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Old 12-23-2005, 11:01 PM
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what is best to smooth body to paint

I am getting ready to attempt my first full paint job on my car.The car is a 1931 Ford Roadster and has a few places that need smoothing out. Watching tv I have seen them use a material that looks like bondo but seems to be a lot thinner. This material looks like it would be easier to work with. Any help would be appreciated.

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You are asking a WILD, open ended question. First, are we talking dings, rust pitting, etc.? Or are we talking about "waves" in the body? Or what?

The product you are probably seeing is "polyester putty". Another alternative would be "polyster primer". But I am not sure if you need anything like that.

What does the surface of the metal look like and try to explain more about what you are after.

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I think what you're talking about is polyester glazing putty. It's similar to body filler, is usually blue in color and is used only to take out very minor body imperfections. It is thinner than filler and sands very easily but needs to be put on in a thin coat.

It's not really what you should use to repair body panels. It's best use is after the majority of body work is done and before the filler primer coats. IMHO anyway.
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Yeah to vague of a question as Brian stated... and the door is wide open with opinions...Just make sure you dont listen to Jim Clark on here... He is a little off his rocker... He may have u using latex paint from walmart and mixing it with reducer

Please dont do what I just wrote... it is only a joke
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