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The Tools and Knowledge Required for Auto Body Restoration

Last updated 2 years ago

Auto body restoration requires both a mechanic’s expertise and a body shop technician’s aesthetic attention to detail. The following information shows how auto body restoration specialists can return lite damage and total loss cars to working order:

Specialty Tools

Special equipment is necessary to complete high-quality restoration work. Impact wrenches, for example, are needed to remove nuts and other fasteners from vehicle components. Another equally essential accessory is the angle grinder. This power tool allows restorers to buff metallic edges and split metal parts. Novice vehicle restorers should know that these and many other tools are powered by an air compressor. As a result, an air compressor is an important initial investment for any budding auto workshop. Additionally, inexpensive accessories will help an auto restorer complete his or her work more efficiently. A creeper, for instance, allows you to maneuver under vehicles with ease. Similarly, transmission stands and hydraulic lifts make it easier to safely transport massive car components.

Restoration Education

Amateurs only need free time and tools to start restoring a vehicle. However, it may be a good idea to take your lite damage vehicle to a professional. Professionals must acquire a long list of skills before becoming body shop technician. Most employers require restorers to complete a technical school program. After graduation, new auto body specialists get started by assisting a seasoned veteran. Up to four years of firsthand experience typically qualifies a restorer for full certification. Restorers may also earn certification from national service organizations. These credentials reflect a technician’s comprehensive skill set.

An experienced auto body restorer can help you put your damaged car back together. Likewise, mechanics recommended by Linn's Auto and Equipment Sales specialize in restoring total loss vehicles. Learn more about Linn’s lite damage vehicles with a call to (501) 327-3856.


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