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December 2001 we bought a 2002 celica GT. We've had this thing almost 13 years. About a month ago it was stolen and recovered after an accident. I decided it was time to update this thing. First step was repairing the damage. I'm no body man so I don't have all of the high end dent pullers and such. I did this the best way I could with good success. If you don't like it, keep it to your self.

The damage: rear bumper, both rear quarter panels, hatch, and scratches everywhere.



Using an old school dent puller, I pulled out the damage and shaped it as close to original as I could.


I then welded all the holes up.


Once the holes were welded up, I ground them all flat and shaped the panel with a hammer and dolly.
Next step was to reshape the quarter panels with a high quality body filler.

You'll notice the entire car has been sanded down.


I fixed all the dings and dents, and kept working on the rear quarter until I thought it was perfect. By the time I was done it felt silky smooth.
Next was shooting some high build primer over the repairs and then wet sanding it down.



I wet sanded most of the high build primer off in the end.


Once the body work was complete, I scuffed up the engine compartment and taped everything off. I sprayed under the hood, the hatch and behind gas door so I don't have to pay the painter to do it.


You can see we chose a hot pink pearl color. Yes, it will be hot pink.
This should be the color it ends up:

The car was picked up this weekend to go to the painter who will be primering, then painting the car including door jambs.
Hopefully in a week or so I can update this with the finished pictures. Once I pick it up I will be picking up some black 18's. It's already got an eibach pro kit on it. I also bought a front lip for it.
 

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Lots of hard work. Hope she turns out the way you want!
 

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Thanks. It was a lot of work. I spent about 4 hours a day on it for a month. But I saved about 5 grand over having the body shop fix it. Should have car back from paint next week. Gotta install the front lip and all the other trim i removed. Ordered 18" ICW kamikaze rims today with 225/40/18 tires. Should look good.
 

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you should lower the car too if you're going to install 18's, would look weird if you didn't

everything else is great, nice body work, the color youre going with to me is meh, but your car lol.
 

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It's got an eibach pro kit on it. Put that on 10 years ago. Yeah, it's gonna be really love it or hate it with the color.!
 

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wow awesome work so far man. I've kinda done something similar myself so i can appreciate how much of a pain in the ass it is to sand the whole car down and mask stuff up etc

As for the major repairs with the pulling, welding, sanding etc, bravo sir. I hope it turns out really silky with the paint job.
 

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Thanks! First time doing this stuff but the painter thought it was pretty good. He was gonna give it a once over to make sure it's to his standards too. Can't wait to get it back.
 

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The pictures are rolling in from the paint shop. Urekem Hot Pink Pearl. With SPI universal clear. Painter said the paint is great. He said it's been drawing a lot of attention, and the pearl is awesome. He's painting the rest of the car today and then will buff out the clear Monday.




 

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wow looks great man. looks like a very thorough paint job is in progress :thumbup: i wish i could justify a respray on my car some day...

while the colour may not be to everyones tastes, the important thing is the quality of the job. looks like it's coming along nicely and will be a joy to detail on those hot summer afternoons. urgh, i miss having gloss paint sometimes...
 

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Did you do a flat black, or is it plastidipped? The color is definitely gonna have some haters, but I think it's gonna look bad ass when it's done. Would I ever paint my truck pink? He'll no. Overall, with the black 18s, lowered, tinted black, it should look slick. The painter said it's been getting a ton of attention at his shop. He said it is probably the best paint job he's done. I hope that's true, should be very nice. There is a ton of pearl in the paint, it just shines. Here's a picture of it after the first coat of color:
 

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I hope that black rear bumper accent wasnt painted over.... It might be a reflection but is that over spray on the passenger side of the windshield?
 

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Black accent has a fresh coat of black paint too. You do see some paint on the window. The window had a big crack in it and I touched up the inside of the surround there. New window coming this week. I'll get some more pics this week in the day time after the windows installed.
 
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