When it comes to basic bodyworking, most home builders have a pretty decent understanding of the ins and outs of blocking out a panel. Reveal the high and low spots, skim a bit of filler over the area, and block-sand until it looks and feels smooth. Nothing to it, right? The problem with that technique is that it uses body filler as a crutch. A fairly major dent can take quite a bit of body filler to repair; and we’ve all heard the horror stories relating to the liberal use of body fillers. And while there’s really no problem with a light coat of properly applied body filler, provided the area has also been properly prepared, there is a better method than just slathering filler over an area until it’s nice and smooth.

Recently, we were visiting Zane Cullen and the guys over at Cotati Speed Shop in Santa Rosa, California, where this topic came up in discussion. Zane mentioned that a customer had recently dropped off a new fender from LMC Truck for a Chevy pickup they were building. The fender was flawless, except for two softball-sized dents that the careless owner had inadvertently applied to the side of the fender during storage and transport. If ever there was a more perfect dent in which to use as an example, these were them.

Zane introduced us to his main metal man, with whom we spent the remainder of the day, looked closely over his shoulder as he repaired the two dents, and brought the fender back to its original, flawless state.

SOURCE
Cotati Speed Shop
3651 Standish Avenue
Santa Rosa
CA  95407
707-586-8696
www.cotatispeedshop.com
LMC Truck
15450 W. 108th Street
Lenexa
KS  66219
800-562-8782
www.lmctruck.com
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