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Old 11-15-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Damaged Argosy End Caps

How hard is it to deal with damaged Argosy end caps. Because they are steel, will they be harder to work with. Looking at an Argosy with basketball size dent in front end cap. Will taking off inner skin and going after it be the way to go? Thanks for the advice in advance.

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Old 11-15-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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PAINTED Argosy = EASIER!

Painting can cover Bondo - not even an option with an Airstream. With an Argosy you can get "close", then use a bit of filler to take out the last visible imperfections prior to painting. With an Airstream there will always be some residual crease marks left.

Steel endcaps - are like a car body - so call your local dent removal service, and have them give it a go. They'll probably want to pop a few rivets on an inside panel and use some roller tools to pop the dent back out.

You could also remove the inside panel, then do the underinflated basketball trick, but steel might be a bit more stubborn than aluminum to pop back into shape.

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I would think it would be easier than aluminum to deal with (no first had experience here). I've done my fair share of body work, but with steel you can use some heat to shrink any stretched areas. From behind might be easier, but you might see if someone has a spot weld dent puller. I presume you'll be repainting the area? If so you can borrow or rent one of those, they basically spot weld a little pin onto the dent, then you use a slide hammer to pull the dent. I'm sure there is someone on here that's done Argosy end caps that may have better advice though.
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Yes do plan on painting it...RED, WHITE, and BLUE!
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:17 PM   #5
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Simply fix them like body work on a car... and paint! Uses a dent puller to pull out the dent fill with bondo, sand, prime, paint....
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Hi Bob, I have done auto body repair for 32 yrs. and repainted 2 Argosy's and had dents in both of the trailer end caps. If it is just hail damage just fill with bondo prep and paint, if you start heating and trying to drill holes and pull them out you are going to have a lot of problems. The only way I would do anything else is if the dent was deep enough to cause interior damage and then take the interior panels off and push it out from the inside.

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Bob, There is something else I should have said, you might already know, be sure to use a good etching primer, DuPont makes a good one called DTM direct to metal. I would sand the cap and clean the hail dents out good with a wire brush on a drill and prime the whole cap then sand where your going to put bondo just enough to ruff the primer do not sand through the primer then bondo and prime with a high build primer.

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I have a lot of dents in the body of my Minuet. Can you use bondo on the aluminum?
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Can you use bondo on the aluminum?
Yes...scuff it really good so that it will stick.
Hold the putty knife up straight to avoid excess
build up.
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