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Old 05-13-2005, 11:15 PM
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hood with dents and creases

I'm working on an MG and the car is ready to paint except the hood. It had dents and creases which I hamered and dollied as best I could, now I'm doing filler work. The problem is this hood is crowned in all directions and where the hood meets the cowl the crown is lower and weaker. IOW, when i'm trying to level the filler the sheet metal gives a little making it hard to level. Also since it is crowned pretty much equally in all directions I'm not sure how to sand the filler, been using cross hatch, straight, pushing the block sideways and any way I can. I'm using a long durablock with 40 grit and gonna try to build a longer block. This is the hardest panel I've ever had to do with filler and the only reason I'm working on it is they are $750 with shipping.
Is there anything else I can do different than I'm doing to straighten this hood or does this sound like an impossible fix?
BTW, I didn't skim coat it to start with but there is very little metal showing at this point even though it's not very thick.
Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-14-2005, 12:05 AM
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Thin metal can be frustrating..

Heres some tricks to try.

Start shaping/working filler when is not quite so cured/hard...
Use new sand paper so you don't need to press at all and let the paper do the work...
Switch to your finer grits sooner...ie, rough in with the 40 or 36
and switch to 80 before you think you should.

hope to have helped,
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