OUTSTANDING THANKS I have a book by Frank Sargent called The key to metal bumping that I have been trying to understand but with not much luck. Now I understand a lot more. I want to learn metal work not hammer and bondo work. I am going to try to figure out how to print your info. PS are you left handed?
Hey, no problem glad it helped someone.
I am not left handed but I've taught myself to use both hands when using a hammer and dolly because sometimes you need that ability.
What edition of that book do you have? Am guessing its the red covered book and the third edition. Are the pages printed in real cheap paper almost newspaper quality cheap paper?
The third edition was published in 1953 and a forth edition in 2006, both books are the SAME, but the fourth edition is printed on high quality picture paper. Doesn't sound like a big deal but it makes seeing the pictures so much easier and allows you to see what Frank is actually talking about.
I bought the 4th edition book off ebay from seller TCPglobal back in January. The 4th edition is so much nicer of a book, maybe it help you out understanding.
But pretty much my style is a direct copy of Frank Sargent because that book is what inspired me to develop the skills necessary for metal finishing.
But in my opinion the ultimate dent repair book is written by Robert Sargent, Frank's brother, called Automoblie Sheetmetal Repair. There are four editions of this book and the easiest one to find is the yellow covered 2nd edition from 1969. I see them on Ebay from time to time and Amazon. Robert and Frank would team up to write collision repair books for the U.S Army and the Chilton manuals up til about 1983.
The yellow book on the left.
I also have the 2nd edition of the "Key to metal bumping" which was published in 1948 and extremely rare. IMO this edition is far more superior to the later 3rd edition book.
Hopefully I posted the pages in the right order, maybe it helps explain Frank's methodology. Once you understand what he is saying you can really see how that damage was formed and the order it needs to be removed in. Just remember first in last out.
Meaning the damage which occurred first is the last to be removed.