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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Door Dented

My E320 4-Matic,bought in August 2004, has just received a dent from, I guess, an irresponsible/careless fellow parking lot user. There are such people out there who are inconsiderate and who just don't care. I am as hurt as my car is. I know that dents will occur anyhow. But why so soon? I have made a point of always parking in the middle of any stall so as to maintain a reasonable distance from the cars next to mine, and I am always careful when I open my doors so that I will not dent other people's cars. But I still get a dent. A very visible one. I appeal to fellow drivers to try to educate people who we know drive/ride on cars about the importance of thinking for others at the moment of opening their doors. I guess many driving instructors may not have time to do this. Meanwhile, I am struggling with the idea of getting it fixed(or not) because apart from that after a few hundred dollars, the dent may become less visible, though the new paint colour may not match the existing one, there remains the question of how soon another dent will appear.
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RE: Door Dented

Depending upon the severity of the blemish, you might try searching the internet for a "DENTBUSTERS" operation (or something akin to that) nearby.

We had reasonably good success at low cost repairing a couple of door-dings on my SL.

As I understand it, they're able to work the dent out in many cases with suction cups, small mallets and other hand tools inserted behind the door.

It seems effective on smaller dings - -

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Many thanks to you CQRT, and many thanks to whoever kind enough to respond following CQRT.
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RE: Door Dented

Personally I don't like dent doctor's work etc... especially on new car because he might drill little hole(s) in order to fix the dent and just plug back by some plastic anchors behind. I always believe original paint. We are lucky, we have MB body shop in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I always go there for body work repair. [8)]
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RE: Door Dented

i've had a talented fellow remove minor door dings without painting and at very low cost. the results were excellent without any holes drilled. obviously this is an art who's success is heavily dependant upon the compitency of the artist. i would not allow anyone to drill holes in my benz to remove dings or dents; ask the tech how he/she intends to proceed and make your decision based on that information. good luck and sorry that you've run into some of the same people i have. it certainly hurts but maybe your tech can make you and your auto's health better again! [8D]

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RE: Door Dented

Precisely - - there's no way in creation I'm going to let some knucklehead drill holes to fix a dent - -obviously, the repair I utilized required no sanding, painting or drilling.

They simply insert tools behind the affected area and for lack of a better way to explain it - - tap it out from behind.

I doubt it's effective for larger areas, creases or body rolls . . . but for a flat area such as a door ding or blemish from a shopping cart, my experience is along the lines of a doctor's oath: "do no harm"!

And rather than generalize, I think that indeed, the end result is directly related to the skills of the performer.

Happy New Year and best wishes to all.

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RE: Door Dented

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Precisely - - there's no way in creation I'm going to let some knucklehead drill holes to fix a dent - -obviously, the repair I utilized required no sanding, painting or drilling.

They simply insert tools behind the affected area and for lack of a better way to explain it - - tap it out from behind.

I doubt it's effective for larger areas, creases or body rolls . . . but for a flat area such as a door ding or blemish from a shopping cart, my experience is along the lines of a doctor's oath: "do no harm"!

And rather than generalize, I think that indeed, the end result is directly related to the skills of the performer.

Happy New Year and best wishes to all.
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Ther are certain instances when the knuckleheads as you refer to them cannot simply insert the tools behind the affected area. It is in these cases that they must drill in an inconspicuos place in order to access the bacside of the dent. If there is no paint damage on the dent, this method still beats the daylights out of having a body shop repair the dent. I have been using paintless dent repairs since 1988 and have had only one occasion when they had to drill in the door jamb. They are not knuckleheads when they do this, if they are competent. [xx(]
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RE: Door Dented

No offense intended there friend - -the guy was asking about a parking lot ding, I offered an opinion.

Another writer said he didn't care for such repairs, so I tried to qualify my answer with respect to the types of repairs attempted.

Anyone that successfully works with their hands at their craft earns my vote.

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RE: Door Dented

my ml has lots of dents on it i just hate that in the parking lot i open my door slowly and i never hit a car
there is no dent on other cars who are next to me soo everything is well

i hate careless parking lot users who odnt care about peoples car

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RE: Door Dented

i try to park away from others so as to avoid the people who don't care. it's really a sad moment when you step out to your parked car expecting all to be well and are admiring it, then as you draw closer you see a new ding. you just want to scream bloody murder.[}:)]

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