Easiest cheapest way to fix dent

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  1. Chryslerkid

    Chryslerkid Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to fix a small dent... well multiple small dents on the cheap. Example below. My plan is to use the original faded paint on the barracuda as the primer coat sand with some fine grit and do some minor bondo work on door dings ect. Then I plan on spray painting with rattle cans with a 2X rustoleum paint primer and paint included. I am choosing a brighter color close to a B3 blue. My question is what are some simple steps to make sure bondo sticks to these small dents/dings?

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    • Dicer

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      Cheap.......180 grit sandpaper sand the dent and around the area maybe 1/2" or so...throw the bondo on....and hope it doesn't pop off in about 6 months time, or when the hood gets slammed shut.
      Cheap+.....180 grit sandpaper sand the dent and around the area maybe 1/2" or so, tiger hair bondo sand smooth then your clay type bondo repeat until your happy...…;>}
      Fast Good Cheap
       
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      Bodyperson Pedal to the metal

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      Metal finish would be cheapest. :poke:
       
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      • Fred Scigliano

        Fred Scigliano Lots of money

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        180 grit is as fine as I would go but if you can get behind the panel and try to push the dent out as much as you can that would be the best.
        If you are not using a etch primer on bare metal than I would sand the paint and try not to hit bare metal then use bondo, glazing putty would be best as it sticks better to a finer sand paper.
        Are you planing on painting the entire car with rattle cans?
         
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        Bodyperson Pedal to the metal

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        Tooth. Plastic filler likes tooth. Its a mechanical bond. #24-#36 grit. Clean. Plastic filler likes clean. After grinding, blow off and clean with virgin lacquer thinner and a lint free rag.
        Now realize, if you drop "bondo" on a dirty concrete you will most likly need a hammer to remove it.
         
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          Bodyperson Pedal to the metal

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        • gdrill

          gdrill OK, now what??? Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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          A good job won't be cheap. A cheap job won't be fast. A fast job won't be good.

          Or something like that!
           
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          • RustyRatRod

            RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

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            Leave it alone. That's the cheapest and easiest.
             
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            • Bodyperson

              Bodyperson Pedal to the metal

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              Ya, something like that. LOL
               
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              gregpurcell Greg Purcell

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              What about threading a self tapping screw into the middle of the dent and GENTLY prying it up with a claw hammer? Be careful not to pull the raised area above the "level" line, then bondo the dent. I think Bondo REALLY likes holes to seat into!
               
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              • Bodyperson

                Bodyperson Pedal to the metal

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                Dang Greg, you are the shit. :lol:
                 
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                Chryslerkid Well-Known Member

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                I appreciate all the advice! I am doing this on the cheap. I am not a body paint guy. Yes, I am spray painting the entire car with spray cans. And no, I am not investing hundreds or thousands of dollars in this project. I just want a ten footer paint job that I will not worry about scratching when I burn the tires off the car. Lol. I’ll do my best and post pictures as things progress. As I said I am doing this on a budget and a timeline. Kids wife work= no time. And I have decided not to drop thousands on a professional paint job that will deter me into never driving the thing.
                 
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                  You'll probably find you'll create more damage that you'll be upset about when the day comes and you can afford a paint job and you want to make it nice and you'll wish you wouldn't have done that cheesy crap.
                  I guess what I'm trying to say is if you're nit picking about those little dents and bondoing it and rattle canning it ain't going to make you happier.
                   
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                  • Chryslerkid

                    Chryslerkid Well-Known Member

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                    Thank you for your wisdom. I will none the less move forward with my plan. I’ll let you know when you’re correct in your statements above. Lol.
                     
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                    • Chryslerkid

                      Chryslerkid Well-Known Member

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                      I’m sure many of you as stated in the above comments are rolling around in your graves because you have many years of experience in auto body work and therefore know the “right way of doing the job”. I am going to have to learn the hard way gents. I’ll still let you know how things turn out. If after all is said and done, it is a crap job, I’ll have to look in the mirror and blame myself. Thank you for the advice.
                       
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                      A dolly and a pick hammer is what I would use. work the metal and finish with a skim coat of mud.
                       
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                      • Bodyperson

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                        Years of body repair has taken its toll. We aint exactly dead.
                         
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                        I think you will regret a quicky spray bomb paint job with shaky body work. Buy a book on body work and do it a little at a time, but do it right. When it is time to spray, then figure out what to do.
                         
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                        I applaud you plowing ahead cuz that's what I did. Damn it! LOL
                        No matter what these idiots at out here LOL
                        I almost got most of that off now....
                         
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                        go to one of those dent wizard places whatever their name is. its easy just reach in pocket to pay when its fixed. i would take grilles and panel off and finness it from the backside personally

                        or eastwood has this Eastwood Paintless Dent Repair and Removal Kit
                         
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                        • rustycowll69

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                          I don't know what those paintless dent repair guys get, but some of the repairs I've seen online are pretty amazing. I would think fixing dents like in your picture, would be child's play for most of those guys.
                           
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                          • dirty white boy

                            dirty white boy 47 yr old Juvenal delinquent

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                            ...........all im saying!!
                             
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                              I can’t tell what the rest of the paint/body looks like, but if what your showing is the worst of it, then I say leave it be and use the cash for more tires! Sounds like your going to need’m!
                               
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                              Good, Fast or Cheap. You only can choose two of the three.

                              A good, fast job won't be cheap.
                              A good, cheap job won't be fast.
                              A fast, cheap job won't be good.
                               
                            • BrianT

                              BrianT Let's go!

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                              I've been with Dent Wizard for 24 years this summer. The process that we use is not conducive to older cars with thick sheet metal. I've been able to fix a few dents here and there over the years, but for the most part my tools bend before the dent does. If you don't believe me come on over and I'll let you look at the dings on my Dart that have been there since I bought it 12 years ago.
                               
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