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TJ Wrangler 04-13-2010 04:47 PM

Need an opinion on hood dent.
 
:mad:Hey all, one of my buddies jumped onto my jeep yesterday. today my dad realized my hood a had a pretty noticable dent in the hood. so now my dads pissed cause of it and is threateneing me that he'll take it away cause i don't have my friends respect the car. do you think it would be worth it to replace it? i saw hoods for 190 new + paint?

should i make a big deal out of this? im pretty pissed off at my friend and my dad is on my ass now. this blows


what do you guys think?

i guess i could always say its a battle wound.

4Jeepn 04-13-2010 04:51 PM

Post a pic. Has the buddy offered to pay for the repair? You may be able to have it fixed or fix it yourself.

N39-W120 04-13-2010 04:52 PM

Make up a good story about wheeling and call it a trail scar....

white91yj 04-13-2010 04:54 PM

I'd be pissed too

MCG 04-13-2010 04:54 PM

And you still calling him a friend???

birdhunter 04-13-2010 05:02 PM

Try to pound it out?

Tell your dad U will deal
with it

03 RUBI 04-13-2010 05:07 PM

If it's a rounded dent (concave) as verses a crease type dent, sometimes you can pull it out with a toilet plunger.

TJ Wrangler 04-13-2010 05:09 PM

he doesn't know about it. and its my best friend. i plan on dealing with it. my dad is a mechanic so he makes big deals out of things like this. but yeah i am pretty mad that im going the be the one held responsible cause my friends an idiot. ill talk to him tomorrow and see what he says. we're still in high school so im not really expecting him to pay for a new hood.

the metal stretched. its the size of someones rear end cause he jumped on it with his butt. my dad said he wouldn't be able to get that out.

i can get pics tomorrow.

InfernoGirl 04-13-2010 05:09 PM

Yep, try a plunger or knocking it out from the inside....

TJ Wrangler 04-13-2010 05:19 PM

Update: my dad says he can get someone to do it professionally. so i guess its going to be repaired...

10 bucks says i no longer have a friend tomorrow.

still he should pay it for being an idiot. would you guys do the same?

BLACKTOOTHGRIN 04-13-2010 05:28 PM

Call it a simple check of character, or whatever you want,
but of course your friend should pay for the repair.
If he's not willing to pay for the damage that HE caused to YOUR vehicle,
he's definitely no friend that I would want to keep around.
That's for sure.

David Lucas 04-13-2010 05:31 PM

That's nothing. Try having a "friend" who drinks 6 cans of beer in the back seat of your 02 Liberty, while approaching a DWI checkpoint in Lakehurst, NJ on Memorial day weekend. He wanted to get caught and get me into trouble as well. I don't talk to him any more and he's banned from both my Jeeps for LIFE:mad:.

Kate 04-13-2010 05:41 PM

Glad to hear your dad is helping you get it taken care of.
I do hope that you let your "best friend" know what kind of trouble his impetuous behavior has caused for you.

By all means, he should be OFFERING to take care of the damage. If he doesn't offer then you should ask him to foot the bill.

There are companies that do paintless or paint free dent repair. They essentially use suction and massage to remove dents. It's amazing what they can accomplish without having to take it to a body shop.

I would not recommend that you try to bang it out from the inside. When you whack it with a hammer you stretch the metal the other way, causing "out" dents and hammer marks and probably cracking the paint and it would likely be worse than it was when you started.

Yea, tell your friend to get a summer job, he has a dent to pay for.
Next time he starts to disrespect your rig, smack him in the head... HARD.

Geoff@Bestop 04-13-2010 05:47 PM

I'd bet that your dad is more upset about the lack of respect for things-that-cost-money than he is about the actual dent. All of us old farts know that dumb-ass kids will do things like this. But it's still upsetting (we give you everything, and this is how you re-pay us?)

Contrition from your friend, and just being as professional and mature about it to you and your dad will probably go a long way. "Mr. Wrangler, I apologize... I was acting silly, and there was a consequence...what can I do to make up for it?"

