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Old 07-11-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Pneumatic Dent Puller - Going For It!

Well this guy that follows me around called Dumb John put a dent in my trailer. He was backing into what appeared to be a mere bush, but it was big enough to stand its ground. And the really bad news is that it's in one of the most beautiful places on the trailer - the top outside end cap. The (hopefully) good news is that it doesn't appear to be creased and looks like it might pop out.

I talked with a couple of dent removers and came away with no confidence. Next step was to do some research here and elsewhere on dent removal tools and I've decided to go for it. I like the idea of the pneumatic tool and looked at around at pricing. Amazon's cheapest one is around $160.00. I checked with Harbor Freight (that bastion of quality tools) and found one there of around $60.00. Since this - hopefully - a one-off, I'm going to go cheap with the one from HF and give it a shot.

I'll post some before pictures here in a couple of days no doubt followed by the after pictures of Dumb John in the hospital.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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Heck, bring that thing to rallies. You can make some new friends and perhaps pick up a few bucks.
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Old 07-11-2015, 07:48 PM   #3
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It's about time Dumb John earns his keep around here!

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Old 07-11-2015, 09:01 PM   #4
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Hahahahaha! Dumb John and Dumb Channing need to take things easy and listen to their better halves...
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:15 PM   #5
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I just did one in the roof of our classic Moho using a high quality harbor freight one. I posted a thread with before and after photos on the classic motorhome section if you want to see...
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:23 PM   #6
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I just did one in the roof of our classic Moho using a high quality harbor freight one. I posted a thread with before and after photos on the classic motorhome section if you want to see...
I'm surprised to see that the sets of "high quality" and "Harbor Freight" do intersect once in a while. ...Probably in the plane of existence inhabited by leprechauns and unicorns.
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:25 PM   #7
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Thanks - I missed that thread. Very encouraging. Here's the link for anyone that might be interested: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...er-137950.html

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Old 07-12-2015, 02:01 PM   #8
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Dent removal

I was blessed with three very large dents on th upper reap panels for a hail storm. Dealer said insurance totaled the trailer. After the ins settlement I had an almost free trailer with three large dimples. I decided to make some serious rearranging inside which required me to remove the inside skin all across the rear. With the inside skin removed I determined I could not do too much damage so took a rubber mallet lightly hit the center of one of the dents and was blesses with an awesome "ping" and no more dent. Did the same on the other two. If you look real carefully you'll notice a slight ripple where the dent resided. As soon as the interior is finished I'll have a good as new 22 ft. International CCD.
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Old 07-12-2015, 02:19 PM   #9
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Sly like a Fox! Nice going!

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Old 07-12-2015, 03:48 PM   #10
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Haven't seen your pics, but if it is not creased, I think it will come out just fine.

The first time I was up on the roof of our trailer - bought (used) from a dealer, I found there were two dents in the rear endcap.

They were not visible from the ground, but since I already owned an auto dent suction cup, I figured I would give it a try and the dents came out at least 95%. You can barely see a ripple. I imagine someone must have been up there and stepped on kneeled on the end caps - not reccomended!

Mine is not the fancy pneumatic version, no slide hammer either. It is just a big cast aluminum handle attached to a about a 6" suction cup and a vacuum release valve.

You just hold the release valve open when pushing the suction cup down, then let the valve close to hold the vacuum.

Then pull and with luck the dent is gone, then open the release valve again to remove the tool.

Worked like a charm - it was the first time I ever used it, I only bought it in the first place as it was on sale and i'm a sucker for tools! Figured one day it might come in handy!


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Old 07-12-2015, 06:06 PM   #11
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Very interested.
A couple of us are wondering, will a pancake compressor be adequate for removing dents?
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:34 PM   #12
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Since we have a real vacuum pump (for A/C work, etc.), I searched around for a device similar to the pneumatic dent puller referenced above, but that would use a vacuum pump instead of an air compressor.
I had no luck finding such a beast (I found handheld (non-slide hammer) pullers that could also be used for picking up glass or other smooth objects); maybe someone here knows if something like this exists.




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Since we have a real vacuum pump (for A/C work, etc.), I searched around for a device similar to the pneumatic dent puller referenced above, but that would use a vacuum pump instead of an air compressor.
I had no luck finding such a beast (I found handheld (non-slide hammer) pullers that could also be used for picking up glass or other smooth objects); maybe someone here knows if something like this exists.

If you already have the vacuum pump, (I have one too that I use for degassing home made wine!) you could likely buy a cheap manual vac. puller such as I have and hook up your pump via the vacuum release valve and then find a way to adapt this rig it to a regular bodywork slide hammer - they are often available for a few $$ at flea market tool stalls.

Where there's a will there's a way!

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Old 07-12-2015, 09:34 PM   #14
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Thumbs up End Cap Denys

John, I can't wait to see the results of the "dent puller". I have dents on my end caps on each side of my 72' Safari.I hope it works for you.

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