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Old 07-14-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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My car's had this quarter panel dent ever since I got it. I can sorta get to it from the trunk but it might be too tight to really do anything. Any ideas?

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Old 07-16-2019, 09:05 AM   #2
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PDR would go in between the fender liner and work it out from that side.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:59 PM   #3
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PDR would be a decent option, but it looks like a deep crease so the metal is probably stretched. Kind of a big job for PDR. Having a body shop repair it would be best but also the most costly. If you have access to the back of it you could place a piece of wood (the size of the dent) and hit it with a hammer to work it out slowly. Won’t be perfect but that would be the cheapest option.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:52 PM   #4
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Depending on the thickness of the metal, you can massage it out with body tools like a dolly, or a curved steel paddle. Patience & steady pressure will get you a lot better. But a crease isn’t going to come out completely. You’d have to putty and paint at some point.

Banging a piece of wood runs the risk of making matters worse. You can easily deny the panel outward. I really wouldn’t suggest that.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:28 PM   #5
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Took out my trunk liner and tried to hit a piece of wood with a hammer. The wood fit great, but there wasn't enough room to hit it with the hammer. Could pick up a dolly/paddle but I might still have the same issue. Don't wanna pay for dent repair on a car with crappy paint
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Get dent fixed and car resprayed WRB
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:06 PM   #7
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That would require money
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:54 PM   #8
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Took out my trunk liner and tried to hit a piece of wood with a hammer. The wood fit great, but there wasn't enough room to hit it with the hammer. Could pick up a dolly/paddle but I might still have the same issue. Don't wanna pay for dent repair on a car with crappy paint
Well you don't hit a dolly or paddle... you hold them in your hand and apply pressure as you "massage" the dent. Don't know if that changes the situation or not...
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Well you don't hit a dolly or paddle... you hold them in your hand and apply pressure as you "massage" the dent. Don't know if that changes the situation or not...
Shows how much I know about bodywork lol. I'll look into that
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:04 PM   #10
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You may have ideas about doing this for $0 but you can expect to get what you pay for. I would at least take it to a local PDR professional to have them look at it and give you an estimate along with an honest opinion of how completely it can be fixed. Fortunately white is the color that shows damage the least so it may be more acceptable than on a black car.
The $100 (or whatever PDR would cost) for a properly-done repair is well worth it. OTOH if you attempt to DIY and end up distorting the metal because you didn't know what you were doing, you now have an even uglier-looking quarter panel that can only be made to look decent again with bodywork, paint and $$$.
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:28 PM   #11
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Following!this seems like a very interesting thread
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:13 PM   #12
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to be honest if you have to ask about what the best way to fix this you probably shouldnt do it by your self cause you will make it worse. if you dont have the money to fix it, just save up and have someone else do it.... you will be much happier with the results than if you did it yourself and it comes out looking like crap
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That crease will cost A LOT more than $100 even with PDR and will probably only recover 95% at best. Save up and get it fixed at a body shop.
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:34 PM   #14
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You guys act like it's really worth it to put that much money into fixing a dent on an L sedan. I'm just not gonna mess with it
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:36 PM   #15
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You guys act like it's really worth it to put that much money into fixing a dent on an L sedan. I'm just not gonna mess with it
LOL ... the truest truth comes out.
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