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View Poll Results: What do you think
use it all the time 6 42.86%
Never 5 35.71%
only if its a small ding 3 21.43%
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Old 02-17-2002, 06:51 PM
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DO You use Bondo?

I have meet people that love bondo and people that refuse to use it. what to you think?

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Old 02-17-2002, 09:04 PM
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I haven't heard anything good about bondo. I have heard (and seen) that when bondo ages it increases surface scratches and sand marks underneath the paint. I guess it depends on what you want to use it for. If its a small dent I would suggest having the dent pulled and metal sanded and resprayed. If the damage is large enough it warrants replacing the panel. If replacement isn't an option (rusted roof or pillars) then bondo is a last resort.
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Old 02-17-2002, 09:22 PM
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What other altertives are ther other than replacement or pulling? I have seen a guy hear up a dent with a wleder and throw a wet cloth on the dent and it poped out but it seemed a little odd.
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Old 02-17-2002, 10:35 PM
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Howdy All,
Old time body people used lead like people use bondo today. There are a few old timers around but they are almost impossible to find. The guy doing the restoration on my Mog is a custume car builder and he uses bondo. When he puts it on it is an art
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Old 02-17-2002, 11:06 PM
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The 190SL I'm restoring will only have lead used as filler as was originally done at the factory. Plastic body filler has it place, like filling tiny inperfections in the body. I understand that the main problem w/ filler is if moisture gets behind the repair it will fall out.
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Old 02-17-2002, 11:06 PM
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I guess you can't argue the facts. I guess my opinnion comes from seeing some really poor examples of bondo work. Maybe the best way to answer this question is. Bondo should only be used by experts who have many years of experience and have had proper training. I wouldn't consider a normal body shop an expert so if bondo is required definitely look for the right place to do the work.
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Old 02-17-2002, 11:29 PM
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Howdy Placo1,
Like a lot of things; You get what you pay for. You can go to Oneday or any of the other regular paint and body shops and the quality of the job will depend on the ability of the person doing it. (Great body men have to start somewhere) You can get a wide range of prices within the same shop. $200 on up. But if you want quality in the job and have some say in the prossess go to a shop that handles custume jobs. But take a bank roll with you The guy that is doing my Mog says he can't do "just"a good paint job on a car for less than $2500 and a super job he has no problem hitting $5000 So it's up to you and your wallet how you want to go.
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Old 02-18-2002, 05:56 AM
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The Ferrari factory uses body fillers on their production line!
This is the way they get such a beautiful finish on their cars.

The secret to using "Bondo" (which byw is a brand name, sort of like Jello and Kleenex) is to let it rest and shrink before giving it a final skim of glaze. This should eliminate cracking and checking.

Just my .07 cents. (inflation )
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Old 02-18-2002, 10:06 AM
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I used Bondo to fix the rust hole under the tailight on the bmw primed it and then used honda paint to cover it up an you can't tell anything was ever there
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Old 02-18-2002, 10:31 AM
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I've seen Bondo under the vinyl roofs of new Cadillacs! There are two simple truths to using any body filler, use it sparingly and seal it! Body fillers become porous over time. When new paint is applied, the solvents in the paint rush into the tiny airpockets and actually blow out through the filler. This is the "trademark" cracking that has given Bondo a bad name. In the old days we used lead to repair bodies, but now it's hard to find anyone with the skill or patience to use it.
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Old 02-18-2002, 11:17 PM
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sealing is key to bondo

Folks,

I did/helped on about a hundred paint jobs in college ( in Buffalo, heart of the rust belt, and a good place to be FROM). The key to long term success is sealing both sides. If bondo gets wet, it absorbs water, it expands, and it rusts around the bondo/metal edge. If you can keep it dry, let it cure, surface it well, then apply a finer filler (usually lacquer based), then use a filler primer, you can get a good and lasting result.

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