Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

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Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by gjlockyer » Wed 20 Dec, 2017 10:30 am

My son's near-new C Class Coupe and both my 1990 300E (parts car) and my 1991 300E were parked outside last night. Down came the hail, some the size of golf balls. the C200 was badly damaged on bonnet, roof and boot. The 91 300E next to it only had a couple of minor (but very annoying!) dents mainly behind the sun roof. My Insurance company probably wont be glad to see me, but I'm guessing some serious big bucks to be spent will make son's insurers just swoon with delight. And just to rub salt in offspring's wound, the parts car on the front lawn, slightly sheltered by a tree, was, perversely, unmarked. Dare I say it? "All hail the mighty W124!"
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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by ngruzevs » Sun 24 Dec, 2017 1:22 pm

Interesting thread, I'm in Vermont South, Victoria and we were hit quite badly. All my cars were tucked away in the garage, but my neighbour was not as lucky. He's three month old W205 was outside, while he's wife's Toyota was in the garage. Given his W205 is white, it's hard to see the damage, but looking closely both the boot and bonnet are damaged quite badly. Comparing this to my other neighbours 10 year old Kluger, it doesn't seem to have any damage and was parked a bit further up the road.
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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by Mercmad » Sat 30 Dec, 2017 9:12 am

Last big storm here I lost the roof off the workshop and it took 2 years for QBE insurers to cough and pay for the new roof .Cars were really demolished and hundreds were written off .My GP bought his golf back from the insurers and drives it to work each day as part of his green philosophy. The main thing was, it hasn't had any repair work done to get it back on the road . :laughing6: :laughing6:

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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by ngruzevs » Sat 30 Dec, 2017 1:34 pm

Anyone tried the DIY approach to remove dints? One of my friends successfully removed a number of dints from his 17 year old Wrangler.

BTW, was at Aldi today, they had hail protective car covers (supposedly) today at $99.95, they were walking out the door.

https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-buys ... =car_cover
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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 30 Dec, 2017 6:12 pm

How about the old trick of using hot water and a plumbers pump?

A girl I know is sort of happy. Her 2006 Nonda with 300,000k's on it is a hail write off. She'll be able to buy a decent car with the write off valuation.
She was in Doncaster when hit by the hail - front and rear windscreens both cracked.
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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by Mercmad » Sat 30 Dec, 2017 7:11 pm

Hot water is one way, another is the hair drier trick. Heat the dent carefully with a hot air gun, not too hot as to burn the paint, then squirt the center of the dent with freeze release. it shrinks the dent back up again.

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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 30 Dec, 2017 8:23 pm

I might need to use some of those techniques on my W210 :boohoo:
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Re: Hail Damage - a tale of old and new Benzes

Post by Mercmad » Mon 01 Jan, 2018 9:03 am

always start at the end of the crease,not in the middle of the dent, you will make it worse, that crease is Locking the dent into place . think of a dent as being like a piece of stiff wire. Bend it half,then straiten it out . note the 'dent' in the wire sticks up. ? that is your crease . each side of the crease is a low area in your wire, tat will come up by itself when you work the crease down . that a difficult dent to fix because it's on the round part of the panel too.

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