side panel dent repair.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by masher, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. masher

    masher 2003 Coleman Taos

    Mar 4, 2009
    I have a dent next to the door on my pop up,it's about the size of a golf ball.
    What's the best way to repair something like that?, should I give bondo a try, or would it be best to try to remove the panel and try to push it out?.
    I've never tried bondo is there a certain brand that is easier to use than another?.
    The paint underneath is not dammaged at all do I still need to sand it off?.
    How do I go about matching the paint?, does coleman make a small touch up in a spray ?,or do I need to go to a shop?.
    I wonder how much body shop would charge for something like that, any ideas?.
  2. BaylorWaylor

    BaylorWaylor Member

    May 27, 2009
    Whitehouse, Tennessee
    I work in a body shop our general rule is it costs about $250 to $350 just to paint a panel on a car. That doesn't include what they would charge you to fix the dent. You might be better off trying to push it out the best you can yourself or just living with it. If you try to bondo it yourself you need to remove all the old paint in the repair area, fix the dent then primer and paint it. If you dont get your bondo good and even it will probably look worse than it does now. [2C]
  3. apachejeep

    apachejeep New Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Santa Ynez, California
    Would be helpful to know what year your Coleman is, model, and what the existing area material is made of. Those who can help you would need some more information......
    Different types of Bondo around, some with fiber material throughout and some not.
    Paint can come close in Spray cans available any Hardware or Paint store.

    Hint: Add your model and year Camper to your Profile.
  4. masher

    masher 2003 Coleman Taos

    Mar 4, 2009
    Thanks guys,it's a 2003 coleman taos.
    Are the panels hard to remove?.
    I'll probably end up leaving it if I can't the panel off easy.
  5. EV2

    EV2 Member

    Mar 18, 2008
    You may wish to check with a talented PDR tech. Paintless Dent Repair is almost an art, and I have been literally amazed at the size and number of very large hail dents that can be removed. Of course, if the paint is broken, it won't fix that, but you may be able to handle that by obtaining a small match-mix from one of your panels that can be taken to the automotive paint store. A photo would help make the call.
  6. Hardee5

    Hardee5 New Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Plumas County, CA
    I had to fix the porch light wiring on my '01 Mesa, so I unscrewed the bolts on the underside of the panel and was able to pull it back far enough to do the job. It was relatively easy and the side panel screwed right back in place. I'm not sure if the panel would pull out far enough to hammer out a dent, but it might be worth a try.
  7. Mountainbikecop

    Mountainbikecop Death Smiles At Everyone -- Marines Smile Back"

    Oct 20, 2009
    Broadway VA
    Ive had some luck with a suction cup. Screw and dent puller/slap jack then use plug for hole.
  8. masher

    masher 2003 Coleman Taos

    Mar 4, 2009
    I almost bought the ding king at walmart but wasn't sure if it would work.I've also seen suction cups at the auto parts store for a few bucks I guess I could give them a shot to.
  9. 4U2NV

    4U2NV Back from the darkside!

    Nov 19, 2009
    Try googling "dent repair"... I'm sure you will find alot of info. I have heard of repairing a dent with dry ice.
    Again, the repair depends on where the dent is and the material involved.

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