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post #1 of 8 Old 03-23-2019, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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fixing dents in gas tank

Has anyone fixed dent in their gas tanks- using one of the new Paintless dent repair tools? I'm thinking these that bond a plastic 'stud' on the dent and attach to a squeezable puller may work?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-24-2019, 05:57 AM
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does not usually work tank metal is very strong and hard to bend back in to shape. best way is weld a pin to tank and use a slide hammer then bondo to get back original shape and u have to re paint tank



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post #3 of 8 Old 03-24-2019, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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tank dent

been there, just wondering if these NEW type pullers w/adhesive would work, evidently NO ONE on the forum has tried one yet! They do not mess up the paint- maybe!

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I have used one of the a glue tab dent pullers. If the dent has a crease in it you will not be able to get all of it out. There are two kind: one with a bar and a single screw tab in the middle, and the other has a handle that you squeeze. The latter worked best for me. You can buy a kit on ebay for $20-$30. I bought a kit like this.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Tools-B...wAAOSwpp1cc7NX

You may not be able to get it all out but you can get a lot of a dent out. It takes time and patience. Look at some of the videos on the internet.

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I have used one of the a glue tab dent pullers. If the dent has a crease in it you will not be able to get all of it out. .

Have you used it on a motorcycle tank? we are wondering if the thicker metal of a tank is untenable compared to the thinner metal of a car's quarter-panel

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Yes. Used on a Yamaha tank with pretty good success. Bike fell over and hit the lawn mower handle and put about a 3 by 1 1/2 inch dent in the side of the tank—probably 3/8-1/2 inch at its deepest. There are good videos on the internet. I have both types of pullers and I have found the squeeze handle one most effective. Unfortunately, mine had a crease in it and so far I am only able to get about 90% of the dent out. It will take multiple pulls to work the dent out. Get as many different size tips as you can.

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On a Rebel, most tank dents are caused by the turn signals when the bike falls over. They are in a highly crowned area. I have never seen anyone successfully remove such a dent. When the metal bends, it also stretches. You can get part of it out, but not all of it. You will still have to use filler, and repaint the tank, which is the super expensive part. I have been quoted $500-$700 for repainting a motorcycle tank and fenders. And that was without clearcoat. I am not a believer in clearcoat. It scratches too easy, burns off easy, and polish and wax don't do a bit of good on clearcoat.
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It is tough in some places, but still doable. The pros use a plastic punch and mirror to “tap” out the stretch. There are good videos on the net. Repainting is not difficult at all if you take your time, and I think clear coating adds protection, durability and shine to the painted surface.

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