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Old 06-10-2006, 11:27 AM
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Fixing to do some filler work need some block sanders......

I'm needing some block sanders, I've seen the ones in Eastwood with the rods to adjust flexibility they're nice but a little pricey. The Dura-blocks are more my price range but they don't seem to come in long lengths, i'm working on a 69 Camaro what would be the longest length block I would need..?

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I have to tell you, I own a lot of blocks, I do this stuff for a living. I may have a bunch of blocks, but I use about four of them for 90% of my work. A 17" "Long board" made by Hutchins (very high quality) or an "EEZER" brand is very nice too. A 9" and 5" rubber block by 3M and you are there.

A smooth rad hose about eight inches long and take a 5" rubber block and cut it a little off center to make two blocks, one about an inch wide and the other about two inches wide are VERY useful.

Lots of people like the long adjustable blocks, I have not tried them so I can't say. But I have found that the 17" long block is used properly is all you need for those super long panels. Being there is NO such thing as a "flat" panel, they all have a convex shape. So what good is a three foot long "block" when the three foot long area on the panel isn't "flat" anyway?

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Thanks for the reply MARTNISR, i'm looking at a couple of Dura-BLocks at AutobodyDepot.com, do you think i'll be alright with a 24in, 11in tubular, 8.5in blocks...?
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I have the adjustable flex sanders as seen on Eastwoods. I love 'em!!
I do collision repair and showed those sanders to a few "trusted" guys in the shop. Those guys are always coming over and using those sanders. One of the painters went out and bought a few the flex sanders after I let him borrow it.
They might look like a gimmick but yet they are far from it. They really do what the ads say, they make for faster work and straighter work.
But I realize not everyone can afford those sanders. The hutchins block that Brian mentioned is a darn good sander as well as the 3M 9in and 5in
Home depot is a great source for sanding blocks. I needed a nice rounded block and bought a piece of hose 2ft long for 3 bucks
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Why don't more people buy this?

half round sander
Here's a half round sander with a hard rubber base, a nice handle, and strong spring clips to hold the sandpaper.
Why do people use home made sanders when you can get a purpose built block that makes it so easy to hold onto the board and sand?
I am as cheap as anybody, but this sander is so easy to use, I wouldn't consider using other things. BTW Hutchins makes a sander with a broader radius which is better than this one.
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I am as cheap as anybody, but this sander is so easy to use, I wouldn't consider using other things. .
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I thought that was why you used the "Tolet Bowl cleaner"
Because it cost a $1 instead of $10/
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Why do people use Mickey Mouse home made sanders when you can get a purpose built block that makes it so easy to hold onto the board and sand?
Because many times those purpose built blocks dont fit the needs of the car.
I also have a nice collection of door side mouldings that I use. I get them for FREE at work and each one has a different shape to it. Dodge has some of the best mouldings! Some have a nice tight round shape were others have a large gentle sloping shape.
3M, hutchins, AFS and who ever dont make every shape and contour you need, thats why you need those Mickey Mouse home made sanders
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Because many times those purpose built blocks dont fit the needs of the car.
I also have a nice collection of door side mouldings that I use. I get them for FREE at work and each one has a different shape to it. Dodge has some of the best mouldings! Some have a nice tight round shape were others have a large gentle sloping shape.
3M, hutchins, AFS and who ever dont make every shape and contour you need, thats why you need those Mickey Mouse home made sanders
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That is exactly right!
I see no real use for the pictured one, Never seen a 30" one that I made years ago for old quarters either,
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I also have a nice collection of door side moldings that I use. I get them for FREE at work and each one has a different shape to it.
Sevt, that's a good idea. I can see that you'll get a lot of different contours to fit your needs.
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