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Old 05-11-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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Post your before and after dent Pictures...

After sifting thru the forums looking for what people have managed to fix, I feel we need a "Before and after" photo thread to inspire those of us that have stuff to fix!
Maybe add a description and how to?
What say ya'll?
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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Exterior End Cap Dent Removal

Okay, I'll start ....

I *used to* leave my Airstream parked under a nice big oak tree .... until... oak limb fell and dented the rear end cap. Turning the corner on my way home and seeing that glaring dent about make me sick. A couple days later she was safely tucked into a neighbors RV garage . Day late and a few dollars short.

A guy from a paintless dent removal company, Dent Force, spent about 3 hours working on the damage. He wasn't sure what kind of results he was going to have - as he'd only worked on a couple aluminum bodies (helicopters) previously. He glued on tabs and used a sliding hammer to pull the dents out as best as possible (without removing the inner skin). I think he had great success - though a couple rivets sheared off. He thought he could really make it sweet if I remove the inside panels. But I am satisfied with the results as they are now. Unfortunately, I STILL haven't replaced the removed rivets and Ophelia is wearing a duct-tape badge over the seam .

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Old 05-11-2010, 08:06 PM   #3
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Nice!
Exactly what I need to see!
Great job, and once thse rivets are replaced you would barely notice it!
I have a multitude of dents and creases on my M/H, and am trying to get a baseline on what I should try to fix and what not to bother with...
Here are a few of them that I feel I will be able to suction or glue pad out myself...

Forward part of roof...


Rear tail lamp dent...


Upper marker lamp dent...
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:14 PM   #4
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Depends on how anal you are; we live with a few "war wounds"; all caused by me, the lovely wife and one unfortunate Raven.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:36 PM   #5
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LOL, I will tackle anything... but I agree with the war wound statement..
None of these are mine tho...
The tail lamp dent I want to do most, but I will practice on the roof and marker lamp first..
I have a worse one... but I wanna travel, and enjoy it, not make it perfect!
Its a shallow crease with 2 patched punctures, that runs from/in the door nearly the whole length, and then whatever they hit spanked the awning leg onto the body causing a gouge from the thumb screw to a dent in the upper side and roof.
Here is the crease... I tweaked the color and contrast to make is stand out more in the pic...

Awning damage..


Was not my intension to make this thread about me, but equally I need to see what CAN be done!
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:55 PM   #6
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All I have is the before photo. I haven't found the time to create the after yet. Work has kept me busy. Im thinking I will need a few hours to correct this
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:23 PM   #7
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Im thinking I will need a few hours to correct this
At least.

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Old 05-23-2010, 11:01 AM   #8
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We just purchased our 27' International and on its maiden trip sustained a dent to the side. Possibly a bird? Any recommendations to getting it fixed? We are not handy and no time to mess with it ourselves. Is it just a case of finding a reputable body shop who can do dent removals? It's a little sickening as it looks so pretty and is less than 5 days old ( to us)
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:09 AM   #9
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Keyair, you are very lucky with most of those dents. You should be able to get an suction cup glass carrier and with one pull take the dents out. None of them are creased or very deep. The scrape down the side will never come out though. You either replace that panel or live with that one.

BradS.. Andy was being kind. you are looking at a LOT more than a few hours. You are looking at structural repairs and skin replacement. There is no dent puller in the world that can take that one out. Lucky for you those are all actually flat panels and they can be easily copied.
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:52 AM   #10
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Yep, that crease is not gonna come out... the metal is stretched...
I would try the panel replacement route, but upon looking at it that panel is HUGE...
It goes from the door to the end cap.. and from above the awning to I think the drawer line. Must be 20' long and 8' tall!
Does anyone have panels that big, and what grade and thickness is my 84?
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Yep, that crease is not gonna come out... the metal is stretched...
I would try the panel replacement route, but upon looking at it that panel is HUGE...
It goes from the door to the end cap.. and from above the awning to I think the drawer line. Must be 20' long and 8' tall!
Does anyone have panels that big, and what grade and thickness is my 84?
Panels are available up to 56.5 inches wide and 307 inches long.

The original was .032 thick.

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Old 05-23-2010, 08:11 PM   #12
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Thanks Andy!
What grade Alu is it?
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:14 PM   #13
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What grade Alu is it?
I am not at my office, so I don't know, other than that's what Airstream is using to build currect trailers.

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:56 PM   #14
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Experimenting with my glue puller...

The Dent...


The progress...










Its coming out, but I was having problems with the California heat making the glue soft by this point..
More to come!
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Suction puller with slide hammer!

What an awesome tool....

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So...where can I find, buy, rent or borrow one of those snazzy suction pullers with slide hammer? Looks like it has air line connected to it.

I have one dent from falling clump of snow the size & shape of a football in front right corner aft of running lights.

Just one well placed dent.

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Pep Boys has them for sale. The stronger the compressor the better chance you have to remove the dent. My husband has had great success with one. It won't do much on a crease though.

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Pep Boys has them for sale. The stronger the compressor the better chance you have to remove the dent. My husband has had great success with one. It won't do much on a crease though.

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Pep Boys has them?
I have looked everywhere for that tool...
I found it, but at a price...
http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/body...r-p-13504.aspx

I was trying to figure out how to make one at the moment, as I have a slide hammer and a A/C vacuum pump.
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You could also ask at a collision repair center and see where they purchase theirs. They could have some tips or ideas to help you

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