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Yatesy

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I have a couple of small dents in my habitation door (no window in the door). I need to remove the interior plastic door panel to get access to the dents. I cannot find the screws attaching the panel. Are they hidden under the rubber seal ?. Thought I had better ask before I start ripping it apart.
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What van is it?
If a coachbuilt the habitation door is usually a foam sandwich construction, so not really repairable from the reverse of the dent

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Strangely enough I have just come back from dropping my van off to have the dent In the passenger door (caused by the gatepost) removed. I did this a few weeks ago.
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hi 

it seems that the dent is in the habitation door

most of the habitation doors are bonded together with a slab of foam in between

on my van the blind has  broken its cord and there is no way you could get to replace the cord without  busting the foam

i have  decided to leave it at the moment but later i want to try and sort a roller blind to fit where the blind goes


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Yatesy

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The van is a Burstner Solano t615
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Your habitation door will be of sandwich construction i.e. outer skin (where the dent is) of thin aluminium, to which is bonded a closed cell foam layer, that then has an inner panel of plastic or grp to form the structure of the door, giving relatively light weight with rigidity.
The internal face has a moulded cosmetic panel as the inner surface on show.

The only way you will be able to repair the dents is with the use of suitable filler on the external panel of the door.

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What about a Dent Puller? I have seen these advertised before but don’t know how good they are. 
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What about a Dent Puller? I have seen these advertised before but don’t know how good they are. 


Normally two types of those, the DIY version relies on suction discs and the other type utilise a self tapping screw (some require a tab to be spot welded to the panel), neither of which would be suitable for this application.
The suction ones are good for unsupported larger panels with a shallow non creased dent, the other type for tighter deeper dents, but both for steel panels.

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Thks to everybody for their comments. I had been contemplating using the various dent pullers but will give them a miss. Will get the van into a Dent specialist as I dont feel confident enough to do it myself. Cheers
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