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    Magnets or more precisely electro magnets, to repair difficult dents in bodywork?

    I came across a supplier today, 12v electro magnets the size of a 50P capable of upto 700n or 70kg(ish) of force. You could mount these things on a metal ceiling and suspend an average size person from one.

    It would only work on flat panels, but for obvious reasons you could do a lot of damage..... I just wondered if anyone had done this before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    It would only work on flat panels
    And ferrous metals.

    Wouldn't be any good on the bonnet of a Vectra/Signum.

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    Bonnet why?

    Was thinking around the fuel filler cap, as ive been hit 3 times by people opening their rear passenger doors into me. Which is the reason why I added cars with child seats or evidence of child occupants to my "never park next to" list.
    Is it slightly anal to check for dents, scratches, missing paint or different color paint on the edges of the doors on cars your thinking of parking next to? btw

    They're tiny thumb size dents that won't shift with the usual sucker approach and can't be pushed out from the inside due to it being double skinned in that area

    I wanted to try the freeze/heat approach, but im not brave enough to hold a heat gun up near the fuel filler cap, as I assume the vent tube is located there too (plus it could melt being plastic).

    Of course any info on other low cost solutions would be good

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    What about a specialist dent removal company like Dent Devils?

    Never used one myself but I heard them mentioned on here some months ago. Perhaps have a search to see who used them, exactly what to do, how much it cost, and what the results were.

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    Bonnet isn't magnetic as it's made from aluminium on later Vectras.

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    if the magnet is that strong you could also run the risk of stretching the metal on "pulling"

    if it was an advised/approved repair method i would have expected all of the smart repair guys to be using it as it would be fairly cost effective - to date - never seen anyone use an electromagnet on any form of body repair at the 5 sites i cover

    cheapest and possibly the best method on size and location would be

    ........ with dry ice
    You can find dry ice in many places these days, even your local grocery store. It's cheap too, around £2 or less for a pound (you can buy it in bulk online for even cheaper). All you do is touch the dry ice to the dent for a few seconds and repeat the process until the dent is gone. Wear DRY ICE gloves though. - seen it used on smaller dents effectively

    but if you have a go i would be interested in the results - so keep us posted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    Is it slightly anal to check for dents, scratches, missing paint or different color paint on the edges of the doors on cars your thinking of parking next to? btw
    Nope, lol I turn down many spaces if there is evidence of this lol Even at christmas when there is only 1 space with around 6000 cars !!!

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