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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #60 on: 23 October 2012, 03:27 AM »
That is seriously bad luck!!!   >:( :( :'( >:(  :o ??? ::)  But at least you know where to get quality repairs!!
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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #61 on: 23 October 2012, 09:52 AM »
Ah yeah,

That is serious hail! Getting pelted with that is almost certainly going to cause grief.

That's shocking.

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #62 on: 23 October 2012, 08:06 PM »
Bugger!!!!!!!! That so sux!!!!!!!!!

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #63 on: 12 November 2012, 11:44 PM »
Prepping to start pressing out hail dents in the roof :

removed a,b,c pillar trims, all roof gutter trims, headlining, rear seats, complete sunroof assembly.



Pressing in progress :


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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #64 on: 12 November 2012, 11:45 PM »
Lifting dents in scuttle panel :



Done :



Front fender "BEFORE" :




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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #65 on: 12 November 2012, 11:46 PM »
After initial pulling with glued on tabs and a slide hammer :





Done -


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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #66 on: 12 November 2012, 11:52 PM »
The following panels are done :

roof - had about 20 smallish dents
bonnet - about 15 dents, most large to very large
right front fender - 3 very large dents, 1 small dent
left front fender - 3 small to medium dents
scuttle panel - 2 medium dents
right front door - 1 small dent

The following panels were undamaged :
right rear door
left rear fender

The following will be done this coming weekend :
bootlid - about 4-5 small dents
left front door - no hail damage, but some old parking-lot rash
left rear door - no hail damage, but some old parking-lot rash

Cost for all of this is about $600 excluding my time to strip and fit.  A bit of a bargain compared to stripping and painting.

The smalll-to-medium dents will all be fine.  The 2 largest dents on the right front fender required so much working (levering from inside, tapping down from outside), that although the paint is still in tact now, I suspect it will fail in the medium term and require painting.  I'm hoping the bonnet paint will remain durable, but in the middle were a constellation of 4 large dents close together, and that general area required a lot of working, and again the paint may fail there in due course. 

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #67 on: 13 November 2012, 09:23 AM »
That's great news. At least it looks like most of the damage will be fixed at relatively little cost. My own car has a few door dings that will need work before paint, and I've been wondering what cost to expect to have them removed.
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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #68 on: 14 November 2012, 03:19 AM »
That's amazing to see what I thought was fairly significant damage, removed without far more work!  You'll have her back to her glory days in no time!!   :)
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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #69 on: 14 November 2012, 09:28 AM »
...although the paint is still intact now, I suspect it will fail in the medium term and require painting.  I'm hoping the bonnet paint will remain durable, but in the middle were a constellation of 4 large dents close together, and that general area required a lot of working, and again the paint may fail there in due course.


You might be lucky, given that the paint was new (and therefore still relatively soft).


Either way, it's great to see all the damage fixed  :D

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #70 on: 17 November 2012, 12:52 AM »
Those dents on the front fenders were big! try putting a dent like that there with your fist and id be your hand would lose.Wonder if a hail storm like that could kill a person.

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #71 on: 17 November 2012, 07:44 AM »
There were some reported deaths caused by hailstone hits. 

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #72 on: 24 December 2012, 10:22 AM »
Do you have a lot of undercoating in your fenders? Mine does and it seems like it would make dent removal difficult.
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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #73 on: 24 December 2012, 09:55 PM »
Squiggle, yes, the fenders have the usual coating of rubberising on the inside.  I offered to strip it off for the technician, but he said he'd prefer if I left it in place, as it apparently helps to cushion the levering and reduce the tendency to raise tiny 'islands'.

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Re: 350SE takes a knock
« Reply #74 on: 24 December 2012, 10:20 PM »
Squiggle, yes, the fenders have the usual coating of rubberising on the inside.  I offered to strip it off for the technician, but he said he'd prefer if I left it in place, as it apparently helps to cushion the levering and reduce the tendency to raise tiny 'islands'.

Wow, that's neat. I know the insides of the doors have lots of rubberizing too. I've got a lot of door dings and small dents that need to come out.
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