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Dent in tailgate, need suggestions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Junebug McQuinn, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Apr 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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    Junebug McQuinn

    Junebug McQuinn [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Noticed this the other day. I have no idea what happened or when, it must have happened this past week sometime. I leave for work early in the morning when it's still dark so I probably wouldn't have noticed it right away.

    Anyway, anyone have any ideas on making it look better? I went to body shops in the area and everyone wanted $515-540 to fix it, although one guy said he'd do it for $440 if I paid with cash. I really want to fix it but I don't want to spend that much.

    My redneck idea was to take the top plastic piece off and drape a towel on both sides and put a piece of wood on each side and compress them with a C-clamp and see if it would push the dent out. If it worked decently well the top plastic piece might cover up the remaining dent.

    Or maybe I should just drop the dough and have it fixed right. The $440 won't break us but I could sure think of other things I'd rather spend it on.

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  2. Apr 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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    Gregman

    Gregman Well-Known Member

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    I think that will just give you a nasty crease. But it would be a free crease.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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    lj973gm

    lj973gm Sold it, dont miss it yet.

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    That is a nasty crease already without forcing it out.

    Hit craigslist for a tailgate
     
  4. Apr 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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    Who Dat Popcorn

    Who Dat Popcorn Dafuq

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    I think you can get a color matched tailgate on ebay for $350.

    Don't know how good it looks though
     
  5. Apr 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    call a Paintless dent repair guy..It may be to big, but it would probaly be cheaper if he could do it. Hell, for $500 you could almost get a new tailgate.
     
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