stains is a complete guide for any car or truck owner who wants their ride to look, feel, and smell like it did the day they bought it. Years of commuting to work and family vacations will take its toll on a car. Coffee spills, paint scratches and fades, hoods and fenders acquire dents and rust, and smells linger in the upholstery and ventilation. It all adds up to a car that’s not as fun to drive as it used to be and maybe even embarrassing. Whether breathing new life into your reliable ride or getting it ready to sell, you can solve these problems with a few basic tools and products, and the right instruction on how to use them.
Fix It! How to Repair Automotive Dents, Scratches, Tears and Stains provides step-by-step projects anyone at any skill level can accomplish to help keep their car looking its best. From buffing a scratch to popping a dent, doing it yourself has never been easier.


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How to Paint Tractors & Trucks (Home Shop) (Paperback)

Whether you’re restoring a John Deere or an old Chevy pickup truck, they both need fresh paint.  How To Paint Tractors & Trucks explains the various types of paints available for tractors and trucks, from brush-on enamel to the latest two-stage urethane. Ten chapters include information on: Choosing and using a spray gun, how to set up a temporary booth with adequate air movement, and the importance of overlapping each pass with the spray gun. The paint job itself stats with good metal preparation, followed by the application of filler and then the first coats of primer. All the steps, from bare metal to finish paint, are explained, and the illustrated in the Shop Sequences. How To Paint Tractors & Trucks includes two complete, step-by-step paint jobs that illustrate every task necessary to do a good paint job. How to Paint Tractors & Trucks can be used any first-time or non-professional painter to obtain professional results with any of the tractor of automotive paints available today.

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How To Airbrush, Pinstripe & Goldleaf (Pro Paint Techniques) (Paperback)

This book is a complete how-to book, showing both beginning and experienced artists how to airbrush, pinstripe, and goldleaf. Meant for automotive and motorcycle applications, the projects seen in this new book are done primarily with automotive paints because of their durability and super bright pigments.

The projects themselves range from simple airbrush and pinstripe art, to more complex graphics and flame jobs that require the use of all three art forms. Twelve start-to-finish how-to sequences make up the bulk of this book. Each is documented from the first sketch to the multiple steps that lead to finished art. Nothing is left out, the photo record of each project is thorough and captures each part of the process. Captions are written by the artists, making each chapter more like a one-on-one teaching session than a simple how-to lesson.

Each of these sequences is done by a well known artist, men and women like Leah Gall, Lenni Schwartz, Vince Goodeve, and East Coast Artie. And each artist takes time out from painting for a Q&A session. Learn why Leah Gall uses an Iwata airbrush, why Lenni Schwartz prefers a double-zero brush from Mack, and which brand of goldleaf Keith Hanson prefers.

Though there are other books that discuss pinstriping or airbrush art, there are very few books that cover all three means of embellishing and personalizing cars, trucks and motorcycles. With 144 pages and over 500 color photos, How-To: Airbrush, Pinstripe and Goldleaf belongs on the book shelf of any aspiring or established artist.


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Kosmoski’s New Kustom Painting Secrets (Paint Expert) (Paperback)

Jon Kosmoski – the King of Kustom Painters – puts over four decades of experience into Kosmoski’s New Kustom Painting Secrets. Kosmoski’s New Kustom Painting Secrets contains both a hot rod and motorcycle projects.

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How To Paint Flames: Second Edition (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

Custom paint jobs are more popular than ever, and no form of custom painting is “hotter” than the flame job. The newest styles, tools, and techniques are described and shown in this newest edition of the best-selling How to Paint Flames. This book explains how to design the best-looking flames for a particular vehicle, how to transfer that design to the vehicle, and how to apply the paint. The process of flame painting is broken into major steps so that the reader can go as far as they feel their skills and confidence will allow.

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How to: Custom Paint & Graphics – Graphics for Your Car, Motorcycle, Truck, Street Rod (Paperback)

Benefit from Kosmoskis 30+ years of experience! Jon offers all the information you need to create your own custom flames, scallops and pinstripes, as well as stencil cuttings and enlargements for mural painting. Covers tools and equipment, types of paint, layout and design, protecting the finish and more.

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How to Paint Your Motorcycle (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

This book is a must for anyone who wants to paint their motorcycle. Using an easy to follow step by step photo process, Bortles covers everything from basic prep work to advanced finishing techniques. There are chapters on the tools needed and the various kinds of paint that are used, with detailed explanations. There are chapters on preparing your parts for paint, from old parts to new. There is a very detailed chapter on how to mold your bike’s frame that shows just how simple it can be by using the right tools. There are chapters on creating custom finishes from candy to pearl to granite. The techniques and processes can be used on any type of motorcycle from a production road bike to a custom chopper with extravagant bodywork. Among the chapters are many tips and tricks to make any motorcycle paint job go smoothly and how to avoid making costly mistakes.
Among the topics covered are bodywork preparation, paint selection and preparation, a variety of painting techniques, and post-application follow-up techniques to put the best finish on a great paint job.

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How to Paint Your Show Car (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

One of the challenges of collecting, restoring, and showing classic cars is keeping the paint blue ribbon condition. If your restoration involves stripping and repainting the entire car, you’ll want to precisely match the original color. If the goal is to preserve the factory paint, you may be touching-up certain areas with the goal of matching those areas to the rest of the car’s weathered panels.

Covering these topics and more, Stefan Gesterkamp leads the reader through the concours painting process. Whether doing it themselves or hiring a professional, the car’s owner gains a solid foundation of knowledge before investing significant time and money into a paint project.


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How to Custom Paint Your Car (Motorbooks Workshop) (Paperback)

For custom car builders today, one of the biggest expenses—and a make-or-break features of the build—is the paint job. Now, with the expert help of one of the country’s top custom painters, readers can learn to custom paint their own cars, from design to finishing touches. With the attention to detail and keen sense of style that have made her the most sought-after custom painter working today, JoAnn Bortles offers step-by-step instructions for achieving that professional look at home. Her book provides detailed advice on every step from basecoating to artwork and airbrushing to clearcoating and troubleshooting, with special emphasis on designing and executing elaborate paint schemes such as flames, skulls, murals, and pin striping. Clearly written and amply illustrated, this is the ultimate how-to-custom-paint guide. Also contains an excellent chapter on realistic flames as featured on the book’s cover.

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Advanced Custom Painting Techniques (Paperback)

Intense how-to book filled with photo sequences and supporting text explaining the best techniques for the preparation and application of custom paint to cars and motorcycles.

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Jon Kosmoski’s Kustom Painting Secrets : How to Paint Your Car – Motorcycle – Truck – Street Rod (Illustrated) (Paperback)

For more than 30 years Jon Kosmoski has been experimenting and mixing custom paints from his House of Kolor. Here Jon shows you how to set up your shop, how to apply primer, and how to put on the final topcoat. In the shop sequences provide a hands-on look at a variety of projects from simple paint application to complex art work.

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