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Old 09-10-2015, 01:43 PM
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Re: My Paintless Dent Repair Experience

Great read! Unfortunately a similar issue happened to me. I'll post pics later.

The thing is I hit my truck with my wifes car door while trying to open and put my daughter in her car seat. Its her driver side rear passenger door that hit my front quarter panel right above the front driver side wheel and the same spot on the ridge line.

Is it me or is the frame of newer cars really thin or cheap that they can't stand a minor impact? I mean it wasn't that hard but hard enough to create a dent.

I will need to look for a local paintless dent repair shop. Hopefully I can find one quick and get good results.

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Re: My Paintless Dent Repair Experience

Looks like the guy was very talented. I'm curious why the decision was made to drill a hole rather than remove the door panel? The inner panel may not of had to be removed. Taking the speaker out may have given him more working room then that little hole. The repair looks great, some of these guys are miracle workers.
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Great read! Unfortunately a similar issue happened to me. I'll post pics later.

The thing is I hit my truck with my wifes car door while trying to open and put my daughter in her car seat. Its her driver side rear passenger door that hit my front quarter panel right above the front driver side wheel and the same spot on the ridge line.

Is it me or is the frame of newer cars really thin or cheap that they can't stand a minor impact? I mean it wasn't that hard but hard enough to create a dent.

I will need to look for a local paintless dent repair shop. Hopefully I can find one quick and get good results.

This is what I wondered about myself- the door is by no means thin and even that edge appears rather solid but I could be wrong. The way that fold juts out makes it a prime target for careless door handlers and even stray shopping carts. I presume today's sheet metals are more malleable for cost and safety reasons.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:24 PM
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Looks like the guy was very talented. I'm curious why the decision was made to drill a hole rather than remove the door panel? The inner panel may not of had to be removed. Taking the speaker out may have given him more working room then that little hole. The repair looks great, some of these guys are miracle workers.
The first guy who did the estimate wouldn't even work on it claiming that the metal around that area was too soft because of the way the dent went in. He figured if he tried to fix it, the whole door area will collapse. These guys have kits that basically push out the dent from the inside and keep it as close to a flat surface as much as possible. Marty, the guy who worked on it drilled that hole in order to put pressure from the inside with the dent tools. It is an area that cannot be done by mere suction since its too deep and the strategic location makes it impossible to work on it from the outside. I just find these dent repairs quite amazing.
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Re: My Paintless Dent Repair Experience

I had a Honda Element that got 27 dings in it during a hail storm. My wife's Toyota Corolla was parked beside it and didn't get a single ding. I had them all removed by PDR. The vehicle was black and that made him have to do it perfect and he did.
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Is it me or is the frame of newer cars really thin or cheap that they can't stand a minor impact? I mean it wasn't that hard but hard enough to create a dent.
It's a combination of several things, including:

1) The shape of modern vehicles: most current vehicles tend to bow out from top to bottom to the point that parts of the body extend well beyong the wheel boundaries. This provides a slight bit more hip and shoulder room while avoiding excess frame material at the bottom and keeping the top narrower. It also increases side impact safety by creating a more dome shaped surface along the side walls.

2) The lack of body cladding: remember when vehicles used to have all kinds of plastic strips and trim along the sides? You had vehicles with all kinds of rough and tumble looking material that looked like it could protect you from an RPG. Vehicles like the Chevy Avalanche and the Pontiac Aztec were all in on that stuff.

That went out of style in the last decade in favor of a cleaner surface. That means there's nothing to protect against a door edge hitting a vulnerable body panel.

3) Plastic and steel are out and aluminum is in: In the 90's, while SUVs and pickups still went with steel, there was a move away from steel body panels on cars. Saturn even had a major ad campaign about how things like shopping carts, car doors and your kids baseball would bounce right off. The problem was, it's really hard to paint match a steel hood and a plastic door. In addition, a minor accident would rip apart a plastic panel instead of leaving a dent. Finally, plastic became far more expensive to produce when oil jumped up over $100 a barrel.

Now, aluminum is seen as a way to have the light weight of plastic, but with the fit and finish of steel.

The problem is, aluminum is far softer than steel, so it's more vulnerable to dings. On the plus side, that often prevents paint shatter, so those dings can often be repaired without paint work.
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