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Old 10-24-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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Removing dents with heat

Dont do this if you dont know what you are doing.

1. locate dent
2. Map gas on dent until it swells ( bulges) out to the extend that the dent starts to disappear.
3. wipe with cold wet rag until heat is gone.
4. if dent is still there do one more time.

5. dont melt the skin - dont overheat the skin... be careful..
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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It would be great if you could do a video of that.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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It would be great if you could do a video of that.

Torch + video hmmm well if i can find a virgin dent and a third arm I will try that.. I will look tomorrow.
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Torch + video hmmm well if i can find a virgin dent and a third arm I will try that.. I will look tomorrow.
I have a better idea....come to ND for a nice Thanksgiving break and I will let you practice those skills on our slightly wrinkled end cap. I will even make the pie.
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Awww, c'mon Darkspeed. You ran outta dents?!? Just clunk in a new one, and make a video.
Then show us what happens when you leave the MAP gas on a little too long...
My friend wanted to actually do this the other day. I said "no, thanks".
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:10 PM   #7
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Darkspeed,
Did the heat affect the clear coat?
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:13 PM   #8
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Awww, c'mon Darkspeed. You ran outta dents?!? Just clunk in a new one, and make a video.
Then show us what happens when you leave the MAP gas on a little too long...
My friend wanted to actually do this the other day. I said "no, thanks".
ya too long and the outer layer of alclad will melt off in a thin sheet
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Did the heat affect the clear coat?
I dont have clearcoat on mine. im sure it would yellow a clearcoat.
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I have a better idea....come to ND for a nice Thanksgiving break and I will let you practice those skills on our slightly wrinkled end cap. I will even make the pie.
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aww.. thanks for the offer!
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I would KILL to be your neighbor Darkspeed Imagine being able to just drop by... LOL

Seriously, after reading Uwe's restoration thread (he subsequently started an Airstream business) and then Frank Y's restoration thread (he also subsequently started an Airstream business) .... Hmmmm, I'm wondering if I am predicting your future???? Keep it up, you rock! I read these forums to "copy" those who go before me and you are bookmarked so many times on my computer it's crazy.

I realize as an inventor that you are a "think outside of the box" kinda guy and I'm curious about what type of stuff you actually invent? My dad was creative also and held a couple of patents for Sturm Rugers & Co (of course they benefited far more than he ) . Just curious.....you can be as vague on the answer as you want !!!

Just keep posting the pictures ...
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very interesting!

Just a question - I've heard of using a hair dryer or a heat gun. Wouldn't a heat gun give you better control? Less chance of yellowing?

Would it put out enough heat?

Anyone wanna practice on scrap Alclad and report?

Inquiring minds want to know.


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Dont do this if you dont know what you are doing.

1. locate dent
2. Map gas on dent until it swells ( bulges) out to the extend that the dent starts to disappear.
3. wipe with cold wet rag until heat is gone.
4. if dent is still there do one more time.

5. dont melt the skin - dont overheat the skin... be careful..
I have used a similar method to shrink sheet metal, however, with sheet metal you can see how hot the material is getting. Aluminum does not change color as it gets hot, it just all of a sudden melts.

Be very careful.
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aww.. thanks for the offer!
I thought you would appreciate the chance to come to ND in the late fall and get a break from those warm temps where you are. Plus you could take a tour of the crazy oil fields up here. So when should I expect you?
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