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Old 07-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Fender repair or replace?

so im undergoing a serious task.. rustoleuom paint job.
But while offroading i fudged up and accidentally pushed a 2wd ranger off a side of a hill and my driver side fender got a little messed up.
Basically the front area is pushed in 2-3 inches around where the turn signal is.

Can i just pop off the fender and like.. hammer it out? Never have i ever done any body work besides sanding, bondo-ing, spray paint a few things.

ill try and get a pic, its not to bad but its like someone pitched a softball and my turn signal haha.

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Old 07-11-2011, 11:54 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:58 PM   #3
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Its metal, should be able to beat it out, but getting the proper shape back will take time. Go to a junk yard and try to pull a fender.
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Zero wranglers in south jersey, last time the on of the three junkyards around here had one people bought them within 24 hours.. it sucks so much
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:41 AM   #5
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Get yourself a dolly and a hammer, for something like this even the round end of a ball peen hammer will work okay. What you want to do is get it to the approximate shape it was. The main thing is to just take your time, hammering from the back side with the dolly on the front. Try to imitate the other fender, but be sure and leave it a little low. Use a straight edge on it often to see actually how high the area you're working out is. Next get some rough sandpaper and roughen up the area, so as to give it some 'tooth'. You may even want to take it down to bare metal if you need to use much body filler. Next, test fit your signal light in the opening. You want to get it straight and flat. If this is hard to accomplish, get some masking tape, tape the light up and mount it where it needs to be. Get some filler and work in around the light fixture to accomplish a good seat for it. Remove the light, and fill the remaining low area to bring it up a bit higher than grade, but be careful to not destroy the new seat for the light fixture. Sand with either a sander, d/a, etc. or coarse paper wrapped over a paint paddle will even work in a pinch to get things nice and leveled out. Prime, inspect for pinholes or sand scratches, minor low areas, etc. Check the fit of the signal light again. Once satisfied with the shape and surface quality, prime & paint. The main thing is just take your time and don't get impatient. Try to not beat things out too much, as it will stretch the metal, and remember you want to leave it a little low, for filler to cover. Don't try to get it perfect just from working the metal. Even the pro's usually don't do that. Hope this helps. Good luck with your repair, and post some pics along the way!
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thanks for the info denal, sometime today or tomorrow im going to look at the fender and see how to take it off then go to town.
You recommend just banging it out a little then body filler the rest basically right?
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:34 AM   #7
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Well, yeah, that's pretty much it. Unless you want to replace it with a new or good used one, that's pretty much what any body shop would do. Their expertise and experience will be a little more than yours, of course, but that goes without saying if this is your first repair of this kind, but it's basically the same thing. Look at it this way. Chances are, you're not going to make it look any worse than it already does, so you might as well try your hand at it. You might just surprise yourself! Just take your time and have fun. I bet you'll do better than you think you will. Besides, if all else fails, and you aren't satisfied with your results, you can always get another fender and replace it at that point. If I read your first post right, you're getting ready to repaint anyway. Getting the paint finish to look factory is often one of the biggest challenges on repairs like this, but since you're repainting anyway, that part's eliminated.


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