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Old 04-06-2009, 07:51 AM
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Where to buy lead?

Are there any other suppliers for body lead than Eastwood?

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Do a search on any search engine for "auto body solder" and it will turn up nimerous hits. Just out of curiosity, what are you using the lead on? The reason I ask is that a lot of the newer fillers are way more user friendly than lead. But nothing wrong with lead either although you will get the ones that say lead is bad for you, don't touch it, lead poisoning, etc. Breathing bondo dust and absorbing it through the skin is just as bad I think. Oh well
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Do a search on any search engine for "auto body solder" and it will turn up nimerous hits. Just out of curiosity, what are you using the lead on? The reason I ask is that a lot of the newer fillers are way more user friendly than lead. But nothing wrong with lead either although you will get the ones that say lead is bad for you, don't touch it, lead poisoning, etc. Breathing bondo dust and absorbing it through the skin is just as bad I think. Oh well
I'm using it on the joint between the quarter panel and the roof. It's a structural joint with a lot of filler–it's around 1/2" thick. I could use the metal body fillers but they look harder to use than lead. Regular body filler is out of the question because of the location and thickness. It's also kind of fun to use a material that just about everyone has forgotten how to use.

I've actually got the Eastwood kit but I ran out of lead since I had to do both sides. I was mostly curious if anyone had experience with the other guys guys who sell body solder. A lot of them look a little shady

I picked up some solder at the local surplus building supply place but it was 70/30 instead of 30/70. Oops.
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I have bought body lead from a place called Johnson mfg. They have standard 70/30 body lead as well as "Lead free" body solder. There prices are better than Eastwood's. http://www.johnsonmfg.com
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Their prices are better than Eastwood's.
Most everyone is

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Most body shop supply stores have it or can get it as well as welding supply stores.
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It's also kind of fun to use a material that just about everyone has forgotten how to use.
Yeah, until you warp the roof panel from the heat...
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Yeah, until you warp the roof panel from the heat...
if you warp the metal, you're doing it wrong and you would know it very quickly. the lead would just melt and fall off of the panel.

it doesn't take much heat at all to use lead. i generally pre-heat the panel and then keep the torch about 6" away from where i'm working. i use the excess heat from warming the lead to keep the piece up to temp. start to finish takes about the same amount of time as using plastic but it's stronger and can be warmed and reshaped later.
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