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Old 05-13-2018, 04:37 PM
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We had a hail storm a couple of weeks ago and I had some minor damage to the cab and hood of my F150 truck. My insurance has a $500 deductible and I would not pay that much to take it to a body shop to have the damage repaired. Since the storm there has been a lot of temporary business pop up that advertise hail damage repairs. I have been told that they use some method to pop the dings out. I would like to hear from some of you who has used this type of service and want to know, would you do it again? If the dings were no more than 1/2 " in diameter less than 1/4" deep how much should I expect to be charged? Probably less than a dozen places.

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Pointless dent repair and yes it is legit. A good pdr tech is like an artist with metal.

cost will be dependent on the number of “dings” you have. Expect to pay between 75-100 per dent.
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Pointless dent repair and yes it is legit. A good pdr tech is like an artist with metal.

cost will be dependent on the number of “dings” you have. Expect to pay between 75-100 per dent.
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I'd let sit in the sun for a couple days. Sometimes the dents will pop back out. If they don't, go with Jersurs's recommendation. The dent guys can work miracles.
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If it’s the aluminum body it will more then likely be cheaper to replace the hood and roof. Had a hail storm last year and my wife’s mustang got nailed is why I know.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:27 PM
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There are a number of different companies. Some use dry ice, others glue tabs, they get most of the dent out. Still can see them if you look close. Paint less uses small picks and pushes the dents out. Works very well. Take my cars in every few years to get rid of the door dings. About $40-50 per ding.
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Are you sure there's a deductible on this? I seem to recall ours was covered under comprehensive with a $100.00 deductible....
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easy peasy process. Love how this guy uses this highlight tool in conjunction with the other tools. A real pro.



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I had it done. The guy used a lousy excuse of a stand that held a florescent light. I was worried he would scratch up my truck. At the end he did an aweome job. Had like 100 or so different shaped picks. Only spot you can see is where one dent is on the body line but if I never showed you, more than likely you would not see it.
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If not in a hurry, in mid summer on a hot day, put ice cubes on the dents and it can pop out some of the dents. Then go to the paintless dent repair companies for the rest. Yes, they do good work in general. If you have a local insurance company agent, ask who they recommend.
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Go to the high end body shops in the area and ask for their PDR guy. It is probably a remote guy who travels between the shops. There are plenty out there and if the process is done right you can't beat it. But if you have a beginner with all of the professional tools and not much time under his belt you might be disappointed. I used to own a detailing and restoration business and would offer this service to my customers. As long as the paint is not compromised they can get dents out from behind.
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Originally Posted by JJJSWFL View Post
Go to the high end body shops in the area and ask for their PDR guy. It is probably a remote guy who travels between the shops. There are plenty out there and if the process is done right you can't beat it. But if you have a beginner with all of the professional tools and not much time under his belt you might be disappointed. I used to own a detailing and restoration business and would offer this service to my customers. As long as the paint is not compromised they can get dents out from behind.
This is exactly what i just did. Mine wasn't from hail, unfortunately a parking lot job. But they have the dent guy come in once a week, and you can't even tell it was there.
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Dent repairs are great way to avoid body work. I would not use a pop up company find a local guy that does dent repairs.
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The dealer you purchased from will have a PDR guy who they can set you up with. Probably have it done at the dealership and get a loaner car. They will drop the headliner most likely for the roof and that takes some time.
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I did PDR for a little but, be aware that some won't touch the new aluminum bodies on F-150s. I have one and the guy drove all the way out and said no way and left. Aluminum is not the same a steel body and will never go back to 100%. I used a little push rod; a mirror on a suction cup and would look at it in different lights to see which angle to try to drive the dent back out. Its sometimes a 10-15 minute job, sometimes not. Door dings are super easy if you can get to the door panel behind it.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
easy peasy process. Love how this guy uses this highlight tool in conjunction with the other tools. A real pro.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZakoZ8a2NU
every pdr tech uses a lite board, it is how they read the highs and lows of the dent. The meticulous ones push the dent, tap down, then move the board back and repeat. Then move the board further away and repeat. Then move the board 90 degrees from its original position and cross check for highs and lows.
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The dealer you purchased from will have a PDR guy who they can set you up with. Probably have it done at the dealership and get a loaner car. They will drop the headliner most likely for the roof and that takes some time.
doubtful that they would remove the headliner, they will glue pull the roof.
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Dent repairs are great way to avoid body work. I would not use a pop up company find a local guy that does dent repairs.
I would not rule out a pop up company entirely. There is a segment of the industry known as “hail chasers” which all they do is follow hail storms around the world. Many hail techs are excellent and often considered the best of the best.

I however, would not go through a body shop as you can get it cheaper dealing directly with the tech. The body shop will mark up the ticket to profit for themselves, plus the hail brokers commission.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post

I would not rule out a pop up company entirely. There is a segment of the industry known as “hail chasers” which all they do is follow hail storms around the world. Many hail techs are excellent and often considered the best of the best.

I however, would not go through a body shop as you can get it cheaper dealing directly with the tech. The body shop will mark up the ticket to profit for themselves, plus the hail brokers commission.
you are right about the markup here, i took this route because the shop manager is my son's coach and just passed the cost on to me. I'm sure it would have been double the price otherwise.
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