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Old 05-19-2006, 11:43 PM
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Hail Damage

OK guy's I know its not an old hotrod, but my 97 Ford truck got caught in a hail storm. Most of the damage is to the hood. My question is; what is the best or an acceptable way to repair this. I talked to the PDR guys and they said with an aluminum hood it would be better to replace it than do PDR. Now, I was wondering instead of replacing it, could I do like the old days and just grind out the dents and fill them. Then block and paint the entire hood. I know a new hood would be quicker but I have more time than money. Keep in mind, it's just a work truck with 100K on it and not worth much.

Second question, if I fill the dents is there anything special I need to do because it's aluminum.

Thanks in advance, Rick.

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Old 05-20-2006, 04:19 AM
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Get in touch with Dent Wizard and they can get most if not all out. Other than that, with it being aluminum, I'd just get another from the junkyard instead of investing a lot of time in it.
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Actually, hail damage is no different than any other damage, otrher than being alot more dents. The fact that it is aluminum really isn't a big thing. Depending on the size of the dents, many will be filled with a good High Build Primer. Evercoat's Zgrip and Rage say that they are good for use on aluminum. I have used both with good results. It will take alot of blocking on a panel that size though.

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metal finish

If a fellow was into metal work that would be a good project to metal finish the dents out of that hood..Can be done in aluminum just takes a bit longer..Aluminum shrinks and stretches ..it jjust needs to be annealed as one goes as it does work harden..

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now would be a good time to put a hood scoop on, cover some dents and look good
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Thanks for the replies. Here is one more question; what if I have to shrink the metal. I have no idea how to shrink aluminum. I tend to think I may be better just filling the dents than pushing them out and run the risk of stretching the panel. What do you all think.
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Since thwe hood is already almost toast there is not a lot to lose by tring to get it straight and it can be treated as a learning experience..

One uses a shrinking disk on that stuff and for more info on metal working you can go to www.metalmeet.com

Up to you what you wish to do..

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A simple hand held torch is all you need to remove hail dents in that hood.
Heat up the dent moving in circles, this will cause the dent to raise up. Once it starts to move up remove the heat.
The dent will raise up past the surrounding metal but will shrink back down to original non dented state.
You might find that another round of heat is needed to fully remove the dent.

Depending on the size of the dent and its location 9 out of 10 dents you can metal finish out. Sometimes you cant get them out and a small skim coat of glaze levels them out once you have raised them up with the torch.

I use this method all the time doing collision work and have been doing nothing but hail damage for the past 2 months.

My torch is just a small mini torch bought from Matco tools, but a coworker has one from harbor freight that works darn well too...Eric
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Around here they use Lamps to heat the metal and pop the dents out.
The lighting they use is similar to the lights that keep food warm in a cafe
or kitchen. ! Depending on how bad the damage is, the dents may pop out
without the need for a re-paint.

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re: hail damage

If you decide to get a new hood, with todays metal prices you could recycle the old hood and put the money towards the new hood
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