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I was installing a pre finished (painted) job today and I was tapping in a shim and my trusty hammer glanced off the shim and put a nice half moon shaped dent about 1/16" deep in the face frame.:furious:

If this had happened pre paint I would steam it out with my iron and sand it. I was thinking that if I poked a few holes in the paint with a needle I could get the wood wet enough to steam it out.


Anybody have any repair tips for this problem?
 

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Steaming them out works for a highly water resistant rifle stock. Not sure why it wouldn't work for this.
 

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I would start with the damp cloth and iron no holes and see what gives.

No good, then try your needle idea. My concern is you may just push off the paint.

Still no good, then bondo and patch the paint somehow.

Don't ya just hate yourself when ya do something like that? I would rather someone else do it, I have much more room for others to make a mistake than myself. Wish I could change that.
 

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I would start with the damp cloth and iron no holes and see what gives.

No good, then try your needle idea. My concern is you may just push off the paint.

Still no good, then bondo and patch the paint somehow.

Don't ya just hate yourself when ya do something like that? I would rather someone else do it, I have much more room for others to make a mistake than myself. Wish I could change that.
Yes I do hate it when things like that happen.....I generally agonize about it all day. I think it is worse because I personally spent the time and effort to build a decent cabinet and then I personally did something stupid to damage it.
 

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Well it turned out somewhere between :thumbup: and :whistling

I would say about 75% of the dent came out. I didn't poke any holes in the paint....I chickened out. Thankfully it is in a spot that makes it un-noticable,unless you're the moron who did it.
 

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So you ironed it on cotton setting with a damp cloth over the dent and it bounced back 75%? And no paint problems?
What kind of paint?

I'd say we shouldn't be too disappointed with that.
 

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The paint was SW enamel of some variety. It was painted at a paint shop so I can't say for sure. I think the one thing that helped was the fact that the paint wasn't fully cured when I dented it so it didn't crack.

I experimented with my needle idea on some old painted sample doors at my shop an found that it actually worked pretty good. I would say the dent came out about 95%. Unfortunately the paint was old and it cracked around the dent ergo the repair generally looked like a$$.
 
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