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Old 05-18-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Paintless dent removal

Can this be repaired using paintless dent removal method? Any other suggestions. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-18-2016, 03:31 PM   #2
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:52 PM   #3
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Hot glue... learn to do yourself!

That's my plan for this weekend,but some say it can't be done. I hope that I can get it so that it's barely noticeable. I'm not expecting brand new.
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I have had dings worked out of steel with great sucess. The guy had to have access from the back, though.

I bought a hot glue kit. I never successfully removed a single door ding.
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I have had dings worked out of steel with great sucess. The guy had to have access from the back, though.

I bought a hot glue kit. I never successfully removed a single door ding.

Why? What problems did you have?
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:37 PM   #6
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It MIGHT require access from the back, but I THINK that the panel will come out very near clean if you can get it back out without making a crease.

The metal I don't think is stretched very much, and I am about sure that there is no underlying structure there AT ALL.

It is just "crowned" the wrong direction right now.


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I bought a pneumatic dent puller from Harbor Freight to use on a pretty bad dent on the upper rear panel on my '90 Excella.

http://t.harborfreight.com/pneumatic...ler-69718.html

Look for it on sale - I think I paid a lot less than the listed price.

Took a little effort, but I was very pleased with the results - it removed perhaps 95% of the dent. Not perfect, but almost unnoticeable. I intend to take another pass at it.

Good luck!

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It worked for our Safari....

I would, let your grass grow 6"....take it off, get a Long Neck B-bottle and roll the panel slowly, gently and carefully in the grass, a holding helper is a good idea.

Not perfect but much better.

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Why? What problems did you have?
The tab always came unglued before the metal was pulled enough to make a difference.
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I bought a pneumatic dent puller from Harbor Freight to use on a pretty bad dent on the upper rear panel on my '90 Excella.

http://t.harborfreight.com/pneumatic...ler-69718.html

Look for it on sale - I think I paid a lot less than the listed price.

Took a little effort, but I was very pleased with the results - it removed perhaps 95% of the dent. Not perfect, but almost unnoticeable. I intend to take another pass at it.

Good luck!

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Did you heat the panel up first?
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Did you heat the panel up first?
No, I didn't heat it. I was worried about stretching or warping.
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I had some success on two different Airstreams using an auto body Suction Puller. Just a large rubber suction cup with a handle on it. Surprised one owner when I offered to repair his dent. It worked quite well.
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The point I see that is common in all the comments is the result of paintless dent removal will not be 100% perfect. I see your main decision will be what is the priority low cost or returning the Airstream to the condition it was in before the accident.
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I think you'll be pleased with the hot glue. It's better than living with a dent and better than the invasive ness of replacing the panel!
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