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Old 07-30-2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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Having dents removed or repaired

I bought my MH used, a previous owner had put dents in lower cargo doors on one side maybe from cutting too sharp of a turn. I love the MH and would like to have it repaired but have no idea the best way to go about it. Since it was there when I purchased it can't put in for insurance claim. Otherwise MH is great, have taken a couple of trips and no problems.
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The bay doors are sometimes difficult to repair, since many are just thin aluminum skins on a frame. Any decent auto body shop can work on them, but it takes some skill to do a good job with aluminum, so avoid the el-cheapo places and back yard body shops. You may even find that some shops simply won't work on them because they've failed to do satisfactory work in the past. Other places may recommend replacing the door itself and they just paint them for you.

You didn't mention your locale, so any recommendation for a place may not be helpful. For example, I've had good work from Mike's Collision in Wilmington, NC. but have no idea if that is near you or not.

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Minor dents are often just filled, bad ones require door replacement if available. If they're alum. re-skinning/rebuilding an existing door may also be an option. A door frame that's been wiped out, or a door that's all fiberglass, can be a real challenge if no longer available - especially those radiused to match body lines.

By far though, getting the paint to match after the repair is the most difficult part of the job. Amateur "close" matches can be unsightly.... Often, just leaving the dent would have looked better.
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