If you have ever been on a hot date you should be able to take the first steps to performing auto body and paint work. First, I will describe the dating process, then I’ll relate it to working on cars.
One Of The Most Overlooked or Rushed Steps
Preparing For The Date
I still remember when I first started dating when I was younger. When I was in high school I did a lot of outdoor labor. Haul pipe, work outside in lumber yards, weld cow panels, and other types of work like this. At the end of the day, you could say I was quite sweaty and dirty, but I did not seem to get tired then. I wish that I still had some of the energy that I had then! Anyway, as soon as the work was done, I would hit the shower to get ready for the night. I would shower to remove the body sweat and odors, as I did not want my date to smell BO. Then I would get my hair just right, yes I had a mullet, and of course I would brush my teeth extra good. I did not want to knock my date out with my breath. I would take every single necessary step to assure that I was ready for the night.
Dating With Confidence
When I went on the date I would have the confidence that everything was ready to impress the date. If the chance to set next to them, talk, or even kiss; I knew that she would not be grossed out with bad breath or sweat.
This is how I remember getting ready for a date, however, I am not saying this is how everyone prepares for a date. In fact, I know of some people that did not do much preparation before their dates. Do you thing there dates went well? They could pull every smooth line and slick trick in the book, however, if the date was turned of from the start, the date is probably not going to go well and you may not have a second chance to date them.
So What Does This Have To Do With Car Paint Jobs or Body Work?
One of the common mistake made in auto body and paint work is improper preparation. We’re so excited to get started working on the car and overlook properly cleaning it. Just like being successful on a date, the first thing you need to do before beginning the work is to wash the car with dish soap and water. Then we need to wipe the car with wax and grease remover. Once this is done, you can begin repairs with confidence. However, if you skip the cleaning procedure, the repairs are going to fight you and be difficult throughout the entire repair process no matter how hard you try. Then the end result may have problems like lack of adhesion or fish eyes just to name a few.
So here is my advice to you whether you are getting ready for a hot date or starting a collision repair or paint project. Thoroughly Clean First! 🙂
This story is a little corny, but it does a great job of making a point and helping you remember a simple step that many people forget or rush through. This is in the book I wrote “Collision Blast Basic Auto Body and Paint Training.” If you would like to learn more about the basics, you can purchase the book from Amazon below.
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