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Old 07-18-2016, 12:30 PM   #15
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another dent pulling story

That is a wonderful solution posted by TG Twinkle.

I pulled a dent in the rear end cap this weekend, but I purchased a dent puller much like Wingeezer described after seeing a post on pinterest about a similar successful project. I was able to pull the dent, but of course the gouges made by branches, etc are still there.

I also attempted to pull a dent from the left rear corner. The line of the curve now follows its original arc, but I have several creases that could not be removed due to the nature of the original damage, and the compound curve of the corner panel.

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Old 04-28-2017, 09:19 AM   #16
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What is the black fitting that lines the hole in the plywood? If you made it, what is the material?
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Old 04-28-2017, 09:25 AM   #17
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Genius!
I'm thinking a small inner tube for a garden tractor or small trailer (10") would be perfect.
I know there are dent specialists who do this for a living.
Seal, vacuum, pop. It's not perfect because some dents are stressed, but the cave in will come out.
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Old 04-28-2017, 01:12 PM   #18
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It is actually the lid of a plastic bottle. I cut a hole in it that fit tightly on the vac hose. All that is necessary is to get a good seal between the plywood and the vac hose.
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I didn't see this thread the first time around. Now that the thread was resurrected today it came up on my RADAR screen.

Definitely an interesting solution. I'll certainly try to remember this situation for future reference. I like the idea of using the negative and positive pressure to pop out the dent. I have a few dents (much smaller than yours) and some of them have creases. Regardless, I think I might try this type of "fix" to see what happens.

The end cap for your Argosy is made of steel and for that reason I don't think there are any (or not many) ribs under the end caps.
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Old 05-07-2017, 04:51 AM   #20
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Thank you!

I have to thank TGT for the idea! I tried this out yesterday and couldn't believe how easy it worked. I happened to be cleaning the trailer and came across a basket of beach stuff that had a cheap swimming tube from Family Dollar in it so I thought, what the hell, might as well try it. So I filled it until it was almost full but still flexible. Then I seen the old piece of countertop that I cut out for my kitchen sink in the house, perfect! It's nice and heavy so it gave me a good seal.
I looked around to see what I could make a hose fitting out of with no luck. Ended up taking a spade bit and drilling a 5/8" hole in the center of it and figured I would use my hand to seal around it while holding the shop vac hose. Little did I know that the hose sealed itself just fine on the flat surface with the suction. I think it took all of .0001 seconds from putting the hose over the hole until I heard the "thump" of the dent popping up. Very cool!

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I didn't see this thread the first time around. Now that the thread was resurrected today it came up on my RADAR screen.

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The end cap for your Argosy is made of steel and for that reason I don't think there are any (or not many) ribs under the end caps.

I remember seeing it and not getting exactly what the OP was saying - this piped back up again with recent discussions and I reread the thread - I get it now - very ingenious!!!

I have a question though - you mention the end caps on the argosy being steel - would this process work for aluminum? I thought it was much less forgiving than steel when dented?

Thanks! Love (and wish I shared) the ingenuity of the folks on the forums!!
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Thanks for posting the pics. As they say it's worth a thousand words. My original written explanation was not clear to some.
I see no reason this would not work on aluminum.
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I used this method and it worked great! The dent in the end cap was caused by a basketball hitting it straight on. There was no creasing. There is no sign of the dent now. Thanks, TG Twinkie!
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wow.. thanks Twinkie.. what a great idea. I would like to have been with you not only to see it, but when you were devising the plan.
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