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Newbie starting body filler has questions

Daughter and I took entire 1977 Camaro down to bare metal. We had two quarter patch panels and a rear panel installed. After grinding down the welds on the quarters, we spent 4 hours cleaning the metal on the entire car with SPI Wax and Grease Remover and then applied SPI Epoxy Primer last Saturday. Today, I purchased a gallon of Z-Grip. Before we get started, I had a few questions:

1. Can I use the SPI Wax and Grease Remover on the Epoxy Primer before I start applying the filler?

After grinding down the welds, I tried to hammer/dolly the areas the best I could but couldn't get to some of the areas and even the areas I could get to aren't the best. In some areas I will have to fill probably up to 1/4" or maybe more.

1. Should I use a fiber filler first (this was suggested to me by the guy at the Sherwin Williams Automotive Supply store) or would the Z-Grip be fine from the start?
2. Do either of those fillers have a maximum thickness they should be applied with? In other words, should I do it in "lifts" of x"?

As always, I appreciate everyone's assistance. It was sure a big day getting that thing out of bare metal and one solid color.


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Old 09-23-2010, 04:41 PM
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A filler like dura-glass would be better for a deep fill. A 1/4 in is getting kind of deep in a state where you get big temp swings. It seems to work in warm states like az or ca but not so well in the Midwest.Try to get your body work a little better if you can. Put a coat of dura glass on it and hit it with a grinder then use your regular body filler. You don't need to wax and grease the epoxy. A light scuff with sand paper or scuff pad wouldn't hurt.
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