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Old 05-27-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
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Fixing a Dent

We bought our 2002 A/S Bambi with a dent in the front, just above the bumper skirt. The estimate we were given for fixing it was $4,000. We picked up a $7 tool to attach to the dent with suction and tried to pull the dent out ourselves. That didn't work but we were since told to use some kind of adhesive to keep the sucker on the aluminum. Suggestions have ranged from maple syrup or honey, which will wash off, to Elmer's Glue.

The darn thing doesn't have to look perfect, we just want to pull the dent out. Any ideas besides paying $4,000?
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:11 PM   #2
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Can you post a pic?
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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Yea, I agree. Most likely gonna need a pic to say for sure.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for that advice - will post a pic ASAP.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:54 AM   #5
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hERE IT IS:
http://patrickh.smugmug.com/photos/2...40_ZjTaj-L.jpg
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:07 PM   #6
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Pull off the stone guard and give it a try.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:39 PM   #7
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Fixing a dent

I have a 1995 21' Sovereign that has a similar dent just below the rs tail light. I tried the dent puller that uses hot glue with no success.
I have just received an inflatable blatter that I ordered on the internet.
This will require a small access hole to place the bladder between the inner and outer skin. I have made a 3 X 4 inch access hole behind the tail light.
I intend to work on this tonight or tomorrow. If it works, I will post photos of the process if I can figure out how to do that.
If this does not work, I will runa at it another way.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:43 PM   #8
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Dent

Buy one of the taller stone guards and cover it up,or segments as Airstream calls them.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:01 PM   #9
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I have a 73 Safari and don’t know the layout of your unit.


Access to the front outer skin from the inside of my rig is not impossible - dont know about yours. If I had that type of ding, I think I would gingerly persuade it from the inside. I don’t think the results would be perfect but you might be able to get the worst out.

Otherwise I think Jayrays approach is the way to go: Pull off the stone guard and give it a try.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:12 PM   #10
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A professional wants to fix it, not make it look better. Your dent has a crease (the right edge). This streched the aluminum. You cannot unstrech it. The best you will get pulling the dent is to make it look better. You will always be able to see the rumpled skin. A dent pulling tool can be used and the holes filled with rivets. I like the taller rock gaurd idea.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:59 PM   #11
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Do you have any pictures with the segment protectors off? Whats inside the trailer where the dent is? The best approch besides replacement is to massage it out from the inside. Working it from the inside lets you work on the specific areas where the stresses are concentrated.
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Old 05-28-2008, 04:10 PM   #12
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Cap it

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From what I can see in the picture, I think the easyest fix is to cap it. I had a simular dent in the back of my Airstream. To get the curve correct, make a templet out of a heavy paper like oaktag. I used a putty knife to make a gap under the trim mold. I was pleased with the result.
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Old 05-28-2008, 04:52 PM   #13
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You can try to yank that one, but as has been pointed out, the alum has been streched. You could try going at it from the inside if it can't be done well from the outside, but really a panel overlay might just be the easiest and best solution, though most likely the most expensive.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:26 PM   #14
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I would give it a go....

What I did with mine is with the suction cup, spray the area with windex,
place the suction cup over the area and depress it and hold it there....now heat up the area of the suction cup with a hair dryer. Now this will give you a nice tight suction...I got some pretty ugly stuff out using this method...still ugly but looks better to me ....I made aluminum bandaids out of flashing for the real problem areas.
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