Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Smiths sta., Alabama, USA
Model: 1999 1500SE Motortrike
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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