Cold shrinking

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Cold shrinking is a process in motor vehicle bodyworks.[1] Compared with hot shrinking, cold shrinking is a longer process, but it is the most preferred method and most common especially where the stretched area is bigger.[2] Cold shrinking is mostly done by use of a dolly hammer.[3] The rough surface is the fill using a body filler or a body solder in order to give a smooth finish.[4]

This is a method of panel beating where heating is not done to the stretched panel. This method is mostly suitable for integral cars with integral body panels such as hatchbacks..[3]

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  1. ^ Brownell, Tom. How to Restore Your Ford Pick-Up. MotorBooks International. ISBN 9781610590297.
  2. ^ "Shrinking Metal". Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  3. ^ a b Maurice, Stack (2006). "TRADE OF VEHICLE BODY REPAIR" (PDF). ecollege. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cold Shrinking. - OD16530050". Retrieved 2017-12-04.