Welcome back to the Earl Scheib blog, where we deliver all the info you need to keep your automobile in fine upstanding condition, amongst other thing. This entry we are going to be talking about that topic some more, as there’s always something that can be done to keep your car in its best condition, there’s more to it than fresh paint and removing dents! Here are a few of the easiest ways to see your cars life extended far beyond those first 100,000 miles.

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Oil Changes

Think about your car like a living breathing organism. It’s not a perfect analogy but hear us out. The engine is the heart, it beats and your car goes vroom. To keep that car moving you need to keep the engine healthy. That’s where oil comes in. Oil is what keeps the engine running smooth, lubricating all the moving parts and reducing the amount of friction and wear the engine has to endure. If you let this run low or use the improper oil then the engine will experience some terrible effects.

Here are some Oil-Change Tips

  • If your engine is cold, run the engine for a bit (5 minutes or so). This will warm the oil and make it easier to change. If your engine is hot, wait at least a half hour. You want to change the oil, not get burned!
  • Always use jack stands! If your car is only supported by a jack do not work under it. Anything can happen, and in this case, anything is bad!
  • Use the proper tool for the drain plug. Don’t use an adjustable or socket wrench for it.
  • Coat the oil filter gasket with the new oil before putting it on.

Avoid Accidents

Go figure, avoiding accidents should be at the top of your ‘Upkeep’ list. Every year an absolutely staggering number of vehicles are pulled from the roads because of accidents. Of course, accidents are by definition accidental and no one is ever aiming to demolish their vehicle but by being vigilant in driving you can do your best to avoid the smaller fender benders.  Even minor accidents and dings can jostle loose important pieces or connections that will only weaken the overall stability of your vehicle.

Find Your Mechanic

Unable to avoid those accidents? Well then you will need to do this one especially.  Having a regular mechanic, your go-to guy who you know, knows you and your vehicle and the history of it. Get in a fender bender and you’ll know exactly who to go to and who you can trust to get the job done well. Some upkeep, like oil changing, can of course be handled by you and at home but there comes a time and certain jobs that it might be foolish to take on yourself. And yes, they can handle your dent removal jobs too! If your car is a body, the engine it’s heart, then the mechanic is the doctor and like your doctor it should be having regular checkups.

By putting these three keys into practice your vehicle will last you so much longer than you might expect. A well maintained older car can even last longer than a fresh off the lot ride that’s driven poorly, neglected, and run into the ground without a regular trip to the mechanic. Once your vehicle is on a solid upkeep plan then you can rest assured that it will be reliable and treat you as well as you treat it! Looking for that mechanic? Give us a call and we can repair your dents, collisions, and give you a fresh coat of paint to boot!

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What? It’s 2018? Already?! Well dang, we’re not quite ready to leave the holidays behind us but hey, if we must we must. It is the new year, and resolutions are being made (and abandoned) left and right. New lifestyle choices, new styles and looks. You have yours planned, but what about your ride’s? To start off 2018 we are going to look at our bread and butter, auto painting. Here’s what you need to think about and know before getting your car painted.


Auto Painting, Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts

So you are thinking about getting your baby a new coat of paint. There are a few things you should think about before heading down that road. Keeping these in mind will make sure you get exactly what you are looking for and that you are happy with the final product.

  1. Know What You’re Getting

There are many, many, many kinds of paint jobs out there. Depending on where you got there may be several tiers to the paint job itself. There are glossy finishes, enamel finishes, warranties, priming repair, spot paint, the list goes on. There are a lot of jobs, varying drastically by price so know what you need, what is being offered by the shop, and what you will be getting.

  1. Know If It Is Worth It

Many people look at getting a new paint job as a sort of upkeep or refresher on their car, bringing its look and value you way up with it. They’re not wrong, that is a legitimate reason o get your paint touched up or completely revamped, to breath new life into your vehicle. But, is it cost effective? If the paint job will cost over a quarter of your car’s trade in value, it may just be time to start fresh with a new vehicle.

  1. Know What You’re Getting pt. II

Like we mentioned, many people look at a new paint job as a way to make their car look great again, to brighten up the look without having to do to much. The truth of the matter is that when it comes to painting over blemishes, a new paint job can actually do the opposite! When a car gets a fresh coat of paint, damages or blemishes in the trim, for example, will be even more pronounced as they stick out like a sore thumb.


