Hood Body Filler Work

This afternoon I did some work applying body filler to the hood to smooth out the body solder repairs I’d already done. I’m finding that it is beyond my abilities to get most of the solder repairs perfectly smooth without applying some sandable filler to finish off the repairs. Also, on one particular dent on the hood the metal had been ground thin, and when I applied heat to try to solder that area the metal simply buckled. Areas like this are not good candidates for solder repairs, so I used filler exclusively on that shallow dent.

My filler of choice is Evercoat Metal 2 Metal, which is a high-quality filler that has small particles of metal in it that give it a metal appearance. It is plastic filler, make no mistake, but has a metallic appearance. In my limited experience using it I have found it to be a very high quality filler and easy to apply, work, and sand. I bought the filler from Eastwood; buying from a place that turns over a lot of product means you will get relatively fresh stock, whereas a can that has been on the shelf for a long time can be a little less flexible.

The first thing I did was to wipe down all of the areas I was applying filler with paper towels and acetone to clean the metal and remove any grease. Next I cracked open the can of filler.

I used a plastic mixing board and just plastic applicators available at Walmart. As per the instructions on the can I used about a golfball-sized dollop of filler and applied 10-12 drops of the hardener.

With the hardener added I mixed it into the filler on the board.

Wearing rubber gloves, because filler will definitely stick to your skin, I swiped on two stripes of filler over the larger hood dent. By experience I have learned that it is much better to work the filler less than more, because continually going over it makes the coat less smooth, not more smooth. The Metal 2 Metal has decent working time, but is most pliable when it first goes on.

I also skimmed over the weld and solder repairs of the hoodpin holes, as well as the smaller solder-repaired dent on the opposite side of the hood.

And I attacked the front hood lip, where I had done a lot of soldering. I applied a thin coat of filler to fill the remaining dents and to blend the damaged area into the other side of the lip.

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