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Headlight bezel repair

I have two aluminum headlight bezels that have a lot of little dings and scuffs around the edge. the dings are for the most part are on the edge and unlikely to be removed successfully by me. Would some type of body filler and paint be a option ??? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Post some pictures. If it's stamped aluminum you can fix them, if it's cast, not a chance realistically.

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They are stamped and quite thin. I'll go shoot some photo's. May take a bit of time.
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Unless they are absolute junk, a trim shop can likely restore them. If you aren't opposed to painting them, you could hammer and dolly them as best as you can, then rough them up and spray a few coats of epoxy, then filler work, more epoxy and paint them.

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Hope this will help.
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Stamped aluminum can be fixed. I bought this book: How to Restore Metal Auto Trim (Motorbooks Workshop) and used it to guide me through repairing my 67 Fairlane headlight buckets. If I can do it, you can do it. Or as someone else mentioned, it can be professionally done. Check for a anodizing shop in your area. After the repair, you will want to have them re-anodized. I was surprised that the price of polishing and anodizing was pretty reasonable. They can give you some guidance before you start or may even have someone on staff who can do the job for a price.
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I would rather do it myself. I think I'll try fixing it and see what it looks like painted. It's not a show car. If is not to my liking, I'll try something else. Is it better to put bondo over metal or primer first??? Bondo is a generic term I believe. What would you guy's suggest ? I seem to remember something called Metal Glaze being a better product for this application. I don't have that much experience doing body work.
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If I were going to fix and paint them, I would first use a small hammer and whatever tool needed (punch, chisel,m flat head screw driver etc) to straighten them as best as you can, just be careful not to create any holes. Use light taps to move the low spots back to where they need to be (hit like you are working on a raw egg and can't crack it). Once you get the metal work done, you can either sand them to rough them up or media blast would work too. Spray 2 coats of epoxy primer, then do you filler work on top of that. Once you have your filler work done, you can spray 2 more coats of epoxy and finish them out with the paint of your choice.

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Here is a little "Basics of Basics" on mouldings that may be of help. Molding Repair / Metal Finishing - Autobodystore

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Thanks everyone for your tips. I really appreciate them. What filler would be the best to use ?
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Using the "Basics of Basics" for moulding repair, NO filler, that's the idea, you "Metal finish" it to perfection.

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Here's another quick little look at metal finishing a small dent. https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/basi...ts-163013.html

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As Brian said, metal finishing with no filler used would be the best. However, if you choose to use a filler, do as much metal work as you can prior to filler. After the metal work and a couple coats of epoxy primer, you can use any quality 2 part glazing putty to finish things out. I have grown to like USC Icing, but there are several other quality products out there, just be sure to use a 2 part glaze and not the toothpaste tubes that don't use any activator. If you do the metal work to a reasonable level, you should not need to use a regular filler, and if you take your time, you may be able to use primer only to finish them off instead of any glaze or filler.

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OK, I'll give it a try. I have to say I was surprised when I saw a awl mentioned as a body working tool. A very light touch indeed. Thanks Guy's Wish me luck
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