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Old 07-03-2003, 03:27 PM
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Dent removal

I have an '84 El Camino I got from my grandpa when he died. It was in California all it's life until it came to Indiana. It was driven slightly in the winter 2 times by my dad. Anyways, there are some small dents in the car, and the ding king doesn't work. I have heard of using dry ice to remove dents before. Does anyone know how this works?

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SO COME ON BOB! WHAT DYA DO WITH THE DRY ICE?
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The basic idea with dry ice is to take a hot panel and apply dry ice to cool it fast. Supposedly it will shrink out small dents. I have never seen it actually work. Doesn't mean that it doesn't work. Just haven't seen it.

You might try getting to the inside of the dents and pushing them out using a screwdriver or some kind of rod. There are people around me that make big bucks doing that at the new and used car dealers. It is called "paintless dent repair", as it doesn't disturb the paint.
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I'm not sure what you do with dry ice. Maybe that's why I started this thread. Anyways, thanks, I'll try the screwdriver and rods and if that doesn't work, I'll whip out my blow torch and get some dry ice and heat-cool it.
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Actually.. I think the idea is to use the dry ice on hot days. WHen the sun has heated the panels. Then you put the dry ice on the dent. Don't recommend heating it up with a torch. May have more problems than you have now. Definately will need to repaint if you use a torch.
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ive been doing a lot of body work on my 65 mustang, so far all ive used is a metal plate and a hammer and its worked pretty well on getting all the dents out of the quarter panels and fenders
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I'll try some of these ideas out and tell you what happened. Thanks for the advice.
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be careful with the heat and the dry ice..wouldnt want to warp the sheet metal all up..
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bondo?
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A unit is available that spot welds short rods to the dent surface. A puller then pops the dent out. No holes, but does mean paint repair.
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i saw that method being used on Monster Garage on the PT Cruiser they used a torch and ice towls it seem to work pretty good for them
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did you ever get rid of the dent
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snap-on sells suction cups for pulling dents.They work good on small stuff
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DRY Ice... Doesn't work!

Dry Ice don't work! If left on vehicle long enough it will damage your paint. If you want a dent out. Call your local dealership and see who they are using, and if you care about your car, don't call the local KIA dealer! Call a Cadillac or BMW dealer. They will have a quality dent tech's number. And whatever you do don't call a major dent repair company, they will train guys on you car!

If you get lucky and the den't does disappear on a hot day with dry ice, wait till winter it will be back!
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i saw that method being used on Monster Garage on the PT Cruiser they used a torch and ice towls it seem to work pretty good for them
If I remeber correctly, the guy on the show had never done it before, and did it wrong. Hence when they had the car painted they also had to do mega body work to the roof. Lots and lots of bondo.
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