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Old 12-11-2009, 07:15 PM   #29
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My next door neighbor just offered me the use of his RV garage!!! He doesn't actually live in the home - must be an investment property ??? But it has a HUGE garage. My fire-medic says it could house the firetruck - thus coining the property "The Station". This is soooo cool. Too bad I didn't take him up on the offer a week sooner. Now, just got to get it backed in there from our narrow side street and with his little grade. And with him watching. I hate that!
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:52 PM   #30
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What do you think?

A guy from Dent Force spent about 3 hours working on a few dents... including the oak damage. He glued on tabs and use a sliding hammer to pull them out as best as possible - without removing the inner skin. He said that he can work on them a little more and do a lot more if I remove the inside panels... I am surprised at what he was able to accomplish.

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Old 12-21-2009, 02:10 PM   #31
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Fantastic!!! Now it is nothing more then a beauty mark.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:10 PM   #32
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I think it looks a LOT better than in post #11!

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Old 12-21-2009, 02:12 PM   #33
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I agree, Laura - it looks wonderful to me. Frankly I don't mind a few battle-scars; makes for interesting campfire conversation.

The repair may be prone to leaking, but perhaps you can manage that with sealant. It is a plus that the area damaged is on a slope at the rear.

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Old 12-21-2009, 02:40 PM   #34
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Looks Good...

That really came out well. Much better results than I expected.

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Old 12-21-2009, 03:31 PM   #35
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Sorry about your dent. I have the exact same dent on the other side in the back. I bought mine with the dent. Mine doesn't leak so I will live with it. I never planned on fixing mine until lately. We have made so many improvements to the trailer we are now starting to notice the dent more and more. I will have to replace panels to get rid of mine. I guess I will live with it. I forget about it when I am camping because I am having so much fun.

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Old 12-21-2009, 05:00 PM   #36
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Sorry about your dent. I have the exact same dent on the other side in the back. I bought mine with the dent. Mine doesn't leak so I will live with it. I never planned on fixing mine until lately. We have made so many improvements to the trailer we are now starting to notice the dent more and more. I will have to replace panels to get rid of mine. I guess I will live with it. I forget about it when I am camping because I am having so much fun.

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I probably could have lived with it too but my insurance has been (thus far) really easy to deal with. Though I would prefer to have had the panels replaced, I hate the thought that if I should ever decided to polish it up, the new panels would have a different final appearance. And I really didn't want to leave my trailer 150 miles north for the repairs. Silly, I know. I can certainly live with this version of the repiar for now. The cost was minimal - and the guy even worked out another dent on my TT, two on my truck and polished my headlights on my truck. Great service from Dent Force!

Glad to see that ya'll think the repair is pretty good!
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Shouldn't have gone out to take these pics this morning... now I'm in a funk. Literally.

It looks like there is a crease from a distance, but on closer inspection, maybe not. I do believe that if it can be pulled, pushed, rolled out, it will leave a wrinkle though.

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Sorry to say but I dont think that's a simple pop out. One word...... silver bondo. Sorry two words.
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I probably could have lived with it too but my insurance has been (thus far) really easy to deal with. Though I would prefer to have had the panels replaced, I hate the thought that if I should ever decided to polish it up, the new panels would have a different final appearance. And I really didn't want to leave my trailer 150 miles north for the repairs. Silly, I know. I can certainly live with this version of the repiar for now. The cost was minimal - and the guy even worked out another dent on my TT, two on my truck and polished my headlights on my truck. Great service from Dent Force!

Glad to see that ya'll think the repair is pretty good!
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Laura.

Not bad, not bad at all. However, if that photo shows the finished repair, then you need to know, it's not finished.

A little Vulken sealer, a few Olympic rivets, and that area would hardly be noticeable.

More importantly, when properly polished, a new segment will match metal on any Airstream, ever built, from the 1930's, to 2010.

The old clearcoat on your coach is what is misleading you.

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Laura, compared to the pic in your 1st post, that looks fantastic! Send your guy over my way sometime. Here's our beauty marks, the top ones were courtesy of the original owner and the bottom one was me backing up into a 14' aluminum boat....that was an incredibly sick feeling.
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I think it looks great. Those dent guys are amazing..

Spend the money you saved on a trip to Hawaii!
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Future reference, Sanders Airstream in Alachua just north of Gainesville does panel replacements. J D Sanders RV...zz
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Sorry to say but I dont think that's a simple pop out. One word...... silver bondo. Sorry two words.

Now that’s a new one to me --- I'm guessing it won't shine to a mirror finish.

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Laura. Not bad, not bad at all. However, if that photo shows the finished repair, then you need to know, it's not finished.
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A little Vulken sealer, a few Olympic rivets, and that area would hardly be noticeable.
More importantly, when properly polished, a new segment will match metal on any Airstream, ever built, from the 1930's, to 2010.
The old clearcoat on your coach is what is misleading you.
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Have the Vulkem – need the Olympics. Maybe someone at the Shuttle Launch Gathering will be able to lend me a hand with that!!! For now, there’s some really cool duct tape on that area.

Now, I was lead to believe there would be a visible difference in the new vs. old aluminum segments. Oh well – for now I am satisfied. I have 2-gallons of Removall that I’m waiting to apply for the clear-coat issue --- but it has been cold here in sunny FL.

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Laura, compared to the pic in your 1st post, that looks fantastic! Send your guy over my way sometime. Here's our beauty marks, the top ones were courtesy of the original owner and the bottom one was me backing up into a 14' aluminum boat....that was an incredibly sick feeling.

I know that sick feeling

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Future reference, Sanders Airstream in Alachua just north of Gainesville does panel replacements. J D Sanders RV...zz

That’s where I had planned to go – read some good stuff ‘bout them. For now, I’m glad not to be making the trip.

Laura (who can't figure out how to make the quotes stop breaking at weird places - remove the multiple open/close QUOTE without success)

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