FAQs— Suzuki Hood
- My Suzuki hood is stuck, and it seems like there’s a problem with the hood latch. What could be causing this, and how can I prevent this from happening again?
Lack of maintenance can cause the hood latch mechanism to stick or malfunction. If you neglect to clean it for a while, it’s possible that the mechanism is stuck due to grime. It could also be due to lack of lubrication, which makes it difficult for the hinges, cable, and springs of the latch to operate properly. Obviously, this can be avoided by cleaning and lubricating the latch mechanism regularly, particularly the hood release cable.
- I am planning to spray-paint my Suzuki hood. Any sanding and surface preparation tips that could help make the paint look great and adhere better on the hood surface?
Before sanding, it is advised that you wash the hood first with a strong soap, followed by the application of wax and grease remover to be sure that the surface is immaculately clean. You can sand the surface using a 300- or 400-grit sandpaper. Difficult areas can be dealt with using scouring material or abrasive foam as they conform better than the usual sandpaper. Your goal here is to completely rid your hood of any shiny finish and just get past the clear coat. There is absolutely no point sanding down the bare metal.
- Do I need to take the hood off my Lexus before working on it?
You can work on your hood more conveniently if you will uninstall it before doing the DIY task. Alternatively, you can keep the hood in place and just mask or cover all the neighboring components that you don’t want to be affected by the paint. You’ll need painter’s tape or heavy-duty masking tape to cover the components that need to be protected from the paint.
- My Lexus hood has dents. Someone told me that instead of taking it to a mechanic, I should just fix them myself using a hair dryer. Can a hair dryer really eliminate dents on the hood?
Yes, a hair dryer can repair dents that are situated on the metal panel of the hood and not right along the edges. The hair dryer method is a cost-effective way to fix shallow dents and those that have a surface area of at least 3 inches in diameter. For best results, you can use the hair dryer along with dry ice or liquefied compressed air.
- How can dry ice and a hair dryer fix dents on my Lexus hood?
The explanation for this is simple: heating and cooling the dented area rapidly (using a hair dryer and dry ice) alters the temperature from warm to cold, causing the hood surface to expand (when it’s heated) and contract (when it’s cooled). After expanding and contracting, you will just hear a popping sound, indicating that the dent has returned to its original shape.
- Can you share any tips on how I can properly use the hair dryer in removing hood dents? Can overheating the hood surface possibly happen?
Make sure your hair dryer is set in medium setting to prevent it from giving off too much heat. Blow hot air over the dent, making sure the nozzle is 5 to 7 inches away from the hood surface. By doing so, you can avoid overheating the hood surface and damaging the paint.
- I got scratches on my Lexus hood after a long interstate drive with my family. A friend told me that I should just buff it. What’s the proper way to that?
Buffing is literally getting rid of a thin layer of paint from the vehicle’s finish to bring back its original luster. It can be done not just on the hood but on the entire vehicle panel as well. Before you do the buffing, make sure you thoroughly wash the vehicle. You will need a buffer for this; use a high-speed type for best results. If you aren’t familiar with such type of buffer, just settle for a random, orbital type as you may just end up stripping the hood paint permanently if you don’t know how to use the high-speed unit. After buffing the vehicle, apply a generous amount of polishing compound directly on the vehicle panel. You can use the buffer to evenly spread the compound.