My 2005 Honda Element had some clear coat issues and some small rust spots on the tailgate. In this video I show how I repaired these with tools most DIYers have. I also show how I ‘blacked out’ my emblems without damaging the vehicle finish.
I’m not a paint or body repair technician, I’m a mechanic, I’m sure I could have done better, but I’m very happy with the results of my efforts, especially the blacked out emblems. No matter what, I hope you find the information useful.
In addition to the clear coat repair, I also try and realign the hatch as well as upgrade my tail lights to LEDs.
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Honda Emblem: 75701-SCV-A01
Element Emblem: 75722-SCV-A10
Eastwood Chassis Black: https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-extreme-chassis-black-paint.html
Duplicolor Prep Spray: https://amzn.to/3gWQ1Ke
Zep Vandel Mark Remover: https://amzn.to/3n0di1A
Eraser Wheel: https://amzn.to/3yH2Vlz
Wizzy Wheel: https://amzn.to/3yyA5Us
Plastic Razor Blades: https://amzn.to/3zLO0YQ
Scotchbright Pads: https://amzn.to/3DIMUzm
2 Sided Tape: https://amzn.to/3jE58d7
Tail Light LEDs: https://amzn.to/3kGLVqE
Flashing 3rd Brake Light LED: https://amzn.to/2VdIaQS
Reverse Light LEDs: https://amzn.to/3BPyyvp
How To Re-Key a Lock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu0Z0qxwb8E&t=5s
How To Properly Install LED Tail Lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzjDgPbwPKI
Body Shop Repairs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5RRJZrhkBI&t=2s
Easy Rust Repair the (Hack) Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw5CNQJJkaA&t=60s
What Happens To Bondo Body Work After a Couple of Years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r330NcWfWj0
How To Find Water Leaks in Your Vehicle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tecuW9cB-Xk&t=2s
Honda Element Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2i-lhxkIF8&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov1U3cVeQ3Sm1fXclclY1UZe
Fixing it Forward Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfBnTwpEBu0&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov1b4BFvZbRMV4Xs_rZlBItj
The Fairmont Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L22GsHQi7tU&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov2nxWVKCeU14Vt7JJ_QSZvs
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