The first step is to tip the top and bottom edges on the dash. The reason that we’re doing that is because we want to be able to adjust the shape of the dash. If we just simply roll the design in the face it will lock the shape into the dash and we can’t adjust the panel later on. Because the dash has a curve to it on the top and bottom the dash will get a valley or large low spot in the panel from the flange bending process. If we tip the edges first we can adjust the panel back to flat before rolling our step beads in the face. We’ll be using the motorized bead roller
to tip the edges. I like to use a combination of a soft lower wheel
and a sharp/narrow top wheel
and tighten it down so it digs slightly into the soft lower wheel. You can then just run the panel through the bead roller and follow your bend line. When you run it through focus on your line because this first pass is the most critical when tipping an edge. The edge will naturally begin to bend because the top wheel is digging into the soft lower wheel it’s going to start that tip. So you don’t need to pull up on the panel that first time you run it through the bead roller. After you have your initial bend line you can begin to pull up on the panel with each pass until you get to about a 90 degree bend.