Whether you have the knowledge and experience to perform bodywork or you simply want to learn as you go, you'll definitely need the right tools. If you plan to have a body shop complete the work, knowing they have the proper equipment is a step in the right direction when it comes to picking a shop. The basic body shop tools are fairly minimal as you can get away with a sanding block, some sandpaper, and cheap paint, but like anything else, the sky's the limit if you want to fill your shop with specialized tools to make the job easier. The bottom line, however, is time. If you don't have the best tools, you'll spend more time to accomplish a certain task; with better tools, less time is required. Regardless of tools, however, bodywork is labor intensive, frustrating, and trying to hurry only makes it worse. So if you're going to do it yourself, you'll want to give yourself a realistic timeframe, and you'll need to invest in at least some of the equipment we'll discuss in this article.