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Old 06-09-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Unhappy My first dent =(

Got my first dent. Just noticed it yesterday.
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It is a pretty weird place to get a dent. It doesn't seem like its from a rock because that would've chipped the paint. This dent is smooth.

I got quoted $200 to fix it by a mobile Paintless Dent Repair guy.
Anyone know if you can access the metal by removing the A pillar on the passenger side?
How hard is it to remove the interior trim.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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that looks like a baseball or a softball hit it. do you park in the street where kids are playing ball?

I'd just pay the PDR guy. that looks like it would be a pain in the ass to get to.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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If a paintless dent guy gave you a quote go for it. I've had two pulled and both are undetectable. If you figure out how it happened re-post. I'm curious. Golf ball?
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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Yeah I have no idea how it got there. Someone else floated the idea of a softball or baseball but I park in my driveway and I have a fence around the house. I've also never seen kids play ball around my house (except me haha).
I only play using tennis balls or a football.
Usually I pull the car out of the driveway before I play.

I wish I knew how it got there.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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Congratulations My car has a lot more "charactor" after two years of daily driving.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:03 AM   #6
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Congratulations My car has a lot more "charactor" after two years of daily driving.
Haha my car has its fair share of "customization" with all those rock chips
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:05 AM   #7
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Meteor?
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:24 AM   #8
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I hate dents! I have one the size of a dime in my rear passenger quarter panel
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
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Meteor?
Gonna have to agree it was most likely a meteor
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:45 AM   #10
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The whole meteor possibility makes me feel much better
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:46 AM   #11
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BTW anyone know if I can access the metal by removing the trim on the inside?
How difficult is this?
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #12
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Seems like it would be a pain to do it that way. Its probably possible, though.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:23 AM   #13
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I know exactly how that got there(well sort of lol).. when I used to wash my old car (Accord) I used to lean the palm of my hand in that exact location and had these dents I was like wtf???

I am very cognizant of that issue re-occuring So i do NOT lean my hand there..
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:27 AM   #14
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Maybe a baseball?? Kids couldve went in and grabbed the evidence My Camaro was just vandalized Friday nite...sux :(
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:29 AM   #15
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I got one in almost the same place, about the same size. Have no idea where it came from. Its garage kept, and only been wet 1 time since I owed it. We live nowhere near a golf course, no kids in the picture either. ????
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:42 PM   #17
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Unless the Hulk is playing golf it probably isn't a golf ball haha.
It really could be anything, for now I'm sticking to meteor.
One of the posts above said it could be from leaning my hand on it but I think it would require a decent amount of force to make that dent.
I'm not ruling anything out though (hence the meteor).
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #18
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:56 PM   #19
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:18 PM   #20
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I wouldn't try to mess with it yourself. If you don't know what you are doing you will cause a crease in the metal or crack the paint and then it will be way more of a hassle than the PDR guy. I tried on a few and it is an art/talent those guys have, when they are done its like it never existed.

As for how it might have happened who knows, could have been just a jerk hitting it walking by in a parking lot.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:57 PM   #21
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Meteor?
Well if it was a meteor, you need to see if you can find it, because one big enough for that dent would be worth wayyyyy more than it costs to repair!
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:38 AM   #22
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You won't be able to get to it by pulling the trim off. That is a reinforced pillar. PDR with glue tabs IMO.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:43 AM   #23
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Sorry, if it was a meteor, it would have pierced the paint, or left a hole. A small one wouldnt leave a dent like that, and a big one would be visable.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #24
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how about the clean air can/hair dryer trick?
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Ouch... and thats in a bad spot. Like others mentioned, its a reinforced pillar so odds are its not going to get 'pounded out' like a traditional door ding would be by PDR.

I had a similar dent when my TBSS took a hit (some jerk kid throwing pinecones at cars as they drove past on Katella Ave at 50mph) None of my PDR contacts could get it out... even using pullers it just couldn't be popped back.

Ended up having to go to my buddies bodyshop, they pulled the interior trim, drilled a few access holes and pushed it out. Still wasn't perfect, had a small ripple even after all that.

Hope yours works out though... mystery dents are always annoying!
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