Filling in the roof to 1/4 panel seam

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    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I was trying to find some threads on filling in the roof to 1/4 panel seam and didn't have great luck so I am starting a new thread.

    Here is my initial take, feel free to tell me if this is ridiculous or there are better ways.

    The depth of this area is probably 1/4" which is not that deep. So I was thinking of just using an Evercoat product. I know Rage Gold and Rage Extreme are well liked products on this forum but was research their Quantum product and it looks like a winner. Can I just fill in with my filler of choice or should I use something like All Metal first as a "basecoat" and then do a thinner coat of an Evercoat product? Or can I just go straight with an Evercoat product?

    The seam is completely welded, so there should be no flex. It's VERY solid, much more than the original GM welding job.
     
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    I used All-Metal. Its stronger than regular body filler
     
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    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Sure, but is strength really an issue if the seam is welded? Not saying you are wrong. In any case I don't think I'd want to use just All Metal because that stuff is really hard to sand.
     
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    ^^^^^^That's how it's done.

    I use a 7" DA to cut the All Metal, goes quick.
     
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    I've used dura glass there before top coated with body filler. Never had any problems with it.
     
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    right, I was thinking the same thing to get the All Metal down to where I can then sand it normally.
     
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    To be honest with you, you can "lead" it in pretty inexpensively. Modern lead is basically solder. All you need is about 6-8 sticks of lead, some tinting paste, a paddle to work it, and a torch. It will be strong, never crack, and be correct.

    Quick rundown:
    You smear on the tinting paste heat it up and wipe it off.

    You heat up the lead sticks and the panel at the same time.

    Push the bars onto the seam and level with the paddle.

    After cooling, grind down smooth with 80 disc.

    Do a light skim with finishing putty to remove pinholes.
     
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    thanks, that is interesting. That is definitely an idea and does not look too time consuming. On my 76 the seam is basically a rectangular shape so it wouldn't be difficult to cut something. Then I could apply a skim coat of metal filler over that and then a very light coat of filler/puddy to finish.

    BTW for anyone looking this starts on post #243 or so in the link Tony provided.
     

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