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Old 06-05-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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Basketball Dent - What do you think?

Airstream got a basketball dent in the driveway. Grandkids - can't live with them and can't live without them!

What do you think?

Repairable by amateur? How would you go about it?

Other suggestions?


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Old 06-05-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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It might be repairable , hard to tell without trying . It won't be perfect , depends on what is acceptable to you.
First stage , try your local body shop and see if their suction puller will pull it out
Second stage , remove the interior plastic end cap and massage it out from the inside.
Stage three , have the panel replaced , about a grand.
Check with your insurance.
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:36 PM   #3
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Yeah I would try the suction puller first. Make sure the aluminum is good and hot. I will work better than if it is cold.
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:56 PM   #4
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My brother pulled out a much deeper dent than this one using a Product called Dent King from an auto parts store. Get it warm out in the direct sun and give it a shot.

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Old 06-05-2009, 11:31 PM   #5
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Suction cup or story?

Hi, I would try the suction cup method first and if that doesn't work then it could be a good campground story. "Yah, me and the grandkids were playing basket ball and........................................"
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:56 AM   #6
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That dent was created by a basketball traveling at warp speed! Were the g-kids having a slam dunk contest?
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That's Ding King. The same product is available under the name Pops a Dent. It should reduce the dent quite a bit. You can do the same thing with some short 2x2 lumber, a hot glue gun and a hair dryer.
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Don't delay if you are going to use a dent puller. The sooner you pop the dent,
the more likely it will return to normal. Wait and the dent is a lot harder to pull out and get it looking normal again.
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That's Ding King. The same product is available under the name Pops a Dent. It should reduce the dent quite a bit. You can do the same thing with some short 2x2 lumber, a hot glue gun and a hair dryer.
Any pictures of how this works. Thanks Susan
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Huge Suction Cup

We had a dent about the same size but deeper almost right in the middle of the back of our 1974 Tradewind.

We popped it out with a huge suction cup with a little lever that you flip once you create a seal-less than ten dollars. No hot glue necessary. We did it on a 90 degree day and it litterally popped right out.

You can see the dent in the image below or click on our "Images" for a larger image. It was taken one day after we purchased our trailer.

Good luck and please let us know how things turn out!
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Any pictures of how this works. Thanks Susan
Hi, my friend DG at work, at the Jackson Rancheria Rally. Not perfect, but a lot better.
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...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..
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I contacted a local *paintless dent removal* company who did a good job of pulling out my dent (of similar size and location, though mine was at a seam) for a really reasonable price. See my post for pictures: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...hit-59265.html post #11 for before, post #30 for after pics

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Hi, my friend DG at work, at the Jackson Rancheria Rally. Not perfect, but a lot better.
Watched a guy in a campground trying this technique of pulling out the dent himself, using a double handled suction device. But he was standing on a ladder. Yikes. First good pull and he about yanked himself off the ladder.

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