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Old 06-22-2002, 05:00 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Twist-a-dent (Dingking.com)

Oddly enough, this paintless dent remover thing actually works!

After suffering a minor incident within a month of buying my WRX wagon I had been plagued by two soft dents on the passenger side fender. I tried pushing them out from underneath but could never get all of the dent totally out. Being too cheap to get bodywork done when the car seemed to get a new dent every few months, I bought one of these Twist a dents from dingking.com. This set consists of a pull bridge, pulling "heads," special hot glue, a glue gun and glue remover.

The delivery was slow- 3 weeks from my CC charged till it was at my door, over a month total since order. But the results were better than I expected. It removed all the dents except for one on the rear hatch, which is just too large for it to be able to pull. I was able to use several passes to get out 90% of the sheet metal rippling. The paint was left unharmed, and the quality of the kit was quite good for $50.

For those of you with soft dents that are driving you nuts, this is a decent product to try out before you take the car to the body shop. I think the smaller version (includes less glue and pulling heads) is only $30.

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Old 06-23-2002, 12:03 AM   #2
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Would this work with say door dings? i have 2 but they are on a crease which may make them hard.
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Old 06-23-2002, 09:52 PM   #3
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It's possible to get out dings on a crease, but you would have to really work at it, and the result may be rippled and could be worse than it was. I was surprised it took out a rather hard dent on the very edge of the hood- perhaps it was easier as the hood is aluminum instead of steel. Giving the fragile nature of the sheet metal on the newer subies, I'd say give it a shot, and you'll have it around for any future dents.

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Old 07-05-2002, 05:44 PM   #4
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I'd leave this to the pro's. You can normally get this done for $40-$100 per panel (quarter, side, ect) by a person who does this for a living. I had a box fall on my drivers side front quarter pannel (big dent) after only having my WRX for one week . Several items fell out of box and landed on my hood which left several small but very noticable dents on my hood. The guy I hired to do the paintless dent repair work quoted me $150 to remove all the dents. It ended up cost me $200 due to the extra labor required to remove the front headlight and grill assy to fix the quarter pannel. I was so impressed with the work that I didn't question the extra $50.

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Old 07-05-2002, 05:58 PM   #5
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Scurry, I would agree with you to get a pro- for the tougher dents. I don't think I would feel very good about paying someone $50 in labor to remove the headlight and grill, which takes about two minutes. It all comes down to what level of perfection you require, how often you get dents, and most importantly, how cheap you are. I say take a shot at fixing it yourself, and if its still unsatisfactory take it to a shop.

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Old 07-06-2002, 02:45 AM   #6
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I'd leave this to the pro's. You can normally get this done for $40-$100 per panel (quarter, side, ect) by a person who does this for a living. I had a box fall on my drivers side front quarter pannel (big dent) after only having my WRX for one week . Several items fell out of box and landed on my hood which left several small but very noticable dents on my hood. The guy I hired to do the paintless dent repair work quoted me $150 to remove all the dents. It ended up cost me $200 due to the extra labor required to remove the front headlight and grill assy to fix the quarter pannel. I was so impressed with the work that I didn't question the extra $50.

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Yeah, but you paid an extra $50 over what you were quoted. That's what it costs to buy the DIY kit! I don't really understand what you've got to lose if you've only paid 1/4 the cost. You could still have a pro remove the tougher dents if you would find your own work unsatisfactory and you would have still probably saved some money!

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Old 07-07-2002, 03:18 AM   #7
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Yeah, but you paid an extra $50 over what you were quoted. That's what it costs to buy the DIY kit! I don't really understand what you've got to lose if you've only paid 1/4 the cost. You could still have a pro remove the tougher dents if you would find your own work unsatisfactory and you would have still probably saved some money!
Okay I think you missed my point. My point is you could have paid just a little more and had all the dents removed professionally. Read my post, I had numerous dents with one being about the size of you fist. You only had two/three "soft" dents as you stated in your post, your cost would have been much less then what I paid and it would have been repaired to 100% not 90%.

For those who must know, the extra $50 I paid was for more then just removing the headlight/grill assy. (Had I known it was going to be the focal point of my reply I would have been more explicit in my original post) The big dent on the front quarter panel ended up taking longer then expected to repair and he fixed two additional dents that had gone unnoticed on the initial inspection.
Could I have argued about the price difference? Sure I could have, but I didn't want to. It was well worth the money.

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Old 09-30-2002, 04:16 PM   #8
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Does anyone have pics of the results of this product? anyone else use this product?
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Old 10-09-2002, 03:24 PM   #9
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or even better, does anyone have video footage of this product in action? and i don't mean from the commerical..
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Old 10-18-2002, 12:14 PM   #10
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Well, I took the plunge and ordered the Ding King. I have 1 small ding on my passenger door, 3 on the roof and 1 on the hood. All are small, in soft metal areas (I can doink the metal with my finger), so hopefully it will work. I'll try it on the roof first, as that is the least visible area. If not, then off to Dent Wizards!
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Old 11-04-2002, 04:46 PM   #11
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ewc, how did it work out for you?
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Old 11-07-2002, 12:33 PM   #12
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haven't had a chance to try it yet. hopefully this weekend.
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Old 11-08-2002, 11:23 PM   #13
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well, i tried it out on one of the dents on my roof. after 2 pulls, i think it made it worse the metal seems a bit more rippled up there. perhaps it's too soft in that spot. i'll need to see how it looks in the sun tommorow morning. i'm too scared to try it on the other spots on the roof. i guess i'll have to take it to a pro.
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Old 01-02-2003, 04:31 PM   #14
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My local Walmart, Mansfield NJ has these on clearance for $19.94.

For $20 buck what do you have to lose?

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Old 02-05-2003, 07:13 PM   #15
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I purchased the DingKing at Wal-mart for $20.00. I used it to try to remove one small shallow dent on top, in the middle of my front right fender. The dent is still there but it is much less noticeable. Door dings seem to be another matter as they typically are small in diameter and relatively deep by comparison, the Dingking will have trouble removing them. I do think it was worth the small investment as it can save you the expense of professional dent removal in some instances. It is by no means a miracle worker but I would recommend it as I believe it can be of assistance in many instances, especially dents caused by blunt objects or dents that are not severe enough to crease the metal.
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Old 03-12-2003, 12:42 AM   #16
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Did it ever come accross to any of u, that the ding king specifically says not to use on an alluminum body??? i dont no if this matters, but i want to get the ding king, but am afraid ill f up my aluminum bnody! please inform me!
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Old 03-12-2003, 08:37 AM   #17
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Assuming you are referring to the WRX the only aluminum part is the hood, the rest is steel.
In any case I wouldn't use this thing.
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Old 03-12-2003, 10:05 PM   #18
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Im having alot of trouble removing the glue off my hood. i removed all the solid glue, now theres like a glaze over where i applied it, its like a sticky glaze..any tips on how to remove it?!?! thanks!
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Old 03-13-2003, 01:27 AM   #19
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Well I'm not one much for reading instructions, and didn't see the warning about not using it on aluminum, but it didn't seem to do any harm at all using it to get a dent out of my hood.

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Old 03-14-2003, 10:04 AM   #20
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Default Sticky hood...

3M makes a product that can safely removes adhesives on painted car bodies, the surface just have to be cool. I don't recall what its called but it comes in a plain white metal container, similiar to those used for paint thinners/strippers (smells like paint stripper too), and I know you can get it at the local Carquest parts store.
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