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Re: Aftermarket body panels

Thanks for the picture.

I'm correct in presuming these front wings are plastic?

If so, you may be able to significantly improve them through the use of gentle heat.

Plastic has a 'memory' (i.e. it wants to regain its original shape), and if you remove the wheel & wheelarch liner, then gently warm the inside of the wing with a heat gun (or hairdrier would do), and whilst the plastic is more pliable, push back into the correct shape, then remove the heat & allow to cool (whilst keeping the pressure on) - it should re-set itself.

Naturally, I'm talking about gentle heat, building it up in stages, and using gentle pressure to push the dents out. I would also advise doing this one small area at a time.

You'll probably end up spending an hour-2 hours on this, but that's all you'll be spending.

You should get it 90% or more back into its original shape.

The scrapes look like they'd polish out with some compound (which I'd do first, that way you'll get a good reflective surface to work with).

Hope that helps.


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