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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Body Fillers- The Repair Tools Everyone Loves to Hate


Any car that has been driven long enough is likely to have a few dents. Large dents usually need a full body repair at a professional auto repair shop. But you do not need to shell out the same amount of money for smaller dents and gouges. There are easier, more cost-effective ways of getting smaller dents fixed.

This post focuses on one of the main components of car dent repair that is used to fix mall dents-the filler or putty. Most professionals also call it Bondo, a popular trade name in the industry. Incidentally, not many auto repair professionals like to admit that they use body filler quite regularly.

Body fillers are not as bad as many people think them to be. In fact, when used well and in right situations, they can do wonders to a car’s appearance and can offer a fairly long-term solution for dents and gouges at a reasonable price.

Much of the criticism against body fillers is limited to the use of lead, which was used quite regularly as body fillers in past. However, lead was discovered to cause a number of serious health problems and ever since, its use has been discontinued.

Today, all reputed body filler manufacturers use different materials. You can find fillers that use reinforced fiberglass too. Most body fillers and spot glazing putty use a plastic resin that adheres rather well with the metal body of vehicles and lasts long. It can also be sanded easily.

Spot putty may seem similar to common body fillers, but there are a few differences between the two. For one, spot putty is much finer than fillers. Secondly, it is relatively easier to sand than thicker body fillers and does not need any pre-mixing. Spot putty is available in tubes and can be applied directly to the area to be repaired. It also dries faster than other body fillers.

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