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Old 02-22-2012, 09:14 PM
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Reply for 'New in Body Work': Soft Foam - Hard Foam - Flexiable tools might be handy for smoothing or getting into difficult areas; but that's it! I am a retired twenty year veteran of auto body finishing and found that in order to achieve flat straight and true reflections in the paint finish as well as hold to the original contour of the panels, is to use a long hard board especially in the initial leveling of the body fillers and in final stages of sanding out the sand scratches in the primers surfaces. Starting with a air board and moving onto a long hard board in a cross-hatch method this is the best way to level and stay with the original contours of the panels (even Fords from the forties). It takes a little time to learn the technique but worth it in the end. Don't worry - stop sanding when you see metal and it's also a good idea to use a guide coat so you can see lows that you can't see or feel.
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