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any way to remove minor dents?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by mibaro2, May 9, 2014.

  1. mibaro2

    mibaro2 Member

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    I noticed on my passanger side that there was a dent on the rear door panel. :crying: The paint isn't chipped.
    Is there anyway to fix that easily? (use to be able to take a plunger to the old steel cars and get some dents out that way).

    Or should I take it to the SC? Not sure if it was a defect or not, so I wonder what they would charge...

    I hate starting mornings like this...now I'll be in the dumps all day.
     
  2. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    Find a "paintless dent removal" service in your area. They are experts and can take out dents that don't need painting somewhat inexpensively. You can search YouTube for videos on how to do it, but it takes years of practice to get good at it. I guess you can try yourself and then hire someone if you fail. Some special tools are sometimes required, depending on the type dent.

    Are there any creases in the dent? If so, that could pose a problem.
     
  3. mibaro2

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    Gavine : Thanks for the tip. Will check into that option.
     
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    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    Reminds me of a joke: A gullible person was driving home after a game & got caught in a really bad
    hailstorm. Their car was covered with dents, so the next day they took it
    to a repair shop. The shop owner realized that this person was gullible, so he
    decided to have some fun. He told the person to go home and blow into the
    tail pipe really hard, and all the dents would pop out.

    So, the gullible person went home, got down on their hands and knees and started
    blowing into the tailpipe. Nothing happened. So the person blew a little
    harder, and still nothing happened.

    Her gullible roommate saw her and asked, 'What are you doing?' The first
    person told her how the repairman had instructed them to blow into the
    tail pipe in order to get all the dents to pop out.
    The roommate rolled their eyes and said, 'Uh, like hello!
    You need to roll up the windows first.'
     
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    PDR (paintless dent removal) is a life-saver....should cost 125-150 per panel.
     
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    If you use a PDR specialist make sure they have experience with aluminum. It's not the same as PDR on steel.
     
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    A good PDR guy would be able to do wonders.
     
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    My local SC has a PDR guy they use... he did the work onsite at the SC while it was there for other issues. $150 and looks good as new. I'd ask your SC for recommendations.
     
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    First, I bet it took you twice as long to post this because you conscientiously removed all reference to hair color, sex or intelligence. I applaud how well you did it.

    Second, There's the rub. Teslas don't have tailpipes, so you gotta go with Paintless Dent Removal. (Otherwise, of course, it would work.)
     
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    Just missed one, "...her gullible roommate saw her..."
     
  11. mibaro2

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    Thanks. I just checked with my SC and they don't do any type of body work ( even minor dents). They did tell me that the preferred body shop for Tesla's (at least in the Toronto area) is Excellent Autocollision. I'll get a quote from them since I prefer to use the one that Tesla recommends.
     
  12. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    Too funny. I did try very hard to get the editing done. I can't believe I missed that one. You guys are sharp.
     

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