Trying A Little Cosmetic Surgery On That Dent
I tried paintless dent removal on an Airstream and here’s what happened. Way back in November of 2018 I backed poor Bridget into a brand new, half-million-dollar motorhome. You can read about that here. I opted not to get her repaired. We proudly (ok, maybe not so proudly) sport our war wound wherever we go.
The picture below shows the damage immediately after the incident. I fixed the marker light right away and even popped out some of the dents with a pneumatic dent puller.
The next photo shows the dent after those repairs.
Paintless Dent Removal On An Airstream
Recently I started looking at paintless dent removal (PDR) information. Of course, this led to watching YouTube videos and deciding I can fix it myself. Hey, it’s what I do.
I ordered this Dent Repair Tool Dent Puller Kit online and when they arrived I set to work trying to pop the dent out and straighten the crease.
PDR is pretty interesting. If you’re working from the outside, you use hot glue and little tabs to make a place to grip. Then you use a puller to pull the tab and a little of the dent pulls out each time. This is a very large dent for this process but what’s the worst that could happen? This is what it looked like after a few hours of work. Before on the left and during on the right.
After getting to this point, I needed better tools to knock down the high spots, so I ordered those.
I recently went back to work on the dent and smoothed it out more. I’m not satisfied with it yet and will work on it more before I seal the seams in that area and call it good. It’s really a lot better unless you look too close and see all the little, tiny dents I’m not talented enough to remove.
Now Bridget has cellulite like me.