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Old 02-02-2011, 11:02 PM
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Default Whats the easiest way to fix this?

I hit a big rock, it blew my back tire (which was replaced by the local tire place I bought it from...thankfully). Sometime during the rock hitting my truck and tire...it created a dent, and a bad scrape right below my door. The scrape is deep. Cut through the clear coat, paint, and even into the body a tad. My dent guy is coming tomorrow to take out the dent....

I realize it won't be perfect...and I'm not painting the whole bottom part of my truck....but what is the best way to fix this so it looks somewhat normal again?

I have plenty of Duplicolor (spray and clearcoat)...I guess I need some type of filler. Is it as simple as fill, sand, paint, and clearcoat?

Please help me out here guys and gals.



Here is a couple of pics(my truck is a tad dirty b/c of the weather here).

Pic 1 Close up:



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Old 02-02-2011, 11:07 PM
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Doesnt insurance cover that? Should be in your comprehensive coverage if you have it
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:18 PM
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Doesnt insurance cover that? Should be in your comprehensive coverage if you have it
Yea, but I don't wanna file a claim. Its on the curved section right below my door...so it really doesnt stand out that much. I didn't even notice it until this afternoon. (Hit the rock on Mon night).

My dent guy will take out the dent CHEAP b/c I know him personally...but I'm just worried about the paint.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:40 PM
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I really think you should file the claim and get it repaired professionally. With the stuff your tires kick up and the shit on the road, if it isnt done right, it goes from rust to rot. Its a pretty sensitive area and I know you wont be happy with a patch job on the paint. You pay for insurance man, use it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:51 PM
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That's not a dent, that's a DENT!

Once you get it pulled back out, you could do the bedliner mod like I just did. It might even come out very close to the same color as your truck.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:14 AM
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Dammit Buggman! I was gonna say just spray it with bedliner It'll add the illusion of being a little higher, and be a bit tougher on a area that does see some damage.
Sucks to hear about the blowout!
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:22 AM
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Yea, but I don't wanna file a claim. Its on the curved section right below my door...so it really doesnt stand out that much. I didn't even notice it until this afternoon. (Hit the rock on Mon night).

My dent guy will take out the dent CHEAP b/c I know him personally...but I'm just worried about the paint.
no it does stand out bad, file a claim
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:52 AM
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it is bretty simple to do bondo work
first prep the area you are gonna bondo drill some holes in the part you are gonna bondo to give the bondo somthing to stick to and also take a razor blade and scratch the crap outta the area.
Next take your bondo and apply it in thin layers i reccomend doing it in the garage with fans venting the garage and also pointed at the bondo to help it dry faster just coat it enough to be level with the paint.

Next make yourself a sanding block out of a 2x4 and get the body filler sand paper from a auto parts store get all the grits you can work from a 30 grit to a 120 grit if you can find all of them the reason you get the auto body paper is its double sided to it will stick to the block. and sand once completly dry.

next get bondo spot putty and fill in any holes that you have left and sand again with 120 grit.
then prime,paint and clear coat, and enjoy the missing dent!
hope this helps
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:24 AM
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That's not a dent, that's a DENT!

Once you get it pulled back out, you could do the bedliner mod like I just did. It might even come out very close to the same color as your truck.
Hmmm, Wow...never thought of that. I saw your pics in the thread. I might just do that!!!

What part should I do? Just section on the bottom of the door (the length of the door)? Did you mix it with duplicolor or does duplicolor make the liner? This sounds like a great idea!!
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:47 AM
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OK...bedliner mod...

Should I do picture 1, 2, 3, or 4???? Also, should I do gloss back, satin (or flat), or paint it with dark shadow duplicolor when I'm done??

1:


2:


3:


4:
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:25 PM
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it is bretty simple to do bondo work
first prep the area you are gonna bondo drill some holes in the part you are gonna bondo to give the bondo somthing to stick to and also take a razor blade and scratch the crap outta the area.
Next take your bondo and apply it in thin layers i reccomend doing it in the garage with fans venting the garage and also pointed at the bondo to help it dry faster just coat it enough to be level with the paint.

