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Old 07-28-2003, 06:47 AM   #15
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"The only thing the tool is supposed to do is pull the dent back out. Pretty much the same tool that they would use if you had it done."

Not with aluminum. Aluminum, unlike steel, does not "pop out". To work out dents in aluminum you must work from the ourside in. Now, there has been some success reported with suction cups, but even then you work it from the edges around and around and the towards the center. I suppose you could do the same thing with one of these glue type tools, but it would be incredibly tedius.


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Old 07-28-2003, 07:20 AM   #16
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Hmm, I saw this tool (not the Ding King, but the professional model) in among tools that were linked on the Vintage Restoration site, so I assumed that it was applicable for this use.

I stand corrected.

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Old 07-28-2003, 07:36 AM   #17
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re: Dent King

I think I will back up a bit and say that I do not absolutely know that a Dent King type approach will not work. I will say that I have seen it fail, rather spectacularly. I will also say that it will not work in the way that it can sometimes work with steel - just popping out the dent from the center.

There may be a technique whereby Dent King could be used on an Airstream, but somebody would need to explain it to me.

I say all this, not to discourage anyone, but to prevent the inexperianced from making an irrepairable mistake.

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Old 07-28-2003, 08:38 AM   #18
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If that's the worst jump on it.

Our resident Airstream dealer, Andy, has pointed out that this sort of damage will fade with time. The properties of the aluminum that is used will tend to have the dents that are not creased pop themselves out with heat cycling. If he's correct then about 50% or better of what you see in that picture will proably begone in a year. THe cold of winter will cuse considerable shrinkage and next summers expansion sould do the trick.

As a example. The thin aluminum Hehr vents on our 59 look like somebody worked it over with a ball pene hammer from hail over they ears and there is no hail dents on the body at all.

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