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Guard Rolling on ST185 - experiences

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:24 pm
by DeeCee
Hi all,

Anyone have any experiences with rolling the lip on the rear guards of a ST185?

Am looking at guard rolling at the rear as the panel beaters didn't do it prior to painting (amazingly annoying/frustrating I know *sigh).
In discussions with the local GT Four club, the view is that the guard is very hard to roll due to 3 layers of sheet metal which make up the guard lip.

One method would be to cut slots between the spot welds to relieve the stress on the metal, roll the lip up then weld the sectioned pieces to restore panel strength in that area. Then seam seal and primer. And yes, I am resigned to the fact that I will need to wreck the new paint job and get it repaired after the fact :(

Let me know your experiences and thoughts.

Cheers Dave

Re: Guard Rolling on ST185 - experiences

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:38 pm
by underscore
I tried to roll mine, but the coilovers were too short to fit the roller so I had to use a more tedious method. It should be doable, I'd at least try it to see if you can get away without having to repaint anything.

Re: Guard Rolling on ST185 - experiences

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:05 am
by FC Zach
I used this: http://www.eastwood.com/ew-fender-roller-w-instruction.html
As well as an infrared thermometer and heat gun. I heated the surface to help prevent paint damage. Work slow and make small adjustments and you'll reduce the chances of cracking paint this way.

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