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Unread 04-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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To Bondo Or Not To Bondo?

So I got rear ended about a year ago in my ZJ (thank you baby jesus my tank didn't explode ) and I am just now getting around to the repair/overhaul. The guys who rear ended me had some blotchy insurance but thankfully he owns a body shop.

I just realized how "small" the dents were and was wondering if I should replace the whole tailgate or bondo it?

Tell me whatcha think.

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Unread 04-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Only replace it if you can get the correct color and in excellent condition. Why isnt it in the guys body shop being fixed?

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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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It happened a year ago, he replaced the tail light and make it so the tail gate could open again then I just never got around to calling him back and finding a new gate. The pull aparts in Tucson are very limited..
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Unread 04-09-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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You could pull the inner panels out and pound it out some then bondo it smooth. Putting bondon on a dent that deep can turn into a big problem. The biggest problem you'll run into after doing that would be color matching but a good paint shop would be able to help you get it close or just repaint the whole jeep.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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Thank you all, I am going to try pounding it out. Color matching is not a a problem for me as I am planning on a PlastiDip soon.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 11:29 PM   #6
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Pound it out then bedline the bottom bit where it bends below the latch there and you'll never notice it.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 09:06 AM   #7
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oh heck, prep it, mud it, sand it so its level and plasti-dip it. You'll be fine
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