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paintless dent removal...how effective?

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how effective is paintless dent removal?
i have some dents on my car, some (like the most recent under my license plate tray) are bends in the metal, some are dent dents.
will they be able to be taken care of?
also, how much $$$ are we talking? i have dents on 3 or 4 panels.
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Re: paintless dent removal...how effective? (gotta_jet)

I think it all depends on the dent, the PDR tech's experience. My wife had a dent in the hood of her Maxima that we had PDR'ed. The dent was about 6-8 inches long and about 3-4 inches wide, not too deep and no creases. The PDR tech fixed it, but not to his liking so he didn't charge us for the repair. It was quoted at $150 for the one dent. My wife was/is happy with how it looks. I can see where the dent was and a bunch of little bumps from the PDR tool. To the untrained eye it is unnoticable.
Re: paintless dent removal...how effective? (wsb)

I agree, it depends on a lot of things.
-age of the dent (fresh dents are easier to fix than old dents.
-depth of the dent
-color of the car/quality of the paint.
-as noted in previous post, experience of the tech.
I did this for a while, and most small dents can be fixed to the point where there is littler to no evidence the dent was ever there. Once the metal has stayed dented for more than a couple months, it becomes harder to fix, because the metal has begun to stretch slightly, making its 'natural' state with dent, rather than having the dent be a point of tension. Not sure if that makes sense...hmmm...
Anyways, actual bends in the metal probably should get actual body work. Dings/dents of a smaller nature (slight or no creasing) should be repairable via paintless dent repair. Prices will vary...we charged something like $50/panel, regardless of how many dents were in the panel...that was several years back, so prices may have changed. You could always just get an estimate from one of your local places, and see if they guarantee the work (needless to say, if they don't, avoid them.)
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