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Old 08-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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My Poor Car, tips?

So I was getting on the highway Monday night and they are doing construction on 275. I try to get over and the car next to me doesn't get over. I end up hitting the traffic cones instead of the car. Looking back it was probably better that way. So I hit 2 construction cones and they knock off my passenger side mirror. Where the mirror hit my door I have a scratch about 2 or 2.5 inches long, and it is dented:(... I have a new mirror ordered already and I was wondering if anyone has tips on how to get the dent and scratch to look less noticeable? I hate having imperfections on my car. Thanks


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Old 08-28-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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Sorry that happened to you. If it were my car I'd probably start out by getting an estimate at a body shop. If it would cost too much to get it fixed professionally, I've heard about using dry ice to remove dents, but I have never done it and I have no idea if it works. Maybe research that topic and see what you can find. If nothing else, getting some paint that matches your car to paint the scratch should help improve the appearance some. Good luck!
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Find a pdr guy to pop the dent if its not too big. For the scratch if its to the metal or primer not much you can do. You can wet sand the scratch to take down the high points and make it more uniform so that way sun doesn't bounce off as much and make it as noticeable. You then can apply some touch up paint to it and then wet sand that down to make it less noticeable. There's a thread on auto geek on how to do it and a video on YouTube by ammo NYC where the guy shows how to do this. I'd find links for you but I'm on my phone and in class.

Got any pics of the damage?
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I have tried to do a color match before on the hood of my car by the light where a shopping cart hit it. i would have been better off just leaving it as is, the paint is brighter and really stands out at certain angles. I don't know if I could put something like dry ice on my car, but I will look into it. I know a couple people who work in body shops and paints so I will see what it would cost, do you have any ideas? I will try to put pictures up, I am not quite sure how to do it.
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I can't tell from the pictures, but if the dent is creased then you'll need to see a body shop.

If it isn't creased, you may be able to correct it with a heat gun and some canned air.

Heat up the dent and the area directly around it until it's hot then turn the can upside down and spray around the dent for a few seconds until you see frost appearing on the paint. Wipe clean and you should either see no dent or a much less noticeable dent.

The doors are very soft and susceptible to denting so it should be just as easy to get rid of a dent either on your own or through a body shop.
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Moving this to the "MK1 Focus" section. Construction on I-275 is always a pain in the ass. I have had to deal with it on the eastside for the past 2-3 years. Now for the dent, you can always call around and get estimates on it, or you can ask around to see who is most recommended to you. But that's just a small dent and can probably be pulled out by Paintless Dent Removal or some other similar company that is local to you.
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Try getting someone that does paint less dent repair to give you an estimate. I just had a guy remove some dents in my quarter panel for $130. It was about 6 dents so I considered it a good deal. He didn't even have to drill anywhere to get to the dents. Seeing as its on the door all you should have to do is remove the panel and go at it. DO NOT use dry ice, as it may pop out the dent, but it will weaken the chemical bonds of the paint causing the area to eventually fade, or break down. The reason why it will effect the paint is because the drastic act of being supper cold then to warm again.
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Awesome, thanks for all the tips and tricks. I will keep them in mind.
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