[DeTomaso] paintless dent removal ????
WLHPANTERA at aol.com
WLHPANTERA at aol.com
Sat Aug 13 22:06:33 EDT 2011
Larry: I have a mil gauge "Pro Gauge II" which is used to measure paint
thickness. It's just a magnet on a spring... You touch it to the panel &
pull it away. It snaps off at the mil thickness. I'll bring it with me to
Monterey & we can see how bad a "bondo bomber" you have.
In a message dated 8/13/2011 12:57:22 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
fresnofinches at aol.com writes:
Some of you in Reno no doubt noticed the dented section on the driver's
door of 2511.
Small garages, rolling carts, and wayward bench-top drill presses do not
play well with Panteras. :-(
The really troubling issue for 2511 is the paint is a metallic. Couldn't
ask for a more impossible paint
to try and get a good match. I do however have maybe 8 ounces of the paint
well-stored and sealed.
Amazingly there was no paint scratching, but there is a six inch long
crack in the paint just above the
top body line edge on the door - the edge 2" from the window. Randy Grubb
wisely suggested that
crack could be addressed by camouflaging it with a thin body-line pin
stripe, an idea I think will do just fine.
I've done some research on paintless dent removal (PDR) and it appears the
results can be amazing.
Randy cautioned that if there is Bondo in the damaged area, that can
interfere in the PDR process,
and sadly Quella (who did 2511) is known for using a skim coat of Bondo in
his restoration process. I am
a bit pessimistic the cracking is an indicator of Bondo, but no real way
I believe our vintage cars are a heavier gauge metal than the current crop
and that alone may be a concern?
There are also no doubt different PDR processes and equipment providers.
Since I really probably only get
one shot at doing this right, I'd like my choice to be as well qualified
and researched as possible.
My question to all of you is what should I look for in selecting a
craftsman to perform the repair?
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