Does anybody know how to get rid of small dents caused by somebody knocking their door onto mine?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by bio, Sep 29, 2007.

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    bio Guest

    bio, Sep 29, 2007
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    mmcclaf Guest

    A trick I found that helps, are those suction cup things meant for
    dents in the car.
    mmcclaf, Sep 30, 2007
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    Paul Johnson Guest

    You might want to learn how to post: Subject should be something more
    like "Door dent removal", then post your question in the body where
    people can properly address it.

    The best way to remove door dings is to catch them in the act then
    insist on getting insurance information out of them.

    Though given your posting habits, I would hazard to guess your parking
    habits aren't much better and you're the source of other people's door
    Paul Johnson, Sep 30, 2007
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    Eric G. Guest

    Paul, maybe you'd be better suited to policing another usenet group. This
    group is fairly low volume. Chastising posters for not following what YOU
    consider to be good netiquette is really not productive here.

    Eric G., Oct 1, 2007
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    Irwin Opper Guest


    Irwin Opper, Oct 1, 2007
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    irwell Guest

    Seems like you need your dings sucked out.
    irwell, Oct 1, 2007
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    jusme Guest

    I am glad that I am not the only user of this group that found his
    post totally inappropriate and rude.

    jusme, Oct 1, 2007
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    I didn't mind Eric's reply to Paul's post, but Paul was not at all
    inappropriate or rude. He spoke of usenet conventions which the OP was more
    rude in ignoring. Some may not like people like Paul flying the banner to
    preserve the manner of usenet, but he at least stood for the traditions and
    conventions that have served the masses as opposed to the whims of
    individuals who simply chose to do as they please. Those are the people who
    are more inappropriate in their actions and rude.
    Mike Marlow, Oct 1, 2007
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    ']['unez Guest

    Geeezzz Paul I guess Im really gonna be outta line trying to find out the
    appropriate way to take a dead Road Runner outta my grill !


    P.S. Road runners are kinda fast but this one was standing still when he hit
    me. ( Maybe he was waiting for the Coyote.) OH BTW just for your info I
    couldnt find a Road Runner in the Grill newsgroup. SORRY
    ']['unez, Oct 1, 2007
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    jusme Guest

    I have been around USEnet for well over a decade (and on BBSes before
    that), I do not in any way need your 5 cent lecture, thank you.

    Here's a quarter, why don't you call someone..

    jusme, Oct 1, 2007
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    Leonardo Guest

    This is a put on, right?

    Leonardo, Oct 2, 2007
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Well - I guess if you don't want to see the opinions of others in response
    to yours, then you should keep your 5 cent opinions to yourself.

    Keep your quarter - I don't need it.
    Mike Marlow, Oct 2, 2007
  13. It seems more important for others to argue about the format of your
    question as opposed to answering it, I'll give you a tip that did work
    for me on my 02 Sonata. It is a bit involved and you have to be
    comfortable with taking the door panels off, at least if you want to
    make it a DIY project. Pushing small dents and dings out from inside
    the door panel will at least yield you decent results.

    I've used everything from a small 2" hard-plastic touch-up paint
    roller to a large "masher" marble to roll out the concavities.
    Something with a fairly rigid but curved surface works well. You won't
    be able to suck out small door dings using the old plunger technique
    though. Door panels are "soft" metal so it's not too hard to push out
    the dings but you have to be careful in the amount of force you use so
    as to not make it convex. It takes a bit of patience and practice but
    it can be done.

    Depending on you model, you might ask Hyundaitech for tips on removing
    the door panels or there might be info on (requires
    free registration). If this sounds a bit much, you could always go to
    a couple of body shops and get quotes. It depends on what you're
    willing to live with. If you don't mind walking, you could always be
    the person who parks in the farthest corner of the lot where no one
    else parks.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Oct 2, 2007
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Argh! Sometimes it's not fun to read statements like this.

    It can be, as you say, but I'd add to your cautions that a little at a time
    is the way to go. Try rolling gently from the outside edges of the ding
    (from inside the door), toward the center. It may seem intuitive to just
    lay on the crown of the ding and try to flatten it out, but you will most
    likely stretch the metal this way. Do yourself a favor and do some google
    searches on Paintless Dent Removal. You will find enough sites with
    information to give you better insight.

    As well, let your fingers do the walking and try to find a Paintless Dent
    Removal company in your area. Most dealers know these guys in their area,
    because the use them themselves.
    Mike Marlow, Oct 2, 2007
  15. It can be, as you say, but I'd add to your cautions that a little at a time
    Ah yes, I did forget to mention to specifically roll "across" the dent
    from inside the door. "Roll Out" is a bit nebulous. My wording could
    have implied to just apply force and the peak / center of the
    concavity which is in fact not the way to do it. Slow and easy, easy
    and slow is the way to do it. Yes, it will stretch the metal or make
    it convex if you just apply force to the center of the ding / dent.
    Yup, that's another good choice and might be more competitive than
    body shop rates.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Oct 2, 2007
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    Bob Guest

    And, you know what? They really can make it look good!

    2nd row, third picture is my Town and Country after being smacked by a trash
    can during a windstorm (one of those monster municipal things). 2nd row,
    fourth picture is after about an hour and a half of him working on it. They
    come to you (in this case it was while I was at work), so you are not
    without a vehicle. They charged about $200 for the work compared with around
    $800 at three different body shops. The best part was when I traded it, the
    dealer has a form you sign off on where they ask if it ever had any
    paintwork.... Guess what? I could honestly say no. Long term, there's no
    paint mismatch like you might get with a body shop - no bondo to fall out,

    If you want it to look good, I would suggest not messing with it until you
    get one of the PDR guys to look at it. If it's small, it won't cost much. If
    you try to fix it, it might make it harder or impossible for one of these
    guys to repair it.
    Bob, Oct 3, 2007
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    Tom Guest

    Amen from here too. Go away Paul.....

    Tom, Oct 4, 2007
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    Paul Johnson Guest

    Thank you for making the correct observation.
    Paul Johnson, Oct 8, 2007
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    Paul Johnson Guest

    And learned nothing if you can't be bothered to follow RFC 1855...
    Paul Johnson, Oct 8, 2007
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    Eric G. Guest

    I wasn't arguing the observation myself, just the fact that it isn't needed
    or appreciated here.

    Eric G., Oct 9, 2007
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