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    "How to" request for bodywork

    Hi,

    Can somebody please give me a detailed guide on how to cover up holes in the bodywork i.e.when one removes the aerial or other body-mounted features that leave a sizeable hole. Please?

    Mucho thanks

    Kristian
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    1/Weld a plate over the hole
    2/Use body filler to fill the hole, apply it in thin layers so it dries, not one thick dollop
    3/Sand down to the contours of the body
    4/Spray primer, few coats
    5/Flat off the primer with 800 wet and dry
    6/Spray top coat, light coats.
    7/Apply laquer for metallic paints.

    Leave to dry properly and then use some cutting paste to give a nice shiny finish.


    Not a very detailed guide, but gives the basics
    My mk3,117K, and the engine is still going strong
    shame about the car shell tho,lol.

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    I'm not gonna be doing the priming or the painting.

    How far does you think I should go before I take it into a spray-shop? Or should I just get them to do the whole thing.

    Also, how easy is it to get in and weld a pience of metal to the back of the hole which the aerial goes in on the left hand rear wing? I'm guessing you have to take the plastics off in the boot area.
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    wont the paint bubble with the heat from the welding torch?
    cud try araldite or a similar epoxy
    Any info on V6 MK4 conversions greatly appreciated!
    ----x--Petey--x----

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    If you're not confident (or skilled) to do the work then let a bodyshop do it - unless your spot on with the filler it'll stick out like a sore thumb.

    BTW - never use araldite!!!! You need to use isopon P40 to bridge the hole (from behind) and P38 to smooth it off.

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    I meant use araldite to bond the metal plate to the body instead of welding it....


    either way is probably better than my mate who used some expanding foam and an empty um bongo carton
    Any info on V6 MK4 conversions greatly appreciated!
    ----x--Petey--x----

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterPiper
    I meant use araldite to bond the metal plate to the body instead of welding it....


    either way is probably better than my mate who used some expanding foam and an empty um bongo carton
    Uhhh :shock

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    Basically mate as big up vauxhall said.

    How big is the hole if it isn't too large i.e upto 5mm then you should be able to weld the hole up, and grind it back without the use of a plate. i'm just in the process of having this done to the badge holes on the boot of my mk4, due to someone nicking the boot badge, put it this way they won't be able to nick it again as it won't be there. Ah smoothed and badgeless the way it should be.
    I would take it to a bodyshop though if your not sure though as if it aint done right it will be easliy noticed.

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    I'm just taking the aerial out of the rear left wing and mounting a new one on the roof (bee-sting style) so I need to cover up the hole in the rear left wing of my car which is about an inch in diameter, so it'll have to be done properly. I think I'll just take it into a bodyshop to do coz to be frank I haven't got a clue what you guys are on about apart from welding but I'm not confident enough with myself to do that, so I'll just take it into a shop to do it.

    I'm certainly not attempting it with bodge and an empty umbongo pack!! Lmao!
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    hey, it was a mingy old car and needed to look like it didnt have a hole in it!

    Personally im a ribena carton guy but each to their own :P
    Any info on V6 MK4 conversions greatly appreciated!
    ----x--Petey--x----

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