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Old 01-21-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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Dent in fender! ):

Anyone have any idea on how to get this out? It's killing me. I swear someone punched my car or something ):
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
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Looks like a pretty big dent, but not scratched. You can try one of those paintless dent removal shops. Some of those guys have a mobile service as well. It looks like it'll be easy to get to. It'll probably cost you a touch over $100 to fix it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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is there possibly any DIY for it?
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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is there possibly any DIY for it?
No.

I once used one of those Seen On TV kits and it made it worse because it ended up scratching the paint.

Call these guys:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/conf...t-remover.html
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:47 AM   #5
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #6
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is there possibly any DIY for it?
I guess it's possible to do yourself. The tools are available:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/?_nkw=paintl...d=441612049838

It DOES take quite a bit of experience and skill, which most of us here don't have. My buddy used to take small dents out of my cars, but he knew what he was doing. He used to do this very work at a Ford truck plant in Edison, NJ. The trucks would often get little dents during the build. He was one of the last stops on the line to take 'em out. He made it look kind of easy, but it's not.

Some of these guys make it look easy too:

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear....1.8Pht2-dzbvw

It would be a great skill to have, but certainly not worth the investment in tools, time and junkyard panels to justify fixing only a dent or 2. Shell out the bux to the pros and enjoy your car.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:08 AM   #7
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I have 3 of those too, but on the rear quarter panel. They're 3 smaller ones though that seem to have been made by the guy doing my suspension trying to get leverage to pull the rear springs out.

Mine are above my gas cap, above the body line that goes to the front side marker light. If you look at my sig, it looks like a ball of light like the sun, but it's actually one of the bigger ones catching light. Would that be hard to fix? Seems like it's in a bad spot.
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Heat gun + bottle of compressed air turned upside down. The propellant freezes, and the rapid temperature change can pull them out sometimes. Otherwise PDR.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #9
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^!! what Icoleman said...

Buy 3 cans and a real heat gun, not a hair drier. Try it, I think your dent will come out using that methor... Heat the metal up high and blast it with try ice. The metal will tighten up and should go back into original shape.. if it doesnt work the go to a shop.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #10
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Actually that doesn't look bad.
At least it's not a deep crease.
The best way is to remove the fender and use a autobody hammer and choose one of the dollies to tap out the dent > Gently from the underside. (working "around" the circumference of the dent towards the center. DO NOT strike the dent @ center directly)

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Old 01-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #11
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Sure, you can DIY it IF you know how to do it. If not there's more of a chance of making it even harder or impossible for a professional to remove. Crease that thing and you're going to be in a world of crap.
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Well, the point is... it's a 13 year old fender!
It's already dented.. what (further) harm can OP do by trying to learn to DIY with a few proper hand tool(s)?

And to get OP in the right frame of mind.. Here's a good video on how to use said tools:

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Well, the point is... it's a 13 year old fender!
It's already dented.. what (further) harm can OP do by trying to learn to DIY with a few proper hand tool(s)?

And to get OP in the right frame of mind.. Here's a good video on how to use said tools:
Yeah, that's true if the OP is willing to chance his "13 year old fender". Not knowing what he's doing CAN make it worse. Ask anyone who has watched a PDR tech work, it does take some skill. If he wants to learn PDR and doesn't care whether or not the results are less than perfect then cool, go for it. Maybe he'll get it right. It looks like the body line is part of the dent.

So it depends on what the OP wants.
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Yeah, that's true if the OP is willing to chance his "13 year old fender". Not knowing what he's doing CAN make it worse. Ask anyone who has watched a PDR tech work, it does take some skill. If he wants to learn PDR and doesn't care whether or not the results are less than perfect then cool, go for it. Maybe he'll get it right. It looks like the body line is part of the dent.

So it depends on what the OP wants.
That's true..

At least it's not one of those "pinched" decorative lines (or crazy compound curves) you see so often nowadays.. that would be a difficult PDR.
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That dent is unfixable
Time to rat out your car for a new dented, rusty swag style

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Actually that doesn't look bad.
At least it's not a deep crease.
The best way is to remove the fender and use a autobody hammer and choose one of the dollies to tap out the dent > Gently from the underside. (working "around" the circumference of the dent towards the center. DO NOT strike the dent @ center directly)
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!! I do paintless dent repair, and you WILL crack the paint and maybe even blast it off. A decent shop should he able to do for around $150 and it should be nearly perfect.

Compressed air and a heat gun......hahahhahahhahahahahhahahhhahhahahahhahhahahhahahhah ahh
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:27 AM   #17
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Anyone have any idea on how to get this out? It's killing me. I swear someone punched my car or something ):
Take it to a body shop. The good thing about beemers is that you can remove and refit the fender with a screw driver. They will take it apart, tap the dent out and refit it. It is an skill. DIY and you wil screw it up. Shouldn't cost too much.

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:23 AM   #18
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Thanks guys I'm gonna do that later today At a friends body shop hopefully I can get the hookup
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Don't let them paint it for such a little dent...ask them who they use for pdr.
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Anyone have any idea on how to get this out? It's killing me. I swear someone punched my car or something ):
Last time I tried knocking a dent out it didn't go too well. Trouble is knowing when to stop!!!
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