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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:43 pm 
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Been looking at an early San Andreas but it has a few dents in the mainframe, is it possible to pull out dents with heat and a paintless dent removal kit?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:51 pm 
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You risk softening the alloy with the heat, but in theory yes.

But, smooth depressions may work, anything with a crease will not.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:56 pm 
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I've got a paintless dent kit at home and have had success on steel. I've mailed the vendor for more pics of any damage and a serial number before I get too excited. It's way overpriced at the moment but is a 2 piece front mech tube and unsympathetic kit on it so may be what I'm looking for if the frame is not too beaten up.


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Got a near perfect Red and Silver one if you looking for a nice example :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:18 pm 
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gil_m wrote:
Got a near perfect Red and Silver one if you looking for a nice example :wink:


? A San An Gil?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:36 pm 
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yakboy wrote:
Been looking at an early San Andreas but it has a few dents in the mainframe, is it possible to pull out dents with heat and a paintless dent removal kit?


I presume you're going for a polished alu finish?
I only ask 'cos I had 4 dents in mine and simply filled and painted over (well it was far from simple but hey). To be pessimistic, I think you'd struggle to get a perfect metal finish that a polished alu frame would demand.


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Having seen further pictures of the frame, the dents are very small on one side of the lateral part of the mainframe, assuming the sale comes off I will see if I can remove them with my kit. Some bits will be polished and some not so I don't think they will be very noticable.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:42 pm 
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Not like this then?

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What the hell was going on there?
I mean, that's not like he was polishing it up for days then noticed a tiny ding once it was all shiny.


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:shock: :shock: :shock:

I've seen quite a few San An's with huge dents near the headtube ( also there is the swingarm dent too!!) I don't know if it's a crease from a heavy landing...


No definitely not the size of the dents in my potential frame, they are about 3-4mm across!!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:43 am 
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Dents like the one above are from dual crown forks.


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