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11-06-2006 07:03 AM
35WINDOW kenseth17,

I am hoping this is my last big build-up (maybe some smaller ones in the distant future-I am keeping this one ), but I do wish someone would post something on Block Sanding (I'm going to need it)!
11-06-2006 04:59 AM
jcclark My panels are straight as long as I don't put my glasses on.
11-05-2006 01:25 PM
BondoKing Send me the blocks and I will teach the old man how to use them ( JCCLARK).. I am tryn to teach him how to make panels straight, but it is allot of work and a constant struggle hard to teach an old dog new tricks Except for maybe the old dogs companion
11-04-2006 05:51 AM
kenseth17 35 window, are you saying you won't ever have a need for those sanding blocks again when you finish your project or just found better ones? I am sure shine could teach you a thing or two about block sanding and making it fun. Looks like he has been doing enough of it on that vette. With that amount of sanding he should have a tip of the day, "Block sanding 101- making it fun and easy"
11-04-2006 04:37 AM
jcclark For you dareing people out there that have a long Durablock and want
to try a flex sander, take a hacksaw and saw lines (kerfs) in the back of
a long Durablock about every 1.5" and saw them about half way through.
Now you have a flex sander.
It may take some experimenting on how many saw kerfs and how deep
to make them. The more and deeper will make it more flexible.
I just don't know if it will hold together, but it will work.
If someone does it, let me know, it may be a tip of the day goodie.
11-03-2006 06:12 PM
sevt_chevelle I do collision repair for a living and have two sets of the AFS sanders with the removal rods. I have found those sanders to be top notch and really do speed things up and do a better job. AFS sanders and Durablocks are two totally diffferent breeds of sanders IMO. Personally I dont care for the durablocks in fact I gave mine away.

My main block is the AFS 21" sander next to the 9" I believe it is. Also have the 3ft AFS sander that works great. When I do my metal finishing(no bondo) I use an AFS sander.

As for the regular long boards, do they work great yes. But it takes a different technique to sand a curved panel with a flat board, then it takes with a matching curved board...Eric
11-03-2006 03:03 PM
35WINDOW I'm learnin'
11-03-2006 02:03 PM
jcclark Hey Shine!!!
I bet your hands are shaped to the Vette's contours by now!!!!

35Window: You better make it real cheap, you know how cheap
I am.
11-03-2006 12:29 PM
35WINDOW jc,

Tell you what-when I finish my Project (and if these work well) I just might make you a screamin' deal-
11-03-2006 12:08 PM
shine most of my sanding weapons are made of left over walnut from a dash or cardboard tube. bottom line is you have to follow the couture of the panel no matter what you use. the thin durablock will flex enough to do anything i need. it is all i used on the 57 vette.
11-03-2006 12:02 PM
jcclark OK, please let us know what you think.
If you like those long ones well enough, even cheapie me may buy one.
(Anything that helps with sanding is usually worth it
in the long run.)
11-03-2006 11:07 AM
35WINDOW O.K.,

I purchased the Flex Blocks on Ebay-thanks for the Link!
11-03-2006 10:29 AM
jcclark You really can't compare these "flex blocks" to Durablocks.
It's the old "apples to oranges" thing. They're two different blocks.
They'll interchange somewhat but I've found my Durablock and
"Preppin Weapon" is what I use most.
These two are rigid and great for surfaces that are more flat.
Or curves where you can keep the block perpindicular to the curve
keeping most of the block in contact with the surface.
The long Durablocks are hard and tend to sand off more in the middle
if you have to push the ends down to make contact.
That's where the flex blocks really shine.
Especially the ones that are adjustable.
They make it possible to follow a curve with even pressure.
But they are expensive.
11-03-2006 08:40 AM
Irelands child Ya know, the prices of the Eastwood and the eBay blocks are downright obscene at over $150 for some Chinese made stuff. While they may be outstanding products, there is no way that I would pay that kind of money for some recycled plastic milk bottle material.
At least Durablock prices, while not cheap, are closer to reality - and they work (for me, anyhow)

Must be my Scottish tightwadness instead of my Irish ancestry is showing -

Dave
11-03-2006 07:11 AM
35WINDOW So which is it? Durablocks or FlexBlocks? I'm ready to buy!
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