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Old 07-31-2014, 10:13 AM   #15
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Turning dings into bulges - seems like it would be a good idea to work with some practice metal several times - and only after a good amount of practice move onto pushing out real dents.

The old carpenter's saw "Measure once, cut twice. Measure twice, cut once." is the opposite of what needs to be done when working on dents.

"Under-correct, try again, Over-correct, CRY again! might fit the bill a lot better. Thanks for the thoughts. Was it Overlander63 who used an under-inflated basketball to push out some dents with great success?

Paula
The front and rear shells since 1969, use soft metal, except under the front and rear windows.

Dents in the front and rear shell metal panels usually stretch the metal.

Trying to flatten that type of dent, is usually impossible.

Stretched aluminum, cannot be shrunk back to it's original shape.

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Old 07-31-2014, 06:43 PM   #16
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Do you guys find that polishing the aluminum hides the dents or emphasizes them? I'm starting to get real nervous about fixing them

One of my front corner banana wraps is so messed up that I can't possibly make it worse, was gonna practice on that. The previous owner tried to use a leveling jack under it. It has a perfect circle the same size as the old airstream jacks.
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You might want to read my thread below for answers to some of your questions
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Thanks Aerowood, I'll track down your posts. (Can't see the link)
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Don't bother trying to polish a banana wrap. They are very soft and will be so deeply nicked and scratched that it is hard to imagine them ever really shining. You can reshape them quite easily , though with a rubber mallet and a bag of sand as an anvil.


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