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Old 03-14-2011, 10:17 PM
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An apology for the threads up. Just want to share my experience. After I picked up my car for door ding repair from one of Wisconsin auto repair outlets , I decided to remove the door panel is so that i can inspect how well they fixed the door dent. it turns out they did ****ty job the dent is not ironed out completely, you can see from inside that the door skin/sheet metal is still pushed in and there are 4 welding marks. i assume those weld marks that are visible from the inside because they welded the rod from outside the door panel in order to pull the dent out. i am pretty sure that this is what they have done, as i have seen this action performed once by an auto body shop. I sure did not make those marks and i am the original owner. i am guessing that this spot welding is not a good thing to do on prius due to galvanization process of sheet metal. as far as I know the spot welding weakens the metal and it attracts the moisture/rust.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:47 PM
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Dent Wizard has done good work for my family in the past. Once a tree branch fell and left 10 dents in my dad's hood and ALL of them came out with no paint damage! In one case, they were unable to fix a series of dents for my grandpa so they didn't charge anything for their time...
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:13 PM
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I just had 5 dings removed by a company called Dent Proof a couple weeks ago. One in the hood and 4 on the passenger side of the car. Cost me 100 bucks. I was skeptical. But the owner with 17 years of experience made my car look showroom perfect in about an hour and a half. He let me observe and it's truly an art. He probably has over 10k in special tools, not to mention what those special lighting fixtures cost.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by timmbo View Post
I just had 5 dings removed by a company called Dent Proof a couple weeks ago. One in the hood and 4 on the passenger side of the car. Cost me 100 bucks. I was skeptical. But the owner with 17 years of experience made my car look showroom perfect in about an hour and a half. He let me observe and it's truly an art. He probably has over 10k in special tools, not to mention what those special lighting fixtures cost.
This is the key, find someone with years of experience and the right tools. Call around and talk to a few guys who do this type of repair. Don't just go for the cheapest person, as they may have less experience and want more business by charging less. The money you save in getting a dent properly removed by a pro is minor compared to body shop work costs. A good paintless repair person is a true artist. I've had multiple "dings" worked out by the same person over the years and it is amazing what they can do.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:33 PM
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I need to find a PDR guy myself...
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:28 PM
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lol I need one too.. except mine is right on the body line so I somehow doubt that will work..
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:15 AM
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Harder, but not impossible to fix them on the body lines. For the fees they charge (usually less than $100) it's worth a shot before you resort to full-on body work. Also, if they can't fix it, they probably won't even charge for their efforts...
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:43 AM
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Save your money and leave the dent.

This is just the first, there will be more. Don't believe me, look at the flanks of all the cars next to you wherever you park.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:56 AM
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I just had some dings removed last Sat. The best $50.00 bucks I've spent in awhile. I could not belive my eyes when i looked at where the dings were. Worth every penny. I would do it again if I had to.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:07 AM
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I just noticed this thread has 4000 views and its from 2006!
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