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Best Books for Auto Body Repair Training


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Auto body repair training can be accomplished in school on the job or by reading books. Below you will find a list of the top five auto body repair training books, and the name of a magazine publisher you can contact to locate copies of the many magazine issues they have published that contain basic auto repair training articles.

Auto Body Repair Technology

This is one of the clearest, most informative and detailed books on auto body and collision repair. The book ‘s Fourth Edition has 31 chapters that have all been updated with the newest technologies and techniques in auto body repair and painting. These 31 chapters are broken into seven different sections. This book will take you through the whole process of auto body repair evaluation, through to final paint and detail work. This book is authored by James E. Duffy.

The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair

This paperback book from Motorbooks Workshop has 192 pages packed with all types of information regarding auto body repair training. Materials you’ll need, what tools you’ll need and how to’s on the techniques to use them properly are what you’ll learn in this book.

Chilton’s Auto Body Repair

This book, from Chilton’s, one of the most respected names in automotive technology manuals,, will teach you how to repair everything from minor dents and dings to the repair of major damages.

Paint & Body Repair Handbook: Hands-On Auto Body Repair & Paint

This book series has been popular with automotive enthusiasts and customizers for many years. From HPBooks, it is newly revised and has more than 450 pictures on 144 pages. This book will teach you many things about auto body repair and customizing. This includes the following topics:

  • Body panel replacement
  • The repair of aluminum
  • The use of plastic and lead body fillers
  • Fiberglass
  • Sheet metal shaping
  • Surface prep for priming and final painting
  • Tools
  • Environmental laws and regulations
  • And many more

How to Restore Classic Car Bodywork

Part of the Veloce Enthusiast’s Restoration Manual Series, this book is great for the auto body repair novice getting ready to perform the body repair portion of a classic car restoration project. It’s colorful and bright photographs and clear and concise instructions will give you confidence to complete your project and have professional quality results. The special techniques taught in this book don’t require the use of expensive professional shop equipment.

Petersen Publishing

Petersen Automotive Publications publishes Hot rod, Rod & Custom, Car Craft and many more. The first three listed have often had very informative article series dealing with paint and body basics as well as more advanced types of body repairs and modifications.

Online Sources of Body Repair Information

The internet has become an information store house without rival. From going to a car repair forum to reading auto and body repair blogs, you can usually find the information you need to complete your auto body repair project.

Above five of the best auto body repair training titles have been described, as well as other sources of auto body repair training and information.

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