So, with all of that said should you get your auto painting redone?  Contact us at Earl Scheib Paint and Body and let’s get a look at it. Our guys can do the full repairs you need and give your auto the freshest paint around.

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Grey car scratch repair

Perhaps some hooligan keyed your car or your kid’s brain turned off while they were backing up, and now there is a nasty scratch on your vehicle. Last month our blog covered everything that goes into automotive paint, but what can you do when it’s damaged? Unfortunately, automotive paint doesn’t create an invincible forcefield (we’re working on it though). Scratches are frustrating, unseemly, and treating them improperly can actually wear down the paint. The web is chock full of ineffective methods of scratch repair, so today we’ll give you a complete guide of the best options for car scratch repair.

First, Determine if it’s an Actual Scratch

Oftentimes, a blemish that may seem like a shallow scratch is actually just a smudge. If the culprit is softer than the paint, it may just rub against the paint but not dig below the surface. In this case, the smudge is something on top of the paint. To tell, run your finger along the surface of the mark. If your nail catches on the mark, it’s a scratch. If not, you can unclench your fist, lower the pitch fork, and forgo the hunt for the offender. Smudges are simple to remove. Most will wash off by applying some lacquer with a soft cloth. If the mark stands its ground, there is another easy option. You can hand clean the area with rubbing compound. Make sure to thoroughly wash the area afterwards to get rid of dirt and dust.

Shallow Car Scratch Repair

The typical car has four layers to it. From top outermost to innermost they are the clear coat, color coat, primer, and then the metal body of the car. A shallow scratch is one that only removes the clear coat (this type of scratch may barely even be noticeable). If this is the case, car scratch repair will be quick and easy.

The first step for any repair is always to wash the car with soap and water. Leftover dust and dirt can be rubbed into the scratch and do more harm to the paint down the road. Then, apply a rubbing compound to a soft cloth. Rubbing compound is a gentle abrasive and will prepare the scratch for the coat of wax. Gently rubbing wax onto the scratch will replace the worn down clear coat. Finally, wash the newly repaired area one more time.

Deeper Car Scratch Repair

If your finger nail catches when you check the scratch and it has removed a significant amount paint, then the scratch has probably penetrated to the paint layer. Those hooligans must have been practicing their keying technique. Although the damage is worse, DIY car scratch repair is still fairly straightforward.

As always, the first step is a good washing with soap and water. With deeper scratches, you actually just filling in the scratch. Instead, what we’re going to do is sand down the area around the scratch. This way, you have smoothed out the area. Afterwards, your car will still have an even, clean finish. After you’ve cleaned the area, it’s a good idea to put some shoe polish or a similar substance that contrasts with your car’s color.


When you begin to sand, you don’t want to remove any more than paint layer. Once the color of the filler is gone, you know you’ve sanded down far enough. Next, it’s time to sand. Oddly enough, there is a sort of MacGyver solution to smaller scratches. Toothpaste. Part of the reason toothpaste is good at brushing your teeth is because it’s a light abrasive. You can try rubbing it on with a cotton swab. If the damage is larger, you’ll need to buy extremely fine sandpaper. Specifically, you’re looking for either 2000 or 3000 grit sandpaper. As we said above, gently sand the area until the filler is gone, periodically wiping it with a cloth to keep the area clean.

Painting, Clear-Coat, and Waxing

Now that the affected area is smoothed down, it’s time to beautify your baby. The two layers that were initially removed were the clear-coat and the paint. First, you’ll need to buy a paint repair kit that matches the color of your car. Next, get a small brush. When applying the paint, you want to go apply thin layers at time instead of splashing globs of paint all at once. Make sure to let each layer dry for about 15 minutes. Next, it’s on to the clear coat. Before you spray on the new coat, you should let the new paint sit for at least two days, or more if you live in a damp climate. Clear coat usually comes in a spray can and can be found at all local supply shops. Nothing special here—just spray it on evenly and let it sit. Finally, it’s time to buff and wax. Again, you’ll want to wait a few days to let the paint and clear coat settle. Nothing out of the ordinary here. You can use your everyday car wax to renew the cars shine. However, it is recommended to wax the entire car. Otherwise, you’ll have one really shiny part while the other parts look dull.

