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Old 06-18-2012, 03:49 PM
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Dent removal?

Hi guys,

I have a 97 prelude that has a dent just above the rear wheel well. I tried to reach it by sticking my arm in from the trunk to see if I could pop it out but am just a few inches short. Has anyone ever removed the interior panels behind the door jam that may have a picture I can look at? I would like to see if I can pop the dent myself while I save up for a good paint job. The dent DID cause a minor crease but not that bad. It's really bothering me now that I put in new wheels to have the dent. I do not want to use one of the dent pullers that require drilling holes into the car.

Any help would be very appreciated. See picture, dent is in rear quarter panel above wheel well.
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Re: Dent removal?

pay a paintless dent guy to do it. Will come out better than you can do more than likely unless you have access to body shop tools. (and know what your doing.)

I for one dont so I would get someone to come look at it and give me a bid.
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Re: Dent removal?

Get a professional to do that....Plain and simple.
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Re: Dent removal?

From where it's placed, it may be tough, but try pulling off the interior panel next to the back seat and carefully working a piece of wood back to the dent. Don't try to pop it out abruptly, but carefully push it out by tapping the wood with a mallet. It's even better if you can have someone hold another piece against the outside while you're tapping it out, to make sure you don't push it too far and create a bulge. With a dent that large, you probably won't get it completely back to the original contour -- for that, you'll have to use a little filler on the creases, which will mean painting. Your call as to how perfect you want to shoot for.

I did this on my 4th gen, but the dent was just forward of the wheel well, so I had a little bit more access. What'll determine success or failure is whether you can maneuver your wooden dent pusher through the internal structure.
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Re: Dent removal?

Thanks for the advice. I am not looking for a perfect job, just to get most of the dent out. I am going to be getting the car painted down the road once I save up enough for a complete color change and will leave the remaining work to them. I just hate seeing the dent right now.

I will let you know how it goes. I plan on removing the interior this week for dyeing so this will be a good time to try the dent work.
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Re: Dent removal?

get a pro to do it, they might be able to get all of the dent out
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Re: Dent removal?

one of my friends used one of these to get his dent out

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Re: Dent removal?

See? Now that's funny. The dent on my car is exactly in the same place as the picture in that link. It's worth a shot I guess. Like I said, I just want it mostly gone. Eventually the shop will redo my car.

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Re: Dent removal?

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See? Now that's funny. The dent on my car is exactly in the same place as the picture in that link. It's worth a shot I guess. Like I said, I just want it mostly gone. Eventually the shop will redo my car.

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Re: Dent removal?

Heat the panel with a hair dryer, for 5-10 minutes, tap the back of the dent (either by removing wheel well or trunk panel, and it should come right out. The more the dent goes through the natural crease of the panel, the harder it will be to pop it out.

The key is heating up the dent. If no change, body shop.
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Heat the panel with a hair dryer, for 5-10 minutes, tap the back of the dent (either by removing wheel well or trunk panel, and it should come right out. The more the dent goes through the natural crease of the panel, the harder it will be to pop it out.

The key is heating up the dent. If no change, body shop.
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