How to Sand Body Filler for Car Restoration

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Learn how to use sand body filler 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

Now Alex is going to sand the body filler he's applied to the Miada. He's going to sand it mostly with a sanding block. He's going to fold the paper now and again to get exact curves correct. You always want to have something to force the sandpaper into the shape of the car rather than just using your bare hand and following the imperfect shape of the body filler. You won't be able to get the shape of the car. So you want to use a good hard sanding block. Alex is going to be checking the body lines as he goes from side to side on the car to make sure that the two sides of the car look exactly the same. He's using a hammer to tap the metal down just a little bit so that it reaches the same level as the body filler. Nothing better for checking the shape of the thing other than your hand. Just rub back and forth on it.


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