Originally Posted by garthbf
75 '31 LY... I just got this trailer and a tree had fallen on it last winter. the three top end panals are dented in. I will try to post photos in a day or so.
I was going to try a suction cup to try to pop the dent back out. It is not leaking. the seams look to be intect.
My question is with a suction dent puller work? I am afraid that it will still show the dent. Also can these be removed without damage to the other panals? How do I break the seal between the seams after drilling out the old rivets without damage to the good panals?
Do I have to replace them or can I fix the dents once the panals are off? Are new panels the only option or can I use used if I can find them?
How much am I looking at for new panals?
Dents are rarely removed without have wrinkles remaining.
Used panels, normally have a different rivet pattern, making a fit near impossible. Secondly, it's near impossible to remove a segment, without damaging it. There are blind rivets that must be removed before the metal can move, along with breaking the sealer bead, that you cannot see.
Replacement segments run $400.00 each, more or less, depending on which one you need. You will also need some Olympic rivets and Vulkem sealer.
They can only be shipped motor freight, and usually have a crating charge added.
If you have never replaced a segment, don't try to learn on the first one. If you do, you will more than likely need the second one. It's not difficult to do, but it's not something you learn as you go.