So I bought a bead roller so I can finish my bed. It is not a very expensive one, so if it gets me through my bed, I will be happy with it. My plan is basically to roll the body line on the inner bedsides, and to do some panels in the floor. So, I have been playing around with it on some scrap, trying to get a feel for it.
And now I have a couple questions for you guys who do this more/for a living:
1. When I roll a bead and try to make turns, the bead loses its definition on the tight-side of the bend. Why would that happen? The more I think about it, I forgot to tighten the bolt on the adjustable roller, so maybe it was deflecting a little..
2. How do you guys start you bead/or flange a certain distance into the panel? For instance, when you guys roll boxes into a panel, the box doesnt start from the edge of the panel...
3. When you mark out the bead you want to roll, do you follow the lines you drew right into the dyes you are using, or do you try to line your marks up with the edge of the dye?
4. Going back to rolling bends, is there a rule of thumb for how tight the radius can be?
Here is the roller I bought.