Next make yourself a sanding block out of a 2x4 and get the body filler 47sand paper from a auto parts store get all the grits you can work from a 30 grit to a 120 grit if you can find all of them the reason you get the auto body paper is its double sided to it will stick to the block. and sand once completly dry.

next get bondo spot putty and fill in any holes that you have left and sand again with 120 grit.
then prime,paint and clear coat, and enjoy the missing dent!
hope this helps


And in what shop did you learn this ?

you need to take the metal out first , those body lines are completely out , if your going to drill holes you might as well get a cheap little dent puller with a screw on the end , im sure you've seen them before .
Start by drilling a few holes around the outer edges then start pulling the dent out eventually drilling and pulling toward the center . Those kind of dents must be pulled from the inside edge eventually pulling out the center last the reason behind this if you dont it all starts to bind . Then after you've ll it out as much as possible you'll need to start taping the body lines back in getting the top edge and bottom edge of the rocker straight as possible . After your satisfied that you have it as good as you'll get it , grind it down to bare metal , why ? cause bondo is not made to be put over paint . only bare metal . it will shrink as it cures , its big time noticeable when put on paint you'll get what we call pancake edges . Next apply it as thick as possible so you can sand it to shape in one shot using 40 grit then 80 then 120-180 . Don't sand over the edges of the filler stay on top of it or else you will get valleys.
I recommend puttting a skim of fiberglass filler first . Us it the same way you use bondo .

I suggest you have a good look at my photo album too see what im talking about . I don't use more than a handle full of bondo when I fix a car or truck . The panel can be crushed like a tin can im still gonna praticaly no bondo to do the repair im not allowed to .

Alot of panels now are HSS steel you cant put bondo on them any more . Having a door panel , rocker , quarter with bondo on means that the air bag sensers are probably not sitting where there suppose to . If there in to far you will get airbag delay and it could be deadly or there might be small fractures in the steel , thats when I have to do a die test to see if the panel has to be replaced . and so on .

So don't pretend to know
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:36 PM
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I vote for #3 (that's what I did to my truck)

I found the Duplicolor brand at Oreilly Auto Parts locally, but I also saw Rustoleum brand at WallyWorld the other day.

It stinks SOOOOOO bad, but it looks sooooo good.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:19 PM
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Just have your guy PDR it, and bed line. I vote bed liner up to the belt line all the way down both sides. But even if you just bed line up the the lower line, do the whole length of the truck for continuity.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:21 PM
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I vote #3 as well.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:55 PM
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"And in what shop did you learn this ?

you need to take the metal out first , those body lines are completely out , if your going to drill holes you might as well get a cheap little dent puller with a screw on the end , im sure you've seen them before .
Start by drilling a few holes around the outer edges then start pulling the dent out eventually drilling and pulling toward the center . Those kind of dents must be pulled from the inside edge eventually pulling out the center last the reason behind this if you dont it all starts to bind . Then after you've ll it out as much as possible you'll need to start taping the body lines back in getting the top edge and bottom edge of the rocker straight as possible . After your satisfied that you have it as good as you'll get it , grind it down to bare metal , why ? cause bondo is not made to be put over paint . only bare metal . it will shrink as it cures , its big time noticeable when put on paint you'll get what we call pancake edges . Next apply it as thick as possible so you can sand it to shape in one shot using 40 grit then 80 then 120-180 . Don't sand over the edges of the filler stay on top of it or else you will get valleys.
I recommend puttting a skim of fiberglass filler first . Us it the same way you use bondo .

I suggest you have a good look at my photo album too see what im talking about . I don't use more than a handle full of bondo when I fix a car or truck . The panel can be crushed like a tin can im still gonna praticaly no bondo to do the repair im not allowed to .

Alot of panels now are HSS steel you cant put bondo on them any more . Having a door panel , rocker , quarter with bondo on means that the air bag sensers are probably not sitting where there suppose to . If there in to far you will get airbag delay and it could be deadly or there might be small fractures in the steel , thats when I have to do a die test to see if the panel has to be replaced . and so on .

So don't pretend to know "

I assumed that taking it down to to the bare metal was infurred and he is having the dent pulled so thats taken care of so man dont bs me
i have done metal work on a 64+1/2 mustang and on my old 95 dodge dakota i dont have to pretend ive done it and i learned it with a guy who restores 64 mustangs all the time and i help him and his son do em
yes i may have not given the best instructions and you gave better but i had decent instructs and my bondo jobs havent given in yet in the 9 years since i did my first one im not tryen to be a smart alick im just saying

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i vote for #3 it will be way eisier and look better
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