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    Techniques for Removing Car Dents

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Dent removal in the past was barbaric by today’s standards. Using a screw, auto body repair technicians would literally pull out the dent piece by piece. Unfortunately, this left a lot of holes in the metal and could lead to corrosion. Today, auto body repair is more akin to an art form than sheer brute strength. One of the methods for removing car dents is using an “eagle claw” stud welder. This technique requires the technician to shape the panel back to the original contour before priming and painting it. To learn more about this technique, watch this short video clip.

    Here at Michael J’s Body Shop, we use the latest tools and techniques to restore your vehicle to like-new condition following a collision. Visit our website to learn about the collision repair services we offer, or call us today at (877) 763-5195 to learn about our auto body repair techniques. 

    How to Keep Your Car from Rusting

    Last updated 9 days ago

    One problem that any motorist wants to avoid is rust. Besides making your car less attractive, rust can also cause serious structural damage if left unchecked. To prevent your car from rusting, wash your vehicle every two weeks and apply a wax coating once a month. If you live in an especially moist area, anti-rust spray can be used as additional protection against rust. And if you ever see signs of scratches, bubbling, or flaking on your vehicle’s paint job, take your vehicle to an auto body shop to prevent rust forming underneath the paint.

    From minor dents and scratches to major auto body damage, Michael J’s Body Shop can help keep your car looking like new. We have two state-of-the-art collision repair and auto body repair shops in San Jose to serve you. Call us at (877) 763-5195 to schedule an appointment at either one of our Bay Area body shops

    Safety Tips for Driving at Night

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Human beings are diurnal, which means we weren’t meant to be traipsing around in the dark. And yet, that doesn’t stop anyone with a driver’s license from getting behind the wheel at night. Because nearly 90 percent of your reaction ability while driving relies on sight, your chances of being involved in a collision at night are significantly greater than they are during the day. To keep your car on the road and out of the auto body shop, keep these safety tips in mind the next time you drive at night.

    Increase Your Following Distance

    Because your sight is limited at night, your reaction abilities are also limited. To prevent a collision, give yourself extra time to react in case something develops in front of you. To do this, increase your following distance from three seconds to five seconds. And be sure to pay attention to the road ahead and traffic around you in case you need to quickly evade an accident.

    Slow Down

    While increasing your following distance, be sure to slow down while travelling at night. The average driver requires three to five seconds to stop when driving 65 miles per hour. Because it may take you an extra second or two to recognize the need to slam on the brakes at night, slow down to account for the extra braking time needed. It might take you a few extra minutes to reach your destination, but at least you’ll make it home in one piece.

    If you’ve been in an accident, bring your vehicle to Michael J’s Body Shop. With two state-of-the-art body shops in San Jose, we are one of the premier collision repair providers in the Bay Area. We are open Monday thru Saturday. Visit our website to learn more about our auto body repairs, or call us at (877) 763-5195 to request an estimate.

    An Inside Look at How Paintless Scratch Repair Works

    Last updated 26 days ago

    As careful as you might be with your car, accidents happen, and you may find yourself needing to repair a scratch nonetheless. Fortunately, there are rather simple ways to fix these scratches. Here is an inside look at how paintless scratch repair works.


    The first step in repairing a scratch is making sure it is indeed a scratch; sometimes discoloration occurs because paint or other coating materials are left on your car after a collision, which is mistaken for a scratch. If the mark on your car does turn out to be a scratch, the next step is to determine how deep the scratch is. The most severe scratch is one that penetrates through the clear coat, the color, and the primer, making the steel visible. Before treating the scratch, be sure to wash your car so that you avoid adding more scratches during the reparation process.

    Sanding and Polishing

    Once you have washed your car and let it dry, spray the scratch down with water and sand along the scratched area. Sand the length of the scratch, and avoid going against the grain. As you sand, repeatedly spray the scratched area down with water. Depending on how deep the scratch is, you may need to use two types of sandpaper, one coarser than the other. After you are finished sanding, spread rubbing compound around the scratched and sanded area. Next, use your buffer on low for about 10 seconds, and then at 2000 RPM for one minute. You may have to repeat this step for up to five minutes.

    Washing and Waxing

    The final steps are the most simple. Wash and towel dry the area, removing any residue that was left behind. Finally, wax the newly treated area. The car wax will help to seal the area, effectively repairing the scratch.

    For an even closer look at how paintless scratch repair works, call Michael J’s Body Shop at (877) 763-5195. We provide the Bay Area with auto body collision repairs out of our two San Jose locations. If you would like to know more about us, feel free to call us or visit our website. If you live in the area, stop by and see us.

    A Look At How Car Panels Are Replaced

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Most people know how to complete simple driving-related tasks, such as filling a car’s gas tank and changing its fuel, but many people are unaware of the behind the scenes processes. Watch this video for a look at how car panels are replaced.

    The first step is to place the new panel against the body of the car, being sure to securely lock it in place with clamps. After it is welded, the seams are caulked so that they can prevent water from seeping into the back seat or trunk of the car.  

    Need your car panels replaced? Call Michael J’s Body Shop at (877) 763-5195 or visit our website. We are the Bay Area’s go-to service for auto body repair. If you live nearby, come to one of our two San Jose locations and see what we can do for you.


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