The female unit backed her car into mine on friday, yay damage to both cars
. Mine is a black 01 hyundai accent she wrinkeled the drivers door and caved in the metal behind it and hers well she will be driving it around with a cracked bumper. I took the back seat and inside panel off and popped most of it out with my foot. Then forced the door jam back out where it needs to be with a peice of firewood so the door opens and shuts right and no longer whistles.
You know, this is what I tell a lot of people to do themselves. Then if they have problems to come back to see me. Everybody thinks that I and alot of other body shops are just rolling in the dough. That we overcharge and are a huge ripoff. And that a hammer and a 2 x 4 will straighten anything. So go ahead !!! But todays vehicles are a complex engineered design to protect the occupants. Do you have side impact airbags ?? Did the bending of the metal change anything that will affect the airbag timing ?? By you hammering it back are you sure that in another side impact, the protection will remain ?? If you sell the car, will you tell the buyer that you fixed it yourself ??
You see, I take occupant safety very seriously. If your door side impact inner beam was bent, it CANNOT be straightened.
carlhernstein wrote:I have seen many cars with half assed body repairs and they all look like hammered poop after a year and i dont want that. All the metals there so in theory it should go back with the right persuasion. I have got the basic contour of the side back but theres some high and low spots. I will try to find a dolly and slapping spoon to even them out but they are proving hard to find locally.
The problem with today's vehicles is that the metal is too damn thin. I would suggest you look at http://www.car-part.com
. Type in your year, make, and model and see if there is a used door available. Just refinish the replacement and install. As far as the inner door post structure, I have a real problem with just hammering it back into shape.
carlhernstein wrote:What kind of paint would be best? Im hoping krylon or rustoleum primer and paint will stick to the clear coat after some fine sanding. Im not going for showroom quality just somthing that will last 2-3 years without turning to crap.
Today's auto paints are damn expensive. I don't think that anything other than auto paints will give you the resuls you are looking to achieve.
PM me and I can recommend some local shops that may be able to help you.