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    • How Can I Control Warping While MIG Welding?

      Sometimes, if you are welding two pieces of metal together, you might experience a warping of the metal surfaces. Warping can occur either if your material preparation is not performed correctly or if you make certain errors while welding. The three main ways you can warp metal materials when welding are: a lack of tack welds, the materials are not clamped together while welding, and if you have a poor welding technique. Below are various ways you can remedy these issues.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • What is Buffing?

      Many people confuse polishing and buffing, and when you are working in the automotive industry, it is important to differentiate between the two terms. Polishing is a process that removes a moderate amount of metal from a metal piece using coarse to medium abrasives in stages. After polishing a piece of metal, the piece will have a “brushed” type of look, and you will not be able to see reflections in the metal. Polishing removes small scratches and minor surface imperfections. During an auto body restoration or repair project, polishing will come before buffing. If you run your fingernail over a scratch on a vehicle's surface and it gets caught on the scratch, the area should be polished before buffing. Polishing a piece of metal enough will ideally even out the surface nicely during repairs.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • What is a Flange Joint and How Do You Perform One?

      When it comes to auto body patch panel installations, no joint is more useful than a flange joint. A flange joint is very similar to a lap joint except that the area that is overlapped on one of the metal pieces is lower than the rest, making both pieces at equal elevation when welding. ....  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • Leading a Body Panel The Gene Winfield Way.

      Only a few guy from the golden age of kustomizing and hot rodding are still with us, and even less are still working on cars. One of the best is Gene Winfield and even today, well into his 80's he's still traveling the world kustomizing old cars and teaching classes about metal shaping, leading, and anything you want to know about custom cars. I was lucky enough to catch up with him at one of his recent metal working seminars to get the process he uses to apply lead to a panel.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • How Do I Control the Thickness of Electroplate?

      When you are using an electroplating process to coat one of your metal auto parts, it is important to know how to control the thickness of the electroplate you are adhering to the part. The thickness of a coated electroplate has....  Click Here To Read Full Post...