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Old 04-05-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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removing dents from wraps?

I have a couple of golf ball size dents in the banana wraps. I've got them off and would like to "pop" out the dents. Any suggestions?
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I have two short creases on the door and would like to minimize the appearance of those.
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You could try heating up the dented area with a heat gun or hair dryer then immediately spray it with an upside down can of dust remover spray. Be carefuly, it is extremely cold. Look on YouTube for "easy dent removal" or something like that.
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Banana wraps are very soft aluminum. I sanded the end of a board to resemble the radius of the inside of the banana wrap, then I pushed the dents out from behind with a sweeping motion. It was really easy on the banana wraps, but the exterior skin on a door will be a harded thing to deal with, and about impossible without taking the door apart.
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i will try both of these methods. thanks!
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I've heard of auto body experts using an "English wheel" to smooth out dents on a curved surface on car bodies. I have often wondered if that would be of any use on the aluminum panels of my AS to reduce the visibility of some of the "beauty spots" that trailers pick up with the years.

Anyone here tried that or seen it done?

I understand that they take a fair amount of expertise to be effective, so I'm not really thing of buying one and becoming a pro, but rather perhaps using the services of an established pro.

Just that I've heard here that aluminum doesn't react as well to re-forming as steel does...
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I have seen "English Wheel" body work done on vintage automobile fenders that were irreplaceable. It's considered an art form, and there are not many people around who are good at it.

Also, the English Wheel equipment that I have seen is stationary and is somewhat large in footprint due to its rather deep throat (about 40"). A body panel being worked on an English Wheel must be detached from the vehicle.

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Just that I've heard here that aluminum doesn't react as well to re-forming as steel does...
The problem with aluminum is that it stretches a lot easier than steel. When you get a significant dent in it, there is now more surface area in the dent to try to fit back into the original contour. At least that's what my grandpappy told me.

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