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It takes an eye and some good tricks to blend damaged metal into an acceptable surface. I never had either. I have never had an eye for symmerty or shape. I think I may be getting better. I've made repairs to my tank and am finishing it with bondo and filleting putty. I washed dishes to make room for wet sanding the tank when it dried. The smell of that putty always reminds me of that butarate dope we used on our tissue winged airplane models. I'm hoping I don't have too many more layers.



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nice thing about bondo you can keep working on it till your happy.
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Bondo is very forgiving... A bodymans fixall..

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May I suggest a longboard flexible sanding block? It will blow you away how round and symmetrical your shaping will be with one! You can get one at a autobody products supplier. They range from 15 to upwards of a hundred bucks for the adjustible ones. All it is, is a rubber long,12 to 20 inch sanding block, that flexes enough to follow the surrounding shape of the undamaged areas, making for damned near perfect blending in to those surrounding areas! A free homeade one can be fashioned outa newspaper, rolled up around a piece of hose, with sandpaper stuck to the paper. Stickyback 80 grit airfile sandpaper will get you shaped up. The diameter of the hose isn't important, but the flexibility is. The newsprint is like a padding, and the hose holds the level surface. An old boss of mine a lifetime ago taught me this, and it is a cinch to master. A flat sanding block makes it hard to avoid flat spots, and they are hard to see untill the wet paint reflects enough to bring them out. Looks like you are pretty close. After shaping, then I like to spread a coat of Evercoat Blue Glazing putty on, and go to 180 grit on the flexible long board. Take this process all the way up to 320 wet/dry with water, and it will shine like glass while wet!!! You'll know then if you're ready for primer! Good luck with it, I love bodywork! Here is the sons Vette we did.
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Just last month, 2 little buttheads with skateboards took out the drivers door and rear quarter panel.Thank God Todd had "no deductible"on vandalizm, and a cool insurance adjuster. The adjuster called it "vandalizm", instead of an "accident", to get it done! You don't hear that too often these days! Still a shame, the paint still smelled! I thought Todd was gonna jump off the balconey when it happened!! You can't raise hell with the kids responsible, cause they're street urchins, that live nearby, and they could retaliate in the middle of the night. Todd's got to park outside, in the condo parking garage. If security runs em off, they just come back later. jimsjinx

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Is that a BB under that hood.
to bad it has to set out. Just love bumper Corvettes

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Yes, it's a 454. The stock config. had no power steering or power brakes. This is one of the pointless toys he bought with his inheritance money. He's also stone broke now. While working on the Vette, I had no Idea he had spent every dime of 1.8 million, so it's kind of a sore spot with me and Mom. His Mom bailed his ass outa jail when he was a teenager, cost her 20+ grand to pay the lawyers. You think he offered to pay her back? Nope. Stepkids.... ya can't shoot em, and ya can't bury em in the backyard!!!! jimsjinx

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May I suggest a longboard flexible sanding block? It will blow you away how round and symmetrical your shaping will be with one! You can get one at a autobody products supplier. They range from 15 to upwards of a hundred bucks for the adjustible ones. All it is, is a rubber long,12 to 20 inch sanding block, that flexes enough to follow the surrounding shape of the undamaged areas, making for damned near perfect blending in to those surrounding areas! A free homeade one can be fashioned outa newspaper, rolled up around a piece of hose, with sandpaper stuck to the paper. Stickyback 80 grit airfile sandpaper will get you shaped up. The diameter of the hose isn't important, but the flexibility is. The newsprint is like a padding, and the hose holds the level surface. An old boss of mine a lifetime ago taught me this, and it is a cinch to master. A flat sanding block makes it hard to avoid flat spots, and they are hard to see untill the wet paint reflects enough to bring them out. Looks like you are pretty close. After shaping, then I like to spread a coat of Evercoat Blue Glazing putty on, and go to 180 grit on the flexible long board. Take this process all the way up to 320 wet/dry with water, and it will shine like glass while wet!!! You'll know then if you're ready for primer! Good luck with it, I love bodywork! Here is the sons Vette we did.

Nice C3. You're right about blocking. Nothing takes the place of it for smoothing out panels. Even if you don't have a long board, a small one works well too...just be sure to use a block of some sort, be patient and remember your hands are the best tools you have.



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The kid had intentions of restoring it and then selling it, but the economy took a dive, and he also fell in love with it. Now he has all these fabulous toys, and no money left for mortgage/bills! I hope it's comfortable to sleep in!!!!!!! jimsjinx
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Well it is a beautiful car.

Hey I went to the auto paint store today and bought a flexible sanding pad. While I doubt the tank will end up with the repairs undetectable, it'll be dammed close! I'm kinda pumped. I think it's the best Bondo work I've ever done!

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