View Full Version : Trying to fix this myself? Good idea or not?
02-02-2011, 05:51 PM
Back in december we had a snow storm and someone hit the back side of my truck... see pics, well they finally paid me but money is tight so I thought I can do the bodywork myself and let the shop spray it... I was able to pound out the big dent with some hammers and it is better now but still rough. there are also some other small door dings I want to fix... so will a can of bondo work?
all I have done is spray some primer over the bare metal so it doesnt rust. pics...
02-02-2011, 05:53 PM
after my repairs,LOL
02-06-2011, 05:23 PM
I would pick up a body hammer and a few dollies (here's a cheap set of hammers/dollies at HF:http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/auto-body/7-piece-body-and-fender-set-31277.html) or small blocks of wood if you don't want to buy dollies and try to massage the metal back down a little bit. A little time with a hammer and dolly and you should have it pretty close to where it needs to be, then just fill the little imperfections. And filler is really all you can do for the door dings unless you want to pay the shop to use their stud-welder on it and pull them. Bottom line though you can do it yourself probably all on one Saturday.
02-08-2011, 10:40 AM
I would've used a stud welder and puller personally.
02-08-2011, 11:16 AM
I think the way to do body work is:
1 Study how to do it.
2 Do it.
The guys in the shop weren't born knowing that stuff.
Be careful. If you stretch the metal you can wind up with a bigger problem than you started with. That ding is strictly cosmetic. No safety problems.
02-08-2011, 02:45 PM
Interesting, I have almost the same exact same damage on my truck from when I fish tailed into a snowbank (which contained a retaining wall).
Never put any thought into fixing it, but this thread may have just inspired me to try.
03-14-2011, 09:49 PM
Get a hammer dolley set from harbor freight and use bondo, should get it pretty smooth.
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