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#1 Marty


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Posted 11 February 2007 - 01:12 PM

Working Extreme Aluminum Dents

This is an old Porsche aluminum hood. The three dents are very closely spaced and deep dents, made with a golf ball. The front dent is a #4, the two rear dents are approximately #5s. Divots from the golf ball surface could be seen in both #5s. The damage affected area of the panel measures roughly 7 inches in diameter. Since this is aluminum we are also dealing with a large amount of stretched metal at the bottom of these dents.

To make matters even worse, the paint is a single stage repaint with two layers of paint, sealer, and primer. Some of you that have trained with me know this hood well, and can attest to the fact that the paint is in poor condition, and will crack easily when pushed. By most standards of PDR this would not be a candidate for a successful repair. See fig #1

Figure #1

Damage like this will require several steps to remove successfully. We will begin by .....

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