I feel that unless you have read each and every one of my post, which I have taken the time to do of yours, you do not have any right to say that I don't offer solutions. I take pride in the solutions that I have offered on this forum. These Forums are to help one another and exchange information, personally I don't care if you worked for 2 restoration and body shops before you where 25 what has that got to do with anything except by your own admission tell me that the people you worked with didn't teach you very much. That would explain why you put body filler over holes in a door that you pulled a dent on. You did a Camaro that won an award, paint can cover a number of sins.
I feel that if there is going to be a viable exchange of information, the information exchanged should be correct information. The experience that people get should be done by receiving correct information, handing a 2 X 4 to someone along with some metal working tools, sand paper and a can of bondo is hardly giving someone good information. All you offered the OP was what happened to you and do you really feel that this is good information? Is this the best information you have? I reread your post, you offered nothing but empty encouragement. As important as encouragement is, it should come along with answers to questions....what question did you answer compared to some of the other members, nothing, but and I quote " any body can do body work" you mention it again in your last post...not everyone can do body work unless doing it wrong and wavy to you is considered body work? You go on to say "Looking at the pictures, the cheapest way to do this is to fix it yourself. You will need to take it down to bare metal and give a skim coat of filler over most of the body panels and then block sand until it is straight. Anything you can feel with your hand will be seen by the naked eye when paint is applied. Nothing too difficult to accomplish here". You didn't offer one tip, not one solution to removing any dent let alone straightening an entire quarter panel when in your previous paragraph on that post you said "Anything up to an 1/8" of filler is an acceptable repair." Where is your good information except mud over the dents, just like a door with holes left in it from pulling a dent, just mud over it and it was the people on this forum that shamed you into welding them up.
You contradict yourself over and over, here's one in the same sentence, "Getting sheet metal straight ain't that hard. Doing it the "right way" takes allot of time and will be hard for a newbie though." What does that mean??? Please explain, is it hard or isn't it? The OP has admitted himself that he is new at this by reading the title of his thread "New to Body work". I'll quote some more of your encouraging phrases, this time from your previous post " As far as spending thousands only to be disappointed I don't think a couple quarts of body filler and some sandpaper are gonna ring up that kind of tab before he knows if this is for him or not. We are talking about knocking out some dents and using some body filler, not rocket science here, anyone with a little positive encouragement can do this." You, "the man", who worked in 2 restoration and body shops before you where 25 years old. Think...the OP takes your advice, buys a can or 2 of body filler (by the way you mentioned 2 quarts, I would challenge anyone to repair to box sides with dents and use 1 quart per side), fills the box side with mud, takes it to a shop, maybe because he feels it's ready for paint , maybe he's not happy with the way it turned out? Don't know, but rest assured, that box side is going to end up in a body shop and unless it's a shop that doesn't care about their reputation they aren't going to do it unless that box side is reasonably straight. No one ever says "look at that average paint job", they always say "look at that really good one" or "look at that really bad one" and the general public rarely looks at a car and says "Wow is that body work ever good on that car". That's why I, as a painter, would not want to paint a vehicle that isn't straight, I respect myself to much. If those box sides aren't reasonably straight, the OP, Kevin, may find himself in a situation where he may need to pay a body shop to get them straight and again, you must know that most often it cost more to redo something than to do it right the first time. That 2 quarts of body filler and sand paper with the step by step tutelage that you have given Kevin could end up costing him well over your estimated thousands. I've seen it when I worked in body shops, I saw it when I worked as a paint rep...it happens all the time. A greater number of people, with guidance can get body filler straight than can get metal straight, getting filler straight is one of the smallest parts of doing body work, getting metal straight is the difficult part and that's the difference between a body man and someone that fills in sins with filler, there is a big difference.
Your final comment says it all, I probably didn't even need to post. Kevin, this is what this man thinks about you and your truck "Let him do his own work if he wants it to look like crap? Really?" Is this the guy that you want to take advice from?
Kevin, Booth Boy offered you some very good advice by doing small sections or starting with smaller panels, getting box sides straight is hard, very often even for a pro. I'm all in favor of people getting in there and working on there vehicles, I encourage it and will help anywhere I can, but seriously, there is a lot more to it than getting a couple of cans of filler, some sand paper and metal working tools and that's all the advice, when you really read his post, "Goldduster 360" has given you.
Again, only with your best interest at heat Kevin.