Online resources are great also but oftentimes can skip steps. A good book will guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
Our Picks for Best Auto Body Books
- How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
- Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair
- How to Paint Your Car
- Collision Repair and Refinishing
- The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget (Cartech)
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget has been available for a few years and is a popular book for those new to auto body work.
It is geared for the home DIY user looking to save money and do their own body repair.
The concepts are the same for those in the trade or those working from home.
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
If you plan to do extensive repairs on rust, then this is a good book for information.
This book talks in-depth about rust from miner external rust to removing panels that need to be replaced.
Cutting out rust and welding in a replacement panel is something that is mainly done on restorations and is a high skill.
How to Paint Your Car: Revised & Updated (Motorbooks Workshop)
Getting the paint right is critical to a good finished job.
This book goes into detail with pictures of preparing a paint job and getting it done right.
Collision Repair and Refinishing: A Foundation Course for Technicians
For those looking for the technical skills you would learn in a classroom setting, then this is the book for them.
Used by many colleges, it goes into great detail on all parts of working in an auto repair shop.
The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair (Motorbooks Workshop)
This book was written some years ago but is still a good read.
It shows how auto repair works and goes into the details of how it is done.
Finding a good book on auto body repair that gives you the concepts and overview of what needs to be done is the first step.
Often times multiple books are read since one book can go into great detail on a subject while another book will be better on another.
A book can also give a user the entire picture of what needs to be done and skip important details that can ruin a good paint job.
Keep in mind tools that are used in auto body repair are not cheap, and getting the right setup will make a job much easier.
Tools include compressor and power tools for those who need to get jobs done quickly. A home DIY type person will have less need of high-end tools and will no doubt have more time to complete a job than someone who is doing it for a living.
The at-home DIY person will no doubt save a lot of money than the cost of a repair shop. The learning curve is not difficult with the right guides and tutorials.
After getting an overview on what needs to be done, each step can be looked at more closely, and online resources such as forums or YouTube can give a lot of insight on how to get a job done correctly.