View Full Version : Ramos! Let's Talk Bondo!
03-24-2004, 01:16 AM
Ok, u seem to know a lot about bondo.
I bought some Bondo Body Filler, from Bondo the company.
The instructions are.....sketchy to me.
They say for every 3 in diameter circle, 1/2 in thick of filler i should use 3 in stip of hardener?
Does this sound right?
Reason i ask is, it's a lot of filler for such a small amount of hardner.
And on a side note, just want to make sure.
-Bondo the imperfections
-Sand while hardening (Grit A)
-Sand (Grit B)
For Grit A and B, what do you recommend?
Thanks a lot man U ROCK!
03-24-2004, 07:15 AM
Nah, it's all the fiberglass and body filler fumes I have absorbed over the years that sank in :D
It sounds about right to me . But I myself would do a little expiramenting with small amounts of each to get the mixture right for your current weather. If it's cold ( below 60 ) you might need to mix it a little hotter ( more mekp ) warmer a little less. Too hot though will make the bondo brittle when it dries.
For A the roughest you can find. The absolute best thing to use is a cheese grater style body file. What your doing here is getting rid of all of the ridges and high spots in the filler.
B will need to come before the primer.
B I would step down progressivly from 120 to 400 or 500 grit.
Anything else let me know :)
03-24-2004, 11:07 AM
You may also want to apply a small skim coat after sanding if there are any pin holes. A few layers of primer and some blocking should take care of any imperfections or sand scratches after that.
Personally, I would finish sanding my bondo after the 400 grit and then do 400 and then 600 blocking (possibly even wet depending on the finish you are looking for).
03-25-2004, 10:59 PM
Thanks a lot guys.
What did you use to mix and apply it?
Was thinking wooden splint sticks.
03-26-2004, 09:22 AM
Look around at a body supply shop. They have spreaders of different sizes that are used for that.
03-26-2004, 09:51 AM
Usually you would use a rubber spactula or spreader (?). But DEFINATElY sand while it's like hard play-doh. That way the ridges and everything are taken care of. If you have a big surface, hell even a small one, a D/A or Orbital sander does wonders. I sanded my bondo down with something like 30 grit or so. I can't remember what it was I just asked for the grittiest **** I could find.
Hope this helps...