“I took a before and after photo. The kids had fun doing this, and we tried; it is pretty close.
This is the first project the kids worked on. My theory is: “If you can repair a fender, you can repair the entire car!” We talk about the multiple panels the car is made up of, and so to a certain extent, this is true.
I put 4-5 dents, make an artificial rust spot for them to repair, and then they go to work. After the repairs have been made, they prime it, block sand it, prime it again, and then wet sand the fender in preparation for paint. (We also cover dry sanding in preparation for paint.) I know the pictures do not do them justice, but most of the fenders would be right at home on any car driving around town. This is a shortened version of what is covered, but they get all the instruction necessary to actually repair an entire car.
Again, thank you so much for your generous donation. My budget has been cut by $6,000.00 next year, and every year it is a challenge to teach what is needed to go out into the industry, with the necessary skills to be successful. I, and the kids appreciate it very much.”
Auto Collision Repair Instructor
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center – Muskegon, MI