pull dent from powerbook?

millerrh

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Sep 14, 2005
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Stupid me dropped my calculator on the lid of my Powerbook and now it's got a decent dent in it. Is there anything that can suck out the dent? How do they pull out dents in car doors? I'm thinking the same thing might be able to be done here.
 

MovieCutter

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May 3, 2005
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millerrh said:
Stupid me dropped my calculator on the lid of my Powerbook and now it's got a decent dent in it. Is there anything that can suck out the dent? How do they pull out dents in car doors? I'm thinking the same thing might be able to be done here.

Aluminum is a big different than your car doors, in this case, once it's dented, it's dented.
 

flyguy451

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millerrh said:
How do they pull out dents in car doors? I'm thinking the same thing might be able to be done here.
Well, first you drill a hole through the metal in the deepest part of the dent, then you put a strong "L" shaped hook into the hole and pop the dent out, then you use a hammer to gently tap the raised edge of the hole below the plane of the surface, then use body filler to fill in the small depression, sand, repeat, prime, paint, done! Personally, I wouldn't try it, but if you do let us know how it turns out! :D
 

FullmetalZ26

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If you're not afraid to take your PowerBook apart, you could remove the LCD from the inside of the lid and attempt to press the dent out against a flat/hard surface. Denting metal actually stretches it slightly, so it will never look quite the same, but it shouldn't be too hard to at least make it less noticeable.

If all else fails, though, feel free to break out the Bondo ;)
 

qtip919

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millerrh said:
Stupid me dropped my calculator on the lid of my Powerbook and now it's got a decent dent in it. Is there anything that can suck out the dent? How do they pull out dents in car doors? I'm thinking the same thing might be able to be done here.
Its alot less risky to just get on ebay and look for a new lid...be patient, someone is always dumping one for a decent price