I'm looking for recommendations on profile gauges, I'm going to be attempting some repairs of my drivers door in the future and other panels and I would like to try and get it to be the same as the passenger side so am looking to use a profile gauge in 5 cm intervals down the good doors length and then transferring this to the not so good door so I can see how close or far off I am when shaping/dent removing.
Have any of you guys got a "go to" profile gauge of reasonable size? I'll be happy providing it holds the pins in place well to be honest but if I can find one that's sort of long lasting too that would be great, longer would be better too so I don't have to do the top half then the bottom half separately.
I bought a plastic one a few years ago, from an autojumble. I wouldn't want to guess how long it is, but it's longer than the metal one I had before. There are pluses and minuses to both - the plastic one has thicker fingers, for example, but I'm finding some of the fingers on the metal one have bent.
What I'd really like is one with a "lock" on it, so you can hold it against the profile and then lock the fingers in place. With the normal friction method that both mine use, I've lost count of the number of times I've caught it on something between the piece I'm measuring and the bench, and had to go back and measure again.
An artist's curve is quite handy for stuff like this, you can bend it to shape and it stays there. But the one I saw was a horrific price (well, £7) for a bit of bendy plastic, so I cut a strip of aluminium and bend it to shape manually. Can be handy when there isn't enough access for the gauge, but it a bit more trial-and-error.