Removing dents from aluminium caravan?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 19:36
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Hi there
We have a number of dents in our van from a hail storm....any ideas of how to get rid of them?
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Reply By: Hoyks - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 20:13

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 20:13
What sort of construction is the van? Bonded composite or aluminium clad?

Either way, about the only way is to replace the damaged panels.
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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 20:42

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 20:42
If the dents are not too deep, and don't have sharp creases, the "paintless dent removal" method may be able to fix the majority of them - but it still isn't a cheap solution.

Gino's Paintless Dent Removal

The only definitive solution is replacement of the damaged aluminium sheets.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 22:30

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 22:30
Panel beating & shrinking aluminium is almost a forgotten art. Whereas you can heat steel to a ‘cherry red’ colour before shrinking it, aluminium shows no colour before it just melts, repairers used to use sawdust as a heat indicator, when it started to smoke was time to start beating it.
I think it would be cost prohibitive to repair.
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Reply By: Keith B2 - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 23:50

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 at 23:50
Maybe sand off, spot prime, fill, sand again, prime again and spot paint.
But if there are a heap of these dents replacement panels might be quicker.
Keith
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