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Bondo dust.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by uglysteve, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. I haven't really had much experience using bondo (which is probably a good thing)

    But recently I've run into a bondo related problem that may be not too big of a deal, but I'm a bit nervous about it.

    Basically I share a house with my lady and a buddy of ours and one day my buddy decides he's gonna take an old motorcycle gas tank and get rid of all the bondo on it with a grinder. My car is all torn apart and taking up most of the garage. interior is out, hood open, carbs dont have air filters on. basically everything is wide open.

    So this dude winds up grinding away on this old tank, covering EVERYTHING in the garage with bondo dust. and now im worried because my ENTIRE car is covered in the shit. And I mean everything. my whole interior is out of the car and covered in it, the hood open, its all over the motor, probably all in the carbs.

    Im sure all the work i just did rebuilding my carbs is for nothing if any of that dust got into my float bowls. so im already pissed. but do i have to worry about that shit hardening again if it gets wet? like if its in my carbs and i dont tear them down and rebuild them again just in case, i'll wind up with dried crusty bondo in my carbs? those holley single barrels arent cheap. of course i'm gonna make him clean it up but i know he'll half ass it so it's almost pointless.

    sorry if it seems like a dumb question but i tend to always think of the worst possible scenario for anything.

    just trying to get an idea of how much clean up work is ahead of me.
  2. I don't think you have to worry about the bondo setting up again, its a chemical reaction that makes it harden the first time around, it doesn't "dry".

    Probably a good idea to rinse the carbs out anyway. If they are freshly rebuilt, the gaskets should handle another teardown/reassembly. hit everything with a little carb cleaner or brake spray, and put em back together.
  3. Heo2
    Joined: Aug 9, 2011
    Posts: 661


    blow it away with compressed air
    no big problem
  4. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,682


    Compressor is your best friend, should be fine.

  5. well thats a relief. thanks guys.
  6. oakmckinley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2012
    Posts: 241


    Maybe he's trying to tell you something about taking up the whole garage. :p
  7. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,849

    from Quincy, IL

    I'd recommend a vacuum cleaner over just blowing the stuff around......blowing it doesn't make it go away, it just moves it somewhere else.

    Blowing out small ports in the carb is okay, just not the exterior parts.

    Sounds like you'd be better off with one less person in that household.

  8. The Law of Conservation of Spackle Dust (spackle dust cannot be created nor destroyed, it just changes places when you try to deal with it...) also applies to bondo dust. Vacuum it up and be prepared to toss the bag when you're done.

  9. 1959apache
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627


    I would stay away from spraying the carbs with brakleen, etc. Just use carb cleaner. Just use compressed air to move it off of your interior... Do not wash it as it will become muddy, as for the carbs, clean them up like previously posted...

    get an air cleaner(s) on it or tape up the intake to the carbs and shoot the rest of the car with compressed air. You should always close the opening if you don't have an air cleaner on it with some tape. No worries...

    the guy sounds like an idiot or just didn't know... but the first indication should have been the amount of dust it was throwing... You should make him clean it so he can learn a lesson. I had to do this with a buddy that was living with me at a time and did similar shit when I was replacing the intake on my 1940 Plymouth... being homeless versus cleaning up a mess someone made isn't a hard decision... :p
  10. Hey KemoSabi, Tell Tonto to move out.....
    Sounds like a third wheel situation to me, the Bondo dust is just.... the :D"Trigger".... not the real problem......
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  11. 53 COE
    Joined: Oct 8, 2011
    Posts: 688

    53 COE
    from PNW

    We need a thread entitled "shared garage stories".....

    Shop vac - and cover those carbs - I never leave a carb open, even off the car...

  12. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,448

    Rusty O'Toole

    Blow everything clean and cover everything you don't want dirty. Leaving carbs open is a very bad idea. The bondo dust won't hurt anything but a stray nut or bolt or other piece of debris might. Never leave an engine open, if no air filter on it, cover with a cloth or stuff rags in the intake or something. Cover the car with old sheets or a cheap car cover.
  13. Its shop vac time air blowers just blow the dust around......
  14. If bondo dust ruined stuff, everything inside a body shop would be ruined too.
    The vacuum cleaner trick will take you a year to clean "everything" in your garage.
    Take your stuff outside and blow it out. Actually a good leaf blower works as well as compressed air for 80% of situations.
    Set up a fan and cross breeze in the garage so the dust goes out.
    You may have to do it a few times .

    The bondo dust only gets hard again in the nostrils. I wouldn't worry about the carbs too much. It will stick to greasey and oily spots, just like the fat chick in flour joke.
  15. 68vette
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 306


    Would it not be awful if all that bondo dust ended up on a motorcycle....huuummmmm....yeah vacuum as much as you can...take the seats, and all you can outside and blow the dust away right before a rain...
  16. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,092


    On another note: Make sure to use a respirator. Breathing that crap into your lungs will come back to haunt you.
  17. funk 49
    Joined: Nov 14, 2010
    Posts: 242

    funk 49

    Show your buddy the way to the shop vac.
  18. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,810


    This is the stuff "Barn Finds" are made of. Bob
  19. Yea, getting rid of the bondo was his goal right ?
    Getting it off of the tank is only a part of the job and the easy part.
  20. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,113

    big duece
    from kansas

    Show is ass to the door,and change the locks!
  21. john walker
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,114

    john walker

    sweep up a pile and toss it in his bed.
  22. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,399

    from Oregon

    I'd suck all the dust up with a shop vac, then blow off the rest.
  23. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,364

    from Ks

    Then toss the bed on the lawn, with his half the rent money. :D
  24. Just set up a box fan, open the doors and blow down everything with compressed air. Don't blow it around, blow it out! No harm done.
    Life with room mates isn't always fun. Get your own place if you don't want to share a space.

  25. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,113

    big duece
    from kansas

    Just wait untill you do your fiberglass work to do this...^^^^^^^^^
  26. 1931modela
    Joined: Nov 4, 2011
    Posts: 262

    from montana

    No biggie, hit it with an air nozzle and blow it away. I do it daily in my shop. Your carbs will be fine.
  27. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Then his wife will get it all over her back.

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