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Old 10-09-2015, 03:06 PM   #1
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Are these dents fixable?

Hi all, I know there are others that asked similar questions but didn't want to take over their thread.

This is a 63 Ambassador. Damaged caused by a storm that blew a piece of a barn against it while parked.

Do you think it can be fixed with suction cup or do the panels need to be replaced? What are we looking at in terms of costs?
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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If it were me I'd try to pull them out. If that did not work I'd try to push them out from the inside (requiring interior skin removal). I'd probably stop there. It's not a Best in Show, it has character.

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Old 10-09-2015, 03:47 PM   #3
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The only way you will make those segments look "good as new" would be to remove them from the trailer and either replace them with clean segments from a donor trailer (since you can't buy them new anymore), or find an "artist" with an English wheel and have them work the crinkles out. If you pay someone else to do all the work, figure $1-2000 per dented segment.

If you are willing to put up with some impefection, then by all means, try the suction cups, the hot glue based pullers, etc., and see if you can get to a level that you can live with. There are many threads discussing the various "paintless" dent removal techniques, and some folks have done fairly well with them.

good luck!
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