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The Car Bodywork Repair Manual: A Do-it-yourself Guide to Car Bodywork Repair, Renovations and Painting (A Foulis motoring book) Hardcover – May 1, 1985
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I've bought this book trusting that Haynes publications were the best, but ... This book make me realize that they are not. Why i say so? Because this book is awful! It tryes to cover every aspect of bodywork, but, as a coompreensive book it lacks the detais needed for serious DIYers. For instance, at the pait section it simply doesn.t explain how to set up the spray pattern, how to move the pistol and other. really frustating book... i would not recommend.
The section on welding equipment was especially useful to me. There are colour pictures of carburizing, neutral and oxidizing flames which I had always found confusing.
The painting section has useful information on paints, safety and common paint defects.
A very useful short series of photos is included on how to build a 'copy' mould for fibreglass parts.
The book is short but contains condensed information on almost everything a person restoring or painting a car will run into. Obviously, when you strip down a car for painting you will notice all the rusted areas and you will have to deal with them.
There are lots of good books out there with more detail on painting, welding and composites but I don't regret getting this book as I refer to it often. If you're just starting and need basic information for your project then this is a good buy but remember this is NOT a metalworking book. It won't teach you how to use an English wheel or weld aluminium if thats what you're after. There is information on these subjects in other books.