Tools and materials that we use are fundamental, and they can be found in nearly all body shops. This article might come in handy mostly for some of our customers that are doing the install on their own and wish to check if they got everything that’s needed in order to properly install the kit and maintain a nice workflow without any bigger surprises. Please note that some names of tools or materials may differ for UK English and American English.
Tools and materials that we use for the installation
Tools listed below are mostly a “must-have” if you’re thinking about doing the install flawlessly and want to keep it as professional, as it can be. Remember that the right tools speed up your workflow ad help you achieve the desired results more quickly. In case you’re not too much of a DIY guy, we strongly recommend leaving the installation job for professional body shop.
- Safety first! Goggles, gloves!
- Tool case – containing basic flat wrenches, ring wrenches, ratchets, extensions, pliers, screwdrivers, Allen keys, and other tools necessary for disassembly and assembly of body elements.
- Carpentry clamps – we suggest that you purchase both small plastic clamps and traditional carpentry clamps. They are necessary for the initial phase of dry fitting the body kit on the car.
- Cordless Drill – for drilling out the holes for screws, parking sensors and for screwing and unscrewing most of the parts on the car.
- Riveter – we widely use a riveter and rivnuts when installing such things as front bumper lips, diffusers, side skirt add-ons. Thanks to rivnuts you maintain the ability to take off each part whenever needed without the need to drill additional new holes when reinstalling the items.
- Grinder, welder – these are probably the only “heavy-duty tools” that we use during the install. Used mostly in the rear parts of the car, where’s there some cutting of the original fenders and welding.
- Heat-gun – widely used when doing the initial fitting of the body kit and one wishes to get the most perfect fitment and gap adjustments.
- Belt sander, random orbital sander, milling machine – those tools come in handy when finishing up the body kit on the car and preparing all of the surfaces for base layer coat and acrylic fuller.
In most cases, each lacquer mixing plant usually offers products from certain manufacturers. During our operation, we mainly work with products of such brands as 3M, Novol, Goldcar, Indasa. It is also worth listening to the person responsible for preparing the substrate for the varnish, with what agents he has the experience with and on what materials he works best.
- Sanding sheets 80/120/180/320/400
- Water-based sandpaper 600/800/1200
- Carpentry Hebel
- Spray filler
- Putty (light and finish, super-finish)
- Putty with fiberglass or carbon
- Spray wax for closed profiles
- anti-corrosion primer
- Rivets, Rivnuts
- Nuts and bolts
- Washers for nuts and bolts
- Glass glue
- Self-drilling screws
- Painter’s tape
- Packing tape
- Painting foil
- Petroleum extraction, silicone remover
- Metal tape, metal flat bars – used to make fasteners