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 Post subject: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:07 am 
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I want to repaint my Datsun 810 coupe. It has a good number of nasty hail dents. Can I grind these and fill with body putty? Or is there no satisfactory repair? :( Thanks for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:25 am 
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I don't know much about body repair, so can't help you with that. But I think you get more useful reactions if you place one or more pictures of the dents.

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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:21 pm 
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Marv666 wrote:
I don't know much about body repair, so can't help you with that. But I think you get more useful reactions if you place one or more pictures of the dents.



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Yes, I'll do that but later. Right now it's 9 degrees outside and wind is blowing.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Looks like a job for POR15 rust paint followed by por15 body putty. Anybody used por15 products? What say you?


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:21 am 
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glazing putty/spot putty. unless they are really deep it works better than bondo. its also really easy to work with. then use filler primer followed by sealer and then spray your color

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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:44 pm 

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I always heard of dry ice hail dent removal. but I don't know if it works , google it and you will see what I mean.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:15 pm 
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Arroz wrote:
I always heard of dry ice hail dent removal. but I don't know if it works , google it and you will see what I mean.



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Some of these dents are big time deep. Over many years of Dakota winters and hot summers many of these dents have weakened. The paint on this machine still looks good. So I'm tempted to clean her up, and forego the dent fixes. Get new wheels and tires and do enough to the motor and running gear to make it a dependable ride. Thanks for your input.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
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2door ,4door or wagon?


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:40 pm 

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Have a painless dent person look at them. They fix hail damaged cars for dealers all the time. No repainting is necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:32 am 
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terolla wrote:
2door ,4door or wagon?

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Terolla,
This is a 2-door hardtop. Will try and get some pics taken today and post 'em. :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
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nice always wanted one of these


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:28 pm 

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Speaking from a body man's perspective, take it to a painless dent repair guy and ask him for a price on doing the best he can with what's there. Then once he's done, you may be happy with it, not all of your dents will come out with that. If you want to take it further, take it to maaco or earl sheib and have their body man fix whatever is left. Then take the car home, take off anything that touches the paint or comes very close to doing so and then wet sand the entire car with 600 grit 3m wetordry. Then take it back to maaco or earl sheib and have it painted. It will probably cost you 800 to 1000 total to do it this way. A regular body shop will probably charge you 5k-6k... If you have to ask what the best method to fix it is, you will be several months of trial and error to get it right, if you do. If you wanna learn how to do it, go buy a hood or trunk lid from the junk yard and read a couple books on body repair, buy some cheap tools (harbor freight is great for this) use a ball peen hammer to duplicate your damage on your junk hood, and practice. Paint it with good rattle can paint and give it a good gloss. Look at your work under direct sunlight. If your work looks good enough for your tastes, start on your car, if not keep practicing on your junk hood until it does. Sorry for the novel, but I've been there. I went to wyotech and I have years of real world experience.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:22 pm 

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Thanks hiroshima1320 that is some of the best real world advice I've read on a forum regarding paint and body. Thank you, I'm going to go that exact route for my project.


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 Post subject: Re: Fixing hail dents on Datsun 810. Body putty or what?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:14 pm 

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Happy to help. If you have any questions, feel free to pm me. There is a hell of a lot more to body work than most people think. Getting the filler straight is only a portion of the battle. Quality products play a huge role in how hard your work is also.


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