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    Paintless Dent Removal

    I've got a few dents resulting from inconsiderate people opening their car doors into both sides of my car and from trolleys elsewhere. I've got another dent from an ex-secretary who side swiped the rear passenger quarter. I've been told I should be able to get that dent taken out by PDR as it's just the panel that's been pushed in, paint hasn't broken and no crease.

    I just want to hear your thoughts about PDR, is it worth it and/or good? I can take it into a panel beater and claim insurance ($300 excess) and fork out extra to get the other dents out ($$$). If PDR is just as good and less expensive then I'll do that instead. Thanks in advance for any replies.

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    If someone can 'pop' the dent out and it returns to as-new, then you can do it...

    Give it a go, don't worry about the panel beater unless you find it doesn't work.

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    I've used them and highly recommend them. Just make sure you find someone that has a good reputation. My dent was repaired through gentle hammering of it back into place. You could not see where the dent was in the end.
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    Thanks for the replies so far. GTI124, do you remember how much you paid approximately? I'm guessing they go by an hourly rate. Cheers.

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    I have used one of these firms in NZ on 2 different cars. They charge by the panel "treated". They use small nylon "punches" to gently tap the dent out, while using a fluoro. strip light shining on the panel. The work they have done for me has been very good. They need to get access to rear of affected panel, so if the happens to be bracing section or a double skin where dent is they cannot remove that dent.
    Go for it ,its heaps cheaper than painting.
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    I'm interested in the cost of this too. What does it cost to have, say, a couple of DOD's ( " door opening dint) in the same panel fixed?

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    A mate of mine does this in Sydney.

    For say 3 or 4 10c piece door dents your probably looking at about $150, depending on accessability from behind as has been mentioned.

    I've seen him transform a totally hailed upon car into as new in a week. And that's golf ball sized hail too.

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    I'll highly recommend it too. I had one the size of a 50c piece on the bonnet, right above the badge. The PDR guy took an hour to remove it. I looked closely afterwards and it's perfect. Cost me around 90 bucks. But for a side panel, it may take them longer to push the dent out from the inside.

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    Here's an interesting article on dent removal at Autospeed.
    <a href="http://www.autospeed.com/A_0787/cms/article.html" target="_blank">Dent Magic</a>

    I've been told the plastic fenders that star on the Clio & 307 have reduced business somewhat

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    I'm going to give them a go (D'head rammed a trolley into the front of my car) .. but if the dent is sharp edged .. then it can make it harder (or impossible).

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    also a lot of good car detailers can do this as well
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    I used a really good place in Castle Hill. I'm pretty sure it's Dent Perfection, they're in the White Pages only. I think it was around $50 for one dent and removal of the paint that was left on the car. This was on my Golf, there are so many dents and crease marks on the 306, I wouldn't bother...
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    Haha - Lincoln...i like your previous msg...

    My dent was repaired through gentle hammering of it back into place.
    It's a very very interesting choice of words there lincoln!

    Just explain how gently and hammer can be used so close to one another??

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    Oooooh, sounds a lil' kinky!

    BTW, You coming with Derek on Saturday for the Clio Yahoo group cruise? He's thinking of taking his sister's expression, but all cars are welcome according to the group..

    I think at this stage they're looking at driving up north somewhere. not quite sure if the plans set as yet...
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    I have used one of these PDR guys before with my VTR. Some brick from a demolition area landed near my car resulting in chunks of brick hitting the car, leaving a dent in the rear fender and door b-piller. He said he couldn't take the dent out of the piller, but he did remove the dent from the fender. Once he was finished it looked like the dent was never there. He wasn't cheap, but he did a great job. But as GTI124 said, make sure you get someone with a good reputation.

    Dent Craft is the one I used, but this only any good to you if live in Perth. I can find the number of the guy I used XTC206 if you are interested. It was a couple of years ago, but his details may be still valid.

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    <small>[ 26 August 2003, 03:56 PM: Message edited by: TroyO ]</small>

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    This all sounds fairly promising. Just to be sure, has anyone had a BAD experience with one of these dent removal services?

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    MY 4:

    Just explain how gently and hammer can be used so close to one another??

    heehe!
    Actually, if used correctly, a planishing hammer is only used lightly. For severe dents a blocking hammer or a rubber mallet is used to get the panel roughly right, and the planishing hammer and dolly are used together to gently fix any monor remaining ripples. I might add that using a hammer and dolly in conjunction almost always results in the paint being damaged, but if there was no stretching a small dent can be tapped out gently quite often. I've done it a few times, to rather nasty looking dents too.
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    TroyO:
    Dent Craft is the one I used, but this only any good to you if live in Perth. I can find the number of the guy I used XTC206 if you are interested. It was a couple of years ago, but his details may be still valid. Troy.
    I have their card .. was the one I was going to use ... do you have a name ?

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    XTC206:
    I have their card .. was the one I was going to use ... do you have a name ?

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    I have just sent a PM to you with his name and mobile number.

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