The horror (AKA people need to stop using body filler instead of panel beating tools)

People, please. I implore you to stop using body filler (AKA bog, bondo, etc) instead of hammering out dents and fixing car bodies properly.

While sanding the rear fenders (guards) on my Pontiac I discovered filler over 2.5in thick in places.

Instead of fixing the dent over the wheelarches, someone in the past just put over 2.5 inches (80mm) of filler in its place.

We will fix it, but it is frustrating in the extreme that some “tradesman” did such shoddy work when they only needed a tiny skim of filler to cover up the dents and rust they are trying to hide.

Digging these panels out has taken nearly 20 hours over three days (and 12 hours to drive to the shop and back). When it would have taken similar time to fix the metal properly – they didn’t even weld up the holes for the BONNEVILLE badges at the back of the quarters!

We will hopefully have this fixed in a couple of weeks after Brendan paints the door jambs and inner skins!

I stripped the driver’s side guard where we found more 1-2in thick bondo hiding a tiny, easily repaired section that measured about 1in square. They literally spent more time putting filler in the rear guards and sculpting it than what it took to fix the guard properly and just do a small skim…

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