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post #1 of 10 Old 09-10-2010, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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My 2009 Wee was knocked over in a parking lot last week. Some minor scratches on the left side fairing, busted turn indicator, and scuffed hand guard. I can live with that...but there is a dent in the right side of my gas tank; presumably the impact point for the tip over. The dent isn't creased, and the paint finish is ok. Has anyone tried the blow dryer/canned CO2 remedy for dent removal? Did it work? Thanks for your replies.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-10-2010, 08:20 PM
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I'm curious about this too, but my dent is probably a bit bigger than yours.
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It won't work. The tank will distort before the dent comes out. Try a body shop that advertises paint free dent removal. They will need to get at the dent from the inside through the filler cap or the fuel pump hole.

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Well, I was optimistic, but in the back of my mind I kind of figured it wouldn't work. Sigh......
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My mother-in-law once took a dent out of her old caddie with a toilet plunger with good results. YMMV

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How ironic, I am preparing to go spend 5 weeks in Saginaw Michigan to learn paintless dent repair along with many other processes to start my own business doing this kind of work..Since I have been a avid Motorcyclist for nearly 40 years, I plan to put a lot of focus on the motorcycle market....

I retired from one career in 2009, more than ready to begin a new one.
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Paintless dent repair can work excellent but like most things it is all dependent on who is doing the repair. Try to find someone who has a lot of experience in the process and knows just what his tools are capable of and the results can be amazing on dents that are actually repairable. I found the best guys were at wholesale auto auctions generally because they get so much work brought to them.

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How ironic, I am preparing to go spend 5 weeks in Saginaw Michigan to learn paintless dent repair along with many other processes to start my own business doing this kind of work..Since I have been a avid Motorcyclist for nearly 40 years, I plan to put a lot of focus on the motorcycle market....

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Go work for a large auction house and gain experience the quickest way possible. The key is doing many repairs in different locations and various densities of material.

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Go work for a large auction house and gain experience the quickest way possible. The key is doing many repairs in different locations and various densities of material.

Good advice, thanks..I do plan on focusing on the wholesale side to gain the experience and build the skills to move into the retail side. I will also be doing paint repair, interior, windshield/glass, and headlight restoration.

I just got back from a great 3500 mile trip on my 09 wee...what a great bike!
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believe it or not, this actually worked for me

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My wife dropped her first bike, a brand new 2002 Suzuki Marauder in our driveway, and put a grapefruit sized round dent in the gas tank. It wasn't creased, no paint damage, and following the directions on this tool, many circular "pulls" later, you could only find evidence of the dent if you new it was there, and had it under just the right light. Well worth the twenty bucks.
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