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My car got hit about a week ago and i wanna know if any of my corolla hommies know how to remove this big of a dent without taking it anywhere and spending a load of money....

 

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That sucks dude. Dent removal is a lot harder to do when the metal is creased. It is creased and dented in multiple directions too, one of the more weird dents I have seen. IMO, without the proper tools it will be pretty hard to get satisfactory results on your own.

Get an estimate at a shop, it will give you a better idea of what kind of costs you are looking at.
 

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See if you have a Dent Pro in the area, they took a crease out of the side of my door. They did an excellent job.

with dents and crease like that... do they put putty filler, sand it down and repaint it?
 

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i dont really think so. at least not for my dent. only when its alot more worse. i think.
 

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there's a neighbor in my street that has an altima and got a hit and run on that same door too. i think he got it fixed and looks like new. if you want i can ask him where he got it fixed from when i see him around. i'm in los angeles too.
 

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that would be awesome. i just hope it doesnt cost too much. and i dont want to report it to my insurance cuz my rates would sky rocket you know?
 

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i just hope it doesnt cost too much. and i dont want to report it to my insurance cuz my rates would sky rocket you know?
It will cost a pretty penny, looking at that dent. Your rates shouldn't skyrocket for making a claim on a hit and run. Then again, since you waited so long to make it, you might be s-o-l.
 

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i'd also consider contacting any local wrecking yards to see if there have been any scrapped corolla's with the rear driver's side door in your color. It's unlikely, but it may be worth a shot Since repairing it may cost the same as getting a new door from the wreckers.
 

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There's plenty of ways to fix something like that that don't require bondo/filler/etc. From the easy PDR, to replacing it with an entirely "new" door, or even just the door skin.

Take an afternoon and go to some reputable shops and see what kind of costs you are looking at.
 

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OKay try this: (videos are included so you could see)

1, Heat the dent up with a hair dryer (gas will expand and it might just pop itself back out)..leave the door in the sun for a while (we are having a heat wave right now so keep it in direct contact with the sun - the gass expands and it might just pop out). The add CO2 (it works on dents that are fairly big) Once you finish heating the surface you spray on the CO2; voila creases go away. This doesnt damage paint. - - - dont forget to hold the CO2 can UPSIDEDOWN!!!! AND once you clean the surface you should use some polishing compound and wax to throughly clean the surface!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZwBLUxjqhg


2. Use one of those "tv promotional" dent removers. It uses suctiong cups ont he side to anchor itself to the door and basically pulls out the dent.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVpvL_FpoQ


Try it out and let me know :) GL

BTW Im in LA as well...so maybe I could help you try it out of you want! LOL! I would love to see if it will work for this dent.
 

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Looking at the size of the dent, let the professional dent remover's fix it. There are certain diy methods of removing small dents which may not good because it could damage the paint and besides it's only good for small dents!!!!
 

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Looking at the size of the dent, let the professional dent remover's fix it. There are certain diy methods of removing small dents which may not good because it could damage the paint and besides it's only good for small dents!!!!

I can vouch that the DIY Methods work on big dents, I pulled one out of my buddy's old civic, with the heat gun/CO2 Air Method
 

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OKay try this: (videos are included so you could see)

1, Heat the dent up with a hair dryer (gas will expand and it might just pop itself back out)..leave the door in the sun for a while (we are having a heat wave right now so keep it in direct contact with the sun - the gass expands and it might just pop out). The add CO2 (it works on dents that are fairly big) Once you finish heating the surface you spray on the CO2; voila creases go away. This doesnt damage paint. - - - dont forget to hold the CO2 can UPSIDEDOWN!!!! AND once you clean the surface you should use some polishing compound and wax to throughly clean the surface!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZwBLUxjqhg


2. Use one of those "tv promotional" dent removers. It uses suctiong cups ont he side to anchor itself to the door and basically pulls out the dent.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVpvL_FpoQ


Try it out and let me know :) GL

BTW Im in LA as well...so maybe I could help you try it out of you want! LOL! I would love to see if it will work for this dent.

i've seen those vids but im scared because it might mess up my paint.
 

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Take it to a body shop

They will use a tool that welds small pins onto the door.
They will then use a slide hammer that grabs those pins to pull the dent out
After they massage it with a dolly and hammer to get it as close as they can they will grind all the paint off
dimple it so there are no places that it sticks out.
Then they will put a small amount of filler on it and sand and sand until it is ready for primer
Then paint ,color match it by sanding then clear coat and some more sanding
then you get to pick it up and pay the deductible
 
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