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Old 10-19-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Sick to my stomach, want to....

I know I'm overreacting, but we have had rain today with some wind. My patio umbrella was blown some 40 foot into the Airstream and left a nice ripple/dent. SO SICK of not being able to have anything nice. Now I have another item on the list to do, and at this moment I really am off the charts disgusted. does anyone know of a good dentless repair man in the northeast that would work on an Airstream? MPJ
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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Do you have a photograph? Is it really bad? suction repair can fix some dents if it is not stretched...
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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It's bad enough

I'ts probably not that bad, but I try so hard to have and keep my things nice, work so hard for everything. I think a dent pull might work, no crease in the skin, God this sucks!!! I'll get a pick posted. MPJ
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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some pics of the dents

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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these were on the trailer

When I got it, wonder if these could be worked on too?
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John—My similar mishap—"Before," and "After"—after 20 mins. on a warm afternoon using...wait for it...a toilet plunger. Hey, it worked!





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I had a dent like that on my endcap and used a shot bag and map gas to Wouk it out from the inside. You may want to get a painless repair guy to take a look at it. They glue on a bunch of pull stems and pull it from the outside
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:55 PM   #8
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Well the end of the day draws near, wish this bad dream would disapear. I got a dent/suction puller from a local auto parts store, NOTHING! it sets/attaches to the sides, but not on the front curve-where the dent is. I am hoping against hope to find a quick fix, but I know it's panel replacement to make it perfect, or as close as, that I can live with. I have not been able to eat all day, I am so upset. Now the best question, where can I get vintage/original panels that will match? I of course (because I'm me) want old stock ones. Do they exsist out there? Oh for a little magic! MPJ
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:02 PM   #9
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paintless-dent guys don't use suction tools, they use adhesive pullers. You might call someone in that business before giving up on the idea of repairing this dent. It'll be WAY cheaper and easier than panel replacement.
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Check out funkill's thread titled "really bummed - took a hit" from December 9, 2009. Laura had a paintless dent guy do some work on a nasty looking dent and the results were impressive.

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:47 PM   #11
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If you're handy and are willing to spend a few hundred on PROPER tools, get a quality hot glue pull set and a pneumatic dent puller.

Here's my first attempt at the hot glue puller on small dents.
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It's not perfect, but they no longer catch my eye all the time and most folks have to hunt for them. I learned a lot about how to use the tool and next time will be even better.
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Do you have a photograph? Is it really bad? suction repair can fix some dents if it is not stretched...
You can go to just about any drug pharmacy and get a handicapped suction device that is designed to stick just about anywhere, and they cost about twenty bucks or so. It looks like a handle and had two incredible suckers underneath. And a lot of times you can just give it a yank and it will pull the dent right back to where it wandered from.
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Feel your pain, moparjohn.

This is why I will try not to get within target range of any patio umbrella set, special-event tent, camping tent, garbage can, or any other possible missile.

Would rather have my AS out in the elements vs. risking a tented RV shed too.
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You can go to just about any drug pharmacy and get a handicapped suction device that is designed to stick just about anywhere, and they cost about twenty bucks or so. It looks like a handle and had two incredible suckers underneath. And a lot of times you can just give it a yank and it will pull the dent right back to where it wandered from.
Ya gotta be very careful though, aluminum just doesn't pop back like steel. It's so easy to over work it, whether its by suction or by glue. you really have to study the dent and make several smaller, progressive pulls. It's really more like working with clay than metal (steel). Hard to explain, but just what I experienced. I can work a car steel panel pretty well, but this first aluminum job was a bit intimidating.
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