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Old 06-10-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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Paintless Dent Removal

Before I take my Boxster in for a" Paintless Dent Removal " treatment of the two rather subtle, almost invisible, door dings - I'd like to ask if anyone out there has had experience with this method of removing dings and things. The person that's doing it is the one that my local Porsche dealer contracts for the preparation of the "Pre-owned Certified Porsches". He kind of "specializes" in Porsche cars and seems to know what he's talking about - mentioned that the dent is removed by messaging dent from the inside out using special tools. Before I buy into this Voodoo I'd be much more comfortable if I had some feedback from the forum. I think that these irregularities (they more like that than dings) have been there for a while, but are more noticeable since my lasting waxing with Meguiars High Tech - the car looks like a reflecting pool - much better than it ever looked with the "high end" waxes that I used to use.

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Old 06-10-2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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PDR is a valid method of repairing small dings and dents. There isn't so much Voo-Doo to it as there is patience and experience.

I attended an Open House at an area Exoctic Car repair facility (GT Cars in Bloomington). They had a PDR guy there to do a demonstration. He brought a Honda Civic he owned and invited people to ding and dent it and then he went on to repair the damage.

The key is to reform the metal without stretching it. You'd be surprised how far away from the actual dent they will sometimes start to insure that they're moving it slightly without stretching the area. Special tools are used to access the backside of the panel, almost always from some distant access point so as to avoid drilling any holes. This is not always possible, depending on the damage location, but for a good PDR man, this would be a last approach. It can take upwards of 20 min. to get a good repair to some areas, several tools are used and multiple passes are made. It takes some time, but once complete, it is truly invisible. It ain't cheap, but then, what Bodywork is..?? Hope this helps...

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Old 06-10-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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As Jim said, not magic, simply skill!!!!!!

These guys can do wonders, IF they are skilled.

shop carefully and you will be rewarded.

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