The_Apprentice wrote:I have...very little experience with working on cars or car bodies.
I have an older Honda Civic that had the same manufacturing defect as most the black models of my version...
That said, I am thinking on just fixing things up myself, as Honda wanted $1600 in order to fix THEIR own mistake.
Being a total newbie to this, I am curious what the experts have to say on the issue here? I have included pics to show the problem.
I don't mind learning a few things along the way, if this would be a reasonable project
It looks to me like you should first ask yourself a few questions;
A) What paint tools do you currently have? Compressor, DA, Sanding blocks, hoses, connectors, respirator, sandpaper etc etc etc - You said that you didn't have a gun, so you'd need at least one (or two) of those.
B) Do you want to get into bodywork/paint as a hobby?
C) Or is this a case of, I need my daily driver's paint corrected?
If it is a case of just wanting to get your daily driver's paint fixed, find someone to paint it. It will be seriously cheaper in the long run.
If you want to do it yourself and are ready to spend the time and money, than this is the place. But prepared to spend money on all kinds of things, like prep materials, tools and the primers/paint/clears themselves.
I'm not trying to scare you away, but if you just want that one car fixed then I couldn't see how the capitol investment would be worth it. I started doing this stuff about a year and a half ago as I had always wanted to. I stopped counting how much I have spent as it is now a hobby of mine. As an example, I just spent over $250 on different tapes for practicing and laying out graphics. It is not a cheap hobby.