Body Kit Installation - Weekend DIY or Professional Shop?
At GBT, we understand how deeply the appeal of side skirts, grille, DRL, rear light, wheel trims, custom replacement bumper and covers, and other components included in body kits runs in the blood of automotive enthusiasts. We know, because we've added them on our own vehicles to enhance performance and to create uniquely impressive visual signatures.
We also feel it's important to point out that a lot of these parts are not easy to install. While the materials they're made from are highly durable, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting, they typically come out of the box with minor imperfections that need correcting by experienced specialists. Whether you've purchased a body kit made of fiberglass, polyurethane, ABS plastic, or carbon fiber, we strongly recommend you take these parts to professionals that are experienced in body kit installation. In other words, they need to be familiar with the art of heating, re-shaping, shaving, filling, and painting these materials - because doing so is not the same as working with traditional metal body panels.
In the spot-on words of one installer, "You're not guaranteed to get something perfect out of the box, that's why they say 'professional installation recommended' if you want it to look like a flat-out killer paint job. Someone who's experienced can take a $150 part and make it look like it's part of a $2,000 body kit. A pro knows how to take out all the waves, ripples, the imperfections, the thick & skinny areas, and fill pinholes in the material. What we do is make it all look perfect, and blend it into the car."
GBT strongly recommend you install your body kit in professional shop if you didn't have experience to install it by yourself before. Make sure that the car service shop you choose to install your parts has experience installing body kits. Just because a shop is well-known for excellent auto body repair doesn't mean they have the uniquely special expertise and finesse required to adjust, sand, fill, and/or modify body kit components.
Naturally, consulting with whomever will be doing the work before you make a purchase is essential because regardless of the body kit material you choose, the end result will only be as good as the quality of the installation.