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Old 09-15-2014, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hey, everyone.

How do you guys and girls handle dings in your cars? I have a few minor ones. Nobody else has noticed them, it's probably just me being OCD about my mustang.
But, they are driving me crazy.

Any advice?

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Even if it's out of warranty? Would that be expensive?
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post a picture of them so we can see how bad they are. I would assume a little body filler, sand paper and touch up paint would do the trick. If its a small dent I recommend finding a place that does Paintless dent removal as its very cheap fast easy and doesn't require body filler and paint.
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post a picture of them so we can see how bad they are. I would assume a little body filler, sand paper and touch up paint would do the trick. If its a small dent I recommend finding a place that does Paintless dent removal as its very cheap fast easy and doesn't require body filler and paint.
Thanks! I will post some pictures sometime this week. It's probably me being too obsessive. I mean I guess it's impossible to keep a daily driver in perfect shape, but I'm doing my best. Haha
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If it's you being obsessive and others won't know you have them, then please do not use fillers and repaint. Find a local PDR tech and have them removed. If you were near Orlando, I'd take care of them for you!
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A local PDR guy worked wonders getting a few noticeable dings out of my car. However with it being a daily driver, it seems that I'm finding new dings and chips every day. I'm at the point where I'd rather enjoy driving the car then obsess over the dings and stuff... I am planning on keeping the car for the long time so I've just come to the conclusion when the dings and chips get too bad, I will just have a body shop knock it all out at once and do a respray...
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A local PDR guy worked wonders getting a few noticeable dings out of my car. However with it being a daily driver, it seems that I'm finding new dings and chips every day. I'm at the point where I'd rather enjoy driving the car then obsess over the dings and stuff... I am planning on keeping the car for the long time so I've just come to the conclusion when the dings and chips get too bad, I will just have a body shop knock it all out at once and do a respray...
This is the way I'm thinking. Mines my DD and with that comes rock chips and that great stuff, luckily I don't have any dings. I try to maintain her as good as I can. I try not to worry of the chips (already got some) barely noticeable, since she's my first mustang I'm wanting to keep her as long as I can maybe give her to my little bro down the road who knows. Maybe in the future I'll get dings and what not (knock on wood that I don't.) Once those chips start getting bad or I get more I'll be heading to a shop. For the meantime I'll be enjoying her.
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This is the way I'm thinking. Mines my DD and with that comes rock chips and that great stuff, luckily I don't have any dings. I try to maintain her as good as I can. I try not to worry of the chips (already got some) barely noticeable, since she's my first mustang I'm wanting to keep her as long as I can maybe give her to my little bro down the road who knows. Maybe in the future I'll get dings and what not (knock on wood that I don't.) Once those chips start getting bad or I get more I'll be heading to a shop. For the meantime I'll be enjoying her.
I think I'm going to do what you guys are doing. Literally no one has ever said anything to me about the dings so i'm probably just being too obsessive over a daily driver. I will just take care of it as best I can and just wait until I get a lot of dings or really noticeable ones before I take it to a shop.

I also have a couple small chips, but once again, I guess it's impossible to keep this from happening on a car I drive every day. Haha
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Not sure why you guys are ok with small dings. I have a 2006 truck with 135k miles on not a single ding or dent. There are a few small stone chips that I've touched up over the years, but dents and dings in a daily driver are just as unacceptable as they are in a show car. If you know they are there and you want them gone, get them gone! A PDR guy will be able to take care of them for you and if they are really small and unnoticeable, then he shouldn't charge too much.

When someone brings a car to me and asks me to get a ding out of their door because it bothers them, I take the time to go over the entire car and, if easily accessible, I work them all out so the customer is overly happy with the job. As a dent guy, I can usually see dents that the owner doesn't know is there, but others might see them. If the owner is bothered by a dent, it should be removed!
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Not sure why you guys are ok with small dings. I have a 2006 truck with 135k miles on not a single ding or dent. There are a few small stone chips that I've touched up over the years, but dents and dings in a daily driver are just as unacceptable as they are in a show car. If you know they are there and you want them gone, get them gone! A PDR guy will be able to take care of them for you and if they are really small and unnoticeable, then he shouldn't charge too much.

