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Old 02-01-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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dings and dents

Can anyone tell me how to fix hail dents and dings or is it worth it?
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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more info needed

Shiny or painted Airstream?? We need more info.
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There have been many long discussions on removing dents.

Short answer, some have had good results by applying dry ice to the dents. They just pop out.

Otherwise you have to get in behind and gently push them out. This usually requires removing the inner panels.

Some have pulled dents out with suction cups but I don't think that would work in your case, hail dents are too small.
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Incidentally it takes skill to remove dents and do it right. If you do not have metalworking experience you could easily do more harm than good.

With aluminum, you have to go slow and easy and not stress the metal too much.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:59 AM   #6
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location of dents?

Still need more info. If the hail damage is all up on the top, then maybe it is better to leave it alone. Otherwise it may be better to seek help with the damage. There are many threads on these forums that will give more details.
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:17 AM   #7
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Hail dents

Most hail dents in the sheetmetal, will disappear in time. The sun does the work, slowly, but for free. Give it time. Sometimes in a few months, sometimes in a couple of years. Don't be in a hurry.

Back then, I had hundreds of photo's of trailer that received hail damage, more than once, but typically in different areas. I would retreive the old photo's before I would visit the owner the second or even third time, and then show them to the owner, to demonstrate that what I said about the dents disappearing, wasn't a fairy tail, but indeed gospel.

Dents in the segments is another matter. All segments are made with a much softer aluminum, so that it can be stretch formed.

Since it's softer, what you see is what will stay there, forever.

Using a source of heat or cold, is ok, but basically, a waste of time, especially if you have a few hundred dents, or more.

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What do you mean by segments
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What do you mean by segments
Segments are the compound curved panels that are part of the end shell.

Since 1969, all the end shell sections are stretched formed, except the one panel that is below the front or rear window.

From 1968 and older, at least back into the 50's, the lower corner panels (quarter panels) were also made with flat material.

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Thanks to all for you info.
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If you try dry ice know that it is very abrasive - and the clear coat is easily damaged once it gets brittle at those very low temperatures.

I tried a heat gun and dry ice cycles on a scalloped section of an oops on a flat panel and it looks like I used 320 grit sandpaper on it now - yes there is some slight improvement but nothing miraculous...
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I have used a "Ding King (as advertised on TV)" gizmo with good results. Aka "Pops a Dent" It is basicly a hot glue gun with some hardware you stick to the dent and pull. Worked better than suction cups for me. You can do the same thing with a glue gun, some lumber scraps and a hot air gun.

The consensus is if the metal is streched or creased you are not going to completely get it out.

Some folks have gone to paintless auto body shops.

Dry ice huh? I never heard of that one. How do you do it?
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