How to Shape Body for Car Restoration

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Learn how to use a cheese grater or body shaper to perfect the shape of your car when doing body work and restoring a car in this free DIY car-restoration video from our expert mechanic and body shop owner.

Part of the Video Series: Classic Car Restoration: Body Work
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Video Transcript

Every body man has his own technique that works best for him. Alex puts more filler on the job then is necessary so he can have good control and good shaping when he gets it to a sure form. Sure form is the brand name for this tool. If want to sound cool like your season body man call it a cheese grater. They make different fixture for them to hold them as tools, they make different length of them, different coarseness, different angles, different shapes of them. So Alex puts on a good bit of a body filler even more then what I usually do and then he gets into it with the cheese grater and carves it into the exactly the shape that he wants. You want to make sure that the body filler is pretty well set up. If you get on it to early with the cheese grater you end up clogging the cheese grater, getting a bunch of goop on it. You can peel the body off the car if you get on it to early. If you wait too long it gets too hard for the sure form to cut it. If the body filler sets up really hard you will not be able to get it to cut with the cheese grater when you shape it. You want to cut just deep enough not to deep, if you cut to deep then you have these cheese grater holes that you need to fill.


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