Originally Posted by fotochop
...can you provide any addl info on DG's expertise, Bob? I tried a Harbor Freight cheapo puller, no luck, went the Ding King - hotgluegun route, no luck... any insight is appreciated..
I have about 6 different size suction cups. some with handles some used to hang stuff on the fridge.
Funny the ones in the pic that Bob provided are harbor freight cheapies. I've had good success with them.
problem with aluminum is that once it stretches it kinda stays that way.So therefore it's easier to get a better finished product with a shallow dent on a flat surface, compound curves are another thing.Anytime there are 2 sheets riveted together it becomes more difficult to smooth things out. I'm thinking that the next time I run into an overlap I'll drill out the rivets and see if that will allow the panel to move a little.Then rerivet. My aircraft experience has shown me that a very small size will make a difference.( usually when fabricating - join up the panels with #40 bit and cleco- then go back and drill#30,). And I would have no problem drilling a few new holes. but that's me.There are a lot of good sealers out there to close up any space between surfaces. It's always best to remove the inner panel also. Gives you a lot more options. I've used basketballs, softballs. dowels, beer bottles, well you name it, on the inside surfaces with very good results.
It's already messed up, how much more damage can one do to it??
If you're the kind of person that could get both hands caught in a vise do not attempt any of the above. seek help