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Old 03-31-2008, 02:47 AM   #1
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Angry Bunch of savages: Dent in my trunk

Firstly, apologies if this is not the right forum. I figured it wasn't really Car Care or Detailing, and not Aftermarket Parts since it's a stock 2003 trunk.

Went snowboarding today, and coming back to my car I noticed a large dent in my trunk, right where the SUBARU lettering goes across. I thought maybe someone hit it, but 1) no scratches, and 2) the person that was parked behind me was a normal sized car, not lifted to clear my bumper to dent the trunk. So, I'm thinking someone either kicked it, or threw a packed snowball at it and managed to dent the thing. Either way, I'm

When I got back home, I noticed the back of the trunk has structural supports that I can reach behind, but the initial trying to push out the dent didn't really yield anything. Admittedly, I didn't try too hard since I was tired from the day and it was at a weird angle.

So, my question is, is there a method to do this? There doesn't seem to be a crease at all in the sheet metal, just dented in relatively concave-like. I'm actually somewhat surprised at how pliable the sheet metal is. Whether or not that means I can pop it back out with some type of suction device from the front, or push it in from the back, I dunno.

Any suggestions? Or just go to a shop and hopefully not be charged too much?
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:28 AM   #2
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I would suggest you stop trying to mess with it yourself, as the result will probably be distorted metal and an expensive trip to the body shop. Find a paintless dent repair specialist in your area (Dent Doctor, Dent Wizard etc.) and have them evaluate it. If the paint isn't damaged and the panel can be accessed from behind, they can probably remove the dent completely enough so you won't know it was there.
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