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January 03, 2016, 01:51 PM #0

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So I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this but hey it's winter so I thought what the hell :)

I have a small dent in my rear quarter panel (sorry no pic atm).  It's not on a crease at all, pretty minor.  I've seen a couple of methods for getting the dents out at home. 

One involves using a hairdryer to heat up the area, and then a duster can upside down to blast it with ice cold fluid which pops out the dent.

The other way is using a small suction cup.

I know that the smart answer is don't **** with it and take it to a PDR (which is what I am leaning towards).  For curiosities sake I thought I'd ask if anyone had tried the above methods and what was the result?

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    January 03, 2016, 02:16 PM #1

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    It all depends on the type of dent.

    If it's a door ding/ stretched a bit the heat and cooling method you mentioned probably won't work.

    In our body shop we often use a small torch to bring up hail dents and door dings. It usually damages the finish though. But in our case it doesn't matter

    If it's a big "oil can" type dent your process might work but will most likely leave some creases or waves.

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      January 03, 2016, 03:01 PM #2

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      That heating with the hair dryer and cooling can will only work on plastic bumpers.

      Best thing you can do to fix it yourself is see if you can access the dent from the inside and try to remove the dent paintlessly
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        January 03, 2016, 05:13 PM #3

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        Originally posted by dolan
        That heating with the hair dryer and cooling can will only work on plastic bumpers.

        Not True.

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          It's hard to get the dryer/duster to work properly. I've tried it 3 times with no success. PDR Tech can fix it for really cheap if you want to go that route.
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            January 03, 2016, 09:44 PM #5

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            Originally posted by dolan
            That heating with the hair dryer and cooling can will only work on plastic bumpers.

            Best thing you can do to fix it yourself is see if you can access the dent from the inside and try to remove the dent paintlessly

            You mean rubber bumpers


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              January 03, 2016, 09:56 PM #6

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              Originally posted by Madbuzz41
              You mean rubber bumpers


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              Most bumpers other than truck bumpers (chrome plated ones) are made of polypropylene making them plastic.
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