View Full Version : To Bondo Or Not To Bondo? THAT Is The Question

10-04-2007, 07:55 PM
so.... my brother put this crappy ricer wing on my baby and after a while i took it off. a fuckn pole jumped out and hit my fuckn baby and i figured if im gonna fix the side then im taking that damn wing off. sanded to the bare metal on the side and the hatch. my question is... should i take off the long panel things on the side of the car (notice the extra holes) and fill them in with bondo? should i even use bondo? what do you guys recomend? i wanna do it right the first time and i know that some of the shops here and tucson use bondo so i'd be paying for something i could do myself. please help!!

10-04-2007, 08:12 PM
bondo i know has a bad rep.. always because people dont use it properly. but hen used properly, (thickness not to exceed 1/4 inch) preferable at 1/8th inch thick works exactly like is supposed to. does as much metal work as you can, pull, hammer, drill, what ever it takes. then once you are as close as possible plug all holes with metal filler( weld, solder, screws) if not a fiber glass patch from behind can work in a pinch, bond well past the effected area and smoothe with a proper sized plane sander..

10-04-2007, 08:14 PM
id leave the door molding on the side.. it will just be more time, money ,and work for you

10-04-2007, 08:43 PM
would jb weld work for the extra holes i would have to drill to bring the dents up?

10-04-2007, 08:53 PM
dont do the jb weld.. if you cant get to the back side of the panel by taking out interior. you can go to a auto body tool stoor, go to harbor freight and get a stud gun, or you can get the smallest self tapping sheet metal screws.. drill into the deepest spots an pull out..keep at it until the dent is nearly out. if the screws are 1/8th or smaller you should be able to just plug the holes with filler and be fine.

10-04-2007, 08:55 PM
what did you do w/ the wing?

10-04-2007, 08:59 PM
gave it to my neighbor. i thing he's puttn it on his mitz eclipse i still have the stock wing though. if i dont sell it before i get to fixn the backside im just gonna put it back on

10-04-2007, 09:01 PM
and no i cant get to the back of it cuz the seatbelt holder thing is in the way of most of the side where the wheel is. the door is mostly pounded out but i've been told that it would help if i bondo it

10-04-2007, 09:06 PM
and no i cant get to the back of it cuz the seatbelt holder thing is in the way of most of the side where the wheel is. the door is mostly pounded out but i've been told that it would help if i bondo it

well u may need to take our seats out.. but the more you can do with out drilling into your metal the better.. dood dont be afraid of bondo use as directed works great..

10-04-2007, 09:17 PM

10-05-2007, 10:08 AM
i just sanded all the rust off the damn car from the rain. lol now im gonna start pulling the dents

10-10-2007, 09:50 AM
check out my before and after thread on the EK Discussion, i wreck my car and we mainly used bondo to fix, but we did bang the hell out of the dent from the inside to pop it out as much as possible. Thats a Must

10-14-2007, 09:41 PM
Weres the remove spoiler option?

The President
10-14-2007, 10:12 PM
my take on bondo... don't use it to fill holes (in metal), and use it sparingly. 1/8" deep should be the ABSOLUTE maximum thickness of the bondo. this stuff was not made to recreate the body of a car, it was made to keep things smooth.

10-16-2007, 05:11 PM
Weres the remove spoiler option?

i took the wing off i should have some pictures up in a lil bit

10-18-2007, 08:50 AM

Like everyone else has already said. bang the dents out as much as possible and use the bondo to smooth out what you cant pull/bang out. use bondo as a smoother not a filler. If you check out the link in my sig for fixing fender rust it will give you lots of good pics of before and after of using bondo and fiberglass filler.

Edit: I would also grab some primer from walmart or just about anywhere, just some 99 cent rattle can will work. use it to cover any bare metal you have as a temporary rust inhibitor. once you are ready for the bondo and paint sand off the shitty primer and coat it with some good stuff.

10-27-2007, 12:36 PM
thank u

10-27-2007, 01:13 PM

02-20-2008, 08:02 AM
Again, just like everone else said, don't use it to fill holes, follow the directions on the can, and you'll be good to go. I used bondo to get out all the dents on my DA Integra and drove the car on blown struts, bouncing all over the place, for about two years and had absolutely no problems.

02-23-2008, 03:43 PM
If you cant weald the holes use all metal its made by usc.strongest next to weld

The God Damn Batman
04-04-2008, 04:52 PM
pretty much what everyone said.. bondo is good if you use it correctly..
you wanna pretty much use as little as possible is should really only be used for the fine dents and things you cant get out when trying to knock out the dents.

04-06-2008, 07:51 PM
bondo isn't a bad thing. i work at a body shop. almost every car these days that gets in a wreck has some bondo on it. you should get it as close as you can with metal then bondo it. just try not to go any thicker then about 1/16th. and finish it with a good 300+ grit. should look tits. =)

06-13-2008, 07:58 AM
didnt vote

06-15-2008, 06:46 PM
Dont bondo it until you know how to bondo stuff right. HATE seeing shitty body jobs.

06-15-2008, 06:54 PM

06-15-2008, 07:22 PM
Dont use bondo

06-15-2008, 09:34 PM
bondo is not a bad thing, but too many people use it wrong. I have seen bondo jobs last for 20 years and I have seen some last for 2 days, so if you do it like you are supposed to you won't have any problems.

I like how the guy from the body shop says only 1/16" thick and the manufacturer of bondo products says up to 1/4". I would not excede 1/8" but 1/16" might make it hard to smooth out some body work.

06-16-2008, 01:27 PM
Don't bondo it!

06-16-2008, 02:01 PM
Your never going to get it straight with out bondo or body filler...
If you do get it straight with just metal work.,

you must have like some kind of special kid syndrom..
you know the kids that have ADD, and crank quantium physics in their head..

metal work, bondo, glaze, surfacer, base, clear... your straight!