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Old 08-23-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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OH NO!!!!!

....I can't believe I did this... I was cleaning my garage out and when moving some boxes up to the attic, I tripped and use the top part of the car (just over the left rear tire's fender) catch myself and it pushed in just slightly... :( It popped out right away but there is a slight bend near but not on the body line. Is there a save way to fix this? It's not deep yet shallow enough for me to notice... I'm so pissed Anyone have ideas to fix this the safest way???

I was thinking I could get a wooden block, wrap it with a sock or something and lay it on top of the area and tap the underside with a rubber mallet. But I fear the paint will crack. Anyone good at this?
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:48 AM   #2
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whatever you go, do not try to fix it yourself unless you know what you are doing and you have fixed dents before. Perhaps just let it be and see if you can live with it and eventually get it fixed when you get another one. It sounds like we have the same issue...not deep but enough to notice in certain angles and lighthing. I will have mine fixed soon...either PDR or body shop.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:31 AM   #3
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Dude...it's simple. Just go to a paintless dent removal place. I've got a guy here in town that I used for my 4th Gen who would take out all the small dents and make it new like it was nothing. He did about 5 dents on the rear two quarters for $150.00.

For one dent, you could expect to be charged $75 to $100....depending on location. It WILL look good as new. But like ffrcobra said, DO NOT attempt to fix anything yourself unless you KNOW what you are doing.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:33 AM   #4
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I second the paintless dent removal. I used that service once and it had a 75% sucess rate with all my dents. Its "good enough" without breaking the bank and having serious down time.
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:18 AM   #5
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Dude...it's simple. Just go to a paintless dent removal place. I've got a guy here in town that I used for my 4th Gen who would take out all the small dents and make it new like it was nothing. He did about 5 dents on the rear two quarters for $150.00.

For one dent, you could expect to be charged $75 to $100....depending on location. It WILL look good as new. But like ffrcobra said, DO NOT attempt to fix anything yourself unless you KNOW what you are doing.
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Thanks guys, funny enough, there is a paintless dent repair on base where I work. I'll take it by there on Monday. I'm just sick to my stomach when I think about. It feels like the car is tainted. I must really love this car LOL cause before I wouldn't have cared to much about it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:05 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, funny enough, there is a paintless dent repair on base where I work. I'll take it by there on Monday. I'm just sick to my stomach when I think about. It feels like the car is tainted. I must really love this car LOL cause before I wouldn't have cared to much about it.
Make sure you come back here and let us know how it went. Good luck!
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:00 PM   #8
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Make sure you come back here and let us know how it went. Good luck!
Ok, I got a quote from the guy just now, PDR=$45 and about 30 minutes to do it w00t! and it's an easy repair. However, he will need to do it in his shop this afternoon because it's black and he might need to do some polishing. So far, this is great news! I'll get back with you guys tonight.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:36 PM   #10
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Ok, I got a quote from the guy just now, PDR=$45 and about 30 minutes to do it w00t! and it's an easy repair. However, he will need to do it in his shop this afternoon because it's black and he might need to do some polishing. So far, this is great news! I'll get back with you guys tonight.
That's good news. Sounds like you found the right PDR guy to do it. Guys who know what they are doing HIGHLY recommend doing the job in a shop so they have a controlled environment for the different lighting they use to pin-point the dent and curvature of the metal in order to correctly massage it back to original. Make sure to post some before and after pics if you can.
I am still calling/feeling around for the right PDR guy. There are several of them in my area...gotta find the right one.

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Old 08-24-2009, 01:42 PM   #11
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Good LUCK! ! !

I hope everything works out for you.
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May everyone learn from your mistake. Take the extra time to protect your toys. If you are working around it in your garage, move it out into the driveway....you never know what could happen. Never lean over into the engine bay with a belt buckle on, you'll be sure to scratch the fender. Protect your car by using a moving blanket or towel near where you're working on the car. (Even if you're just checking the oil) Sure enough, your drop a screw, nut, dipstick, or wrench and scratch or chip the paint.
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May everyone learn from your mistake. Take the extra time to protect your toys. If you are working around it in your garage, move it out into the driveway....you never know what could happen. Never lean over into the engine bay with a belt buckle on, you'll be sure to scratch the fender. Protect your car by using a moving blanket or towel near where you're working on the car. (Even if you're just checking the oil) Sure enough, your drop a screw, nut, dipstick, or wrench and scratch or chip the paint.
WOW, that is sure enough some great advice. Funny how common sense is over looked. Thanks for the tips 67 Convertible

You know, when I had my wife take the car, after lunch, to the place and I got back to work, I thought about taking a before and after picture. I tried to catch her, but the work had been done. And she report it to looking good as new and you can't tell that anything happened.... lets just say I'm relieved!

PS I just saw it and it is perfect!
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:32 PM   #14
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You know, when I had my wife take the car, after lunch, to the place and I got back to work, I thought about taking a before and after picture. I tried to catch her, but the work had been done. And she report it to looking good as new and you can't tell that anything happened.... lets just say I'm relieved!

PS I just saw it and it is perfect![/QUOTE]

I am glad to hear that! I am taking my car to a PDR guy tomorrow.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:47 PM   #16
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I am glad to hear that! I am taking my car to a PDR guy tomorrow.
Make sure you talk with the guy first and get a good feel for his background. The guy that did mine today, has been in the paint n body biz for over 18 years and he said he won't touch it in the parking lot, that he needed it in his shop downtown. He even find other minor scratches and buffed it out no charge. I'm going back to talk with him tomorrow to see if he can, or knows someone, do a full Zaino job for me.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:21 AM   #17
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Hate to say this but you should not be able to dent your ride by falliing to it!! Alot of todays cars are thin metal/plastic to improve mileage and reduce costs. A couple years ago I walked up to a Toyota and simply pushed in the driver's side door because the owner said I could not. It popped right back but still he was sick.
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