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Old 07-19-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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Cowl Dimple/Dent Repair

After just 2 months of ownership and I made a common JK mistake... While in the process of removing my driver door my phone rang and I (without thinking) let go of the door to answer it... BAM! The damage was done.








After a nice loooooong doorless drive I hopped on the forums and I found that some people had their cowl dimples repaired by Paintless Dent Repair shops for as little as $50-100. I did some research and found a local shop rated 5 of 5 with 46 reviews. I gave them a call and after checking out the dent they quoted me $95 for the repair. After the repair was done I was BLOWN AWAY at how good it looks. It's 100% gone without even a scratch in the paint. I wanted to share the info for the shop just in case there are any fellow NOVA/DC/MD Jeepers looking to have their dimples removed.

Perfect Paintless Dent Removal in Chantilly VA.
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Wow, that's great ! I may have to get mine done.

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I got a dimple on my driver side..made me sick when i done it.

I think im gonna get one of those guards/armor to go over it
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:01 PM   #5
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Wow, that's great ! I may have to get mine done.
Yeah, I was on the fence but I'm glad I did it. Totally worth the money IMO.

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I got a dimple on my driver side..made me sick when i done it.

I think im gonna get one of those guards/armor to go over it
Yeah its a terrible feeling, I didn't know whether to cry or vomit lol. I thought about the cowl guards but I wasn't 100% sold on the look.
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Funny. After owning half a dozen Wranglers - I read this thread and not 5 hours later putting my doors back on my Son askes me a question, I turn around and Bam!
This morning had PDR take a look and 20 minutes later WaLa! like it never happened.
Lesson learned Door-strap, Door-strap, repeat 4 times. No talking.
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Funny. After owning half a dozen Wranglers - I read this thread and not 5 hours later putting my doors back on my Son askes me a question, I turn around and Bam!
This morning had PDR take a look and 20 minutes later WaLa! like it never happened.
Lesson learned Door-strap, Door-strap, repeat 4 times. No talking.
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Forgive me if its dumb question...

What's PDR?
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Forgive me if its dumb question... What's PDR?
Painless dent removal
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Paint less
for months i thought it was painless, but paintless totally make sense now. i went to an auto body shop they quoted me 650$ for dimple removal. they said lots of paint, bondo, and metal working. now i fully understand the difference between paint and paintless type of body work.
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for months i thought it was painless, but paintless totally make sense now. i went to an auto body shop they quoted me 650$ for dimple removal. they said lots of paint, bondo, and metal working. now i fully understand the difference between paint and paintless type of body work.
That was an auto correct mistake...$650! Ouch
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Unless somebody else has had this happen in the last 30 minutes. Not surprised even though I was fully aware of the warnings posted on this forum.

Sure doesn't take much speed on the door to leave a mark. More coffee in morning before door removals.

Think I'll be going PDR.
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PDR and its like it never happened. Area for him to work is wide open access.
Then..... Don't let it happen again.
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PDR is awesome

I'm guessing if that was in NOVA then Don is the guy that fixed your dent. Unfortunately I've used him several times on several vehicles and every time I'm just amazed at the great job he does and how fast. If it was Don, he's been doing this for over 20years and is also a Wrangler owner. Great guy and I would highly recommend him.

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After just 2 months of ownership and I made a common JK mistake... While in the process of removing my driver door my phone rang and I (without thinking) let go of the door to answer it... BAM! The damage was done.








After a nice loooooong doorless drive I hopped on the forums and I found that some people had their cowl dimples repaired by Paintless Dent Repair shops for as little as $50-100. I did some research and found a local shop rated 5 of 5 with 46 reviews. I gave them a call and after checking out the dent they quoted me $95 for the repair. After the repair was done I was BLOWN AWAY at how good it looks. It's 100% gone without even a scratch in the paint. I wanted to share the info for the shop just in case there are any fellow NOVA/DC/MD Jeepers looking to have their dimples removed.

