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Old Apr 27, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Allrite so I have a few dents on wings that I need to fix but they are at a location where I cannot dip the wing in hot boiling water. Is there any other trick for this?

Has anyone tried using a steam iron on it? if Yes what is the best practice for this? - Use a wet cloth on the wing and then iron it on low heat?

Any tips are greatly appreciated
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 08:37 PM
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You don't need boiling water, it's probably better if it's below boiling, too easy to cause pimply foam. You don't have to use water, any heat will do, water just happens to be a nice medium for transferring heat to a specific area. The problem I see with the iron is you need to apply heat to the crumpled foam cells while trying to avoid ones that aren't. You'll likely be applying heat to the flat surface while missing the dents. Whatever you use remember to go slow, start with low heat then gradually increase it, all the while checking to make sure you're not overdoing things.
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 09:06 PM
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You don't need boiling water, it's probably better if it's below boiling, too easy to cause pimply foam. You don't have to use water, any heat will do, water just happens to be a nice medium for transferring heat to a specific area. The problem I see with the iron is you need to apply heat to the crumpled foam cells while trying to avoid ones that aren't. You'll likely be applying heat to the flat surface while missing the dents. Whatever you use remember to go slow, start with low heat then gradually increase it, all the while checking to make sure you're not overdoing things.
can you suggest some other ways to heat it? iron seems to be out as I get your point i might be touching normal area then the dented area. Heat gun?
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Heat gun?
That could probably work. Try covering the undamaged areas with a wet towel or something to shield the foam from the heat. Just don't hold the gun on it too long, try just a little at a time.
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 09:58 PM
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Never mind - I ended up doing it with Iron pretty safely.

Thanks for your tips Rayne!
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Old Apr 27, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Never mind - I ended up doing it with Iron pretty safely.

Thanks for your tips Rayne!
You're welcome, I hope everything turned out alright.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 09:31 AM
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For future dings and dents .... you can pour boiling water over an area that cannot be dipped in water. As Rayne said, any heat is OK, but the water method ensures that you don't get it too hot. When you pour out of a teakettle the water drops a few degrees in temp so it is not right at boiling and helps to eliminate that "gator" skin look. Glad you did OK with an iron, I know I would have touched and melted my plane if I tried it. Old and shaky, you know!
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