Fender Filler: A Guide to Help You When Buying a Replacement
Fender filler is a type of car body filler used on your fender in order to fill in bends, gaps, holes, scratches, and so forth on the fender of your vehicle. Many fillers are made of plastic resin, thus they require a hardener mixed with them to allow them to harden. Other fillers are made of steel and can be installed unto the old or damaged part of your filler as a replacement item of sorts. Which type you pick depends on the extensiveness of the fender damage.
Finding the Right Fender Filler
Here are the different types of fender filler you can use for your damaged fender.
- Smooth Surface Plastic Car Fender Fillers: This fender filler type is fine grained and can be applied in a thin layer. This results in a top-quality finish that, after it's been sanded, creates a smooth surface for painting. However, this is limited to scratches and small dents. If your fender has bigger holes and large dents, then this isn't the pasty filler for it that requires hardener like clay.
- Multipurpose Plastic Car Fender Fillers: Many fender filler companies advertise their fillers as being suitable for smooth surface work and bulk filling at the same time. With that said, there's a limit to this and you still need expert auto body shop workers to skillfully remake a fender. It's like paints to an artist; a better set of paints won't necessarily make a good artist.
- Sheet Metal Car Fender Fillers: If fine grains or multipurpose fillers aren't doing the trick to remake your extensively damaged fender but the fender itself isn't so damaged that you require replacement, then you have the option to buy a whole metal sheet fender to weld, galvanize, or attach to the missing parts of your existing fender. It's a whole piece of metal that might even match the finish of your original fender as well.
- Fiberglass Car Fender Fillers: There are fillers for your fender that aren't fine grained or multipurpose but instead whole pieces of fiberglass panels you can use to cover entire holes on your damaged fender. This is an ideal filler for cars made of fiberglass instead of steel sheets, although it could also be used to cover small holes in metal sheet cars too; just don't use them on galvanized metal surfaces or extensively damaged fenders.
- Hardening Filler Paste, Fiberglass Cloth, Fiberglass Body Filler or Metal Sheets: Fiberglass cloth is glued unto your fender using fiberglass resin and is composed of chopped fiberglass strands. Fiberglass is applied to fenders in pieces of sheet or shapes cut from the sheet. Metal finder fillers usually look like pieces of fender you could weld or stick unto the fender. The hardening filler can be used to stick either fiberglass or metal sheet fillers to your fender.
Other Things to Consider
The beauty of a fender filler is that unlike certain other car parts, it can be fitted with multiple different makes and models of cars. It's not like when you replace your carburetor or oxygen sensor gasket where only certain types could fit to your car. With that said, it's still easier to get the right specific shape of a fender or wing on your car if you know what type, year, make, and model it is (info that's located on the driver's side doorjamb of your automobile).