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Frugal Maniac

Bemidji MN, 56601

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Using a 6" power sander

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 1:01 PM Comments comments (1)
Always keep your sander flat on the panel you are sanding if you do not you will make the work you are doing look wavy. Always start the sander on the panel so you do not make a divit. Use 80 grit for body work, 120 to 180 to finish body work, use 220 for stripping paint, 320 to 400 for finish work.
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What is Shrinkage?

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Get more auto body information when you click hereShrinkage
This is not the title for a bad joke it is something that you need to be aware of when refinishing a automobile. So what is shrinkage? Shrinkage is caused by scratches being to deep, paint not being feathered correctly or a reaction with the old painted surface. When shrinkage happens you will be able to see your repair in the finished paint.
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Working with Fiberglass #automotive

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 8:52 AM Comments comments (0)
If you are refinishing a automobile and will be working with fiberglass read the directions on the can of resin do not proceed with out doing so. When working with fiberglass tape your sleeves shut, keep your collar on your shirt buttoned tight, keep your shirt tucked in. This is so the dust does not get everywhere. When done take a cold shower to rinse off so that your pores do not open up causing you a big itch fest.

P.S. this works when you are insulating your home with fiberglass insulation.
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Auto Body Long Block #Automotive

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 9:18 AM Comments comments (0)
Using a 15" x 2-3/4 to 30" Sanding Board on your car will help make the panel (fender, quarter panel, door, hood.....) that is being repaired look as strait and flat as possible. The trick is using the longest block that you can for the size of the repair so the whole area is sanded at once. This takes any little divits or waves in the finish sanding them and making the side of your car look as flat as glass.
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