Autobody Repair (Intermediate)

Recipients of the  Autobody Repair  credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed the following tasks:

Activity 1 – Straightening Damaged Areas
(a) Put on the smock, gloves, and safety glasses.
(b) Located a small dent in surface of fender. If there was no dent, made a shallow dent.
(c) Found the center of the bulge in the dent.
(d) Placed the dolly block directly under the dent, holding it firmly.
(e) Grasped the dinging hammer loosely close to the end of the handle.
(f) Hit the edge of the dent squarely with the hammer.
(g) Made an overlapping row of spots with the hammer.
(h) Dinged the dent until it was almost flat.
(i) Showed work to instructor.
(j) Took off smock, gloves and safety glasses. Put away materials.
(k) Washed hands.

Activity 2 – Filling Dents
(a) Compared the three types of sandpaper to fill out Chart 2.
(b) Put on the smock, gloves and safety glasses.
(c) Used a ruler, pen and scissors to cut the #180 grit paper to 2 ¾” wide and 8 ½” long.
(d) Correctly put the sandpaper piece on the sanding block.
(e) Feather-edged the surface, sandpapering toward edge of damaged area (3″ area).
(f) Cleaned the surface with rag and wax and grease remover; used a second clean rag to dry off area.
(g) Carefully read label of the body putty container.
(h) Used a screwdriver or paint can opener to pry off the lid of the can.
(i) With the putty knife, scooped a tablespoon of body putty onto the mixing board.
(j) According to the directions on the container, added and mixed cream hardener to the putty.
(k) Used the spreader to put a thin layer of the filler on the dent’s surface.
(l) Planed the surface to take off thin layers of filler until the area was smooth and had the same shape as the area around it.
(m) Showed work to instructor.
(n) Put away necessary materials.
(o) Washed hands.

Activity 3 – Preparing the Surface for Painting
(a) Put on the smock, gloves and safety glasses.
(b) Attached the sandpaper to the sanding block.
(c) Feather-edged the area to smooth the surface and remove all the imperfections left by the planing tool.
(d) Used the ruler, pen and scissors to measure and cut a piece of #220 grit sandpaper 2 ¾” wide and 8 ½” long.
(e) Attached piece of sandpaper to sanding block.
(f) Used the ruler, pen and scissors to measure and cut a piece of sandpaper 2 ¾” wide and 8 ½” long.
(g) Attached piece of sandpaper to sanding block; sanded the area like in Activity 2.
(h) Cleaned the surface with a rag and wax and grease remover like in Activity 2.
(i) Showed work to instructor.
(j) Put away materials.
(k) Washed hand

Activity 4 – Priming the Work Area
(a) Put on safety glasses, smock, gloves and mask.
(b) Cleaned surface and 10″ around area with clean rag and wax and grease remover.
(c) Shook the can of primer with cap on.
(d) Primed area holding can 10″ from surface and moving can toward the repaired area.
(e) When the primer was tacky, applied another coat of primer using the same procedure.
(f) Applied more coats as necessary.
(g) Showed work to instructor.
(h) Put away materials.
(i) Washed hands.

Activity 5 – Smoothing Primer Coat and Painting
(a) Put on smock, gloves, mask and safety glasses.
(b) Attached the #320 grit sandpaper to sanding block.
(c) Filled the bucket ½ full of water and put it close to the fender.
(d) Wet the sponge and held it so that a slight pressure would make water run down the surface being sanded.
(e) Used the sponge to keep the area wet and sanded all surfaces to be painted with the #320 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
(f) Washed the sanded area with a rag and clean water.
(g) Allowed the area to air-dry overnight, or used compressed air and an air nozzle to dry the area.
(h) Held the can of paint 10” from the surface.
(i) Moved the can toward the repaired area and pressed the nozzle.
(j) Depressed the nozzle until you arrived at the end of the painted area.
(k) Released the nozzle, but kept the can moving.
(l) Let the paint dry until tacky, then applied another coat using the same procedures.
(m) Applied multiple coats as necessary.
(n) Showed work to instructor.
(o) Put away materials.
(p) Washed hands.

Activity 6 – Compounding a Repaired Area
(a) Put on the smock, gloves and safety glasses.
(b) Dipped the rag into the rubbing compound.
(c) Started at one edge of the repaired area and applied the compound.
(d) Used light pressure to move the rag in short circular strokes across a small area.
(e) After the compound dried, used a folded cheesecloth to polish the area until the rubbing compound was removed.
(f) Finished one small area before beginning another area.
(g) Completed the entire painted area.
(h) Dipped the sponge into the wax; applied the wax in circular strokes to a small area.
(i) After the area dried, used another piece of cheesecloth to polish it.
(j) Completed waxing small areas until the entire area was complete.
(k) Made another pad of cheesecloth; lightly polished the complete area to remove any remaining wax streaks.
(l) Showed work to instructor.
(m) Put away materials.
(n) Washed hands.

Activity 7 – Auto Detailing
Part 1 – Cleaning the interior
(a) Read the tip about cleaning the interior.
(b) Dipped the rag into the rubbing compound.
(c) Took out the floor mats. Vacuumed the entire car, including the floorboards and floor mats.
(d) Used Q-tips or dust brushes to clean all vents, knobs, switches and other places that accumulated dust and dirt.
(e) Sprayed two sprays of the leather conditioner onto the microfiber towel; wiped the leather dashboard or door panels with the microfiber towel.
(f) Identified the type of seat material in the car; cleaned according to instructions in the Cleaning Seats chart.
(g) Wet a microfiber towel; wiped the doorframe.
Part 2 – Washing and cleaning the exterior
Step 1: Washing the car
(a) Read the tips about washing the car.
(b) Put two capfuls of car washing soap in bucket.
(c) Filled bucket with water about 3/4 full.
(d) Parked the car inside a building to wash, or in the shade and on an incline.
(e) Avoided water that was too cold or too hot; sprayed the car with water from the hose.
(f) Wet the wash mitt with soapy, lukewarm water from the bucket; scrubbed the top of the car first, then the roof, windows and trunk.
(g) Before the suds dried, sprayed off all the suds with the hose ending with the hood.
(h) Used the scrub brush and soap and water, scrubbed the tires and wheels; sprayed with the hose to clean off the soap using free-flowing water straight from the hose.
(i) Dipped the chamois into a bucket of soap; wrung it out; dried the car.
Step 2: Wax and Polish
(j) Read the tips about waxing the car.
(k) Put about a quarter-sized amount of wax on the pad.
(l) Put the pad on the car, applied light pressure, and started scrubbing with random circles.
(m) Waited until the wax was completely dry before taking it off; used a clean cheesecloth to remove the wax.
(n) Looked for hidden wax in areas of the car; cleaned wax as necessary.
Step 3: Windows
(o) Held the glass cleaner 2 inches from the window; sprayed across, then up and down.
(p) Used the chamois to wipe across then up and down.
(q) Double-check for streaks, cleaning as necessary.
Step 4: Detailing can make the difference
(r) Inspected the entire car again; cleaned any missed details.
(s) Put away all materials.
(t) Showed work to instructor.
(u) Washed hands.
 

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