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You’ve Done it!

Huzzah! You’ve successfully restored your car to it’s former glory. Luckily, most car scratches aren’t fatal. With the right material and a smudge of elbow grease, anyone can effectively do their own car scratch repair. However, some collision and dent damage can cause your car to flatline. If you want to repair more serious damage, contact us at Earl Sheib today and we’ll revive your car to perfect health!

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Getting a fresh coat of paint can take your ride from old and busted to new hotness, to quote Will Smith in Men In Black. But there’s more to your car paint than you see on the surface. This month on the Earl Scheib blog we wanted to go ahead and give a rundown on automotive paint.automotive paint job

Automotive Paint, a Primer

Forgive our really good paint pun just there but it was too good to pass up. First, the process of paint!

Back in the early days of autos, the paint was applied to vehicles manually and spent weeks drying while at room temperature. As the industry was revolutionized and mass production took over, cars began to receive their paint jobs and dry faster in ovens. Moving ahead to the modern era, paint is applied via robots and dries in just hours! The process, simplified, has four basic components. Preparation, Primer, Basecoat, and Clearcoat.


The body of the car is first blasted with high-pressure water jets. This is to ensure that the body is 100% ready to receive the phosphate coat. This protects the body itself from any sort of corrosive effects. The body receives its E-Coat (Electro-Coat Paint Operation), usually via a dip and then high voltage is run through it. The process causes the paint to stick to the body’s surface.


The first coat applied to the car is the primer. Primer serves three purposes. One it levels the surface of the body. Often the body may have minute defects that are undetected. The primer fills in these micro-defects and creates a smooth surface for the paint to be applied. Primer also functions as a protector from corrosion, bumps, UV-light, and heat. Finally, the primer creates a better surface for the pain that is about to applied to stick to. This allows for a wider range of paints that can be applied effectively.


After the primer comes the basecoat. When people say ‘paint’ this is what they are thinking of. It contains all the visual elements of the paint, the color, and effects. There are typically three kinds of paints: solid, metallic, and pearlescent.


Following the basecoat comes the clearcoat. A glossy, transparent (hence the name) layer that seals the deal and protects the paint job itself from the environment. As it is the layer that most interacts with environmental factors it needs to be resilient, able to resist the harsh effects of UV light and abrasion.

With these four layers applied the car is now street ready, to turn heads and resist most of the many environmental hazards thrown its way. Automotive has undergone numerous changes since its inception with early vehicles, most of which have been to better streamline the process, provide a better product, but also to help sustain the environment. You see, originally auto paints were made of heavy metals like lead and chromium which were rough on the environment. Nowadays, they are water-based and enamel based (as lacquer tends to evaporate into the atmosphere and cause more harm) paints make for the most commonly used automotive paint.

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bumper repair

Welcome back to the Earl Scheib blog, where we give you the news and tidbits of interest when it comes to automotive paint, collision and rent repairs. A subject with a great deal of import then is the Bumper.

Here’s the thing about bumpers. They are made to get beat up! While we all love our cars to look as fresh as the day we bought them (if not fresher!) there are a few pieces of hardware on an automobile that are specifically designed for when things go sideways. One of those is the bumper. Originally invented back in 1901, the bumper has seen a number of evolutions over the past century plus.

The basics have remained the same. Designed to have a reinforced bar of steel or aluminum, fiberglass composite or plastic with a further plastic cover. When involved in an accident the damage can range from superficial, with just the covering being crushed or scuffed a bit, to seeing the actual bumper itself deformed or displaced.

Bumper Repair

When it comes time to repair the bumper than can mean a few things. If it is just the plastic covering seeing damage in a scuff, a scratch, or a minor dent, this can be repaired with a kit. This is a project even the most novice of gearheads can manage, as laid out by Popular Mechanics and later compiled into an Instructable. With a basic repair kit and a few other tools you can have your bumper in better shape, thought it will still need a fresh coat of paint (and we know just the guys).

