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Old 04-17-2018, 12:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I was told the high school would fix my cars as long as I bought the parts, but I never looked into it.

I made some progress pulling dents today!

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Old 06-01-2019, 01:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I was able to pull out some of the dents, but I reached the point where I did not have anywhere to position the feet without making dents, so I attached a handle to the elevator bolts, and after a while, I could not pull up hard enough. I visualized some rig where I built a frame over the car, legs on each side, and I pulled the elevator bolts into it, but that seemed ridiculous.

I wanted to drop the headliner and push out the dents, but I wanted to get rid of the hot glue first. I did not want to fix the dents and then pop some back later. Denatured alcohol, 91% isopropyl alcohol, and 100% acetone barely softened up the dried hot glue. It seemed like my plastic scraper did more to remove the hot glue than the solvents, but then I started noticing scratches in the clear coat.

It seemed like I would wear through the clear coat and into the paint before I remove the last of the hot glue.

There was one place where the Gorilla Glue actually pulled off the paint.

I used sandpaper to remove the rest of it.

This project gets better and better!

I dropped the headliner. Hopefully I did not crease it. I broke a number of fasteners, so we will see how much replacements cost.

Most of the dents are above the supports.

I wonder how much I can push on the supports before damaging them.

I honestly do not know what to do about those dents, but I have a bottle jack somewhere that may be willing to chat with a dent on the front.

I saw a YouTube video where a guy pushed out a bunch of dents with a pipe-shaped jack with a compressed air port. It has a foot on one end and rounded rubber on the other.

Can I use a pipe with a rubber cap?

According to Project Farm, Stanley is better than Gorilla Glue each way that he tested it:
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I realized I should look for paintless dent removal forums, but I was just looking around the first one when Mom called the plumber, so I figured out how to fix two leaky faucets, but the plumber fixed the more complicated one before I could work on either.

He fixed it for $339. I fixed the other one for $3.88, without leaving a mess like he did.

The first forum had zero DIY information, so I e-mailed the administrators. They told me I couldn't do it.

I bet his name is Marlin. I will show him!

He guaranteed that if there are any dealerships in the area there would be PDR technicians.

There are three dealerships.

I can spare three phone calls, but I am also going to look into the other PDR forums and see where to go from here.

I e-mailed the PDR in Phoenix again and they said they could not see the dents:



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My question is, why bother? At a certain age, you stop investing in superficial damage.
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I've decided not to worry about superficial at all, somebody in a truck or large SUV kissed the 15 Rogue in a Walmart parking lot wife even parked way out, minor corner ding, F it, it's just metal and plastic.

Why is it even when you park 5 spots from the nearest car somebody decide the spot right next to you is where they want to? Guessing the idiot knows they have a vehicle too big for them to negotiate so can't press they luck any more but can't stay back one spot more. Hit the car and knew it so moved to a different spot before going in. Wife didn't notice till she got home.

IMO best buy ever are hail (storm damage), previous owner or factory dealer perfectly happy taking care of their car, get up one morning dent's all over, insurance company writes it off, goes to auction buy it for around 60% retail and drive the crap out of it. Repo's not so good, can't afford payment can't afford maintenance.
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You're both using the two short ones?

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