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Old 03-13-2012, 09:04 PM
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Aluminum repair

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I have an aluminum boat that needs tons of metal work.
the boat has been dented very badly from rocks on the shore.
What type of hammer is best needed to reshape the hull without leaving hammer marks ?

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I'm no expert but from what I have read and seen on this and metalworking forums is that there are different, techniques, hammers & dollies for different dents. Sharper deeper small dents need one kind, can you work both sides easily, etc.
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the boat is 12 ft., most of the bottom I can reach both sides, yes.
Any help with the type of hammer to use will be very helpful
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Just use the regular type of body hammers and dollies to do that..doubtful that you will be able to get it as smooth as new but you can get it smoother..be prepared to rivet or patch some as aluminum will "work harden" and crack as you hammer..it is fixable though and the boat will be usable when done..You may wisg to look into the body repair adhesives we use now for attaching any patches..

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Sam, You are recommending using adhesives as opposed to hiring someone to weld the cracks ?
The adhesives are very strong to hold against the pounding of waves on the hull?
Could you suggest a brand and type of adhesive ?
Would the patch go on the inside, I am guessing ??
Where might one find aluminum rivets ?
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Here you go..I like the 2 part mixes myself and those guys have the rivets you will need as well..

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/search/search.php

Do the search for aluminum adhesive and it will come up for you..

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