Originally Posted by deadbodyman
I'll second that ....The last thing you want to do is spend 50hours fixing a 50.00 tailgate...and I'd look into HOW your welding it ,also surrounding the area with wet towels will help suck up the heat.
sounds crazy I know but using more heat and faster wire speed will warp it less
It litterally took about 20 minutes to fix the warping issue. It actually took longer to take off the paint on the tailgate than to fix the warpage. I would have cut my losses and bought a new one "if" it was going to take alot of work, but, it really didn't. Any higher heat just caused blow out, so I couldn't go any higher with it. Japanese metal is REALLY thin. I did however turn the wire speed up while in the process. The only thing left to do now is a thin skim coat of filler (as I mentioned before) I planned on doing that any way just because I like the results better. The wet towel on the surrounding area sounds like a really good idea. I will use the suggestions on my C-10 tailgate (brand new gate, shaving the handle on it before long also). AND, I will use more patience next time also, thats what caused this issue in the first place. I knew better and how, I just got in a hurry and impatient.Thanks again.