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Old 04-11-2001, 04:26 PM   #1
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Question dry ice ding repair

I did a search and didn't get anything, but remember seeing a post about it somewhere. My question is how do you do it?
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Old 04-11-2001, 05:00 PM   #2
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I remember that post too..

if I remember correctly..

what you do is heat up the "offending" ding with a hair dryer..

then smack some dry ice on it..

the extreme cold will cause it to contract back into place..

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Old 04-11-2001, 05:05 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2001, 05:05 PM   #4

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I made a post about it almost a year ago now, but never got the chance to try it. I couldn't find a place that even sold dry ice around here. *shrug*
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Old 04-11-2001, 05:19 PM   #5
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Oh no don't even try it. It's just a myth. You'll mess up the clearcoat and even the pain on the car. The best thing you could do is take it to a place that does PDR's, Paintless Dent Romoval.
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Old 04-11-2001, 06:22 PM   #6
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So how do the Paintless Dent Removal folks get rid of the small dents? They have to work from the other side of the panel, don't they?
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Old 04-11-2001, 07:47 PM   #7
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when i worked at a detail shop awhile back, the other half of the building was PDR. they used dry ice on almost every car that came in. i dont exactly know how they did it, but i know it worked. they were one of the best in town at PDR and were busy like 24/7.

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Old 04-12-2001, 05:18 AM   #8
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I posted it awhile ago... It will only work if the metal is not stretched. My suggestion is to go to a junkyard and ask the dude if you can pratice on his cars. You WILL NOT get it the first dozen times. Take it to a GOOD body guy.
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:20 AM   #9
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I had someone demonstrate and expain paintless dent repair for me. PDR does work from the inside of the panel. There are several long flat tools with different bends and shaped ends. Small pressure is applied to the edges of the dents and the metal is slowly worked back into place. The worker needs to be able to get the tool into the backside of the dent (hopefully there are no support braces in the way) and will need to have some structure to leverage against. Each dent can take quite a while to work out, but when it's done right (and the metal isn't creased)it is very difficult to tell where the repair was made. It isn't cheap, but it's cheaper than getting the area repainted.
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Old 04-12-2001, 08:57 AM   #10
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Theres about 100 ways to perform PDR. Most are from inside of the panel. The best I've heard is using a long wooden handled instrument with a large roller on the end. Pop interior panels off, open door all the way up, brace with your foot, and roll out the panel. But anything from a plunger to a rubber mallet will work, depending on the dent.

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