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Old 07-13-2013, 07:00 AM
schpenxel schpenxel is offline
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Getting small dings out of my car..? (2004 545i)

So, somehow I managed to mis-hit a few golf balls and put two dings in my car (d'oh). They are almost like hail damage dings in size/depth.

One is on the hood, the other on the door. The door one should be easy enough for one of those paintless dent repair people to get out. The hood one is in such a place that there's no way to get to the back of the dent.

First question: Can they pull it out from the front instead??

Here's two pictures. The white'ish marks came out, just a dent is left.

Second question: Any recomendations for a PDR place in central NC? Around Greensboro area preferably. What do they charge??
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:55 AM
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Sometimes they're able to pop them out from the outside, from within the dent itself, with suction cup-based tools.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:06 PM
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Thanks--local place said they could get them all out almost for sure, with the hood being the most difficult one. Very good price too--going to let them try soon
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:13 AM
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Yes, a good PDR guy can fix those.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:38 PM
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There's a couple more of similar size, one on each side of the car (right in the middle of a door on each side). They said those will be really easy. Now I just need to figure out how to get my car up there one morning and still make it to work
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:15 PM
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There's a couple more of similar size, one on each side of the car (right in the middle of a door on each side). They said those will be really easy. Now I just need to figure out how to get my car up there one morning and still make it to work
Hi, I don't know how different things are over there, but around here it is very easy to find guys who do this as a mobile service. I bet that there has got to me be some mobile guys around you; send them to your work. I've seen the crazy array of tools they use, they look like tools that might be used for the most exquisite human torturing, but anyway they are easy to move around.

For doors, at least on my car, there is a big rubber plug, I believe precisely to make accessing door dings easier! (No hole drilling required, see if you got those too.) Unfortunately my last PDR on a side panel was done just behind the door, no rubber plug, and therefore the one-piece interior panel had to come off. No big deal- except that I suffered some increased creaking/rattling after the job. Car is now very silent, after whatever care I have given to it over the last couple of years (rubber cleaners, Krytox, vacuum tubing between folding seat and deck, some Fonzie method action here and there...)

edit: to further support the idea that there should be mobile PDR guys, I learned from the pro that I hired that many PDR specialists in the multi billion dollar industry are simply storm chasers. When there is a huge hail storm somewhere, many PDR guys from nearby states (and beyond) converge. My guy went to Phoenix before, I think he said after some surprise hail storm, there were a half million PDR jobs to be had in that city alone!

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Old 09-10-2013, 08:37 PM
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You are correct, there are some mobile services around here also that will come to you. The reason I was going to use this shop is just because I've had a few peope recommend it to me and said they do good work.

They thought on these they could go in with the window rolled down with a window guard and do it that way
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