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Old 01-10-2011, 09:31 PM
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Bondo ??????

ive been working on cars since 16 im 23 now when i first started out and now i use the pink bondo from advance or the gold its the same everytime bondo sand bondo sand ........... never realy been in a auto body store befor until 2 years ago and see that their are like 50 types of bondo. I am realy not a fan of the pink and gold bondo becouse of the build up on the sand paper cost more money but im not rich and realy dont have alot of money to go around trying bondo so what i want to know is their a fast cut bondo for the same price as the pink and gold $18-$25 that can give me better results and quicker work.

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Z-grip from evercoat runs about $24.00 gallon and sands fairly easy.

All bondos will clog your sand paper, some less than others. Keep a blow gun handy at all times and keep your sand paper clean as best you can. Donít bear down with the sand paper as that practice is a big contributor to clogging the sandpaper faster. It also contributes greatly to pattern defects when sanding and youíre trying to shape and feather your work.
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my suggestion, is to make extra effort at getting it smoth and not too high at application
and that will come with practice
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A cheese grater (what I call them) will help a newbie get a rough shape. I've never had plugging problems that couldn't be remedied with a wire brush close by. You may be hitting the plastic too early.
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Parts stores are for parts, autobody supply houses are for body work.

Rage Gold is pretty popular for a reason (any of the Evercoat products are pretty good). When I go into my autobody supply house, there are always space where the rage gold goes and have to reach back to grab a can, but the rest of the shelf is full of the other brands - hmmm.

I never have a problem with clogging the paper, it may fill up with dust, but no hard chunks that can cause deep scratches.

I lay it on pretty thick and hit it with the cheese grater. Then I follow up w/ a DA and 80 grit to get the to rough out the shape. Then I follow up w/ 80 grit on blocks or boards.
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im not a total newbie im still finding my tricks like you old farts HAHAHA i was looking at the rage but as i said i didnt want to get something i didnt know how good it was and i was looking the the kitty hair bondo to but it was like 40-50 a gallon
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Stick with the Rage Gold if you can, the Bondo/3M stuff is all designed to eat up sandpaper. 3M bought Bondo/Dynatron a couple years ago and have adjusted the 3M filler formulas to act about as crappy as Bondo stuff. If you start with 36 grit for your first cut of the 3M stuff, you're ok otherwise, just stick with Evercoat products. You can start with finer abrasives with the Evercoat products.
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i us alot of 80 for shaping and knocking down thin 120 befor primer
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hit it with 180 before primer. You will have less potential problems with shrinkage of your primer later.
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only 3m filler worth a flip, is the platinum filler. 3m bought marson, who makes the platinum filler. All they have changed is the label, as far as i can tell they havent messed with the forumla.

I believe, of all the high quality filler, it is of the cheapest price. I get it for $29 a gallon. I've seen it for around $37 a gallon also. I've used rage..rage gold...rage extreme...z grip...upol...a good bit of them and this is all i use now. it isn't a "heavy filler" which means you can pull it pretty tight almost like a putty coat. No need for 36 grit for sanding...cuts well with 80.
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Napa branded fillers are rebranded Evercoat products.
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Napa branded fillers are rebranded Evercoat products.
Excellent information. Thanks Matt.
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I love rage gold or rage gold Xtreme ($50 a can)
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Over the last 40 years I've tried many brands. Today I use Evercoat filler and glaze products.
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I think Rage is one of the best.. Very easy to work with..
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