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Damage to Aluminum can be repaired by using the same basic techniques used on other sheet metal surfaces.  However the application to aluminum must be a lot softer touch.  You can severely damage the surface when filing too heavy with a rough cut file.  It is also very difficult to grind because of the heat factor.  When the sheet metal becomes too hot, it will immediately buckle or raise a big bump.  Aluminum is so thin, you cannot bring it back after too much heat has been applied to the surface.  When filing, even with a fine-cut file, the metal is so thin, you can easily damage the surface by exerting too much pressure.  Your must use a light touch for all aluminum repairs.

NOTE:  When body finishing dents or dings on aluminum surfaces, you must bring them in or out close to perfection before filing or grinding.




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