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Old 06-06-2006, 08:43 PM
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Is this dent a good beginner repair?

Last summer while mowing a lawn, I accidently zinged a rock into the side of my truck. It has finally annoyed me enough to ask the pro's that I trust on here if this is a repair that I should attempt as a first time body repair. It's not a deep dent, but it does detract from the overall looks of my truck IMO. It's right on the fender, it's not overly deep, and has not cracked the paint at it's lowest point. It shows no rust, or "spider-webbing" either. It just looks like it did because the truck needed another bath before I took the pics. One thing to keep in mind as well is that this truck id my daily driver, so I cannot afford the downtime to do a "Kevin45 paintjob" on it. Got thoughts? Let me know.

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Old 06-06-2006, 08:54 PM
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OH come on now! Trucks are supposed to be dinged up a lil bit. It means your using it the way it was intended to be used. Its like a beauty mark.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:58 PM
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I'd go for that on my old '93, but eventually I'd like to dump this truck and get a real truck. Something with a standard transmission (this one has an automatic). I do like the idea though...

In a while, Chet.
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You want my opinion, leave it there! I have to tell you, a color mismatch, a flaw in the paint will look MUCH worse than that little ding.

Fixing the ding is easy, it is the paint work that will bite you in the butt. You will need to strip the door of parts to blend it, being you certainly won't get the color to match do keep it on the fender.

Pulling the door handle, window rubber, emblem (needs to be replaced) and belt moulding is all needed to pull off a quality repair. On the front, of course You'll need to remove the wheel opening moulding, the grille and the bumper to paint the fender properly.

I say leave go to a body shop and ask for a junk fender to practice your body repair and paint skills. After you are very comfortable, do that little ding.

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I have to agree with Brian on that one. I would definately not mess with it for something that minor. Too many things that can go wrong, specially for a beginner, on something that minor.

Keep in mind that, if you plan on getting rid of that thing, it will loose more in value because of new paint on a panel, even if there are no flaws, than with that dent in it. People always think the worst when they see new paint.

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Old 06-07-2006, 11:20 AM
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Keep in mind that, if you plan on getting rid of that thing, it will loose more in value because of new paint on a panel, even if there are no flaws, than with that dent in it. People always think the worst when they see new paint
Good advice, I'm one of those guys that think the same way when I see an obviously repaired panel. I could live with a ding like that on an older vehicle ( 2yrs old or more). With the price of materials and Murphys law, it will probably cost more to fix than what you will get in return. Murphy and I work together too much at times like that. Dan
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I agree with the above.
But if it really bothers you, you can probably get to the back side and
rub most of it out with a rounded rod, it's an art but I've gotten them
pretty close that way. There are people in the phone book that specialize
in doing that, they advertise "paintless dent fixing". One here in my town
is called the "Dent Doctor"
These guys specialize in hail damage.
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and belt moulding is all needed to pull off a quality repair
Speaking of the side molding, where can I buy some other than the dealer?
Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:13 PM
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It looks like I'll be leaving it alone then. I never realized how much actually has to go into removing a dent like that. Scratches add character.



Thanks, guys. Chet.
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Oh, that is so tiny, AND on the passenger side.

Now, do you want to see dents? Your lawnmower has nothing on my daughter. If she keeps driving my truck she is going to make it a compact.
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