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Old 06-30-2014, 06:21 PM
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Default ding advice needed - what would u do?

I have what most would consider a minor ding over a rear wheel well - pretty easily accessed. There is way too much info out there on who should fix it -- a mobile ding truck -- a body shop -- DIY (not comfortable with DIY)..

Any other car and i would ignore it.. but you know how it is.. its all i see now every time i walk by it.

Who should i get to fix it?

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:35 PM
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If the ding is relatively shallow and does't have any sharp creases and there is no paint damage, I'd go with a reputable mobile paintless dent removal service. I've had several similar dings over the years, and some of these guys are magicians.

If you've got damaged paint, you may want to consider a body shop or ignore it. In my experience, many body shops want to paint the entire panel and blend it out - especially if a metallic color. That gets expensive.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:48 PM
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pics?
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:50 PM
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no paint damage - tried to get a pic, too dark to get a good angle, didn't show anything. Thx
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:58 PM
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PDR for sure. This happened at the same spot on my Boxster years ago and it came out perfectly...
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:17 PM
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Pro dent removers who also work for dealers are quite good. They are independent and often are there on given days or will come to you.

I agree that they can be magicians. I just had my mom's BMW done. 75 bucks per ding. One was quite sharp. Completely gone.

I did have one airbrush and blend paint one time. Was flawless.
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Really appreciate the feedback
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:42 PM
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If you're unsure of which PDR guy to go to in your area, use Yelp. Find the highest rated 5 star guy on yelp with a few hundred reviews and have him do the work.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:46 PM
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I remembered seeing a posting from WorkHurts about his good results with PDR a while back: Here is a link to his post if it helps make you feel better about the PDR approach: https://rennlist.com/forums/997-foru...-question.html

We can't see your location, but if you shared it someone might know of a reputable PDR place in your area.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:54 PM
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I'm in Orinda, CA - just East of San Fran
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:44 PM
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A reputable member here and locally to the Bay Area, schedules an annual dent removal event with these guys for us rennlisters for the past 20 years or so: - event day, prices are discounted

You can search the posts under the western region forum area...

DentPro at 1436 White Oaks Rd, Unit 5, Campbell, CA

I had 1 ding removed and it was a simple easy fix. Perhaps other Bay Area members can provide their experiences as well.

Good people, great work.
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Not sure if it is misinformation, but I read that on a 997, you have to drill a hole in the wheel well in order to get to the ding/dent on the rear fender area for PDR. Is that true? I have a small ding that almost no one notices (except for me), that I want fixed. But if it requires drilling a hole, I rather leave it.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by normster View Post
Not sure if it is misinformation, but I read that on a 997, you have to drill a hole in the wheel well in order to get to the ding/dent on the rear fender area for PDR. Is that true? I have a small ding that almost no one notices (except for me), that I want fixed. But if it requires drilling a hole, I rather leave it.
That is true, at least that was the case with my ding- it was on the rear quarter panel fender just above the rear driver wheel. They had to drill a small hole inside the wheel well to access and fix the ding/dent: everything has been fine on my car 2 years out now
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by vg247 View Post
That is true, at least that was the case with my ding- it was on the rear quarter panel fender just above the rear driver wheel. They had to drill a small hole inside the wheel well to access and fix the ding/dent: everything has been fine on my car 2 years out now
If that's the case, I think I'll leave it.

How did they fill the hole they drilled after the repair was finished? Bondo?
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Originally Posted by normster View Post
If that's the case, I think I'll leave it.

How did they fill the hole they drilled after the repair was finished? Bondo?
I think he's talking the plastic above the wheel. They have to get in behind a panel to do PDR and I assume it would be a tiny hole that they fill with a plastic plug. It's just plastic in an area you'll never see. I wouldn't let it stop you from fixing a ding that bothers you in the actual sheet metal.
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