Perfect Paintless Dent Removal in Chantilly VA.
703-888-6341

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Someone told me that dry ice will pull out small dents.
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Love my dimples.... Hate wasting money on non issues !!
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I joined the dimple club not a month after buying my jeep... I was installing new speakers and unhooked the leash not thinking about it... I have delt with it so far so I am not too worried about it.

I will probably end up plastidipping the cowl anyway so it may not be noticeable.

For now, it serves as a reminder to always think about what you do before you do it.

I have seen too many YouTube videos of wranglers rolling because someone was being dumb so I it is a reminder telling me "Don't be an idiot." Every time I get in the Jeep.
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I just took a hammer and pounded two dents in.
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I've never tried this, but I hear that it works:
Get some dry ice......wear some heavy gloves or maybe use some tongs and apply the dry ice directly over the dimple.
It's supposed to make the steel contract enough to "pull" the dent out.

Like I said....Never tried it.....but it seems simple, cheap, and if it works, Great!!
If not.....well ..........
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Forgive me if its dumb question... What's PDR?
PDR = Paintless Dent Repair
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I've never tried this, but I hear that it works:
Get some dry ice......wear some heavy gloves or maybe use some tongs and apply the dry ice directly over the dimple.
It's supposed to make the steel contract enough to "pull" the dent out.

Like I said....Never tried it.....but it seems simple, cheap, and if it works, Great!!
If not.....well ..........
Nope, doesn't work, neither did the cold compressed air, then using a heat gun, tried both.
Here was my solution to the 'Dimple of Shame'.
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"LankyR" you got lucky spending under $100 for that fix. The same thing happened to me, and it cost me $250. The dent was too deep to use PDR. I actually had about 5 shops/people tell me that PDR wouldn't fix it. My jeep was only 4 weeks old, so I didn't want a ding. It was an expensive lesson for sure.

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I tried this on a different car...It doesn't work.
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I'm guessing if that was in NOVA then Don is the guy that fixed your dent. Unfortunately I've used him several times on several vehicles and every time I'm just amazed at the great job he does and how fast. If it was Don, he's been doing this for over 20years and is also a Wrangler owner. Great guy and I would highly recommend him.
Not sure of the guys name, he was an old Asian man that didn't really speak English, his wife did all the talking. It's definitely an art form, it was cool to watch him work.

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Love my dimples.... Hate wasting money on non issues !!
Yeah I told myself that for a few days but I couldn't stand it. Maybe if, A) the jeep wasn't brand new or B) the dent wasn't caused purely by my stupidity, I could have dealt with it. It's also my first jeep so I'm still a little over protective lol.

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"LankyR" you got lucky spending under $100 for that fix. The same thing happened to me, and it cost me $250. The dent was too deep to use PDR. I actually had about 5 shops/people tell me that PDR wouldn't fix it. My jeep was only 4 weeks old, so I didn't want a ding. It was an expensive lesson for sure.

I tried this on a different car...It doesn't work.
I researched it on multiple forums and the average price seemed to be around $100 per dent for PDR. It definitely depends on how severe the dent is tho. It's amazing how much damage that plastic mirror can do.

It also probably helped that I told the lady on the phone I wouldn't go through with the repair if the quote was $100 or more.
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Had mine fixed for free by the dealer...... they sent it out to a dent remover guy... Considering they were the Jack a$$es that did it when they were replacing the heater core.

They also wrecked the e brake handle... made them replace it
Scratched and Melted a hole in the dash.... made them fix it
Put the steering wheel back on wrong so that the airbag was almost sticking out... made them fix it....
Disconnected my auto start.. made them fix it..
And none of my hill assist, traction control etc.. buttons would work after either... made them fix it...


So ordinarily if I had made the dent, I'd have just covered it with the body armor... but since they did it.. I made them fix it...

Funny thing is, I think they feel so bad about all the crap they did to my Jeep when it was in, they are now replacing my seatbelt that my dog chewed through for free under warranty.. lol.

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