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Old 11-03-2017, 12:31 AM   #1
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The sky fell on my airstream, dent repairable?

Woke up one morning and saw this on my poor AS. I suspect a large chunk of icy snow fell from the pine tree I was under. Question is, can this be a DIY repair or leave it to the professionals? If DIY (and I do like a challenge), any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:42 AM   #2
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I think most of that would pop out if you removed the end cap and pushed them out.
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:10 PM   #3
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There is a thread where a user made a large doughnut put it on the dent and pulled a vacuum on it. Popped out the dent without any work on the inside of the trailer.

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There is a thread where a user made a large doughnut put it on the dent and pulled a vacuum on it. Popped out the dent without any work on the inside of the trailer.

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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/h...ap-153091.html

I helped a friend remove a bird strike dent using this method. Amazing.
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That was the tire inner tube that fit around the dent, a piece of plywood with a hole in the middle that accepts the hose from a shop vacuum trick.

Vacuum does all the work, in concert with atmospheric pressure from the other side. Be sure to use a 'fat' enough inner tube that the skin does not hit the plywood when the dent pops.

With a bit of luck, it might pull out with minimal traces.

Other possibility is a "Paintless Dent Repair" service that uses either suction cups or glue-on tabs to pull the dent. This one does not appear to have creases, so the above methods may work well.
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Old 11-03-2017, 03:31 PM   #6
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Maybe a trip to a body shop would be a good idea. People there pop dents often.
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I vote a suction cup from a GPS will pop the majority of this dent out!
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Old 11-03-2017, 06:13 PM   #8
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I vote a suction cup from a GPS will pop the majority of this dent out!
I have one of these and it would pull that dent easily
https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/bod...r-p-13504.aspx
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Look for my thread using an Inner tube, plywood and shop vac.
It worked for me.
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Inner tube

Love the idea of inner tube with suction. Sure beats $4000 when perfection is not desired. If it doesn't work then there is always the professional. Will post update and photos when I get around to this. And thanks to all for the suggestions.
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I also used the inner tube, plywood and shop vac method on an end cap dent. Worked surprisingly well on a surface curved in two directions.
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