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#14972 - 03/11/05 11:42 AM Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink hamer
Clair Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 8215
Loc: Cornfield. IN
Anybody use a shrinking hammer or heat and ice to pull some stretched metal back.

Have a fender that took a pretty good hit and have it looking pretty good but still have some high spots/stretched metal.

Is the $40 shrinking hammer worth the money.
Has anybody used heat and water/ice?

Anybody try these methods and what was the outcome
Thanks Clair.


Edit I use to just mud it in but would too really try for the best panel this time

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#14973 - 03/11/05 12:07 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink ha [Re: Clair]
Anonymous
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The shrinking hammer will work to a certain degree. It depends on how "high" your problem area is. I sometimes use the torch and a rag soaked in ice water to pull them back. You start on the outside edge of the high spot and work your way in. I also have a heating/shrinking tip for my stud gun. It works wonders on the little ones, then finish with a body file. If the area is radically distorted and appears as a "bubble" from too much hammer work, I sometimes remove some material by slicing it in the middle with a thin cutting wheel, hammer and dolly it flat, then weld the split back. I realy hate using filler and sometimes go overboard to avoid using it. Hope this helps.

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#14974 - 03/11/05 12:08 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink hamer [Re: Clair]
RichV Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 1679
Loc: Seattle WA
I think heat is the best method for shrinking. I haven't had much luck with a shrinking hammer.

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#14975 - 03/11/05 12:10 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink hamer [Re: Clair]
Anonymous
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Shrink hammer worked better for me. Ice only worked on the hail dents, but I'm not a bodyman.

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#14976 - 03/11/05 12:18 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink ha [Re: Clair]
Anonymous
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Also, one of these will make an average man into a metalworking genius on the small dents.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=43996&item=4534622885&rd=1

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#14977 - 03/11/05 12:38 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink hamer [Re: Clair]
Clair Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 8215
Loc: Cornfield. IN
Good info muddshark
Do you have that tool ???

I slit/reweld the one dent/ to stop it from OIL canning.
That worked well.

The area I am currently working is not that bad will try the heat/ice and see how that does.
Yes I basicly over streached it from beeting it out.

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#14978 - 03/11/05 12:46 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink ha
stateline Offline
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Registered: 09/30/04
Posts: 1287
Loc: Under the big sky

A stud gun with a shrinking tip works real well for the average guy . You can use an air hose instead of water to shrink with too.

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#14979 - 03/11/05 12:51 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink ha [Re: stateline]
Clair Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 8215
Loc: Cornfield. IN
I was not aware they made a shrinking tool for stud guns
What’s a good gun that will last/work well?
I have alway wanted 1 and now may be the time !!!!

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#14980 - 03/11/05 01:05 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink ha [Re: Clair]
Anonymous
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I've got a Uni-spotter 4500. I've had it for years and have abused it, dropped it and it's still cookin'. I also have a couple of bullseye picks in different sizes. Fix one fender with one and you'll wonder how you ever lived without one. Same for the stud gun.

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#14981 - 03/14/05 02:50 PM Re: Shrinking Sheet metal !! Heat/ice or shrink hamer *DELETED* [Re: Clair]
Clair Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 8215
Loc: Cornfield. IN
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