Rocker Panels Complete

Saturday’s Trans Am restoration project included completing the rocker panel bodywork then priming along with prepping the floor pans for paint.  A small amount of body filler was needed on each side to smooth out some of the imperfections left from pulling dents.  The area should be cleaned thoroughly to remove any residue from the chemical stripper.  Metal should be worked as much as possible to reduce the amount of filler needed.    The metal should also be sanded to give the filler something to hold on to.  Filler is applied to extend well past each side of the work so the area can be properly blended.  The filler was sanded using an straight line pneumatic sander to reduce the bulk.  The passenger side required a little more than the driver’s side so body glaze was used to fill the scratches and pinholes left in the body filler.  The glaze needs to be much thinner than the filler as this can be sanded to a finer finish and is only meant to fill smaller imperfections left in the body filler.  As a general rule, body filler should be no thicker than the thickness of a dime when complete in order to avoid shrinkage and cracking later.  It’s usually best to apply mulitple coats rather than one thick coat.  I’ll be glad to post pictures with more detailed steps if anyone is interested.

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