Civic DIY Tutorials - Info The forum for "do-it-yourselfers". Place DIYs or links to ones that you think will be valuable in here.

DIY How to fix cracks & bumps & also prime

Old 07-Sep-2009, 06:25 PM
Registered User
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
Darrylmcl's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Scarborough
Posts: 260
DIY How to fix cracks & bumps & also prime

Hey guys, this tutorial are for those like myself, who like to do things themselves and don't mind saving money here and there.

Throughout the years my civic had taken a few bumps and scratches, Ive been rear ended as you'll see from pics and Ive also hit someones trailer hitch when some douche decided to J-walk, I took it to an auto repair near by because my hood wouldnt close, he fixed that but put small dimple in the hood when trying to pop it out. Anyhow the reason for the black bumper would be 2 Christmas's back on my way to work, A dog got lose and ran across the street, Unfortunately I hit it and well... there went the bumper, along with my fist size dent in my fender.


First things first, here are a few pics from before, All white looking marks are rough sanding with an 80 GRIT paper:

Name:  IMG_5022.jpg
Views: 99
Size:  78.5 KB
Name:  IMG_5027.jpg
Views: 87
Size:  108.0 KB

Name:  IMG_5028.jpg
Views: 117
Size:  74.4 KB

Name:  IMG_5029.jpg
Views: 91
Size:  114.6 KB

Name:  IMG_5030.jpg
Views: 92
Size:  129.4 KB

Here's a Photo of Most products used I also suggest you do must of this in a dust free environment (as dust free as possible) ie Garage

Name:  IMG_5043.jpg
Views: 85
Size:  241.4 KB

Name:  IMG_5045.jpg
Views: 86
Size:  199.1 KB

For fixing the crack in rear bumper I used Bondo's Body Repair Kit with fiber glass to ensure strength on the inside, on the outside I used the Bondo by itself along with Bondo's Glazing Putty to smooth things out. Innovation was needed to hold the bumper together while applying product.

Name:  IMG_5049.jpg
Views: 105
Size:  95.3 KB

Name:  IMG_5052.jpg
Views: 93
Size:  83.8 KB

After the body repair, I sanded the area down with 80 Grit paper, then featherwighted it with 180, once pleased with genaral contouring I went back over it with a 400 Grit.

Name:  IMG_5053.jpg
Views: 91
Size:  273.7 KB

Name:  IMG_5056.jpg
Views: 95
Size:  111.2 KB

Name:  IMG_5058.jpg
Views: 84
Size:  81.1 KB

Name:  IMG_5061.jpg
Views: 90
Size:  94.6 KB

Name:  IMG_5062.jpg
Views: 82
Size:  140.6 KB

Before priming, I wet sanded with the 400 Grit paper as well... primer was DUPLICOLOR Sandable spray paint/primer. I masked off most of the car by pulling in only partly into the garage, sealing off all external elements with plastic (from dollar store), and obviously news paper was used where needed.

Name:  IMG_5083.jpg
Views: 75
Size:  122.7 KB

Name:  IMG_5084.jpg
Views: 74
Size:  150.5 KB

Name:  IMG_5085.jpg
Views: 75
Size:  93.9 KB

Name:  IMG_5087.jpg
Views: 82
Size:  117.1 KB

Name:  IMG_5088.jpg
Views: 85
Size:  81.8 KB

Name:  IMG_5089.jpg
Views: 85
Size:  169.5 KB

After these photos I once again wet sanded with 400 grit, word of advice, close your eyes while feeling your vehicle for any imperfections, if you do this correctly you should be able to run your hand across your vehicle not even noticing where the primer was applied.

Photos of Finished painted product will be uploaded once I've received and applied the product.

Thanks, D

If there is anything you want to know or maybe Ive simply forgotten a step and youve noticed please feel free to let me know.

Last edited by Darrylmcl; 07-Sep-2009 at 06:42 PM. Reason: pictures arent uploading
Darrylmcl is offline  
Old 07-Sep-2009, 06:45 PM
Senior Member
seanv98's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Burlington
Posts: 734
Did you hammer out the dent in the fender, or did you just fill it in with bondo?
seanv98 is offline  
Old 07-Sep-2009, 07:42 PM
Registered User
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
Darrylmcl's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Scarborough
Posts: 260
I hammered it out a bit to the best of my abilities via lifting the hood and placing a screwdriver with cloth rapped around the edge, then hammering gently. With the dents on the hood, I aslo hammered those DOWN a bit.
Darrylmcl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Civic DIY Tutorials - Info
09-Jun-2010 06:30 AM
Custom Honda Civic Exterior - Lighting
22-May-2005 11:27 AM
Honda Civic (+ other) Parts/Accessories for Sale or Trade
01-Nov-2004 10:32 AM
CFz Discussion
06-Jul-2004 10:36 AM
CFz Discussion
30-Oct-2002 01:26 AM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: DIY How to fix cracks & bumps & also prime

Contact Us - Sitemap - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.