If the bumper suffered a severe impact of any sort, then you will want to take this into the shop to have looked at. Even if the bumper still appears to be firmly attached, maybe even pressed in, this may have led to more structural damage than is easy to spot with the naked eye. You will want to take it into the shop to verify the state of the bumper or otherwise the next slight bump might be more than your ride is ready to handle.

When it comes to these more rigorous repair jobs, the bumper will be removed completely, reformed or replaced with a structurally sound part and covered and painted as necessary. As the bumped has evolved over the years so too have the safety requirements of them from what kind of bumpers are allowed yet on the road to their shape and placement, all to avoid injury to pedestrians and drivers alike.

If you have a bumper that has seen better days, or you don’t feel like getting your hands on the tools necessary to do a small patch job, give us a call here at Earl Scheib. Auto body repair and painting is our calling and we love to get you your ride back in style.

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Mitigating the Monsoon

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The summer months have come and we’re fast approaching monsoon season here in the Valley of the Sun. Rain may not be something we usually need to be prepared for but for the next few weeks at least, the chance for heavy, sudden rain is there. Here’s how to protect your car’s lovely paintjob from the elements!


Following a storm your car will be covered in water marks, a build-up of water, dust, and other minerals all of which dull that sweet shine. To stop this before it progresses too far, give your car a regular washing to avoid build-up that prevents easy upkeep.


Once you’re done washing your ride, apply a coat of wax! This gives your paint an extra coat of protection, that can last on average about an extra week of defense. A premium paste wax can last even longer.


If you really want to up the game, then take a look at paint protection film. This is the ultimate in armor when it comes to rain. Not only will it keep your vehicle free from water marks, it can also protect against some road debris and scratches. Unlike a wash and wax however, you’ll want to leave the application of a protective film to the professionals. They can cut an exact fit perfect the first time.

Aside from the paint it’s also important to take a look at your wipers. The heat can bake these rubber components and render them useless, so it’s a good idea to inspect these as well as the washer fluid before the rains pick up and you find yourself blinded on the road.

Your tires are another piece of the machine to make sure are up to snuff before the rains catch you. You want to ensure the tread depth is good enough to handle the possible lack of traction. While you’re working in that area, make sure your brakes are clean and the pads are replaced if needed.

If you still have any questions about getting your ride ready for the monsoon season, never hesitate to talk to a professional and make sure your car is safe to cruise. As for paint, with those protective tips you shouldn’t need to come in to us for a touch up just from the rain.

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The Most American Cars

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The most American holiday is right around the corner, July 4th!  American Independence, the Founding Fathers, Bald Eagles, CARS. Welcome back to the Earl Schieb blog where in honor of that great holiday we are going to look at some of the MOST AMERICAN Cars, and what you learn may surprise you!

Toyota Camry

Now here’s a surprise. A Toyota? That’s right, based of Cars.com American-Made Index, the highest number of domestic parts in a vehicle as well as where it’s made (in this case at the Toyota factory in Kentucky) makes the Camry currently the most American-Made vehicle. A very specific title, sure but American Made is something to be proud of.

Ford Model T

Of course, the Model T has to make an appearance, doesn’t it? Henry Ford produced this vehicle for almost 20 years, from 1908 to 1927, making close to 15 million. The Model T put America on wheels in a big way and changed the landscape.

Ford Model 18

The first mass market car in the world to have another symbol of American Motors – The V-8 Engine. This became the foundation for hot rod culture that swept post WW II America. With the ’32 Ford still being thought of as the most desirable of hot rods, a cultural icon for 80+ years, it’s a hard one to disregard.

Chevrolet Bel Air

Imagine the roads of the Atomic Era, the late 50’s and 60’s. What’s that on the road with the fin? Chances are you are picturing the ’57 Chevy Bel-Air. This car evokes Americana like few things can. For being the epitome of an American ride, the 57 Bel Air is one of the Most American cars.

In over a hundred years of American car manufacturing, we have had the honor of putting hundreds of cars that are excellent, rare, fast-as-hell, safe, and everything in between on the roads. These have just been a few favorites, and what makes them Most American. We’ll see you next month, enjoy the holidays!

