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Old 11-13-2002, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is everyone doing to pull out "minor" rock dents?

Obviously I could pull off the interior panels and door panels and hammer out the accessible ones, but are there any quickie tools out there? This is something I can imagine will need to be done rather frequently, so easier = better.

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Old 11-13-2002, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pull them out , leave those beauty marks ;-)

It really depends on the type of dent...if it has a crease in it then it will most likely pull and still leave a mark, if its just a panel pushed in or a fairly large dent it may pull out with a suction puller...

Its just really dependant on how deep, the size, how you want it to look in the end, $$$$, and where it is on the vehicle.
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I dont mess with dents unless I cant drive the truck because of them. I suppose you could use a dent puller and fill the hole up with weld then repaint but that would be a pita. Go to the paintless dent people and have them fix them or learn to do the paintless dent thing yourself.
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  • Punch out the acessible ones from rear. MUCH easier than from front.
  • Plunger coated with vaseline for a strong seal can suck out big, shallow ones.
  • Paint it flat tan or green so the dents hide better. That's what I did. Easy touch up w/ a $3 can rules.
  • Build a flat bed
  • Build a tube buggy

Also, simply learn to live with them. When you dent the truck the steel is actually stretched. So unless you're a master body man who does this for a living, it will never look stock again.

But that's all right. Now you can run the trails where you have to potential to drag the side of the truck down something without fear.
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Re: Dent puller

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What is everyone doing to pull out "minor" rock dents?

Flame if you must...
i suggest you use a big rock and turn that "minor" rock dent into a major bash so we don't think you are such a pussy.
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This truck will never be straight! Just looking to fix some of the easy/huge ones, and if there is an easy way, why not?

I'm not worried about getting it perfect in any way. Just trying to keep the heap looking roughly like a 4runner until the body can no longer hold itself together.
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find a straight panel...
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Old 11-13-2002, 09:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 11-13-2002, 10:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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when i bought the canback i had to fix some areas of my body where it mounted in order for it to fit(seal) up. you gotta pull the interior panels, then youll be amazed at how "straight" you can get everything with just a couple of wacks
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I know what you mean.

I just pull the inner panels and use a 2x2 piece of wood and a hammer. sometimes I also just use a long pry bar. I don't mine dents or ripples but if they are esy to pop out, then thats what I do. Also in the terrain I normally drive, I don't get much rock rash. I just want to keep the rig looking pretty good from 30 ft away. and rattle can is the best paint job any real 4x4 can have!
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and use a 2x2 piece of wood and a hammer. sometimes I also just use a long pry bar. I
This is what I have my 16 yr old do .
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Old 11-13-2002, 01:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Sheet metal screw and a slide hammer
But I do agree with the rest of the guys, if its never gonna be straight, than screw it, so long as you have a level mouting surface for you top. The pics dont look bad at all from where I`m standing, at least no ones gonna steal it
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Old 11-13-2002, 01:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The pics dont look bad at all from where I`m standing, at least no ones gonna steal it
I've added... uh... a "few" since those pics. LOL
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Old 11-13-2002, 05:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If the panel just got pushed in, then the suction cup things can usually put it back out. But if the metal was creased, they wont help much - might make the dent more shallow, but it will be just as noticable. There is no quick easy way to straighten creased body panels unless you have easy access to the back side, so, just look at them and smile
Maybe just paint the dents with flat paint - soon enough you'd have a nice camo paint job with the patern determined by nature
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sheet metal sucks,
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I don't get them little small dents. When I do get a dent I cut it off. except my roof rockers and doors
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this thing looked like crumpeled tin foil up close but the flat paint hides a lot like dknight said
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I would recomend scraping off the 1/8" of rust off the panel before you try to pull and paint.
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I would recomend scraping off the 1/8" of rust off the panel before you try to pull and paint.
it is 1/4"! don't shortchange me
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most whate till after damage to do XO do it befor it it so nice to scrape along rox and trees and not care about the body i do not beleave the [ chics dig dents] i have never heard a hotty say ha there, ugly truck wont to take my home chics dig nise trucks jm.02
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