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Old 04-14-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
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Well, I thought I had made it through unscathed from the storms a week or so ago. Turns out I was wrong. I brought my 93 SC2 to work today because the guys in the body shop said they'd fix my broken door panel and find me some clips and screws that I'm missing from various places on the interior. When I pulled my car into the shop, somehow I noticed something that I'd missed while it was sitting out in the sun - dings all over my hood from hail. They're all small and shallow, no paint damage, but there's a LOT of them. All over the hood. The roof was saved (thanks to my fiance covering the sunroof with a piece of cardboard) and the trunk appears undamaged.

I don't want to file a claim with my insurance because I'm afraid they'll total it. According to Progressive's website, they value my car at $2250 and I don't know what the percentage is to consider it a total loss, but I know replacing and custom painting a hood is going to be expensive on a 13 year old car. I do have a $50 deductible on my comprehensive insurance though, so if they don't consider it totalled then that would be a good route for me.

So the next question is - how do you get about a million dents out of a hood for as cheap as possible? I know that any professional dent removal service is going to charge per dent so that won't work at all.

I'll get pictures sometime today and post them. This really upsets me, almost even more than when I hit a guardrail a year and a half ago!
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Old 04-14-2006, 12:58 PM   #2
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Howdy Spazie! Thought I'd let you in on something.

My uncle is a body mechanic. Hes a fine good one too! However, when my aunties little plymouth was hit by hail and had dents all over it, they wanted to total the car. He however provided a better solution.

Metal expands when heated. Basic thermal dynamics 101 eh? What he did, was take a very hot little butane lighter ( I think you can pick em up at places like Radio shak and what not. They get, very, very hot) and gently and slowly ran the insanely hot flame over the hail bumps. Metal expands outwards and not inwards. So the dents slowly began to pull themselves out and smoothed the hood a bit. Mind you, the BIG dents (The hail ranged from marbel to golf ball sized dents) didnt come out. The small marbel dents, which sounds like what you have if you didnt notice them right away, should come out.

http://www.northerntool.com/images/p.../172597_lg.jpg

There is a link for a butene torch, if you needed a picture reference. That of course is a deluxe model of sorts. You can get a scaled down cheaper one. Way cheaper then removing the hood, filling, sanding, priming and painting and what not. Give the flame a try! If anything, it'll reduce the bumps if not completly fix them
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:04 PM   #3
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i'd say take it to Dents Away (think they are on pleasant view, nick would probably know) and let them try to fix it, unless it's just too many. otherwise i say get a hood from a junk yard and get one of the guys in the paint booth to shoot it while he "is on break"
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Hail damage - recommendations?

The junkyard cars all got hail too.

Whenever someone mentions hail I look at their profile.. bingo... Tennessee.

You guys had a rough couple weeks and widespread.

Cheap parts will be very hard to find.

Maybe I should collect a bunch of virgin Maine body panels and drive south.

I like the cigarette lighter idea. Or, wait six months, and someone with a blown motor will junk a fine-bodied saturn.

You're competing against insurance companies who'll pay more for junkyard parts.
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Old 04-14-2006, 02:07 PM   #5
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i bet mike (low) has a few sitting around he might part with!
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Old 04-14-2006, 03:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: Hail damage - recommendations?

i wouldnt recommend that heat thing, it might damage the paint. What happens when you bring it to a body shop, they sand the paint off, fill the little dents with bondo, and repaint. I'll be doing that to my car when i get a new paint job because i have all these dings from falling acorns
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Old 04-14-2006, 08:27 PM   #7
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Spazie,you could replace the hood.I have heard to of using a torch to remove dents goodluck
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Slow motion is they key with the torch. Soft gentle circular motions around it to heat it up evenly. It shouldnt damage the paint if your good about it. Even if it does however, like if you let the flame stay in one spot for a minute or something, What have you to lose? If they have to hit the dents out, fill or repaint anyway to fix the hood, seems to me you have nothing to lose really.

Give it a try
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:57 PM   #9
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You could always try this:
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Old 04-15-2006, 01:34 PM   #10
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There's a wrecked SC2 on our back lot that I think someone is parting out (the whole interior is ripped apart and it's missing most of the front end) that has a perfect hood on it .. I'm going to see if I can try and get ahold of it for cheap. I think I may be better off with a new hood because there are some paint chips in mine that are already starting to rust. At the rate I'm going, I'm going to be replacing my entire exterior!! So far, there are only 4 panels NOT being replaced - the left front fender, passenger door and rear fender, and the trunk!
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