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post #1 of 4 Old 09-16-2020, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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I suppose this could have been posted in any of the Jeep forums, but I have a WJ so here goes:
Some asshat backed a steakbed truck into my driver’s side door. No collision insurance, so I’m not going to spend significant money on a repaint. Do you think if I pull out the dent that hole could be patched with bondo? Easy to match paint? Bottom line, I don’t care if it’s not a pristine match. I just don’t want it to be looking like a total hatchet job. How hard is this to do for a complete novice? I have no painting experience. Waste of time? Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-16-2020, 09:14 PM
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Not sure how accessible it is, but I would remove the inside door panel and see if you could beat it out from the inside. Keep a decent size rubber mallet face on the outside damage as you tap out on the dent.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-16-2020, 09:42 PM
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You can do it. Here's a video to help with the painting. Retrieve your paint code and get a couple of cans of spray paint from a Mopar parts place online.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-16-2020, 10:37 PM
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The worst part of that repair, is the "crease" created in the metal by the corner of the stake bed. You will be able to get some of the dent back out with the above methods, but not all. However, it should come out significantly enough to keep the bondo to a minimum. Sand it down to bare metal all around the repair area, then bondo it with several thin coats. Be careful not to leave any bondo "bugers" or thick edges that create more work to sand down. Once your happy with the smoothness of the dent, scuff up the rest of the door to get it ready to paint, and repaint the whole door to make it match well. Get the paint code off the door jamb, and head to the dealer to get paint. They have most colors already in little spray cans, that make it easy to spray it on. Make sure you apply the paint in several thin coats with fine sanding in between. Then hit it with some clear to give it the sheen. I repaired a hole the size of two fists in front of my drivers rear wheel, and it turned out great doing it this way...

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