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Old 12-16-2012, 12:04 PM
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The problem with stretched metal is realising just exactly how much stretch is involved.
Most times the heat/quench method is just too much.
On hail dents, the metal is surely stretched, but the dents can be easilly removed with a pencil torch, and not quenching. Sometimes without even damaging the paint.

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Old 12-16-2012, 12:13 PM
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hmmm...never tried that. Outta give it a try. We just had a Subaru that had hail damage and it was worst on the hood. No matter how light I tried to shrink the stretch the work kept spreading and spreading. One tiny dent ended up being an area of filler almost 1/4 of the hood. Then again, you forget how flimsy and sensitive the newer metals are when you constantly work on hot rods. I'm thinking that pencil torch could have helped me some.
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