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Old 10-24-2008, 12:21 PM
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Filling trim lines (Model A)

I have some trim lines that I want to fill in that run around the roof line of my '31 Model A. They are about 1/8" deep by 3/4" and have 1/8" holes all the way around. I could weld the holes but it would take weeks so I wanted a filler that I could put in there. The local autobody shop suggested I use Evercoat Poly-Flex:

http://www.evercoat.com/productDetail.aspx?pID=8

I'm reading that this is just for skim coating not build-up, any ideas what I could use or if this will be okay??

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Sean

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Are you not going to fill the roof with a full roof panel? Most people that do just have the new panel run over the top of that area and weld the roof on and that covers the holes.

If not, I still think your better off welding up all the holes. It might not take as long as you think. Take a piece of copper water pipe and smash it flat on one end and use that to back up the hole as you weld it up (I'm assuming you have a mig wilder) Once you have the holes sealed up, I would use some fiberglass reinforced filler to rough fill in the trough.

http://www.evercoat.com/productDetail.aspx?pID=38

Then you can go over it with a good quality filler to smooth it out. Make sure you sand the fiberglass filler before adding more, other wise there's no teeth for the coat of regular filler.

If you really want the easy way out tape up the bottom of the holes and just lay the fiberglass filler in there and finish off with regular filler.
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Funny you mention the roof panel, I welded one in and spent hours getting it into the convex shape to put the vynel on then just when I thought it was good enough I found a 38x68" sliding rag-top that's going in now. It should take up almost the entire hole, I can't wait to get it on.

I have some fiberglass filler but I didn't think it would work that thick, I'll give it a try. I thought maybe some metal filler or something might be best but I'm no body man.

Here it is so far:

Thanks,
Sean
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