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Tank dent repair

Postby yfx4 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:31 am

I have some shallow dings in the tank from various 'mishaps' through the years. Anticipating painting the bike, what is a good way to fill/repair them? Does a bondo-like material hold up OK?
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby Bareass172 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:33 pm

I'm certainly not an experienced body man, but if the dents are genuinely shallow then that's what bondo is for. To know how shallow I'd have to ask a professional. I hate bodywork so I never bothered to learn the details. ;)
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby yfx4 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:35 pm

Dang. I thought you ARE THE professional......
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby Bareass172 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:38 pm

Ha! Not on bodywork! :wistl:
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby yfx4 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:03 pm

Have you ever tried this or heard of it working?

http://www.ehow.com/how_6462615_use-dent-motorcycle-gas-tank.html
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby Bareass172 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:35 pm

That actually does work. I don't know if you need experience to do it, but I know that pros can do it. I've seen it done with ice in a wet rag, but the spray air should work even better since it would be much colder and you're looking for the rapid expansion/contraction to fix it.
I've also heard of using an air compressor to "inflate" your tank and blow out big dents, but that always scared me. I know how easy it is to implode these tanks with pressure. Fuel pumps will implode a tank if the vent clogs. It's happened on VTX's, Yamaha had such a problem with the Stratoliner's doing it that they redesigned their tip-over valve to be redundant. All sorts of fun...
My buddy used to use the "Ding King" which I think is now the "pops-a-dent" or something like that. He had good success with his. Problem is the dent needs to be big enough to work.
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby Capt. Rory » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:50 am

Yes that method will work as long as the metal is not creased or stretched too far.
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby yfx4 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:46 pm

The biggest one is fairly shallow so I will try it. If it works--cool. If not, no harm done. :clap:

Thanks!!!
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Re: Tank dent repair

Postby JeffreyP » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:31 am

yfxd4 wrote:The biggest one is fairly shallow so I will try https://www.tenderbuttons.com/gynectrol-review-results Gynectrol. If it works--cool. If not, no harm done. :clap:

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Try a plunger.
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