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Old 04-19-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Dent removal

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I have a 1978 6 metre Minuet that has some dents in the aluminum panels above the rear bumper. I cannot see any way to access them from behind to try and pound them out without ripping apart the whole back end. Does anyone have any ideas? I would think a traditional slide hammer would wreak havoc on the soft aluminum panels trying to pull the dents from the outside.

I am open to suggestions.

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Old 04-19-2007, 08:19 PM   #2
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You may be able to pull minur dents out with a toilet plunger -- I managed to get one more or less back where it belonged that way.

The problem is that aluminum has no "memory" and it stretches easily -- very hard to get the material back where it was.

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Old 04-19-2007, 08:29 PM   #3
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Tow it down to your local airport with a maintainence shop and get one of the airplane guys to look at it. A good shop will have some sheet metal guys that know aluminum. That'd be your best bet.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:29 PM   #4
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Hey it's an ARGOSY!

Do the plunger trick, use smaller suction cups if needed (the kind window guys work with are great), then finish it off with bondo and PAINT ! You lucky dog!

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Old 04-19-2007, 08:31 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, I forgot. Like Paula said. Argocy's have steel end caps
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:03 PM   #6
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I tried the suction cup method but they did not have enough strength to pull out the dents. I will have to take a different approach.

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Old 06-12-2007, 04:16 PM   #7
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I found an industrial suction cup that was meant for automated lifting equipment. It has screw fitting in the center with a brass fitting where you hook a vacuum line. I have a small vacuum pump and rigged the setup so the pump would pull a vacuum on the plunger, then I pulled the hose and boing! out came the dent. This was on a SOB RV but the principle is the same.
It won't do anything for the creases...
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anyone used this trick on an Airstream?
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Hi,

I have a 1978 6 metre Minuet that has some dents in the aluminum panels above the rear bumper. I cannot see any way to access them from behind to try and pound them out without ripping apart the whole back end. Does anyone have any ideas? I would think a traditional slide hammer would wreak havoc on the soft aluminum panels trying to pull the dents from the outside.

I am open to suggestions.

Thanks,


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I had a similar problem and I just capped over the dents.
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For me a Ding King or Pops a Dent works better than suction cups
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:16 AM   #11
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I watched the you tube video, interesting, not sure how well that would work on Aluminum. As someone had previously pointed out, Aluminum doesn't have the "memory" that sheet steel has.

I recall seeing the advertisements for the ding king and pops a dent, that might actually work, I will see if I can find one and give it a try.

Of course, I will advise as to the results (or lack thereof).

Thanks to all for the help.

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Old 08-22-2008, 03:17 PM   #12
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Looks like I forgot to advise how this went. I tried the Ding King and it works sort of. I made larger dents into smaller dents and really need to get back into the project but I got sidetracked with a bunch of other stuff. I also need to get more dent pulling discs as it is pretty time consuming to do one dent at a time due to the length of time needed to wait for the glue to set etc. Ultimately, I think it will do a decent job but will still be a little wrinkly. I hate to use filler but that is likely the only way I can smooth things out.

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