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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 29th September 2020, 15:02 Thread Starter
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Hi,

Long story short, I had a plastic storage box slam into the car and caused these 3 dents. One on the door and another 2 on that door sill below it.

The thing is, I can't see how the rear of these can be accessed to push the dents back out.

Can these be fixed and if so how?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 29th September 2020, 16:17
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I would get in touch with a good PDR specialist and see if there's anything they can do. I think those lower sills are hollow box sections, so if you take off the front or rear wheel arch liners, they might be able to get in there and sort them. No guarantees, but I've seen some pretty amazing results from good PDR guys.

Failing that, get in touch with a decent bodyshop. They should be able to pull and fill the dents, although that will be more expensive and require paint.

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I would get in touch with a good PDR specialist and see if there's anything they can do. I think those lower sills are hollow box sections, so if you take off the front or rear wheel arch liners, they might be able to get in there and sort them. No guarantees, but I've seen some pretty amazing results from good PDR guys.

Failing that, get in touch with a decent bodyshop. They should be able to pull and fill the dents, although that will be more expensive and require paint.
^ This, you can get into the sill also by removing the rear quarter interior trim. I suspect it'd be bloody hard/impossible for a PDR specialist to remove them though.
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hmmm so the back of the sill can be accessed from the wheel arch and the back of the door by removing the interior part. Sounds like a lot of work to be honest.

I've just been to see a really good workshop who said they'd weld pins on and pull out before re-painting the door + sill. Their work is second to none so I'm thinking of doing this.

That said, I've got a PDR guy coming over to take a look tomorrow as well.

Thanks for the tips on how to access etc.
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The paint doesn't appear to be broken, so there is currently no increased risk of rusting. Once you let people weld and abrade the surface there will be increased risk of rusting - I've had professional body-shop repairs go rusty a few years down the line on other cars. So frankly unless the paint is broken, I'd be inclined to leave well alone until I came to sell, and even then for the sake of the new owner I'd favour PDR. Or, in negotiation just knock off the cost of of repair from the price and leave the new owner the choice.

One thing's for sure, when you've had repairs done, some other muppet is going to make further dents in a car park...
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The paint doesn't appear to be broken, so there is currently no increased risk of rusting. Once you let people weld and abrade the surface there will be increased risk of rusting - I've had professional body-shop repairs go rusty a few years down the line on other cars. So frankly unless the paint is broken, I'd be inclined to leave well alone until I came to sell, and even then for the sake of the new owner I'd favour PDR. Or, in negotiation just knock off the cost of of repair from the price and leave the new owner the choice.

One thing's for sure, when you've had repairs done, some other muppet is going to make further dents in a car park...
Hi, thanks for your advice about the risk of rusting. Unfortunately they found that the paint is indeed cracked and pointed it out to me. I didn't realise this up to that point. There is a 1cm crack below the dent that can't be seen from the pictures.
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