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FROM THE June 2010 ISSUE

Working with Bare-Metal foil

RELATED TOPICS: BARE-METAL
Q: I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of working with Bare-Metal foil, but I’m having trouble foiling thin windshield posts, B-pillars, and vent window posts.

The glass isn’t fitting right after I foil.  What can I do?
              
Wayne Driscoll   
   via E-mail


Ken: Wayne, you provided a key piece of information when you wrote “the glass isn’t fitting right after I foil,” which tells us that you’re foiling before you add the glass.  

In order to achieve better results, try installing the glass first, and then put on the Bare-Metal foil. The glass will  provide some support for the thin pillars, which you also mentioned have a tendency to break when you try to foil them first.  

Also, when you foil the pillars before you install the glass, you’re no doubt wrapping the foil around the back of the pillars, which could have an effect on how the glass fits.  

Wherever possible, install the glass first, and then foil the pillars much as you would a piece of raised side trim.  
Cut an oversized piece of foil, and burnish it into place on the “top” portion of the pillar. Fold it over the sides and burnish it into place, then carefully trim the excess with a new No. 11 hobby blade.  

We think that’ll take care of your last remaining BMF issue.

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