Steel Surface Slapper Standard
These high quality USA made Finish Slapper/Flippers for metal shaping and auto body repair, standard length finishing slapper can do smoothing (planish)-blending-stretching-shrinking on all metal type surfaces.
1 1/2” wide blade x ¼” thick x 7” effective blade length (very slight blade curve) slight spring feel of the blade, 14” overall length, with a generous blend radius on the working blade edge.
Carbon steel construction, heat treated and high luster polish on working blade surface. Use on mild steel and aluminum materials.
Foam handle grip for comfort and surface feel. Weight: 1.45lbs.
If you haven’t used a metal surface slapper they are an excellent complement to any existing panel beater or auto body hammer. But, different than the auto body hammer the steel slapper blade allows you to disperse forces over a much larger area and enhances your control of surface changes.
The steel slapper will bring up low areas in a panel if worked with a hand dolly. You can also lower and lightly shrink high surface areas using similar techniques as with the low spots.
The large surface area of the blade provides smoothing quality than a panel beater would normally not provide. All with a non-marring surface quality. Need to initiate some lineal stretching in targeted areas the steel slapper working on a solid backed dolly or a leather shot bag will effectively perform to expectations.
We’ve also developed these steel slappers to allow working on the late model heat treated aluminum bodies for smoothing and blending of dents and surface marking.
Key design features of a Steel Metal Surface Slapper:
- A Positive balance feel is vital.
- Length & width of blade should be relative to surface area to be smoothed. Longer blade lengths for large lower crown surfaces, stubby length blade for high crown areas where access can be an issue. Varying blade widths will allow a wider zone of work while adding slightly to blade weight that can be useful on slightly thicker gauge metals and allow more lineal stretching of a surface zone.
- Working blade surface ideally should have a taper edge all the way around to help ensure that you do leave unnecessary surface marks or dings.
- Slapper handle grip form should allow for good clearance to work surface and allow the hand to be able to apply positive surface striking and receive feedback. With good work surface viewing.
*please note picture shows both sides of 1 unit.
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