Using filler on my engine bay before paint
Alright guys and gals, Noob here.
I have a car that I've rebuilt the motor on and it's mainly going to be for show and some go.
Anyway, I've got most of the Engine bay down to bare metal. Some part of the driver's frame rail is a bit corroded.
Otherwise, there are a lot of tight nooks/crannies, etc.
From factory gadgets for emissions and such (which are being tossed), there are a lot of small holes where clips held things in that I want to fill in.
I spoke to Len (a wonderful source of knowledge) who suggested using short-strand fiber glass on the small holes and such.
For filling in the low spots and imperfections, he suggested using Rage Gold.
I've never done this sort of thing before and I'd hate to buy gallons of these things to waste them not using them properly.
I'm looking to find out a few things:
- Times to wait before application?
- What procedures?
- How to lay down the stuff and what is preferred? (putty knife/spatula?)
- Any prep to do to the metal first? (Prepsol?)
p.s. will update with pics of where I'm at now, later.
Originally Posted by PK strategy
I don't know what kind of feedback you'll get here but check the link below on hole filler for a larger hole and search Youtube on "body filler" and I'm sure you'll find some video on the subject that will give you a good start.
This is the work that I mainly do. I am just getting in to painting now too.
The small holes, I use the Dynatron Milled Glass, I'll either blast the metal or use a 24 grit disk to take it down to bare metal and if the hole is large enough, I'll use some fiberglass matting, I think I got my last package from Walmart
Put a thin coat of the milled glass over the area and press the fabric smooth over that, then add a thin layer over the top, you can then use your regular filler to smooth and such.
When I do the frame rails, it depends on what they look like, most of them have the cuts in them to crumple, most people want to smooth them out. I usually blast the rails down to solid metal and use a cloth material with fiberglass resin. I usually start wrapping the frame rail from the rear and do each side of the rail by itself, basically brush on some resin on the back side and then put the fabric over it and continue, as you wet the fabric with resin, you will be able to form it however you like.
Be sure to wear gloves because that crap is a MESS!