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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2018 08:30 pm
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Greg Mauer
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Has anyone tried using an automotive dent puller to pop dents from the outer shell of a Vornado?  If so was it successful?  Was it worth the effort?

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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2018 01:18 am
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Lane Shirey
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Hi Greg, I’d be interested if any of the new “paintless “ dent repair companies or equipment could do it, but if I’m repainting and if it’s a small dent that can be filled, I use body filler. 

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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2018 05:51 pm
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Greg Mauer
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Lane,
PDR, as I have read, usually requires access to the underside of the dent so it can be pushed back out. I suppose a smaller hole could be drilled on the inner surface of the shell to gain access and then pushed out. In some cases glue is applied to the outside of the dent and pulled out. I am not experienced with PDR, just a curious reader.

I’m still curious about the dent puller so I may give it a go and let you know how it comes out.

My dents are about 1” on the top and another about 1.5 - 2” on the underside.  Nice, round dents with no creases.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2018 11:24 pm
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I'm curious if you could PDR a Vornado. My only thought is that most cars that get PDR work successfully done had their dents on a flat surface. Plus I'm sure car sheet metal is thinner than what's on a Vornado.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 17th, 2018 11:43 am
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Lane Shirey
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All great points. I forgot about needing access to the back. The method I was thinking about is where a tab is hot glued to the dent then a device attached to the tab to draw out the dent. 

Frankly, it’s easier to fill it. The only way that won’t work is if there’s a hard crease in the dent that causes a raised ridge. That ridge would have to be hammered down before being filled. 


Has anyone found a satisfactory match ( even automotive paint) for the Vornado blue-green color. I spent an hour at the automotive paint store looking through color chips, but nothing very close. I know someone found NOS spray bombs, but I’m looking for something readily available. 

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 Posted: Wed Jun 20th, 2018 02:05 am
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The dents can be pulled using something called a "stud welder", which essentially spot welds little pieces of heavy gauge wire to the face of the metal, leaving you something to grab with a small slide hammer or similar puller. Then, you would grind off the wire and remaining weld as carefully as possible with a sanding disc and you're good to go. If you know someone who works in a body shop, they can probably help you.

You could also try one of those "as seen on TV" dent pullers that use the hot glue and thumb-screw puller (Pops-A-Dent maybe? I forget some of these goofy names...). I've seen dumber gimmicks do pretty impressive things...

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