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Al Skin Zipper skins doors in approximately 15 minutes using a self-lubricating, reinforced nylon head that will crimp regular or adhesive-bonded skins.
Steck Manufacturing’s new air hammer-driven Al Skin Zipper door skinning tool is designed for any 1-millimeter aluminum skin and 1.5-millimeter door shell and is easily affordable for every auto body technician. It skins doors in approximately 15 minutes using a self-lubricating, reinforced nylon head that will crimp regular or adhesive-bonded skins. It crimps the edge tightly for a professional rope hem finish with no damage to the skin in an easy two-step process after removing the SPRs (Self Piercing Rivets) with the SPR Extraction Tool (PN 21970). Step one allows the technician to form the edge of the door skin to an initial 45° angle by holding the tool at a right angle to the door. No hammer and dolly work required here. Step two allows the technician to complete the final form by using the tool at a 45° angle. Two side slots are included for left and right application. When completed, minimal finishing may be required on the corners and body lines. Aluminum skins are prone to cracking, but the Al Skin Zipper prevents cracking from happening because it produces a rope hem. It reduces technician arm fatigue from the hammer-and-dolly method and saves up to 30 minutes of labor and assembly time by easily skinning the door with minimal refinish required to paint and/or reapply e-coating. It allows the technician time to skin the door before the two-part bonding agent has time to set. The head will skin approximately 10 door skins and is easy to replace when it wears out. Check out the Al Skin Zipper, which retails for $38, on Steck’s webpage. Check out a video of the Al Skin Zipper here.