C’mon, you’ve seen the YouTube videos, right? Those guys that fix chipped wooden tables, busted porcelain sinks, and car bodies using Ramen noodles? It’s almost like a challenge to see how good they can get the finished product to look with Ramen noodles as a cosmetic filler. It beats the high price of replacing whatever is damaged. So, now you can watch a guy fix his wrecked 2020 Corvette door with Ramen.
Unfortunately, you also have to watch these Toobers play grab-ass in between fixing the damaged door. We get it. The dorkiness in between doing something stretches out the vids. It also appeals to the Toobers that regularly watch this stuff. Hey, frat humor never goes out of style, it just rotates every four years.
How you do this is you use uncooked Ramen noodles as a base or support for your body filler. Bondo is a car guy’s best friend. It also works as a great wood filler. But that’s another video for another post.
This Ramen fix may be the most honest way of fixing wrecked Corvettes
Once a Corvette gets wrecked it is just a downhill slide from there. Cheap fixes are part of the heritage of wrecked Corvettes. So this Ramen fix may be the most honest way of fixing damaged body panels on new Corvettes. Especially since Chevy is getting weird and all puffed out about fixing C8 Corvettes.
Chevy will only sell factory C8 Corvette parts to “certified” Corvette repair shops. Please! This is just an open invitation to encourage kludge repairs into the future. So this Ramen fix is a perfect counter to short-sighted Chevy rule-makers.
That’s where hot glue comes in
To start off you can’t just lay Ramen into the damaged area. If you’re using something as cheap and easy as Ramen, you need to follow that up with an equally cheap way to bond the Ramen. That’s where hot glue comes in. You hot glue the Ramen into the crack, hole, or damaged area. That way you get a solid foundation for the Bondo.
You need something solid for Bondo because Bondo unto itself is not structurally strong. It can easily be broken like hard mud. It needs to bite into something stiff and solid. Then, it is miracle stuff. Especially when dealing with wood or fiberglass repairs. Sort of.
So the Toobers jam the Ramen into the damaged area and then hot glue it into place. You can’t use too much hot glue. Once the Ramen is solidly in place you can trim it with a knife or cutting utensil to rough out the shape. You don’t want the Bondo too thick. Once that’s done start smearing on the Bondo.
Bondo is slathered into rough surfaces to smooth out and hide damage
After maybe two or three coats of Bondo, you start sanding it down. Then it’s just like any other body shop fix where the metal body is banged out to a lumpy sheen. Then Bondo is slathered into the rough surfaces to smooth out and hide the damage. Some sandpaper finesse and a couple of coats of thick primer and you’ve got a paint-ready surface.
So let’s review. This is a great alternative to having to go to a certified Corvette body shop based on what you’ll pay. We would guess the price difference is like 10 to 1. Figure if it would cost $5,000 to fix it “certified” it will be under a grand to do it the Ramen way. And once it’s painted nobody can tell the difference.