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Old 06-27-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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I have a big dent in the front left roof panel. Any ideas on how to repair it? Can any body shop do it?
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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The simple answer is no. Automotive body shops are used to working on painted steel and a few of them know how to fix fiberglass but they are hopeless when it comes to polished aluminum.
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I have a big dent in the front left roof panel. Any ideas on how to repair it? Can any body shop do it?
I too had a large dent in my upper front panel. A large dent, no great creases or punctures. It hurt to look at it. While camping in Jalama Beach north of Santa Barbara a metal worker felt my pain while walking by. He offered the following advise. On a warm day, while the sun is heating the aluminium, and you are not in a hurry nor impatient, began to gently pound about 2 inches on the outside of the crease with the bottom of your fist. Gently. Increasing firmness and began pounding closer to the dent. Go around and around the dent many times. Increase the strength of your pounding and try to move close to the edge of the dent. In my case, the dent began to pop back to near original shape. It became smaller and smaller as I went. The result was 95% effective. I can just see some residual marks from the original large dent.
A warm feeling that was almost spiritual and surely mystical came over me.
I found the sheetmetal worker/camper and gave him a bottle of my best Tequila.
Try it. If it does not work for you, drink the Teguila with someone you love. John
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