Fixing 2 holes in a coin door.
I needed some small squares of sheet metal. And I remembered I had an empty paint thinner can. I cut 2 small patch squares.
Metal cans make good patch material. It is thin. And if you have an empty can, it is cheap. I was trying to work with a sardine can but it was too warpy. An empty can of corn or green beans would probably work just as good as a paint thinner can. You get the idea.
Other tools used:
Tin snips to cut the can and make patches.
Some small pieces of wood to make clamping plates for what is coming next.
Some packing tape to wrap around the wood pieces.
Some butter ( axle grease works, too ) to help keep the gorilla glue from bonding the wood pieces to the repair area.
And Gorilla Glue. The brown stuff. It will bond anything to anything. It is good stuff !
2 pieces of masking tape to highlight the 2 holes I am repairing.
You can barely see the clamps in this pic, but my 2 squares of salvaged thinner can are now clamped to the door waiting for the Gorilla Glue to set up. Gorilla Glue swells as it sets up so anything that can be pushed away by the glue has to be clamped.
Here are the 2 squares of repair metal bonded into position.
I advise caution: Forget to use the butter or any other greasy substance and you will be SORRY.
After bonding, I had to use the Dremel Tool to grind and sand the excess Gorilla Glue from the work area.
On the front side of. the door, I had to use a deck screw to dig out the left over glue. The holes need to be clean for the Bondo.
Then slop on a little Bondo.
Then sand off the excess Bondo
And slop on some hammertone paint.
The above action repairs the holes. They are complete.
I'm saying I am going to slop on some paint. It is slop work because I am not finished with the door. This is just show how repairing holes is done.
Somebody tried to pry this door open. It was not much of a pry job and I did not see it until I was patching the holes. But the door is bent and twisted. I'll need to address this before I can proceed. I would like to have access to an arbor press but I don't, so I will have to straighten this door with a hammer, some wood blocks and an anvil.
The masking tape is used so the bend in the door will photograph better. The door does not look all that bad; I bought it in a box of parts and the bend is not that noticeable. If it had been on a pin I sure would have noticed.
Once I get the door straightened I'll apply a skim coat of spot filler around the patches, sand them smooth and them paint with Hammertone. Because I used thin metal from a paint can, you will never be able to see the repair when I am done. But it will be a little while before I get this door finished. I will need warm weather for painting the Hammertone.
Anyway, I hope my posting this might help some else figure out how to repair a hole in a coin door.
You can bond a nickel or dime or penny or quarter behind the hole and slop on some Bondo and get the same result. You don't have to make a sheet metal patch. It all depends on how far you want to take it. However, you want to make sure you are not bonding coin in a place that will interfere with installing there coin door lock.