Dents

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by wriken, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a 2002 Ford-250 P/S, is there a way to get small dents out? here's what happened. Went to a lawn and walked it to make sure nothing was hidden in the grass, well missed a golf ball, and you guessed it hit it and it put a small dent right under the fuel cap door. Actually I have 2 more dents, another one on passenger door about the same size of golf ball, and a stone skip mark on the passenger side hood, got that from a oncoming car due to when they put stone down(tar/chip road). The golf ball dent is maybe 1/4 " deep if that, but can be noticed if truck is clean more then not.
    I dont know if there is any truth to this, but you know on TV when they have those adds like Gingsing(sp) knives, or get all scratches out for 19.95. well my brother-in-law said he saw a add, about getting small dents out without having to go to a body shop. any ideas? or forget them, or body shop?
    Thanks
     
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
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    Here's the link http://www.dingking.com/

    However, a local news station tried this gizmo on a dented car and it didn't work. The the glue just wouldn't hold.
     
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    somebody hit my truck with a car door at a parking garage, and put a small dent in my 2500HD. you could only see it if you saw it a certain way, but it bothered me haveing it on there. I took it to the dent and scratch magician (shop in CT) and they took it right out. cost me $50 though:(. it took em 15 mins and they slid a tool down through the window opening and popped it out from the inside. see in your local yellow pages if you have any scratch and dent guys.
     
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    Your talking about a body shop right? Ya that sounds like what I need, It would be worth a 100.00 or so, can't stand looking at them. Other people probably don't notice them like I do, but I know where to look. LOL
     
  5. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    its not really a body shop. all they do is small dent work. they work on new cars dealers bring or just nice stuff with small dents. they strictly do dent and scratch, nothing else
     
  6. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    I went to the web site, sounds interesting. They even have a forum on there. I don't know, My dents are not creased, that thing may work, But maybe I'll get more info here. Thanks
     
  7. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'll look in the yellow pages, maybe there is something like that here. I took a truck in to a body shop once for a small dent in tailgate, they said 450.00, I said, I'll live with it, you could darn near get a perfect one at the junk yard for that. They also wanted to know if it was insurance work or cash, now I know why insurance in sky hi.
     
  8. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was an autobody tech for 13 years, insurance isn't sky high because of the bodyshops. It's high because of the sue happy public and the ***** lawyers. Trust me, this is one touchy subject with me. In a nutshell, insurance companies are what drove me out of that industry. They screw the shops out of every dime they possibly can. Anyways, I better stop now, my heart rate is going up.

    As to the repair. The "paintless dent removal" guys are who you would be looking for. mdb had stated this in his thread. They work pretty good as long as the paint isn't cracked they can usually get it looking 90%. It will never be 100%, but for the average consumer they are happy with it. We've used them in cases of hail damage on some cars. The problem with a dent is that the metal is stretched and it is hard to shrink it back without some type of hammer work or heating and shrinking it. It sounds like the dents should look pretty decent when they get done. It won't be like new but at this point would be your least expensive route for the best results.
     
  9. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was an autobody tech for 13 years, insurance isn't sky high because of the bodyshops. It's high because of the sue happy public and the ***** lawyers. Trust me, this is one touchy subject with me. In a nutshell, insurance companies are what drove me out of that industry. They screw the shops out of every dime they possibly can. Anyways, I better stop now, my heart rate is going up.


    I could be wrong, but if the autobody guy was going to charge me, lets say---350.00 for a repair, but on the other hand if I would have said go thru my ins, he would bill for 650.00, (these are just figurement values), seems to me sooner or later the ins would have to charge more to the auto-owner to recoup it cost.
    I'm not a ins agent and I probably don't know complety how ins/bodyshop relationships go. I do believe its not just the body shops that make the cost go up, I do know the sue-happy people have something to do w/it.

    But back to my dents, there is no paint chips etc. I think the thing on the web site might do it, but nevertheless I'm checking the differant body men around to see what they will charge.
     
  10. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
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    I worked with this guy who built street rods whosaid that if you rub a small pice of Dry Ice over the dent it will pop out. Don't know if it's actually true or not.
     

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