Post by lusterbunny on Jul 9, 2011 14:11:10 GMT -5
Hi i want to fill in some of the tiny dings and dents on the outside of the shasta. What do you recommend for filling in little dings and dents? There are no huge ones, so would Bondo work, or does that not adhere to aluminum? Is there a better body fill for the skin? Thanks Rain
Post by universalexports on Jul 10, 2011 14:35:39 GMT -5
I think the issue will be finding something that will adhere to the aluminum, that you can still sand smooth,
the best approach I think would be to remove the piece, heat it and using a hammer/dolly work the dent out, smooth then repaint,,,,, but this takes metal working skills. since a dent means the metal has been stretched, heating it will shrink it some combined with a hammer/dolly would be best.
Post by universalexports on Jul 10, 2011 17:43:14 GMT -5
to elaborate, the issue with aluminum is it's expansion/contraction rate relative to hot and cold it expands and contracts a crazy amount depending on the temperature. thats why the guys who build those small campers cant just glue aluminum to plywood for sides, the expansion of the it will pull the glue lose or rip the wood apart, so they "float" it while allowing a little extra room around the edges for expansion,
in short if you do find a filler that will adhere to the aluminum the expansion/contraction will pull the filler loose unless it is made of something with the same expansion/contraction rate as aluminum.
Post by universalexports on Jul 28, 2011 19:43:34 GMT -5
I'm very interested in this, got any pics?? I'm trying to save money where I can, and the curb side of my camper only has few dings and a couple of bigger dents where it looks like someone set a latter on the side of the camper while working on the roof.