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"Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
#1393798 Fri Jan 22 2021 11:22 PM
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I have a few dents in the upper rear cab that will need pulling out, so I bought a small slide hammer and some glue-on tabs used for Paintless Dent Repair. The youtube videos make it seem like it would be fairly easy, but maybe it's the thicker sheet metal used on our trucks. The cab is in primer, but with no access behind the rear panel to bump these out, I thought it might work. I couldn't get the tabs to stick on tight enough to do much, although I did reduce the depth of one by maybe 1/16". I tried sanding the primer to smooth it off, but still couldn't get the tabs to stick tight enough to do much moving of the metal. The glue lets loose either on the primer or the tab. ohwell
My next step is some weld-on studs. I have a couple pairs of small vice grips that I'll weld a nut on to attach the slide hammer.

Has anyone had success with PDR?


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1393808 Sat Jan 23 2021 12:58 AM
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I have a similar one and if it is a small dome type dent not to bad but the glue let’s go on small dings
was going to try green stick but it may not come off .A small suction cup for dents may work also .since it is only primer can use slide hammer and tack a washer and pull it .The other spoon type tools are too expensive ,maybe a inner tube between panels and rubber mallet.


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1393809 Sat Jan 23 2021 12:59 AM
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Yes, I had success on a 2002 Hyundai some years ago with the glue-on and a plunger style. Pretty deep dents too. Come to think of it, the suction cup worked on my wife's 2011 Odyssey as well for a small dent.

However, I had no success on my '94 F150. I tried it on my '49 3600 cab and it didn't even try to budge it without the suction or glue pulling off.


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1393818 Sat Jan 23 2021 01:30 AM
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The glue type works fairly well on later model sheet metal but anything made of real metal is a lost cause. Tried it in a couple of spots on my ‘65 Biscayne, no luck.


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1393819 Sat Jan 23 2021 01:39 AM
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OK, thanks guys. You've confirmed my suspicions that I'll need to go with welding pull pins on.


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1394299 Mon Jan 25 2021 10:58 PM
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I have had some success on thicker panels using the glue to initiate a pull and tapping around the perimeter of the dent with a plastic/rubber or wooden mallet.


Martin
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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1394302 Mon Jan 25 2021 11:15 PM
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Put up a picture of the dent .you could try a small inner tube between the panels with the glue and the rubber mallet. Worth a attempt ,I had a old outboard with a top tank with a dent and I used air to fill the tank a little and tapped around the dent and got most of it out


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1394753 Thu Jan 28 2021 07:30 PM
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Eastwood has this slide hammer with locking pliers, you could probably fab up something like this easily enough. It would work good with your weld on pins.

https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-locking-plier-slide-hammer.html


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Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
TUTS 59 #1394791 Thu Jan 28 2021 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
Eastwood has this slide hammer with locking pliers, you could probably fab up something like this easily enough. It would work good with your weld on pins.

https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-locking-plier-slide-hammer.html
I recall seeing that before. Thanks.
I think what I'll do is weld a nut that fits the slide hammer on the side of the vice grips. Haven't gotten around to that yet.
I built a jig for welding pins on, similar to Eastwoods setup that goes on the MIG nozzle and holds the pin for welding.


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#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
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Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: "Paintless" Dent Repair attempt
klhansen #1394819 Fri Jan 29 2021 02:03 AM
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It looks like the vice grip puller sold by Eastman is simply an adaptor that substitutes the bolt that tightens the jaw and is threaded on the end of the slide hammer. If your willing to sacrifice the vice grip, buy a nut that fits the slide hammer from the local hardware store and weld it to the knurled thumb screw. Might just do the trick!

Last edited by Phak1; Fri Jan 29 2021 02:04 AM.

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