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Dents and Plungers

Discussion in 'How to' started by KellyValentine, Nov 22, 2013.

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  1. KellyValentine

    KellyValentine Member Chevy Truck Club

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    I heard a while back that you can pull a dent out of your car with a plunger. Is this true? Anyone been successful doing this?
     
  2. caparica007

    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

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    It depends on the material of the car and the place where it is and it will never be perfect, but it does pop back out. I've seen it done on my old Corsa with a hammer from the inside, pretty neat job if you ask me. :)
     
  3. KellyValentine

    KellyValentine Member Chevy Truck Club

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    That's neat, I was wondering if it really worked. I have a huge dent on the side of my car but I doubt something like this would work for me.
     
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    I have heard of people using a plunger on a buckled in side panel, but I would be afraid to risk it in case I did further damage.

    When I backed into the only tree in the desert and dented my rear bumper, I used a rounded out block of wood to massage out the dent from the inside, and it worked surprisingly well.
     
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    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

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    Welcome to the forum rocketfish. :) Ah ah, that's a movie like story there man, poor tree! :p

    Kelly, try it out or depending on the material try from the inside if you can detach all the stuff until you reach the metal... :)
     
  6. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    If there is a crease then it won't work. You would have to work out the pressure in that area first. That would relax most of the big dent.

    I did some PDR (painless dent repair) training years ago for my detail shop I had. With PDR you massage the dent from the back with rods. You would on the areas that holding the metal back to make the dent.

    So it might work on some dents bit not all. There are kits that you can use that give you paid to glue one and pull the dent out. They can work in some cases. Depends on the dent. But you still need to be careful not to cause a high spot.

    James
     
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    caparica007 Active Member Founding Member Top Thread Chevy Truck Club

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    lol, from a dent to a high spot, I'd go with a dent maybe. :)
     
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    For dents of a reasonable size, pushing a plunger firmly against it and pulling it out can work to remove such dents. However for dents larger than the plunger or more complex damages this trick may not be the trick. Not only that your car material would determine whether this trick can work. Dents in some car materials can be worked via this trick while others may not.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    The dent should be larger then the plunger to pull it out.

    James
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Here is me doing my dent training years ago in California. I'm the one bent over working on the door.

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    James
     
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    Thanks for the correction Flexin. I almost lost the meaning of my argument but I believe the problem is the fact that I am not good in mechanics though I love driving and owning different car models especially the classic ones.
     
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    No problem. It is amazing what you can get out with the proper tools and some patients. But it takes a lot of practice. I was doing so many other things in the business that I did t feel that I could devote the time to continue to practice. Days were long enough ad it was.

    Sometimes I feel like buying some new tools and practicing again. If you can get the work there is good money in it.

    Speaking of that. If anyone has a dent that they need done. Check to see if the paint is missing. If it is fine then you might be able to get it fixed without using a body shop. Just look for a PDR tech (paintless dent removal) in your area. It can save you a lot of money and you end up with the factory paint still intact.

    James
     
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    I have a couple of dents and scratches in my car, I don't fix them because it's really expensive...
     
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    It is at a body shop but not so bad if you can find a good PDR tech. You save money because of time saved and no paint work needing to be done.

    James
     
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    I've been driving around with mine for quite some time. I decided not to get them fixed just because I plan on getting a new car next year. I've gotten used to them now lol.
     
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    It always depends on how bad they are. On an older car you would expect some dents. If they are bad, they will hurt resale but sometimes the cost to repair them would be more then what you would get for the car so it isn't worth it. That is one thing to look at which you seem to have already done. What do you plan on getting next?

    James
     
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    What do you mean it is at a body shop? I have never heard of PDR before, usually they charge you for taking out the dent and for painting the whole part of the car where the dent is... :arghh:
     
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    PDR = Paintless dent removal. They use special rods to remove dents from behind the panel. So this requires no paint because they don't damage it. It can't be done on one that had paint missing. Well it can bit for it to be Paintless the paint needs to be intact before the job starts.

    It might be called something else in your country. I will look into that later to see if I can find out some info on that for you.

    James
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Do you have a company in your country called Megastrength? From what I can find, it seems that they do PDR work in your country.

    James
    --- Double Post Merged, Dec 10, 2013 ---
    Found a guy on LinkedIn that seems to do PDR here is the company he works for.

    A Mindcoordinate Unip, Lda fornece os seguintes serviços na área automóvel:

    - Peritagem Automóvel (Luso-Roux Consultores, S.A.);
    - Formação e Consultoria;
    - Serviços especializados de reparação automóvel (PDR*)

    * PDR - Paintless Dent Removal: remoção de mossas sem pintura.

    James
     
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    Come on Flexin, you are typing in Portuguese!!! :D Thanks for the contacts man, I really appreciate it. I googled Megastrenght and they are actually near me, about 30 or 40 miles away only. Caldas da Rainha is a further, but not too far away. Maybe I'll go there, first I need to replace my back light plastic (how do you say it?) that is broken, still no budget for that. :)
     
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