Lead solder paddle flat
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.
This paddle is designed and shaped to a convenient comfortable size ready to paddle the lead solder smooth. To prepare the paddle for use - warm it gently and work it into the tallow (paddle lube), let it absorb into the paddle and then continue to apply a little heat to encourage the tallow to draw into the timber. While working with a lead stick at the same time, heat the solder and use the paddle to spread and smooth the solder to the desired shape. Always keep the paddles well lubricated to prevent solder sticking and timber in top condition.
Melomotive's paddles are made from hard rock maple for long service.