The reason I asked about ordering a new hood from Ford is because I thought it would already be painted by Ford to match your truck. So no blend matching, tricoat needed.
I am pretty confident that the Ranger is all steel except for the tailgate. I don’t have a magnet available, but the F150 body is the only aluminum body truck Ford produces. Worth your time to do the magnet test.Wow...that sucks! My aluminum fender was hit by a patio umbrella that the wind carried off of my neighbors patio. My truck only had 800 miles on it when it happened. I asked around about the paintless dent repair, but everyone said that the aluminum was a heavier gage and it wouldn’t work well. Don’t know if you have Caliber Collision around you, but they matched my Magnetic paint beautifully.
False...front fenders, hood and tailgate are aluminumI am pretty confident that the Ranger is all steel except for the tailgate. I don’t have a magnet available, but the F150 body is the only aluminum body truck Ford produces. Worth your time to do the magnet test.
neighbors homeowner or renters insurance?Had the truck for a week with less than 1k kms and my neighbor dropped a scaffolding panel he was loading into his truck on to the hood.
Normally I'd freak but I managed to take it in stride. (It's a truck!) I do plan to sell it in next few years though so I want to keep it close to factory condition.
But now we have to repair the thing. Aluminum hood and white platinum paint doesn't make it any easier.
I also thought they should just be able to pull the dent out no problem but apparently aluminum doesn't have the memory and even though there is no crease I guess they can't avoid drilling.
And as you can see there is a very small hairline crack in paint. They say they need to paint hood and blend fenders to match factory, though the existing paint is factory perfect, I would almost think they should be able to get factory paint code for VIN and just spray the immediate area.
Body shop says $1,500 (CAD). Which insurance company will pay under comprehensive, but will go after our neighbor. I'd really hate the guy to be $1,500 out of pocket for a minor random f'up. And it seems like such a waste of time and money for something so small!
Does anyone think it would be worth looking at PDR for given paint crack and AL hood? Or even try to deal with DIY? Small town and we don't have PDR people here, I'd have to drive a few hours to get to a place that could take a proper look.