Eps 10: whack pictures bounce fender dents

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We are going to start by understanding the basics about small dent, how to locate the point of the instrument, etc. Today, Bob C has his sander out, and I am going to revisit the traditional methods of the larger dent. On large dent, we smooth the lower part of the dent using the sharpest point on the tool, then we push out the majority of the dent using the roundest point , and then we return to the sharpest point for finishing and blend.
Too big a dents for a PDR , hidden crown, or too blunt a tool. When you are refinishing the panel, even if you did not PDR a dents, usually enough Finnish mils are available to mask it from being perforated. You cannot repair what you cannot see, and if you are fading finnish, that makes the dent harder to see. Megawatt I did not see the dent, just the scratch...Fender Dents The fenders are pretty darn easy to repair, they sure take some time to repair, though...You can repair them yourself, but you need to have the time, the energy, and the knowledge to do so.
Lift up on one side using the fender bender, preferably using jacks lifted off the flat surface, make sure the car is not moving, take the wheels under the fender, and then search the internet for info on removing a fender. Remove the fender and move it a distance from the vehicle, you may also want to walk out of your garage, then heat the interior of the fender using your heat gun. Now, with the paint warm enough that it is malleable, you can take either a mallet or something heavier, push the drivers side front fender down where it is not going to move, and press down really hard on the inside of the dent until it is molded back to form, or grab a hammer and hit that hotspot until it is normal again. Make sure you allow the paint to cool down afterwards, as well as wash and scrub that piece or car clean once it is put back together.
Just paint your repaired fenders with primer and a coat of finish, then you can later decide what, if any, final paint job for the entire car. If you are doing this work on your own, grab a few bashed out fenders and body panels off your local body shops scrap heap and get some practice. As long as no cracks are present and you have access to the areas behind your body panels, small dent from hail damage is usually fixable. Regardless of what caused your vehicles dents, so long as the dent is not too serious, paint is still in tact, and the area behind the body panel can be accessed by the PDR technicians, the small dent on your car can usually be repaired using the Paintless Dent Repair process.
Things such as plastic bumpers, fiberglass fenders, carbon fiber bonnets, and composites cannot be repaired with the paintless dent repair process. If the bonnet of your car has sustained a minor ding caused by hail, falling objects, sports balls, or other circumstances, this is usually resolvable using paintless dent repair. Usually, the front fenders can be repaired using paintless dent repair, as the front fenders are usually easy to remove, the areas under the hood of the car can be accesses and repaired using PDR processes. If your fender has sustained a dent as the result of an accident, or anything else coming into contact with it, it is likely to be repairable using Paintless Dent Repair as long as the paint is undamaged.
While dent damage may be a concern, other vehicles paint usually scuffs up, and so long as your paint has not cracked or your collision scrape is not too bad, some dents can be repaired with paintless dent repair. You should note when pushing you may actually hold the dent in place so that it looks as though it is going away. I did not need much welding or rust removal, the majority of damage was limited to the severely battered front fenders and passenger side doors. Four years are in the past, and several weeks ago, MARTINSR took over the task of fixing all the dents and dings on the used and new parts.
BobK simply removed the interior panels, found and marked the dents with pencil, then went to work gently pushing down the pencil marks. I brought the car in today and removed the rear lights -- got in there and gave it a good bang, tore the hole straight through the bumper. If a fender is not heavily rusted, then you do have a little wiggle room for filing metal since metal is thicker than in todays cars.
It is best to have some help as you pound away at a fender with a hammer and a dolly . They will teach you all kinds of welding, and also how to squeeze stretched metal, take out dents, fix holes, use filler, paint, etc. This is a great thing to do if you are trying to learn to fix the body of a car. If you could find a coach with some paint and body experience, it will help, but you can get by using basic tools -- just give it a go, and you will discover that its not all that difficult--you will improve with practice as you move along and develop your technique.