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PostPost by: jono » Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:46 pm

I've just bought one of these and a must say what an excellent bit of kit.

It's just brilliant for slicing through fibreglass. I have used it for cutting back some untidy flanges in the wheel arches of the + 2 in readiness for sealing them up with Tigerseal and it's so manouverable and effortless to use.

I would imagine than one fitted with a scraper blade could be a brilliant way of stripping paint from a fibreglass shell - has anyone deployed one for such a purpose?

I think this is going to be one of those tools which gets a lot of use :P

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PostPost by: jerryh » Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:13 am

Jon

I have one of these also and I did use it with the scraper blade to remove the paint on my Europa, you have to get the angle right but with a sharp blade it took every layer of paint off in one go straight back to the Gel coat I've not really tried it on the curves as I was worried about it digging into the fibreglass but it certainly saves time.

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:45 am

Salut

Haven't used it on the car yet but it's a very useful tool. Blades are expensive, though.

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PostPost by: ElanSeries2 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:27 am

I have a Bosch one, and I'd back up what Vernon says about the blades - 4 blades cost more than the tool if you aren't careful! I did manage to get a decent price by buying 5 on-line (less than a fiver per blade), but that's still very expensive.

I've used it for lots of stuff around the house that otherwise would have taken 5 times longer - its an amazing bit of kit that I wouldn't be without.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:06 pm

Bought one yesterday to speed up the paint removal on the +2. I must say that I had no luck even with the scraper sharpened. I tried numerous sharpening angles as well as trying different tool angles. Russ's suggested method, using a razor blade held by vice grips, is much quicker and does very little damage to the gel coat.

I will say it does glide through fiberglass as Jon stated. I used it as he did to tidy up the wheel wells and to cut back the flanges on the foot wells for a bit more clearance for my zetec install. It gives a clean cut with little to no tearing. Fiberglass does quickly dull those expensive blades though. Two thumbs up! (Yeah, still have them after using the tool in the wheel wells.)
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PostPost by: mikealdren » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:11 am

Bud,
I used a sharp wood chisel, get the angle right to the bodywork and it works really well with just the occasional nick in the fibreglass if you get careless. Sand off to finish.

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PostPost by: Bud English » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:37 pm

Mike- I don't have anywhere left to strip and I hope there isn't a next time. :D Good tip though and your right, it's all in the angle of attack. Get the angle right and the paint comes off quickly. It's all the nooks and crannies that are a real pain.
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PostPost by: mikealdren » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:18 pm

Yes, its all those little corners!

Good luck with the restoration

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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:25 pm

Must think of something that it can be used on in the kitchen by SWMBO then I will put one on her Christmas list. Image

Joking apart we used something very similar for removing bonded windscreens years ago rather than the double handled cheesewire.

In saying that how things progress......just had my bonded LandRover company car windscreen replaced, job done in less than 30 minutes. ( had to wait an hour before driving though) The guy used a wire on a sort of winding pulley. The screen was out in less than 10 minutes.

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