|02-03-2013 07:58 AM|
|02-03-2013 12:02 AM|
|demarques_191||before ever applying body filler to bare metal, make sure your metal is straight as possible... all high spots are knocked down .... better to have small in-dents then dents that poke out (outtie's) then use your entire hand to rub over the entire body panel to make sure all waves, dents, dings are fixed... whats worst is to apply body filler then 5 inches down from the work area there was another dent lol|
|01-29-2013 08:02 AM|
|tech69||you might as well go single stage if you want to budget.|
|01-29-2013 06:13 AM|
Thanks for the advice so far all. I haven't been working on the body a whole lot but am still sanding away on panels.
Another question: I plan to paint this thing a stock color. Atomic orange as found on the 07-08 Corvettes. In the past I've used Omni or Nason. I don't really need a high dollar finish. Yeah, I know that you guys do things the right way here, but any advice as to what to get for materials? I'd like to be in it for about $200 for base and clear. Not sure if that is even possible nowadays. It has been a while since buying paint.
|01-27-2013 10:11 PM|
|01-27-2013 09:42 PM|
I really like the Marson Platinum filler too. I also use Evercoat EZ Sand for a glazing putty to fill in small pin holes, scratches, etc as needed.
The epoxy can sit indefinitely, but after 7 days needs to be lightly sanded if you want to apply anything to it. If recoating or applying within the 7 day period then sanding is not necessary.
Don't exceed 1/4" of filler, and stripping to metal is always my preferred choice but is a lot more work as well. It depends on how you want your final product. If you're going over an area that doesn't have any filler on the original finish, you could do some light sanding then epoxy without going down to bare metal.
I used to use those butt welding metal clamps too. Did them on my quarter skin seam, but we all know how that turned out...
|01-27-2013 08:03 PM|
|bk005||I only use them for set up and when Im holding a gap that needs to be larger than normal. I myself like a bit of gap in the metal, after it cools its going to suck up and when I weld acorss all the curves across a quarter like that it could be bad news. Plus I have to take them and grind the clamps surfaces flat before using them, they not very square, and if you use them when you shouldnt can screw you up more than they help you.|
|01-27-2013 05:21 PM|
That's the problem, you don't want the gap. The larger the gap the more the metal moves. They "work" yes, but if you want to learn metal shaping metal finishing you don't want to use them.
|01-27-2013 05:12 PM|
|tech69||never tried those lil clamp thingies you have holding up your sheet metal, but I have been curious about them. Seems like they set you up with a nice gap.|
|01-27-2013 03:30 PM|
Im rebuilding body on a 77 currently to, and just finished putting on new tail light buckets. That one is going to be some work, Id weld in some angle iron braces to the inside of the bed corners for bracing, and then start trying to pull out that bucket, and the inner corner that is bent as well. The newer replacements are ok but the lower rolled lip that meets the cuarter panel bend/curve does not perfectly line up. If you change buckets, then I would put new lower quarter panels on while your at it to.
I still say strip it first see whats bent and rusted, and try and use original if possible.
|01-24-2013 05:24 PM|
I have a HF stud gun. Never tried the stud lever. I'll have to check into it. My metal working skills are horrible. Guess I have to start somewhere.
Another note. The grille that I have appears to have been stripped chemically. I don't know if the stripper was neutralized. It almost looks like it was just left there. Most of the grille was bare metal, but some paint is left. Now it is a mess of surface rust and leftover paint. What would you all recommend to do? The grille has a lot of hard to reach areas. Thanks all.
|01-24-2013 12:01 PM|
you will probably want to get a stud gun and if you get a stud lever is a great tool for studs and helping you roll out the the damage. It keeps your other hand free to hammer down while you are pulling up. I use this on about 95% of all small stuff I'm pulling up on with pins. I rarely use the slide hammer stud guns come with anymore.
|01-24-2013 11:15 AM|
I totally agree. understanding how metal reacts is key. i see way to many guys coating stuff then getting out their pecking hammer after each coat...it's not guide coat! or they'll find a stretch and shtink it before working dents out properly, which will usually tighten it back automatically. I've tried both ways and when you properly work the metal all you coats will be thin, which means less pinholes underneith.
I notice when I try to half arse the metal work I will over work myself in filler, and remember, there's no dust fixing metal. I've also noticed I too will be pecking away between coats and at times just to get it right you will be taking away some of the true shape.
so take your time in metal. you can shrink it, stretch it, bend it, and cut it. in practical terms when you pull up a dent you should already know where the brow is that surrounds it. you want to roll your metal out not just yank it up with your pins, this is NOT how you fix it right. what i mean is push your lows up while you are pushing down on your highs. the damage is like that cause it reacts to impact like a drop of water in a bucket. the general rule is work the dent in reverse order of how it occured.
|01-24-2013 10:59 AM|
The big deal is being patient and being mindful of how the metal moves when pounding out dents. A shrinking disk can be your friend when try to get those last little dents out..As far as leaving it in epoxy until you get aroudn to painting we do that all the time. I shoot for no more than a 1/16 fill and use Marson Platinum filler when I need to..Just me as otheres may have thier input..
|01-24-2013 10:33 AM|
Here is another shot of that 1 tail light bucket. It is pushed both forward and in toward the tailgate. One fender was pretty clean and came out decent. It will need some attention though. The other fender had previous dent repair done, as did one door. The repairs still had about 1/4" of bondo over them. What to do...
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