Dents, dents and more dents

Keeping it sharp - paint, wax, detailing, etc.
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Dents, dents and more dents

Postby joelittel » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:33 pm

Lately it seems as though just looking at my car can/will dent it. Who knows what might happen if someone were to touch it.

Have any of you tried your hand at paintless dent removal?

I’ve watched a few videos and it seems like something I could learn to do... any thoughts?

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Re: Dents, dents and more dents

Postby Jimb » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:06 am

In Victoria is a repair shop called Dentex. I've taken a number of cars to them and they do amazing work. If you find a similar service, the money spent is well worth it.

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Re: Dents, dents and more dents

Postby PhillySpider » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:53 pm

I always get to know my daily drivers service manager...It helps as I know the PDR guy is at my dealer every Wednesday all day and charges the dealer $50 a panel...he also charges me $50 a panel, I roll up, find him in the lot, hand him cash and admire his work. Takes him 20 minutes, it's an amazing process. That light they use is the key!

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Re: Dents, dents and more dents

Postby DieselSpider » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:50 pm

Local guy here that performs paintless dent removal comes to your place of employment or home and uses mostly a set of modified golf clubs to work out the dings and dents. He does some amazing stuff with the correct light, the golf clubs and his practiced hands.

Saw a Z28 that looked like it had been peppered at a driving range after a Tropical Hail Storm being so bad the owner thought the aluminum body panels were beyond hope and would require replacement and a full paint job. After a few hours and some detailing it looked better than it did when it first came off the showroom floor. He even repaired the parking lot chips using the stubs from a book of paper matches to apply paint he matched to it filing the chips and buffing them out so that the work was invisible.

Took the owner to lunch a few weeks ago and over ten years later it still looks great with no further repairs just regular washes and waxing along with the occasional clay bar treatment.

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Re: Dents, dents and more dents

Postby wubie317 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:05 pm

I bought the cheapo dent puller from Harbor Freight (hot glue gun and puller thing) and it did good work on a deep dent from a jackass who left a 20" dent on my side when parking his truck. Not perfect by any stretch, but decent. I think one needs a lot of practice to be good at it.

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