Flat file holder
Traditional lead has been used by early auto manufacturers to cover body joins and seams. At the time this was the only material available for the job. It has been regarded as the best method to do so, and in most cases has lasted the test of time. Later in the 1950's lead was heavily used by the pioneers of car customisation and hence the term "lead sled" was then derived. When it comes time to restore a vehicle, lead has its place for an authentic project.
Lead is a filling material for areas on a vehicle that require it. Most commonly used on sections that cannot be metal repaired completely. It is perfect on pillars, panel edges, exterior corners and shut lines. Its strength is also ideal for door and panel edges that are vulnerable for chipping. Lead is perfect to cover over seams and overlapped metal; it will not show up witness lines or shrink in these areas.
Once lead solder has been applied and smoothed it’s ready to be shaped. The best technique is filing. Using an 8tpi file is ideal for soft metals like lead. This non-flexing file holder is made from solid maple and allows maximum control and precise results. Remember, when filing it’s always best to only contact the surface while pushing forward with the cutting action of the file and lift off the surface for the return pass. This will ensure your file will stay sharp for as long as possible.
This flat file holder is suited for a 14" (355mm) long flat file with counter sunk mounting holes. Comes with stainless steel screws.
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