|Practical Steps: |
Step 1 - Here are the suggested tools. Most of this stuff can be had on
the cheap these days. You may have a favorite hammer. Feel free to use it.
|Step 2 - Jack up the vehicle and remove the wheel. Remove all plastic
splash shields. Clean off any soil deposits.
|Step 3 - Behold the suction cup. Find a flat surface, attach, and pull.
Start at the outside of the dent and work your way in. If you're lucky the
suction cup will be your first and last step.
|Step 4 - The suction cups can also be used in conjunction with leather
bags full of buckshot. Tap from the inside. Pull from the outside. Presto.
|Step 5 - We were not lucky. Fender removal starts by removing the
plastic trim and headlight buckets to access the fender bolts. Be patient.
Look for clips and fasteners. Don't force anything. It will break. Pesky
fender bolts are often hidden.
|Step 6 - There is always one bolt holding up the works. Don't try to
force the fender off. Stop. Look for more bolts. Remove them all.
|Step 7 - With all fasteners free the fender should pull away from the
car with little effort.
|Step 8 - Vice grip pliers are your friend. Straighten any bent fender
supports with your favorite pair of pliers.
|Step 9 - Practice makes semi-ok. This is a good place to practice using
the hammers and dollies. Hold the dolly behind what's getting hammered. Small
short taps are better than long heavy ones.
|Step 10 - The same theory applies to the fender. Use the dolly or bag
in conjunction with the hammer and tap out the dents from the backside.
|Step 11 - Put everything back together. Certainly not a perfect job,
but no more tire scraping either. Finishing it up with more hammering,
sanding, more hammering, body filler, sanding, more filler, sanding—and paint