The Vacationer: Part 1!

This RV was quite the fun project, so much so that we decided to break the process down into more than just one post because we took so many pictures of it! (No one enjoys overly-lengthy blog posts!) The previously applied paint had begun to succumb to weathering and oxidization, leaving lightning-like cracks in almost all of the surface paint. The multiple tones and designs along the sides presented our paint technician with an interesting challenge, as well. The paint first had to be sanded down to remove the cracks, ensuring a smooth surface, and then the entire motorhome had to then be covered with a primer.

 

After initial sanding and primer, it was then sanded down again so that the new coat would adhere to the surfaces. We also wanted to make sure that the new paint being applied wouldn’t peel or bubble and that there was a smooth finished surface. You’ve heard us talk about paying attention to detail before, and on this job especially, we had to take care not to miss anything. Especially on shiny surfaces this large, any pinprick of a blemish will stick out like a sore thumb!

 

Technique is a huge factor in these first crucial steps because once sanded completely flat, the primer will help expose any spots that might need additional attention in order to get a smooth and flawless surface and end product. Any remaining blemishes after the primer was sanded we were then able to locate and eliminate. The next steps involved going over the entire rig again and again with less and less coarse sandpaper, leaving us with a surface that is perfect and ready for color!

 

Stay tuned for the end result next week! You won’t believe the difference!

 

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is next Wednesday and the only thing that shouldn’t be scary is the current state of your car! JP’s Collision Center is the only five-star, family-owned, one-stop shop in the Salt Lake Valley for all of your automotive needs! We offer a variety of services, including (but not limited to):

 

  • Detailing
  • Oil & brake
  • Mechanical
  • Body and frame repair
  • Automotive paint
  • Custom work
  • Headlamp restoration
  • Glass replacement
  • Tune-up
  • Tire rotation
  • Hassle-free insurance handling
  • Rental options during repairs
  • Free estimates
  • Exceptional service with a smile

 

  • Just a reminder! The clothing drive is still going on and will continue until mid-December. If you have any items that you’d like to donate, please give us a call or stop by! 801-266-7791, 3675 S. 300 W.

 

From all of us at JP’s, have a very safe and fun Halloween! We invite you to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jpscollision and stay tuned for next week’s post, where we did a complete refinish job that turned out amazing! Wait until you see what we did!

 

The Holidays are Upon Us!

Struggling with what to get your significant other this giving season? You could always opt for the slightly iffy gift, similar to the one you gave them last year. You know what one, it’s probably still sitting in the back of their closet with the tags still on, or in its original box, or worse. Why not go for something that is guaranteed to make them happy? Remember when your daughter backed your wife’s car into a mailbox and left that eyesore of a dent on the back panel? Maybe you’re like me and borrowed your husband’s brand new truck to go fishing, swearing that you never even went in reverse, but somehow there’s a huge dent in the tailgate. Whatever the blemish, we can fix it!

 

Holiday gifting is a guessing game at best. Get your loved ones something this Holiday season that is lasting and something they will truly appreciate. Cars are extensions of our personalities. Your car should reflect the way you feel about yourself, especially if your business’ name is on the side. People see your car more than they see you. Think about it. In all the commuting we do, at every stop light and sign, even just driving around, people will notice your bumper or quarter panel hanging on with zip ties before they ever take note of who is driving. Make sure the message that you are sending is one that matches who you are.

 

Make this the best Christmas ever and be the winner of the gift-giving war this Holiday season! Come down, meet the crew, and get a free estimate so that you can wow that special person this year, making their gift to you of a blender look like child’s play! We can arrange to pick up and drop off the vehicle, helping you keep the surprise under wraps. We can even get them set up with a rental car, if needed, for the duration of the repairs. Come visit us and see what we can do for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Don’t settle for the same old boring and thoughtless gifts. Get them something they’ll really appreciate! Give them the gift of a car that looks better than the day they bought it!

Winter is here!

The Wasatch Mountains are being dusted at their peaks, reminding us that winter is around the corner, and all of those that put preparation off until now are probably scrambling to get their vehicles ready. Have no fear! JP’s Collision Center is here! Need a new set of tires or a simple rotation? Maybe you’d like a windshield that repels water and snow all season long? Got a crack in said windshield that could potentially worsen and leak with temperature fluctuations? Headlamps dull and not up to the task of lighting your way during inclement weather conditions, as well as making you visible to other drivers? JP’s Collision Center is proud to be able to offer a variety of services to help you get ready. We don’t just do body and paint! Now is also a great time to get your oil changed and everything under the hood in great working condition. No one enjoys having to work under their hood, let alone open it, once the snow starts falling. Let us get you ready so that you can hit the slopes and face the weather in confidence, with no worries, this season! Give us a call, send a message, or pop on in!

 

Just a reminder, we are still doing a winter clothing drive for our homeless veterans, which will extend until December 15th. Items needed are anything that you’re no longer using that will help keep someone warm and more comfortable throughout the winter season. Think gloves, beanies, socks, blankets, jackets, pants, and scarves. If it can help keep them warm, we’ll take it! Donations will be handed out shortly after final collection, so if you have anything you’d like to donate, just bring it down to the shop at 3675 S. 300 W. and we will see to it that they go to a veteran in need! Pickup can be arranged if it is too inconvenient to drop them off by calling 801-266-7791 and asking for Meg. Thanks in advance for all of the community’s help and God bless!

Be Prepared!

In the name of national emergency preparedness, most of us received an emergency alert text message on our phones or heard the nationwide drill on the radio today. It’s great to be prepared for anything, and I know that I cannot be the only one that was a little bit freaked out by this. It got me thinking… Is my vehicle prepared for an emergency situation? When was my last oil and brake change? Is my emergency kit that stays in my car stocked? How much gas is in my tank?

 

My father, JP, raised me to never let my gas gauge get below half, in case of just such a scenario and also because there are benefits for your fuel pump when we practice this. (There are sediments that inevitably end up at the bottom of everyone’s tanks through normal filling.) Gasoline has impurities in it that settle at the bottom of your tank, which can potentially clog your fuel filter when the gas level gets low enough. Imagine if you had to pack your kids up and get out in an emergency situation, only to get to your car and the gauge is telling you that you will only make it 2 miles or the filter quit on you. Not to sound like the kind of person that might horde hand grenades or build an underground bunker underneath my house, but what if the scenario involved a total loss of power, state or nationwide? The pumps wouldn’t be in operation and if you had no gas, you would be up a creek without a paddle, so to speak.

 

Think about it. Most Americans spend more time driving around in their cars than they do at home. If disaster strikes while on the road, we want to be prepared. Take the time to check your oil this week and if you need a change, come see us! We can help with that! Are your brakes in good condition and fluid levels filled? Check all of your tires (spare tire included) for accurate tire pressure and wear. Make sure that you have a jack and that it is serviceable. Where’s your lug wrench? You may even want to put together a toolkit and bag that has emergency items in it and store it in your vehicle. Things like flares, reflective signs, extra oil, windshield wiper fluid, brake and power steering fluid, gloves, a blanket, jumper pack, and cables can be invaluable things to have with you in a pinch, especially with tricky winter situations that can present further challenges.

 

The word of the day kids is prepared. No one ever thinks of needing these items and being prepared until the moment presents itself. Usually by then though, it’s too late. Make yourself a mental note to check your vehicle this week and if you need help getting prepared for emergencies, come down and visit us. We can help point you in the right direction and give you peace of mind. It’s only scary if you aren’t ready!