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Dent on side of car
« on: July 19, 2022, 15:59:06 »
I obtained a dent on the side of my car from one of my trips to the supermarket.  I have a feeling it was a large 4X4 jacked up into the air that hit me with a door - but not too sure.   

I am looking to go to one of those paintless dent removal guys but need to figure out where to suggest that they drill the hole so they can access it with their tools. 

If this was your dent would you go in from the upper door jam or the soft top compartment or is there another option without damaging the paint that I am not thinking of?

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Re: Dent on side of car
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2022, 19:01:27 »
Ian, I would bring it to the shop first and ask them what they would suggest.  The metal is pretty thick on that arch.  They may be able to do something you hadn't thought about.  I had two small dents repaired on that arch near the back so I was able to pull out the cardboard in the trunk to get access behind it.  They did a fantastic job.   Couldn't tell there was ever a dent.
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Re: Dent on side of car
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2022, 20:49:13 »
You might be able to access without making holes — not 100% sure as I have now closed up that area but if you remove the parcel shelf behind the seat and remove the leather/mbtex panel, you might be able to reach with PDR tools.

If area never opened, you will have to remove plastic film  (like inside doors), and later glue new plastic.

The metal is thick as Marcus mentioned.
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Re: Dent on side of car
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2022, 21:15:47 »
Thanks,  great advice.
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Re: Dent on side of car
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2022, 00:38:37 »
I would love to know what you find out!

I have an annoying dent on my car where it seems a previous owner might have struck it whilst manoeuvring the hardtop - it's suspiciously "rear latching pin"-shaped (photo attached).

I fear it might not be easily repaired given its awkward placement and the type of depression.

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Re: Dent on side of car
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2022, 03:45:59 »
For anyone that has a dent they want to consider having removed, paintless dent repair (PDR) shops can do amazing things.  Besides special dent removing tools they also can utilize adhesive "studs" that allow them to pull the dent out and then flatten the area without getting behind the dent.

Jordan's advice is best.  Let a shop with a good reputation have a look at it.

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Re: Dent on side of car
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2022, 12:24:18 »
I am looking to go to one of those paintless dent removal guys but need to figure out where to suggest that they drill the hole so they can access it with their tools.
Are you also going to make suggestions to a cardiologist as to how to access your body when installing a stent? Some things are best left to those who do it everyday.