I've been involved with cars and motorcycles for some time so understand what you guys are talking about in regards to metal work. I also have friends that do and or did bodywork and have done a little bit of it myself on my own vehicles. Nothing too complex mind you. I know there are absolute geniuses that can work metal to perfection with no filler, but even the pros find themselves grinding/smoothing the high spots on repairs before using filler. Keep in mind that most automobile damage is usually a series of complex dents and creases on what many times is complex shaped surface. That said, most of the small dents in a telescope tube probably don't have too much stretching involved and an individual who takes their time can probably get some pretty good results without any special tools. Plus I have a hunch many will be happy just minimizing the damage. All of the repairs I've done so far on the telescope stuff will probably be completely invisible once I did a small amount of sanding before and after using body filler or some spot putty.
I'm kind of joking but there's some truth in this take of a slogan I've heard, "Filler and Paint for what the Craftsman Ain't".
Lastly, as on a car, if it's something you can't handle, have someone who can do it. After all you might try fixing your VW Bug or a yard sale find Tasco 60mm yourself, but not your Porsche 911 or Unitron 152.
Edited by Kasmos, 19 March 2017 - 01:13 PM.