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Old 11-05-2011, 04:35 PM   #29
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In an effort to park our AS in the precisely perfect place in our back yard, I did a number on the rear, top, curbside corner panel. Did that tree move closer to the fence, when I looked away? I guess it is time to do some more research and look at my options. BTW the "close the windows and slam the door, so the dents will all pop out," trick doesn't work.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:02 PM   #30
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Here is a picture of the dent (I hope). I ordered a suction cup dent puller at an auto paint and body supply ($14.99) and it should be here any day now. I have a couple of questions. Is there a weather condition or temperature when the aluminum would be most responsive? From looking at the picture can you tell if I may have bent a rib? When working on the part at the seam would it be adventageous to remove the rivets from the portion of the seam that is within the dent? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:22 PM   #31
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Bilby,
I tried a dent puller from a auto store, did not work. If you have success (hope so!) please post the kind you bought. You dent is simular, but a little bigger than mine. MPJ
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:31 PM   #32
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I tried a dent puller from a auto store, did not work. If you have success (hope so!) please post the kind you bought. You dent is simular, but a little bigger than mine. MPJ
My dent puller is a 6 in diameter one. Too big. Could not find a large enough surface to lay flat on. Need to find a smaller one, or maybe something that will allow me to get a grip.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:52 PM   #33
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My dent puller is a 6 in diameter one. Too big. Could not find a large enough surface to lay flat on. Need to find a smaller one, or maybe something that will allow me to get a grip.
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Is there a reason you can't just roll out the dent from the inside? I'm pretty happy with the way mine rolled out. I'll post more pictures after I strip the clearcoat and buff the finish next spring.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:50 AM   #34
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Access to it is the problem with working from the inside. Agreed that would be the way to go, except that it is a rear bath and it looks like I would have to remove the entire bath room to get at it. May look further into that approach if I can not find a smaller suction cup.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:36 AM   #35
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Battle Scars

I do not mind a few battle scars myself, but then I like it that my trailer sort of matches me, I also have a beauty mark---or two---or three----maybe a few more

Some folks like something close to 100% others don't care that much if the blemish is minor. Go with the level you like.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:47 PM   #36
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Access achieved

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Don't start that insulation on fire with the heat gun. I don't know if that stuff would burn but I bet the plastic endcap would. I'd pull all that insulation out that you can. You can always stuff it back in. I had the endcap out of mine and I just glued the insulation back on the outside skin with 3M spray adhesive #77 when I was finished rolling the dent.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:58 PM   #38
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Flammable Insulation?

I'll have to watch for that. I have a bunch of it out, so maybe I will try to light it and see if it burns. That would be good to know anyway. I plan on stuffing some of the pink insulation back in. I have used the kind with a paper backing on some other spots in the rear and it holds itself in place pretty well.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #39
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I'll have to watch for that. I have a bunch of it out, so maybe I will try to light it and see if it burns. That would be good to know anyway. I plan on stuffing some of the pink insulation back in. I have used the kind with a paper backing on some other spots in the rear and it holds itself in place pretty well.
Checked the old insulation for flammability, and its not. I tried to lite it with a butane lighter and it would not light. But I will be putting in pink insulation anyway. I don't think they even make the yellow stuff anymore anyway.

This the photo of the hand push dent removal step.

I ordered the steel radius j-roller so It should be in in the next few days and if the weather is still warm and sunny I will try to finish the smoothing out of the dent.
will try to post pictures. I keep getting mixed up on the two different threads on dent stuff.
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Crunchy panel

I have a question about "rolling out" dents. I'm assuming this requires removal of the skin, right?

From what I've read, it seems that we'll be able to pull out the large shallow dent on the top, but that front curbside panel looks pretty crunchy. Don't know if it is even a good candidate for rolling out, but you guys have posted a lot of inspiration.



Any estimates on what it would cost to replace? It's a '73 Tradewind.

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rolling out

I belive the interior skin would need to be removed to "roll it out" not sure what can be done. I called several local dent removal guys, not a one would touch the Airstream for the dent this thread was started for. On the plus side, I have now located and bought an NOS panel for replacement, plus two other panels. Now I need to shop for panel repalcement places/prices. Good uck with your Tradewind. MPJ
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I have a question about "rolling out" dents. I'm assuming this requires removal of the skin, right?

From what I've read, it seems that we'll be able to pull out the large shallow dent on the top, but that front curbside panel looks pretty crunchy. Don't know if it is even a good candidate for rolling out, but you guys have posted a lot of inspiration.

Any estimates on what it would cost to replace? It's a '73 Tradewind.

(And while we're at it, can I get an "M"?)

Thank you!

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The top dent looks a lot like the one I pushed and rolled from the inside. See my forum blog. Link is under my user information to the left of this post.

I would protect your window with a rock guard. The rock guard will sort of hide your damaged window until you get it replaced. When you get the damaged window replaced, you'll want the rock guard anyway.





Your lower panel is damage I would cover with two lower panel Wrap Protectors until the damaged panel is replaced.
After the repairs are made the protectors will be nice to have installed to prevent or minimize future damage.




Those are made for older trailers as well as newer ones.

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