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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, How to Flatten a Hood Bulge in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; I have a small bulge near the front right corner....must have come from the prior owner closing the hood with ...
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    How to Flatten a Hood Bulge

    I have a small bulge near the front right corner....must have come from the prior owner closing the hood with something placed underneath. It isn't very noticeable but if you look for it you can see it, and I see it. Can anyone give me some pointers on how I can flatten out the bulge (easily??) without screwing up the hood? I'm thinking maybe I should heat id up a bit and place a towel over it with a 2x4 on the flat and try gently pounding it down. Hopefully some body savvy members can chime in with some good advice.

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    I'm not a body man but if I was you I'd go easy on pounding on the hood. I don't know if you're aware or not but our hoods are made of aluminum.

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    Re: How to Flatten a Hood Bulge

    If it's an outie, it's stretched, and you won't be able to fix it without damaging the paint. You could try a hairdryer followed by a spray of compressed air (or some other pressurized non-corrosive), this may shrink it. ...but I think you're boned.

    If you try to work the metal with any kind of object, you're going to leave marks in it. If it's really bugging you, consult a PDR guy. Failing that, body shop time (or another hood in the right color).

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    Re: How to Flatten a Hood Bulge

    I'd think that a decent PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) person or shop should be able to fix it.

    Don't think of it as a bulge, think of it as a dent on the inside of the hood?

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    There's no way to shrink the metal without paint damage. A hair dryer and ice will do nothing.

    PDR is done by poking/prying/tapping the dent out from behind. It leaves marks on the backside of the panel. If PDR was possible working from the top of the panel, it would leave marks.

    You need a body shop.

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    I've had a dent remove and they worked on a painted surface and they didn't leave any marks.

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    Re: How to Flatten a Hood Bulge

    Quote Originally Posted by kyle242gt View Post
    If it's an outie, it's stretched, and you won't be able to fix it without damaging the paint. You could try a hairdryer followed by a spray of compressed air (or some other pressurized non-corrosive), this may shrink it. ...but I think you're boned.

    If you try to work the metal with any kind of object, you're going to leave marks in it. If it's really bugging you, consult a PDR guy. Failing that, body shop time (or another hood in the right color).
    It's an outie and not really that bad, I just know exactly where it is and will always notice it. Thanks for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69stangscj View Post
    I've had a dent remove and they worked on a painted surface and they didn't leave any marks.
    Was it an outie?

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    Besides I don't see how motor oil has anything to do with this.

    It does if the can doesnt allow the hood to latch. I swear to god you're worthless!

    I'm sorry, but don't call me worthless, I'm not my dad.

    That's right you're not your dad! Your dad could sell to a woman with white gloves a ketchup popsicle!

    A ketchup popsicle?!?

    That's right, I learned everything there is to know from your dad. But you, I'm big Tom Callahan's son so its ok for me to be a moron!

    That's it!

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    Re: How to Flatten a Hood Bulge

    Tommy Boy eh?

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    More or less. Not exact words, but close...

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    I'm not sure what an outie is but it was in the middle of my fender.

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    An outie, as in the dent is on the backside of the panel, and there is a bulge on the top (visible) side of the panel.

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    Re: How to Flatten a Hood Bulge

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    An outie, as in the dent is on the backside of the panel, and there is a bulge on the top (visible) side of the panel.
    Yup, that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Besides I don't see how motor oil has anything to do with this.

    It does if the can doesnt allow the hood to latch. I swear to god you're worthless!

    I'm sorry, but don't call me worthless, I'm not my dad.

    That's right you're not your dad! Your dad could sell to a woman with white gloves a ketchup popsicle!

    A ketchup popsicle?!?

    That's right, I learned everything there is to know from your dad. But you, I'm big Tom Callahan's son so its ok for me to be a moron!

    That's it!
    ????

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    The answer is there...
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