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    leading vs. welding in metal

    my brother in law wants me to fix his fenders wich are dinted pretty bad and i have been thinking about shaving the body lines on the gfs blazers hood i know how to lead and weld both but have never done custom work with lead my question is would it be worth it to use lead instead of cutting out the problem areas and weld in new metal?
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    You are aware this isn't the 50s and there is a new product out. Most people call it bondo but thats only a brand name of the cheap crap.

    Dents you use a body hammer and/or dolly to get them as flat as you can then use body filler to finish it.

    Weld up what you can on the body line and use body filler to smooth it.
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    Buy new jobber fenders, up here they were only $50.00 each. They can't be that much more there. Yes, labor is free if you do it. How much of your time do you wish to waste. You could just sand and paint the new ones and your done. Your choice, my .02
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    Do you really know how to lead or just make it melt? Leading takes special tools and prep work. It's mainly used to fill and smooth seams, using as thin of a coat as possible like you do with body filler. You don't want to use a thick amount to fill the body line. Not only will it probably fall out, it will be very expensive.
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    yes i do know how to lead i have the kit from eastwood and probly 20lbs of body solder and i have leaded small dents on my trucks before... and yes im aware that this is not the 50s but lead is one thing that is just awesome when done rite and im not thinking about just dropping the sticks in the body lines and heating them till they melt because as soon as i got it done and picked it up to move it id have a body line shaped stick of lead i am also aware that a respirator(sp?) is almost manditory when messing with lead because it is extremely poisonous
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    Quote Originally Posted by theKILLSHOT! View Post
    yes i do know how to lead i have the kit from eastwood and probly 20lbs of body solder and i have leaded small dents on my trucks before... and yes im aware that this is not the 50s but lead is one thing that is just awesome when done rite and im not thinking about just dropping the sticks in the body lines and heating them till they melt because as soon as i got it done and picked it up to move it id have a body line shaped stick of lead i am also aware that a respirator(sp?) is almost manditory when messing with lead because it is extremely poisonous
    im more then sure if you did lead the bodyline on the fenders doors, quarters, and tailgate you will warp the hell out of them... the hood looks like the only panel where it will work.. but even so thats a ton of lead!
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    i dont think id warp everything if i took it slow
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    Quote Originally Posted by theKILLSHOT! View Post
    i dont think id warp everything if i took it slow
    i disagree completly.... even when doing tac welds you can easily warp a panel...
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    Doesnt look like this supernova's Avatar
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    there is an s10 around the forums with leaded body lines, and it looks pretty damn good. I know hes on s-seriesforum but i cant think of his s/n. Its an orange-ish first gen on 18s

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    his name is Staticlow92.

    I have seen the truck in person and it looks damn good but from what greg has told me it was a TON of work and the guy had been doing lead work for a LONG time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatfarmer2 View Post
    i disagree completly.... even when doing tac welds you can easily warp a panel...
    I agree with Martin, but it's your car, do what you feel you can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6SpeedBlazer View Post
    his name is Staticlow92.

    I have seen the truck in person and it looks damn good but from what greg has told me it was a TON of work and the guy had been doing lead work for a LONG time.
    yep, thats him, and i too have seen him say in a few threads about it that it was a ridiculous amount of work, just putting it out there that it has been done

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    Quote Originally Posted by supernova View Post
    yep, thats him, and i too have seen him say in a few threads about it that it was a ridiculous amount of work, just putting it out there that it has been done
    his tailgate has a lot of lead in it as well. No joke that thing is like 100 pounds.

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    i think im gonna go jack some fenders off my friends parts trucks and see if it works out and if it does i have fenders i can slap on my truck and their nice and if it dont... im out some lead...
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