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Old 12-20-2015, 08:29 AM   #1
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Exterior dent removal

Is there a way to remove dents from the exterior? I may look at one that has a dent in it. Can they be easily repaired?

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Old 12-20-2015, 08:39 AM   #2
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Virtually no Airstream dents are easily repaired. And most are costly. So, if you are looking for a perfect AS, buy one that way to begin with, and live with the dents you put in it... LOL.

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Old 12-20-2015, 02:56 PM   #3
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If it doesn't leak and doesn't bother YOU to look at it. Who cares. Some make patches to cover small ones that look pretty interesting or even those that do leak. They all will get a ding or dent at some point.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:28 PM   #4
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I have used a "Dent King" ($20) to pull some small ones out. Not perfect but better.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:17 AM   #5
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Some shallow dents may be popped/worked out from the outside using "paintless" autobody repair techniques such as the Dentmaster mentioned above. If the dent has creased or crumpled the metal, then there is no easy way to fix it. Repair techniques for these kinds of dents usually require at least removing the interior area of the trailer so that the back-side of the outer shell is accessible. The dent can then be worked from both sides. In worse cases the segment/panel will have to be removed to be worked, and worse still, the panel replaced. Needless to say, these kinds of repairs are labor intensive and expensive.

Good luck!
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:30 AM   #6
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Paintless Dent Removal - From Outside

After having several PDR shops turn down my repair and also getting a $2,800 quote from the Airstream dealer to replace a panel, I decided to figure dent removal out on my own.

I used a Super PDR kit from Amazon (slap hammer type) with aluminum hot glue pullers. I removed the clear coat from the area of the dent, then cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol. I next used a heat gun to heat up the area (I was working in 18F temperatures) hot to the touch to induce expansion. I next applied the aluminum glue puller tabs (use lots of glue) and let them set for 10 minutes. The final step was to use the puller (slap hammer feature) to pop the dents out. It worked so well, that I had to re-heat the glue tabs with the heat gun to get them off of the trailer. You can then use the heat gun to heat up residual glue and wipe off.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:47 AM   #7
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Properly repairing a dent generally requires replacing a panel which includes accessing the area from the inside the trailer which can be very labor intensive. Most professionals who do this (correctly) will charge $3,000 to $5,000 per panel depending on how much effort is required to access the back. Some people report (?) success (?) using some automotive dent repairs which involves using suction to pull the dent. I've never seen the end result but based on conversations with people who know what they are doing, I am skeptical that this works all that often.

I would suggest that you consider any dents in a used Airstream you are thinking of buying to be part of the landscape and if you can't live with it, move on to another unit.

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