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Old 07-06-2007, 01:56 PM
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Filler 'tools' - works for me

I finally stopped using pieces of cardboard to mix my body filler and glaze after a couple of scoldings here (and I knew better).

For my filler (Rage) I'm using a piece of floor tile from Home Depot. This one happens to be 8"x10" that I believe cost me 50 cents each as a close out color. While this particular piece doesn't have a shiny finish, it is still a glazed tile and impervious to solvent penetration, and cleans up easily - as long as you don't let your filler dry completely - but, it was only a half a buck.

The smaller piece is a 4"x4" left over from doing my kitchen back splash - I have a bunch of these. These are about 50 cents apiece as well if you shop "well"

The spreader is credit card size but they are actually hotel door keys that were never turned in at check out and is used for the glaze - in my case, Icing. I use the conventional, usually yellow, spreaders for the regular filler.

These, for me, were cheaper then a pad of Teflon pages as I am not making a career of body work and only do this for fun

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beats the heck out of cardboard...i have used some small pieces of sheet aluminum.
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Plastic milk jugs do wonderful for throw away spreaders. Cut what you want and toss it. Clean it of course first.
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I use old panes of window glass to mix my filler and then scrape the glass down with a razor after each batch so that there's no contamination of the next batch. The tile idea sounds good too, providing it has a smooth surface on top. And I love the milk bottle for spreaders idea. I'm stealing that one for sure.
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I am about as far as you can get from a body man.

I used to mix filler on the lids from butter bowls. Flex the lid and most of the dried stuff pops off.

Scrape it slightly with a putty knife (or whatever is handy) and you are ready for the next batch.

If they get scuffed up or you can't get the old stuff off...toss it and grab another one.

The tile seems like a good (and cheap) idea though.

I don't have glass around the house to try.
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I have a 14x 14 piece of flat fiberglass that was a laid up on a piece of window glass. I have been using it for at least 8 or 9 years to mix bondo, spot putty, epoxy and anything else that can be mixed on a board. (lunchtime tuna fish once too)The gelcoat is worn through in the middle, but it still is way nicer to mix stuff on than anything else I've found.

I wash the board and spreaders and putty knife down with acetone after every use. Every once in a while I hit it with a DA and 40 grit to give it a really smooth, clean surface.

I tried wood and cardboard, but I'm so used to scraping goo around on that hard peice of 'glass that my putty knife just digs right in to it.

That vinyl tile sounds like a real good alternative, but the hotel keys sound a bit expensive. Possibly incriminating as well.

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Plastic milk jugs do wonderful for throw away spreaders.
Make good liners for knife sheaths also
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I've used old glass and Coolwhip container lids as well but never have enough. The fiberglass is a good alternative as well but don't have that either. The 4x4 tile - I'll never use them up and the big one are too cheap if you can catch HD or Lowe's at a good time plus they clean real well with a razor and thinner.

The milk container plastic seems very thin - how well does it work?

As far as the hotel key cards, they can be expensive as some that I have cost me or my wife's company over $200/night in LA - plus most have either their location or restaurant advertising and are "expected" to disappear according to a front desk person.
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