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Summer Proof Your Car

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Well, it really is back. After a couple of weeks of wondrous weather, the summer Arizonans know so well has come in full strength. It can certainly make doing even the most mundane tasks even harder as the heat beats down upon us. To avoid needing any excess work we have got some key tips to make your Summer go smooth.


When it comes to the interior of your ride, a few things can help negate the potential for damage the sun and heat can have.

  • Put Up the Shield
    • Putting up a screen in your windshield can prevent your dash, console, and steering wheel from deteriorating to the sun’s rays.
  • Tint the Windows
    • They’re basically shades for your car, reducing glare, UV exposure, and heat.
  • Crack those Windows
    • The heat turns your car into an oven, which can in turn cause the interior surfaces plenty of harm. To avoid that, leave your window cracked ever so slightly if you’re able and the heat can escape.


The exterior is going to be getting a lot of sun, that’s almost impossible to avoid. But there are some things you can tweak to minimize the problems.

  • Wax It
    • Wax protects the paint from sun, much like sunscreen and your skin. Keep your ride waxed up.
  • Wash it While You’re at It
    • Before you wax, obviously, you’ll want to give it a good wash down and prevent too damage to the topcoat.
  • Find the Shade
    • Sure, a no brainer, but really. Even with putting a screen up, finding shade will keep the temperature down and help prevent that sun damage.
  • Get a Cover
    • If your home or work doesn’t have covered parking, well maybe you’d like to invest in a car cover. SPF for the paint job, a car cover can be used to protect from a number of elements.

While a lot of this might seem like ‘no d’uhs’ it doesn’t hurt to have it all collected together. Not only is the temperature out of control, the damage it can do to interiors and paint is well avoided.

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Getting into an accident of any kind, whether it be a fender bender or full on collision where your car is totaled, is a seriously scary situation for you to be a part of and for others to witness. And even though moments like these are frightening and anxiety inducing, it is crucial that you know what to do if you ever find yourself in these kinds of situations.

Here are the steps to take and keep in mind after you’ve been in an accident…

Step 1: Check yourself before you move.

While it might be instinctual to jump out of your car, you need to make sure that you are physically able to do so before you move any part of your body. It could be the case that you have a broken limb, or that there is so much adrenaline pumping through your system that you do not realize how badly injured you are.

Step 2: If you are able to step out of your car or move your body, call the police/emergency line. 

Even if the accident was a small fender bender, it is important that you call the police. In most cases, they will need to make a full and detailed report about the incident. If there is potential for a lawsuit, this kind of information will be necessary for the lawyers as well as the judge.

Step 3: Collect the contact information of the other party involved.

These are the items you will need to collect: name, phone number, address, insurance information, license plate number, make and model of their vehicle. Depending on the extent of the damage, either you or the other person will be responsible for paying for the damages. However, never claim responsibility for an accident, as that is what car insurance companies and legal experts determine.

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Artificially Intelligent Cars

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When people think of artificial intelligence, they usually think of robot, cyborg creatures that will take over the world. After all, artificial intelligence is a pretty intimidating subject, seeing how far technology has already come in this decade.

But over the last few years, this has less to do with physical robots and more to do with the technologies we use on a daily basis: cars, etc.

We already know that there are test models of self-driving cars on a few protected roads throughout the world, but this new partnership will have you wondering, “What is next?”

Just last month, the worldwide tech giant Microsoft announced that it is partnering with Toyota to introduce a number of their patents in new vehicle models. While there is no estimate as to when they will begin to implement these changes, there is news of what some of these might look like…

“Connected Cars”

While this is a super broad, rather vague term, this is one of the new patents that Microsoft and Toyota have agreed to partner up on in their upcoming vehicles.

In the most basic sense, connected cars will be “connected” to the internet, and will even have the power to do things such as transfer and store files of information, become sources of cybersecurity for those doing work out of their vehicles, and rely upon artificial intelligence to perform various tasks (though no one is sure what that will look like).

However, this kind of technology can benefit the average commuter looking for a bit more luxury in their lives. For instance, it has also been determined that connected cars will be able to anticipate driving routes based on driving history, as well as serve as a maintenance calendar by alerting driver’s when they need to bring their car in for any work.

At this time, Toyota is the only company with access to this technology.

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