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Old 05-27-2008, 11:41 PM
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May have a job at a resto shop!

Hello all. I don't know if this is Lounge material, but I just felt like conversing.

A gentleman at a Resto shop in town,, wants me to show him what I can do. They do stuff that is exactly what I want to get into. (I hope this isnt an advertisment ).

The first thing I will be doing is a repair on a Fibreglass hood. Im fairly nervous, as Ive only done one glass repair, on a test panel. I have however, I feel, an understanding on how to do it, and am confident with some help that Ill do fine. I sure hope so, as I love the idea of working in this shop.

Anywho, just wanted to congradualte myself . How was your first shop experiences?

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:48 AM
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Congradulations! Hope it works for you, sounds like your really pumped. I've never worked in a shop though, although sometimes it feels like my hobby is a second job - but I pay instead of getting paid!
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You may want to be up front with him and tell him that the fiberglass is not your "forte". You will learn, that is fine, but tell him that you hate to be judged on this fiberglass repair being you don't have a lot of fiberglass expreiance.

You are not selling yourself short, you do many other things very well. But saying you can do something on a customers car and then having it less than his standards may hurt you.

If you are there a while you can jump into something but right now it may be best to let him know.


PS, for instance, is this a "Fiberglass" hood or is it "SMC"? There are some after market hoods that are "SMC" just as most OEM "fiberglass" parts like Corvettes and Ford Windstar Hoods. All OEM parts, hoods,trunks, Late model Camaro doors, are all SMC (Sheet Moulded Compound" which looks like "Fiberglass" but is a pretty different animal needing special SMC resins and fillers.
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I agree with Brian's advice. Let them know up front. I too had to "audition" many years ago to get a job at a body shop to put myself through college. Had to repair a crushed quarter and was given 1 day to have it in primer. Worked for him all through college (all 5 years [extended plan]). Best of luck! Jerry
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Im certanley going to inform him about my inexperience with 'glass. SMC needs epoxy-based resins, whereas you can use polyester for fibreglass, correct?

Im a bit cautious of whether I'll be able to work full time or not. Everyones telling me I should take a job at a larger collision repair shop, becuase I wont run out of work.
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Best of luck to you in your job.
I work with fiberglass almost daily. We v groove out the crack, and grind out beyond the repair area several inches, and glass both sides of the repair. Smc resin can be used on either fiberglass or smc. Polyester resin on the other hand doesn't stay stuck to fiberglass. Like others say, tell him you are willing to learn anything, but don't have a lot of experience with fiberglass at this point. I would think it would be a very small part of restoration work anyways, unless the do a lot of corvettes or something.
As far as my personal experiences, I don't want to be negative, but will be truthfull. Glad its something you want to do what you love and may soon have the opportunity.
I haven't worked in a restoration shop.. First job was a dealership right out of tech school. Liked the guys I worked with and the shop manager, and the fact I got a lot of different tasks (although quite a bit of what I would term the sheet work today) and we did the vehicle we were working start to finish most of the time. Got laid off when slowed down. Being new to it, was still bright eyed and had high hopes working in the auto body field. Now thats more toward maybe someday somehow I'll be able to do this on my own, and work on what I want not having a boss tell me what to do, or realize what else I want to be doing. I am still getting pretty low pay and little benefits, and right now seems more like a job then fun. Even though the profession hasn't really panned out great for me so far after all thes years, others seem to be doing well and going places. Some places I worked I was sure glad they make wheels on tool boxes. Hope things go well for you and if you get the job, its a place you enjoy working. Or if nothing else the experience you gain helps you well in the future. I didn't visit the site, but hopefully they give the test to look for those with skills and not just a warm body. Hopefully pay goes along with that and they take care of and really care about who is working for them, and that its not the easiest work and takes some skill, brains and keeping up with change, not the mentality your replaceable, and we can get any shmoo off the street to replace you.
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The owner seems like a really nice guy, and seems like he'd appreciate someone who is willing to work hard and has skills.

Im looking forward to it becuase Ill have an oppourtnity to do more than one task all day every day. For example, at another shop I was offered a job, Id be a prep personfor about a year...Masking, sanding, masking, sanding.

Im nervous as hell, but I know I can do it. Or at least, I hope. Thanks fellas.
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