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    great video on removing the back panel. Thanks. Especially useful, especially with my old 2012, is the part at 10:50, about using an impact driver on the rear seat belt screw.

    I took a screen shot once he gets it all clear. Assuming there's not too much difference on the location of crash sensor, it looks as though to he dent is located in front of that... reinforced section (?)... which means, could one even get to it from the back?

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    I'm a fan of the guy using cold glue and his cricket bat. He has some serious skills. Unfortunately, some of the "pros" are simply some dude who watched a couple videos... and they can make the dent worse. For the hot glue, I'd apply it so it mostly sticks to the low portion of the dents.

    That's all fairly new tech that came out well after I was trained but we did have success popping dents from behind, if the area is open. One of our shop guys had a rap kit, mostly home made, that he had success with. (His tools were similar to the first video but metal.) The problem is it's hard to get directly behind the dent from the inside panel. With one of his repairs on a late 60's car, he actually bored a small hole thru the inside sheet metal, later hidden when the panel was replaced. He was successful in removing a lot of rounded dents, and small dents like most of yours... even a quarter panel crease which didn't come out 100% but the owner was happy. He used a light mallet and soft taps like the guy did with his cricket bat.

    Harder taps won't usually break the paint but it can make small dimples. I saw him remove dents from an expensive 1973 VW station wagon that was hit on the dealer's lot; well enough that you had to know the dent was there and see it in perfect light, to tell it had been damaged. The new car sold and the new owner never knew it was there. Considering that a quart of paint for that car was about $400 (in 1973, as expensive as enough material to paint a PU) that was a real boon. Snapped in a replacement "pencil" chrome piece and it looked new.

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    Here's a screen shot from that video on removing the interior panel, with my small dent, for comparison. (FYI: Was trying to find pictures/tech drawings online of the rear quarter panel from the inside.) Note the reinforced section at the red arrow. I'm now really wondering about access to this dent from the back. Is there access from the bottom if the side skirt comes off?

    I am now leaning to the cold glue and cricket bat; I'm sure that would improve the top one. (It looks worse in the picture below, but that's the gouge in the clear coat.) Followed with some body work on that section.

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    Looks like an inner panel/outer panel condition to me. If a pro says that they can fix it for $250 I would just go with it. Save you PDR skills for another day and an easier dent to remove.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiatgal View Post
    Is there access from the bottom if the side skirt comes off?
    Obviously, I haven't removed the skirts (Sill Cladding) from my Fiat, but it's just a bit of trim secured over a standard sill; no access inside the panel.



    I have a large round dent in my car's upper quarter panel, between the window and hatch, to remove. I think it happened when a PU owner punched my car. It's only visible in the right light (usually when I'm waxing the car) so I haven't gotten around to popping it out.

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    It looks like 2 dents there. A paint less dent tech, would remove the B pillar door striker. Using one of his tools, to pop out the dents from there. They are capable to get to any dent. I’ve used there services for years. Even door dings on sharp body creases. Polish out the clear coat scratches.





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