When someone brings a car to me and asks me to get a ding out of their door because it bothers them, I take the time to go over the entire car and, if easily accessible, I work them all out so the customer is overly happy with the job. As a dent guy, I can usually see dents that the owner doesn't know is there, but others might see them. If the owner is bothered by a dent, it should be removed!
As I said, I don't have dings or dents only chips. If I remember correctly only 3, 1 on the hood and the other 2 on the front bumper. They are really not even noticeable (small.) They are on the front, always exposed to chips, so if I did fix them I'll be fixing them to only be chipped again in a matter of time. I'll just wait until they get noticeable to fix them up.

If I had 2 dings/dents, even though they weren't too noticeable, I would consider having them taken care of. I would inspect the car completely and carefully to see if I had anymore dings/dents, if I did then to the shop it is. It's our daily, so it's always exposed, taking care of our mustangs take a bit more effort and thought when chips and dings appear. Just my thought.
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Not sure why you guys are ok with small dings. I have a 2006 truck with 135k miles on not a single ding or dent. There are a few small stone chips that I've touched up over the years, but dents and dings in a daily driver are just as unacceptable as they are in a show car. If you know they are there and you want them gone, get them gone! A PDR guy will be able to take care of them for you and if they are really small and unnoticeable, then he shouldn't charge too much.

When someone brings a car to me and asks me to get a ding out of their door because it bothers them, I take the time to go over the entire car and, if easily accessible, I work them all out so the customer is overly happy with the job. As a dent guy, I can usually see dents that the owner doesn't know is there, but others might see them. If the owner is bothered by a dent, it should be removed!
How much does it cost to get every single blemish fixed? I would love to do this but I have a feeling it wouldn't be cheap.
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Do you have any of those places that do paintless dent repair? Ive used them on another Mustang I had and they did a great job. I had 3 removed and it was like 125.00.
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The prices depend on the person you are dealing with. If someone comes to me asking me to remove one typical door ding in the door, I may say a price of $80. If I notice any smaller dents in the same door, that the owner didn't know about because of size or location, that I can get out while I'm in there, I usually just take them out. I will walk around the car and see if there are any others. Usually if they are small, I just get them out for the same price. Most people don't do that.

This is a business for most PDR guys and giving their business away is not good business. I have a full time job that pays well and I want to fix the cars that the owner is picky about and appreciates the work. I usually walk away from the larger dents because most people getting those replaced are just trying to avoid the higher price of a body shop. I do mostly show cars or new cars that someone really wants to maintain the appearance of.
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Experienced PDR folks can work wonders. Watched a video of some of the best take a hail ridden roof of a lambo and make it like new.

The process is pretty interesting. Just a back and forth of popping the dent out and reshaping the crowns that come up as a result.

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Experienced PDR folks can work wonders. Watched a video of some of the best take a hail ridden roof of a lambo and make it like new.

The process is pretty interesting. Just a back and forth of popping the dent out and reshaping the crowns that come up as a result.

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Simply stated!!!

There is a lot more to it than that. You need to remember that anybody that's good at what they do can make it look easy. Without the proper skills, tools and technique, you WILL make the damage worse and you WILL wish you never touched it.

I spent 10 hours a day, six days a week, for 6 months straight taking dents out of cars at an auction to get good. When I first learned it, I was only doing 3 or 4 dents all day and they weren't perfect. By the end of 6 months, I was doing 22 car panels a day with multiple dents on these panels and was told that I was doing the same quality work as a 2 year tech. I had a lot of volume to hone those skills quickly. Dent removal is an art and a science (metallurgy)
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Simply stated!!!

There is a lot more to it than that. You need to remember that anybody that's good at what they do can make it look easy. Without the proper skills, tools and technique, you WILL make the damage worse and you WILL wish you never touched it.

I spent 10 hours a day, six days a week, for 6 months straight taking dents out of cars at an auction to get good. When I first learned it, I was only doing 3 or 4 dents all day and they weren't perfect. By the end of 6 months, I was doing 22 car panels a day with multiple dents on these panels and was told that I was doing the same quality work as a 2 year tech. I had a lot of volume to hone those skills quickly. Dent removal is an art and a science (metallurgy)
For sure, I couldn't do it properly. I saw how painstakingly long it took to get even a small one as close to perfect as possible. Even they said it will never be 100%, but the only people that would be able to tell is another PDR expert.

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Thanks for the information, everyone.

At some point, I will likely take my car to a Ford dealership to say what they would charge to fix the blemishes.
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Thanks for the information, everyone.

At some point, I will likely take my car to a Ford dealership to say what they would charge to fix the blemishes.
Take it to a PDR specialist. The dealership will charge you outrageous prices, and their body shop guys aren't exactly experienced PDR techs.

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