How to replace car body panels; bolted panels, welded panels, doorskins and body side sections

Bolted Body Panels

Replacing bolt-on body panels Bolted body panels have become increasingly common over recent years, with many vehicles now using bolted front wings, front panel assemblies, bonnet slam panels and bumper bar supports. Obviously accident damage on such cars is much easier to repair, allowing simpler removal/refit of panels, and also easier preparation and painting in...

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Replace Body Panels

Removal and replacement of welded body panels The complete bodyshell of most cars is built up from a variety of sections which are resistance welded together. This type of weld is more commonly known as a "spot weld" due to its' appearance - a circular weld about 1/4" wide. Each section of a modern car...

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Door Skins

Replace a door panel outer skin A door skin, as the name suggests, is the outer panel, which is folded sharply at the edges of the frame and then welded (or in some cases, glued) to the inner doorframe. This can be a very economic repair if the interior of the doorshell is undamaged, or...

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Rear Quarters and Body Side

Rear quarter and side panel replacement Replacing body side or quarter panels involves quite a bit more work, as most of the interior/boot trim will need to be removed, as well as rear windows and possibly rear screen. Fuel tanks or other mechanical items may need to be removed, depending on the particular vehicle. Sills...

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