If your friend is more likely to start giggling and saying "dude, get over it" than he is to act mature, well, this might be a bad idea.

And tell him to pull his pants up first.

Schmo 04-13-2010 05:52 PM

I've seen some pretty impressive results using dry ice. It's been a while but I think they start by heating up the area with a hair dryer or something and then they apply the dry ice and the cold shrinks the metal and pops the dent out. Might be worth checking out.

googled dry ice dent removal and a few links came up...this was the first:

YouTube - Dent Repair with Dry Ice

Kate 04-13-2010 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geoff@Bestop (Post 597594)
I'd bet that your dad is more upset about the lack of respect for things-that-cost-money than he is about the actual dent. All of us old farts know that dumb-ass kids will do things like this. But it's still upsetting (we give you everything, and this is how you re-pay us?)

Contrition from your friend, and just being as professional and mature about it to you and your dad will probably go a long way. "Mr. Wrangler, I apologize... I was acting silly, and there was a consequence...what can I do to make up for it?"

If your friend is more likely to start giggling and saying "dude, get over it" than he is to act mature, well, this might be a bad idea.

And tell him to pull his pants up first.

Good Post Geoff :appl:

jdhallissey 04-13-2010 06:11 PM

Goeff's response is on PAR again. Also the dry ice will work make sure you also do it when it is above 90 degrees out. That way it will pop faster along with not run the chance of cracking the paint. Normally paint will not crack but it is a jeep so you never know!

DontTellMeAboutCajun 04-13-2010 06:11 PM

Use a rubber mallet on the back side to pop it back out. Won't be "like new", but will be better than it is now.

BLACKTOOTHGRIN 04-14-2010 07:54 PM

This is also along the same lines of the dry ice method.
You might give it a try before you take it to a body shop.
If it doesn't work, you're only out $3-$4 dollars for the air duster. :cool:

YouTube - Compressed Air Dent Removal

CenARJeepChick 04-14-2010 10:11 PM

Not to be a naysayer but I've tried both the dry ice and the canned air tricks on the hood of my Jeep after using it as a ladder and all I did was waste time and money. If your dent is wide and shallow maybe, but mine is on the edge of the raised area in the middle of the hood. If your dad knows a guy let him take care of it professionally.

As for your "friend" I had one like that too. She got a kick out of poking the headliner in my car just to breakdown the foam underneath and make it sag. She didn't understand why it was a big deal. Just remember high school "best friends" disappear after graduation. Dad's are forever.

Kate 04-15-2010 07:57 AM

I'll be interested to see if the OP posts up the end rusults and what he did to smooth everything out.

CMEvans79 04-15-2010 08:15 AM

I know when I was in highschool that we used to play tag with our cars and truck, of course, we were driving, 1 86 Grand marquis, 1 85 crown vic, 1 85 S10, 1 87 S10, and 1 87 S15, they were ours and we had to pay for repairs and the such. But we never just randomly jumped on peoples hoods, we would pull up at intersections and say hello with metal bumper to metal bumper... its was in 97,98 our vehicles were over 10 years old and handed "bought" off of parents that didnt want them anymore. I'm not saying what your friend did was right, but he probably thought the hood would hold him, being a kid and all... in the great words of ... someone, this to shall pass.

mrcarcrazy 04-15-2010 08:24 AM

If the dent is larger than the mouth of a plunger try a plunger. if its smaller I've had fantastic luck with a device called "dent doctor". it comes with hot glue and little disks that you glue to the vehicle, and this little contraption that pulls it away from the vehicle. I pulled quite a few smaller dents out of a Ford Ranger this way.


Both methods work.

I put two "knee sized" dents in a friends cougar back in highschool....but that was because he tried to run me over, so I jumped....landing on his hood.

He was a rich punk, and had no respect for anything. I refused to pay for his repair, since he was trying to run me over when it occured.

We weren't friends much longer. I see that as a good thing.


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