Today we are removing some damage in a 2018 Ford Edge using paintless dent repair. This damage is in the right rear door and is very extreme damage. The damage is on a body line and very deep and has a bunch of displaced metal all around the area. In order to remove this damage we had to use a heat gun and apply a constant 160-180 degrees when pushing out the last little bit of this damage.
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Today, we are working on a ding on the front right hand-side door of a 2017 Mazda CX5 car. Even though there is just one visible dent in the door, under the dent repair lights, we can see that there are a couple of micro dents as well that need to be taken care of.
In a traditional PDR case, we would roll the window down and install a window guard before running a tool down the side of the car and pulling out the dent. However, this car has laminated safety glass and we don’t usually put a lot of pressure on this type of glass. Why does this glass type change our repair technique? Find out Here
In this case, there are two ways to get to the dents. Either we can find another access point to get to the dents or we remove the glass completely. Luckily for us, this Mazda comes with a factory access hole in the handle and this allows us to get a tool into the door and fix the dents.
As you can see, the door jammer we are using is from Anson PDR and keeps the door from moving while we complete the repairs. We can use a factory ratchet handle from PDR Finesse to slowly push the dents out from the inside of the door. The owner of the Mazda actually came to us for their 2017 Hyundai car and they will be bringing that in once we are done with this job.
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We are going look at this door ding dent and do a pricing breakdown for you today. This vehicle is a 2017 Chrysler 300s. This vehicle has a door ding in the right rear door and was a referral from Superior Detail, a local detailing shop. We start off by showing you how we gain access to this damage. From there we then show how we go about pricing this damage in this door for paintless dent repair.
We first setup our Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) light system so we can see a proper reflection of the damage. From there we then use our price guide that has a built in ruler to measure the damage. From there we have a base line to start the estimate.
Depth of the Dent
We then do a visual inspection of the depth of the dent. We even have a dent depth gauge that we can measure the depth in millimeters. It may not sound like a lot but a dent that is a over .25mm deep is medium depth.
Shallow Depth< .25mm
Medium Depth: .26 – .75mm
Deep Depth: : >.76mm
There are many factors in a dent repair for pricing:
Metal makeup: steel, aluminum, high strength steel, ultra high strength steel
Glue Pulling: Do we need to glue pull this area because there is no access to the backside
Obstructed damage: is there a brace or internal structure in the way of the dent that we need to work around
Body line or contour line dent: this damage is much more harder to remove
Crease dents: some creases are so sharp that they cannot be removed 100% but a significant improvement can be made, this is all determined at the estimate time prior to repair.
Edge of panel: these areas are often very tight and require specialized edge tools to repair.
Special paint finish: this includes clear film, viynal wraps, stickers or decals. These items effect the sight of the repair and can make it more difficult.
Sound Deadener: these types of sound deadener pads, glues or compounds vary from manufacture so each repair method is different.
These are just some of the major factors in pricing out paintless dent repair.
Our paintless dent repair technician, Jack Bucknell, walks you through the entire repair process on this 2018 Audi Q5. This vehicle acquired this damage by parking in a parking lot, there it received 2 door dings. Here we show you how we gain access to push this damage out with our dent repair tools. We also talk about the tools we used as well as what do we do when there is a brace or obstruction in the way of a dent. How do we push the dent out then? Find out!